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[dropcap cap=S]hortly after Lynn Westcott graduated from college, she answered a want ad for a management position with a jewelry store. “It sounded interesting, and I figured I’d work in jewelry until I found a real job!” That was 28 years ago. Today, as sales consultant with Northeastern Fine Jewelry, where she’s been for 16 years, Westcott averages over $1 million annually in personal sales. “My best year was $1.3 million,” Westcott says, adding that even through the difficult times of 2009, she still did $1.1 million.  — LORRAINE DEPASQUE [/dropcap]

PROFILES: Gathering customer information is key. Even if a woman just comes in for a repair, cleaning, or appraisal, but looks at a designer necklace, after she leaves, I put that down. Then, later on, if I know she has a celebration coming up or we’re having an event that might interest her, I contact her.

ENGAGEMENT RINGS: While a bride is looking at bands, I make notes on earrings or bracelets she might also be looking at, then I’ll contact her — or her fiancé — and ask if she might want the piece to wear on her wedding day.

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E-MAIL: E-mail has become probably 50 percent of how we contact customers. For one couple I worked with on a diamond engagement sale, I wound up doing almost the whole presentation through e-mail, sending photos back and forth.

NEW CUSTOMERS: First, I try to find a common bond, asking them if someone I might know sent them to us. I also walk them through the store to ensure that they don’t find the store intimidating.

DOWN-TO-EARTH: I’ve always used a low-pressure approach. I tell myself, “Have fun and don’t be too methodical.” I encourage people to try jewelry on.

CLOSE: I might ask, “Why don’t you let our jeweler see how soon they can have this set up for you?”

AN “OFF” DAY: I just remind myself that every day is a new opportunity. Two sales can turn everything around.

[span class=note]This story is from the June 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Shortly after Lynn Westcott graduated from college, she answered a want ad for a management position with a jewelry store.

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[dropcap cap=S]hortly after Lynn Westcott graduated from college, she answered a want ad for a management position with a jewelry store. “It sounded interesting, and I figured I’d work in jewelry until I found a real job!” That was 28 years ago. Today, as sales consultant with Northeastern Fine Jewelry, where she’s been for 16 years, Westcott averages over $1 million annually in personal sales. “My best year was $1.3 million,” Westcott says, adding that even through the difficult times of 2009, she still did $1.1 million.  — LORRAINE DEPASQUE [/dropcap]

PROFILES: Gathering customer information is key. Even if a woman just comes in for a repair, cleaning, or appraisal, but looks at a designer necklace, after she leaves, I put that down. Then, later on, if I know she has a celebration coming up or we’re having an event that might interest her, I contact her.

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ENGAGEMENT RINGS: While a bride is looking at bands, I make notes on earrings or bracelets she might also be looking at, then I’ll contact her — or her fiancé — and ask if she might want the piece to wear on her wedding day.

E-MAIL: E-mail has become probably 50 percent of how we contact customers. For one couple I worked with on a diamond engagement sale, I wound up doing almost the whole presentation through e-mail, sending photos back and forth.

NEW CUSTOMERS: First, I try to find a common bond, asking them if someone I might know sent them to us. I also walk them through the store to ensure that they don’t find the store intimidating.

DOWN-TO-EARTH: I’ve always used a low-pressure approach. I tell myself, “Have fun and don’t be too methodical.” I encourage people to try jewelry on.

CLOSE: I might ask, “Why don’t you let our jeweler see how soon they can have this set up for you?”

AN “OFF” DAY: I just remind myself that every day is a new opportunity. Two sales can turn everything around.

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[span class=note]This story is from the June 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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