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Here’s How Your Fellow Jewelers Recharge From The Hectic Holiday Selling Season

Some vacation, others party, and some just sleep.




Here’s How Your Fellow Jewelers Recharge From The Hectic Holiday Selling Season
  • We don’t and we need some tips to figure that out. The owners get away after the holidays, but the staff just keeps going and it seems like we get in operations mode rather than selling. Working on it! — Natasha Henderson, Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, Bend, OR
  • We take a week off, often fully paid. — Jessica Rossomme, Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry, Peachtree City, GA
  • Communicate what has happened and drink a lot! — Larry W. Hall, Baker & Baker Jewelers, Marietta, OH
  • We have our holiday party at the end of January. Good time to unwind and thank everyone for their hard work. — Christine Osborne, Christopher’s Fine Jewelry and Rare Coins, Des Moines, IA
  • Eggnog. We have a customer who makes his own and brings it in, and boy is it good! 🙂 — Tommy Thobe, The Village Gem, Perry Hall, MD
  • No recharging needed, I am an adult. — Nicholas Pronko, Steve Pronko Diamonds, Dickson City, PA
  • We don’t! January slows us down automatically until we get recharged from buying trips and get ready for Valentine’s Day. — Jeff Weintrop, The Silver Lady, University City, MO

  • Celebrate and enjoy family time with the day after Christmas being off. We will plan our holiday party for January. Limo trip, dinner, dancing and fun! — Erika Godfrey, Hawthorne Jewelry, Kearney, NE
  • With a couple days off at Christmas, and again at New Year’s. And I don’t know for sure about everyone else, but relaxing with wine is my favorite! — Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC
  • Mandatory reduced hours. — J. Dennis Petimezas, Watchmakers Diamonds & Jewelry, Johnstown, PA
  • We ALL schedule a little extra time off around New Year’s. I usually go with my family to watch the Clemson Tigers play in the NCAA football championship! Go Tigers! — Steve Floyd, Floyd & Green, Aiken, SC
  • Beers and wings. — Tim Markwart, Assaly Marks and Hopkins, Nipawin, SK
  • I sleep. — Kelli Reinbold, Vernon Jewelers, Salina, KS
  • Going to the woods to go hunting or 4×4 driving, out of cell coverage. — Josh Rider, Dylan Rings, Montgomery, AL
  • Cut back to a five-day work week for the cold winter months and enjoy our downtime together. — Joe Caron, Caron’s Jewelry, Bristol, RI
  • Recharge? What’s that? We’re a team of three that balance all aspects of our business (sales, purchasing, repairs, returns, inventory management, cleaning, you name it). Ain’t nobody got time to rest! — Wadeana Beveridge, Community Jewelry, Brandon, FL
  • A nap usually works wonders, as long as it’s not while driving home. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • We don’t. We just start all over and do it again. — Joan Charlene Little, Genesis Jewelry, Muscle Shoals, AL
  • With inventory, of course! That’s what January is for! LOL. — Cindy Fuller, Fuller Designs, Poplar Bluff, MO
  • A few days away from the store and email. Last year, snow skiing. This year, golf. — Steven B. Goldfarb, Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, WA
  • Close between Christmas and New Year’s and come in and do inventory for a few days. Remove decorations, clean up the store. Feels like starting the year off on fresh ground. Allows staff to relax in a lower stress atmosphere and clear their heads. — Stacey Gelmici-Saunders, Gelmici Jewellers, Edson, AB
  • No team, just me. And I love the excitement of the “hectic season”. I try to do some decompression every evening before I go to bed. TV, music, and/or solitaire! — Janne Etz, Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL
  • We have a Christmas Survival Party! Everyone gets dressed up and we head to a nice restaurant together, reminisce about years past, and celebrate our successes. — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Vacation to the ocean for me, then shopping in Tucson end of January and into February. — Pamela Hecht, Pamations, Calumet, MI
  • Close Christmas Day and the day after, then New Year’s Eve and the next two days for a four-day off rest. I go to Jamaica for 10 days … let the boys run the show … — Alan Perry, Perry’s Emporium, Wilmington, NC
  • Savannah every January to our favorite B&B. — Rick Nichols, Nassau Jewelry, Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Alcohol, alcohol, and more alcohol … not really … — Shari Altman, B&E Jewelers, Southampton, PA
  • January Christmas dinner for employees and spouses. — Judy Stanley, Skippack Jewelers, Harleysville, PA
  • We close up the store for four to five days. — Charlene Foltz, Pentaltha Jewelers, Tallahassee, FL
  • We close for the week in between Christmas and New Year’s Day, giving everyone time with family and friends. They also get to take advantage of sales that were impractical earlier in the season due to time or budget constraints. — Denise Oros, Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL
  • Vacations or really just long weekend getaways to clear the mind and heal the body. — Frank Salinardi, Linardi’s Jewelers, Plantation, FL

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