The simple answer is that you can't stock everything that people
want. However you can stock the basics. I stock ss round wire in 6
gauges, sheet in 3 x 3 in 5 gauges, jump rings, a few basic clasps,
solder-gold and silver, pin backs, earring backs and clutches, a few
tools, books, sawblades and drill bits. Basically, I came up with a
list of the most annoying things I seem to run out of and that
determined my stock.
Set a budget for yourself, say $500 for your inventory and replace
when necessary. Eventually you will see what sells the most. The
question you have to ask yourself, are you a classroom, or are you a
store? If you are the latter that teaches a few classes, then you
concentrate on the store and its stock. Bead stores do this, but
their emphasis is to really sell you beads. Teaching a few beading
classes is the incentive for you to buy more beads. If you are a
classroom, then your emphasis is on teaching and you supply some
equipment basics and point your students to vendors that you use
Either way, keep asking questions. It will only help you in the
end. Come and find me at Rio Grande's Catalog in Motion at the
Hilton East, Tucson Gem Show if you would like to chat.
Good luck in your ventures!
M E T A L W E R X
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451