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Jewellery Shows and Expos

Wholesale Jewellery Displayed at Jewellery Shows and Expos

I don’t know about you, but I love to visit expos to see what they have in the way of Jewellery displays.  Often it is at these types of events that you find a lot of Jewellery at wholesale prices. You will find these expos and similar types of events are held throughout many parts of the world, so it doesn’t really matter where you live, there will always be merchants who like to gather in one place to show off their wares to the locals.  Many of these merchants travel long distances to be part of these events as their own local communities have already shown their interest in their wares, therefore that gives them incentive enough to know that people in other communities could also be interested in what they have to sell.

Most major cities have convention centers, and these are the places that are most likely to host such an event as an expo at least on an annual basis. They will usually have different themes they cater to throughout the year, therefore there will be more than one occasion during the year that you will be able to catch up to one of these events.

Wholesale jewellery is very popular and therefore there will probably be displays at all of these events no matter what theme is being advertised.  Merchants tend to gather together at all events offered, as the more public displays they attend, the more likely their branding will become more popular. They would probably just alter their display colours or features to match the event theme and their presence at each event would not be considered unwise or not relevant.  In the olden days, caravans of merchants made continuous journeys to all cities throughout their countries and an expo would be on a par with these traveling shows of old.

You will always be privileged to find a lot of information offered at these themed expos which adds value to what you expect to see lined up for sale.  More often there will be several displays of jewellery – absolutely beautiful items on display by several merchants, thus giving you a wide range of choice when you are on the hunt for something in your price range. What is more, the events usually carry over 2 to 3 days therefore you have ample time to see something, go away and think about it, and come back and make your purchase.  You will also have the time to chat to these merchants who are always willing to give you their time so that you can get to know them and develop trust with them and their brand.

Some offer demonstrations.  Some offer seminars related to their product at other times of the year, therefore this information is so valuable when seeking out places for your interest in wholesale  jewellery.

Entry fees are charged at expos and other events such as these, along with parking, therefore there are some costs involved, but truly there is no other place where you get access to many traders under one roof, thus eliminating unnecessary travel and time to many merchants in their own home towns which could prove quite costly if the merchants you wish to visit often live long distances from where you live.

How to find when there is an event?  Visit your local convention centre and find out for yourself what they are offering over the coming year.  Get on their mailing list and that would save you the visit because they would either send you an annual or bi-annual event brochure or perhaps will contact you via email.

If it is not a necessary part of your life to be restricted to local, then search online for jewellery shows in whichever town or city  you wish to visit and you will find the information you wish to know at the touch of your keyboard.  Just type ‘jewellery shows your home town’ replacing the words home town with the city you wish to visit.

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Jewellery Wholesalers

Dealing with Jewellery Wholesalers

Wholesale Jewellery dealers are human just like you,  therefore they love to talk to people about what they sell and are always willing to give you their time to give you avid descriptions of each of their pieces.  Pride and enthusiasm in one’s business is so important otherwise why would one be in business, therefore it would be a very unusual case to approach someone who has not the slightest interest in talking to you about what they have to sell.  I say this, because you do not want to feel timid in the initial approach if you are interested in what they have on display.

There is always the chance that they haven’t got everything with them, so this one on one conversation should also be taken as an opportunity to find out as much as you can about them, where they come from and their particular field of interest.  As with yourself, you may only be interested in antique jewellery, therefore your conversation may steer that way.  However, the merchant may have a particular interest in a certain stone or setting, therefore he would be only too willing to share that with you and perhaps guide you to another piece that you had never thought of before.

These conversations always help when they are two-sided, as both of you get satisfaction from the time being spent by either of you and makes for a more successful day for each of you at the end of the day.  In talking to a merchant they will be happy to discuss something along the lines of a bargain, however, their thoughts would probably steer more towards a bulk buy, rather than a single item, therefore you need to be aware that the lowest price to them may not be what you had in mind if you are after only one particular piece.  Everyone has to make a profit, therefore it would not be fair to try to bargain below wholesale prices for just one or two pieces.  Were you to be interested in several pieces, then a bargain could be reached given the mood of the merchant at the time, and your enthusiasm.

Being able to exam items with a magnifying glass would be acceptable when you are looking for quality jewelry.  After all, in the end it is your hard-earned money that is going to be handed over at the end of the day, therefore it would be very self-assuring if you know exactly what you are looking for in a piece, rather than just bumbling in, hoping what you are buying is the genuine thing.  Not great to find out down the road that you had been cheated in some way. When visiting these shows, some homework needs to have been done, because in the end you are looking for quality jewellery at a reasonable price.

By dealing with a wholesale merchant without the extra costs involved by the addition of a middleman, your spending should actually work out in your favour.  It is to  be hoped that the merchants you are dealing with are the wholesale jewellery dealer in person, however, sometimes this is not the case.  Some merchants do not make their own pieces and of course get them from other sources, therefore in knowing that, you will be aware that an extra cost has been added to each item so as to allow for profit to be made on the original purchase by the merchant from their own wholesale jewellery dealer person.

If you suspect that the person with whom you are dealing is not the manufacturer and therefore the source of the jewellery, then do some research and find out who might be behind the original transaction and establish a relationship with that person instead.  All relationships need to be kept up at all times, if you can see there would be an advantage to you in the future.  Therefore relationships with merchants is no different, and these types of relationships as with any formed, need time and trust.  Trust on the side of the merchant is that your credit remains good at all times.  Honesty goes a long way to forming a good relationship as well from both sides. Naturally as each of you get to know each other better, then better prices and deals will be the positive result at the end of the day and perhaps better credit terms.

All of us humans like to be treated well, therefore, be particular in your dealings with your merchants, so that there should never be a cause for deals and prices to go sour on you. And if you suspect foul play on the side of the wholesaler as to the honesty and authenticity of pieces you get from them, then the only other alternative is to find a new wholesale person with whom to transact.

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Finding Antique Jewellery At Wholesale Prices

Finding Antique Jewellery At Wholesale Prices

I am not sure about you, but I love jewellery because of the extra “look” it can give you the wearer at any one time.   A matching set goes down very well with me – complete with rings, bracelets, neck pieces and sometimes even an anklet depending on the era of the jewellery that I am choosing to wear.

More recently I have had an inkling for antique jewellery having been left a couple of pieces as part of an inheritance from a past generation.  Now usually, a piece of antique jewellery is a valuable piece, depending on the stones used and the settings of the stones. Taking into account colours that make the visual highlight when one can see in their mind something that already matches what they have at home in the way of wardrobe attire.  Antique jewellery is usually a very valuable item and so when one is thinking of purchasing such pieces, prices tend to stretch themselves beyond the limits of the normal everyday fashion guru.

Because I loathe to spend huge amounts of money on accessories just for myself, I made it my business to see if antique jewellery could be brought at more reasonable prices such as wholesale for example.  When one knows the right questions to ask, then it becomes easier to look.  I had no contacts whatsoever in the jewellery lines, therefore I was starting from scratch into a niche that previous to receiving my inheritance I had no interest.

You would suppose that I naturally turned to some place like TradeMe here in New Zealand or even eBay which also seems to service the world. I had a sneaky suspicion though that  sellers using these mediums would be very aware of the value of the pieces they had in their hands, and therefore I suspected that prices would be quite high if I took more than a cursory look in their directions.

No, I had to find another source for wholesale priced antique jewellery and so I sat quietly and sent out vibrations into the universe as to where else could I look for success in my search.  What came back to me with ripples of time was an idea that was as old as the hills and not really considered something typical anymore in our modern day technology.

Newspapers.  That’s right. Newspapers.

Who looks in the newspapers much nowadays when you have it streamed into your living room or onto your cell phone through the waves of internet usage?  People who have antique jewellery would use this form of advertising because many of them grew up with it all because there was never another choice during their day.

So I looked in the newspapers because  I felt very strongly that  when people die they leave estates and what better place to find such items as antique jewellery than in an estate left by those who lived in the era of many antique jewellery pieces.  An estate is usually being sold buy a family glad to get rid of Grandma’s stuff or mother’s old stuff and generally couldn’t care about seeing value in what they are selling simply because it looks outdated to them.

Garage sales was my next choice because one man’s trash is always another man’s treasure and you would be quite surprised what you can find tucked into little boxes, forgotten pockets and other hidey holes at a garage sale.  People who hold garage sales are only trying to get rid of the old to bring in the new; are moving overseas; or have just cleaned out their attic – many reasons to sell things, but with no clue of value attached to much that they have on their display tables.

Both of these outlets could see one purchasing hundreds and thousands of dollars of antique jewellery for a mere pittance simply because the families involved are not interested.

I am an open case here, because when my 2 mothers died 40 years apart, along with my grandmothers, they all had treasures in their china cabinets worth a small fortune to the experienced eye, but to the family around me, all they wanted was to get rid of it all so they could sell the houses and get their share of the money.  Very sad days for me to look back upon, when I knew values, but without the storage facilities and neither the money to buy my siblings out, I had to watch them take away boxes of things to the likes of the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Pauls.  And of course my siblings being in that grieving, anger mode that seems to be common in family funerals, there was no reasoning to be had among them all to allow me to have it just to have.

Through my musing and asking the universe the right questions the Saturday morning treks became common for me in my search for pieces to indulge my new interest – that of antique jewellery.

There are secrets to buying something when you recognise values as you search the tables and eye something very special.  If you wish to get what you have found at a very more than reasonable price, then don’t for goodness sakes make a big show of it.  This will most certainly arouse the attention of the seller and before you know it the 5 cent item is suddenly a huge $50 item or more.  Remember that it is not your fault that they never bothered to get appraisals. And if you can get something off the table and into your car for $2 or less, then the luck of the Irish be with you my friend.

The next stop on your way home would be to a trusted jeweler who is willing to give you an honest appraisal.  You could turn out to be wrong, not all hunches are right, however, you could also be RIGHT and that hunch could be the beginnings of the making of a fortune for you.

Some antique jewellery pieces have valuable stones set in junk settings and the reverse.  So that is another avenue that you could think about.  Dismantling a piece of antique jewellery might also work for you – never discount anything.

Now I know it seems that I discouraged you from looking on TradeMe and eBay, however, they are also avenues to keep an interested eye on as well. Jewellery catalogues anywhere are what you need to be watching out for.  Even going to auctions to bid on something could prove to be an exciting adventure for you.

Searching for antique jewellery can become quite addictive and could lead you to many areas of the earth if that is what you decide to do as you journey along your path of life.

Another thing to watch out for are the rogue sellers.  It is also very easy to be caught up in your search only to be trampled on by a rather sneaky seller.  Escrow will help you on eBay.  Becoming familiar with the seller will help. Ask around to see if they have good reputations before sending your hard earned money across.

Doing your own research before any transaction will always be of good benefit to you.

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