Any suggestions about finding and establishing accounts with
suppliers for pearls, charms, etc. that are willing to
work with small custom jewelers that don’t have “retail storefronts”?
I just got rejected again, this time by Rembrandt Charms, because I
am not a retailer with “regular store hours”. I do have some accounts
established for diamonds and metals (Stuller, Hoover & Strong, etc),
but my prior experience in the industry is with traditional retail
operations and many of their suppliers won’t give me the time of day.
I would be willing to go meet with suppliers at “market”, but since I
don’t lease or own a storefront I don’t seem to qualify. I have a
consistent client base for commissioned custom fine jewelry with good
return for my efforts (low overhead has really helped), but the
supplier thing seems to be my largest stumbling block.
Thank you to all of the wonderful people on this forum that share
their expertise and ideas so willingly. I learn something new every