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When You Make Those Unforgettable Holiday Sales, You Make a Memory Forever

And as your biggest fans, the team at INSTORE is cheering you on from the sidelines.

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JEWELRY RETAILERS HELP their customers make special memories daily. But what can get lost in the shuffle is that sometimes, those moments are special memories for the store owners, managers and salespeople as well.

Especially during the holiday season, when jewelry retailers will do up to 40 percent of their annual sales in just a few short weeks. It’s a grind, and it’s exhausting, but it can also be extraordinarily rewarding. And that’s what so many of you love about your jobs (see our “Buzz Session with the Brain Squad” on page 56).

For this month’s lead story, “Holiday Whoppers,” we asked you to tell us about your most memorable holiday sales, and boy, did you deliver! Some were stories of monumental and unexpected purchases. Others were amusing tales of last-minute desperation. And some were heartwarming moments where the jeweler went above and beyond for a thankful client.

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We hope you’ll enjoy reading these stories as much as we did, and that they’ll inspire you to keep that smile blazing and maintain your “A game,” because you never know which customer interaction will provide that next unforgettable moment.

As always, we’ve packed some last-minute holiday advice into this issue, like Megan Crabtree’s column on how to turn post-holiday returns into exchanges and Sherry Smith’s column on sales KPIs. And don’t miss David Geller’s column at instoremag.com outlining 11 fun sales games.

May your holiday be merry and bright, and may you experience many more “holiday whoppers” this season!

When You Make Those Unforgettable Holiday Sales, You Make a Memory Forever

Trace Shelton

Editor-in-Chief, INSTORE
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Trace Shelton is the editor-in-chief of INSTORE magazine. He can be reached at [email protected].

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It’s Going to Set Us Up Very Nicely for Retirement

You’ve worked hard all your life. And if you’re like most jewelers contemplating retirement, you’re hoping that your going-out-of-business sale will add to your nest egg — with minimal complications. That’s exactly what Doug and Jacki Friedrich, fourth-generation owners of Friedrich Jewelers Inc., of Vernon, Conn., experienced when they selected Wilkerson to run their sale. “Jewelers who are contemplating a sale should go with Wilkerson because of their experience,” says Doug. And with financial goals “exceeding expectations,” the couple can now focus on enjoying the next chapter of their lives. “It’s going to set us up very nicely for retirement,” says Jacki. “The money’s coming in and we have no complaints. It’s been wonderful.”

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