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Editor's Note

It’s Time for Some Spring Cleaning!

From aged inventory to stale marketing, toss out what’s old to move ahead.

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OUT WITH THE OLD, in with the new!

It’s not just the theme of the season; it’s the theme of this issue. What’s slowing down your store this spring — old inventory, old showroom décor, old ideas? We tackle all of those and more.

In our big story, managing editor Eileen McClelland shares 13 sale concepts for clearing the dogs from your showcases, moving estate jewelry or even simply priming the sales pump (with five additional ideas available online at instoremag.com). Then, in our second lead story, “Lean and Mean,” we dive into specific ways that jewelers can make their operations healthier by cutting costs in a variety of areas.

Elsewhere, contributing writer Becky Stone reveals 19 of the most fabulous looks in affordable fashion jewelry — a category that could lift your self-purchase sales and set the stage for future sales in fine jewelry. David Brown writes about more effectively managing debt, David Geller shares five fun sales contests to incentivize your staff, and new guest columnist Michelle Bailey discloses tips for building a millennial-friendly selling environment.

Much is made in our industry about the ongoing contraction of independent jewelry retailers — and yet specialty retail jewelry sales have remained static for the past decade. That means there’s a bigger piece of the pie out there for you if you’re willing to put in the work.

So unload some dead weight and put a spring in your step! The future looks bright!

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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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