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How is holidays 2009 retail business?


#1

As of 12/17/2008 after the store closed for the day, we are down
4 1/2 % for the month. Any one else want to say how they are doing?

Tom Arnold


#2

I have been super busy. I have created and sold over 40+ pieces of
art jewelry for my Etsy store as well as for local customers in the
past two weeks. I am finally caught up and now only shipping “in
stock” items. I am taking a week off to enjoy the holiday starting
Saturday evening.

I am so thankful for the busy holiday season and for Etsy for making
it possible for me to do so well this year.

Laney


#3

Through the end of November I was up a solid 18% for the year.
December, however, has proved to be more trying. My sales are off
significantly from the last two years, although they are running
fairly close to 2005. On the other hand my December 2006 was the
best I had ever had in 25 years and last year was not far behind it.
But all of this is relative. Instead of the 3-4 $10,000 sales/orders
I took in the last two years I’ve only had one. Instead of the 5-8
$5000 sales/orders I’ve had 3-4. I’m sure many of you would be
ecstatic to be seeing sales in this range. In this economy, with the
bulk of my executive/managerial customers scared of losing their jobs
(whether it’s a real fear or not), I’d have to say I’m not unhappy
with the amount of work I am taking in at this point. Additionally,
because I make everything I sell, I don’t tend to buy any extra stock
so my bills are pretty much the same as any other time of year. If I
don’t sell as much, I just don’t owe as much for the metal. However,
what I am finding is lacking this year is the stream of guys in
buying presents. My core business of wedding bands, engagement rings
and general custom work has stayed solid. It’s just the rest of it
that is lacking at the moment. But then there are still seven more
days until Christmas, I only need to make a few of the right sales,
and men are notorious procrastinators. There’s hope out there yet. On
the plus side of all this too is that I’ve had to work a whole lot
less this year. That’s actually made the month a whole lot more
enjoyable for me.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, LLC
www.spirerjewelers.com


#4

Tis a bit early for me to predict next year, Tom, but I’ll take a
crack at 08 :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Its off, of course. Luckily I didn’t expect a good season so it
doesn’t hurt, other than emotionally. Like Daniel, I’m up for the
year even with a sour December. You take solace where you can.

What I’ve seen a fair bit, and this may be a harbinger of the year
to come, something I touched on in another thread although this is in
an unexpected manner…People have been giving repaired or
refurbished jewelry. So service will be the thing to concentrate on.
The frustrating thing was, they didn’t tell me the repairs were for
Christmas so here I am busting my chops rushing at the last minute.
But, you know, service your clientele.

Retail Christmas…its always fun?

Look forward to the point where pent up demand overcomes spending
resistance. Husbands/BFs in trouble from Christmas just might step
up to the plate on Valentine’s. maybe. I recall 2002 was the best
VDay I ever had, I mean big, and it caught me by surprise. That
followed another devastating blow. Have the right promos and the
right mix of goods and there may be opportunity there.

Retailers…dreamers aren’t we?


#5

Tis a bit early for me to predict next year, Tom, but I’ll take a
crack at 08 :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Its off, of course. Luckily I didn’t expect a good
season so it doesn’t hurt, other than emotionally. Like Daniel, I’m
up for the year even with a sour December. You take solace where you
can. What I’ve seen a fair bit, and this may be a harbinger of the
year to come, something I touched on in another thread although this
is in an unexpected manner…People have been giving repaired or
refurbished jewelry. So service will be the thing to concentrate on.
The frustrating thing was, they didn’t tell me the repairs were for
Christmas so here I am busting my chops rushing at the last minute.
But, you know, service your clientele. Retail Christmas…its always
fun? Look forward to the point where pent up demand overcomes
spending resistance. Husbands/BFs in trouble from Christmas just
might step up to the plate on Valentine’s. maybe. I recall 2002 was
the best VDay I ever had, I mean big, and it caught me by surprise.
That followed another devastating blow. Have the right promos and
the right mix of goods and there may be opportunity there.
Retailers…dreamers aren’t we?