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New reps on our company team!

Posted by Sabrina Tart on January 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

I am sorry but i have not had time to post any updates in a few weeks, we have been so busy with Christmas and ordering new items, trying to get ready for the new year. We are pleased to anounce that we have added more ladies to our sales team! We now have 2 more reps in NC ,1 in Virginia and 1 in Louisiana . These ladies are working hard to get stocked and ready to provide you with local services for home parties, vendor events at locations near you and more! We are still looking to add more people to the team so we can provide more locations with the great service you have come to expect and now a local representive for even faster service. If you or someone you know would like to get started with there own charming dream send us a message, you will be surprised at how easy it is to get started. I hope to have each team member give us a little more information about where they are from very soon. I hope everyone is off to a great start this year!

Why do my charms fall off my Pandora?

Posted by Sabrina Tart on December 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I get the question all the time, "Why do my charms, keep falling off my bracelet?", Well there are 2 reason for that,. First you need to understand that charms come in 2 styles of core types, ( the core is the middle of the charm that the chain goes thru. ) The first is a plain smooth core inside, the slide on very easily to most chains. . The second, is a threaded core, that mean that the inside is turned and threaded like a screw and the bead has to be twisted and threaded on to the chain if he end of the chain have threaded area like Pandora chains, .They are made that way as a safey feature. Beads and Charms with a threaded core do not fall off as easily and those with plain core.but they can still fall off. If your bracelet has the threaded end, the first thing to do to prevent your items from falling off is to make sure that the last bead on is a threaded core charm or bead. Also it is recomended that you use a saftey end clip, If your chain does not have threaded end the only way to keep things on is to use a end clip , even the threaded core beads will easliy fall off of this type of chain,

Clips are made with a smaller hole so that is fits tight against the chain and will not slip off. They have a hinged sild and an closer side, open the clip place it on as the last charm on the bracelet or on either side of other charms ot keep them in place in the middle of the chain it you like.Just open the clip place it around the chain and snap it shut, When you need ot add more charm, open it remove and add you item then place it back on the end.

Clips are the best way to keep you charms and beads in place, that is what they are made for! If you don't have one but have a screw core bead use that until you can get a clip. Screw core beads also run a little higher in price that staight solid cores, If you don't have a clip get one to protect your investments. Then you can take off your bracelet without the worry of them falling to the floor.

Unlike most companies that make you buy a clip for $35 after you just purchased a bracelet ( some try to sell your more) at S&K we belive that the standard for every bracelet should be a clip for safety at the end to protect your items. We don't make you buy a bracelet and then buy a clip to protect you charms. Every starter bracelet we sell comes with 1 clip for the end . We want to make sure your items stay on you bracelet, that is our gift to you ,

If you have a bracelet and don't have a clip , check out our line of clips, all selling for $15 thats half of what other companies charge and protect your memories from being lost!


Should you start a home based or mom owned bussiness?

Posted by Sabrina Tart on November 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM


I get the question all the time from people I meet at event and customer, women from my online business group. Would I recommend starting a home based business? Well I would but you must be ready to put in the work to make is grow, if not you are throwing money in the wind to watch is fall. I started my company 2 years ago and I enjoy what I do, but it has been a long time and a lot of work to really finally see it start to grow.

Years ago when I was a child and teenager, I remember moms staying at home and selling Avon ,Watkins ,Staley products or running a hair salon, attached to or beside their home. That what my mom, grandmother and aunt all did. My neighbor sold Stanley and grandma ran a solon next to her house and sold Watkins in there too! And several ladies sold Avon; you could always find an Avon book to look at. Boy did I love foxfire perfume! Back then everyone made their own clothes because it was cheaper. Then all the clothing started being made in Japan, and they could be bought cheaper that you could buy material and put your time into making them. Times change women went to work away from home, and home based business, started failing away, no one had time to put into them while working outside of the home. Yes some of the well knows companies managed to stay around with a small base home based sellers. Then a few new companies popped up here and there ,some faded out and other have lasted, but none really had as many representatives as in years past, but them the ones that stuck with it had more customers because there were fewer representatives to buy from.

I have noticed a large increase in home based mom owned business in the last few years especially the last several months. With the fall in the economy, so many people losing their jobs, more women than ever are working from home running a home based business and working a full time job. Companies like Thirty-one, Watkins ,Avon, Initials inc. ,Sentzy and many more in a long list are growing at a extremely fast pace. If you get in early when they first hit your area you can do very well ,but after awhile the area becomes a little saturated and sales may fall off quite a bit.. But most of these companies are developing a large fan base and with adding new product lines seem to be doing well.


If you are considering starting a business, there are several things to consider, First ,choose something that you love , If you don't really like jewelry or wear it then you should not sell it , or if you are not into purses, same thing, If it is not a product you would buy or really like enough to be passionate about it ,you probably want really have your heart into selling it and it will show ,therefore you really want enjoy what you are doing . People are more likely to buy from you if they feel that you are confident in your products and love what you do.

Second, is there a need or demand for the product? For instants, If you know 20 Thirty-one reps that live within 15 min of you, I would not suggest signing up to be a rep, too much competition. Maybe chose a different purse company that does not have many reps in your area. Or chose something unique, that you love and other will love that no one is selling, if you are a crafter and make new or unique items for fun that may be your calling, start a business with something no one in your area is selling.

Check back again tomorrow for more tips, leave us your question about ideal, web stores, facebook, marketing anything you want help with to start your own business. We will be posting more helpful hints and suggetions to help you change your life with your  business!

How do I put new charms on my charm bracelet?

Posted by Sabrina Tart on August 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

At almost every event I go to someone ask me how do they add new charms to their  bracelet, or is afraid to buy because they don't have it with them so that we can add it for them, Adding charms to your bracelet is a very simply thing to do. Some people are afraid and feel that they just have to let the jewlery store do it for them but it is as simple as 1,2,3,.

Step 1 : If you have a end safety clip ( and you should to keep your charms from falling off and getting lost) You just simply unsnap the clip, and remove it then you can add your new charm . All clips have a slot on one side that the opening side and the other is the hing side, Just take your nail and push down inward at the slot on the open side to undoe the clip.

Step 2:  Next you need to decide where you want to place your new charm, if you just want to had it to the end, remove the clip slip on the new charm, If you want it in another location you will need to remove the other charms and beads , add the new and replace the others. The main question to answer is do the other charms and beads have screw or thread cores or not. If the beads and charms are plain smooth cores it is a simple as just slipping them off. If the cores are threaded the the beads and charm must be turned to twist them over the safety thread areas on the bracelet if your bracelet has them . Threaded cores are simply turned like twisting a bottle cap on a drink , It should be a tight fit and you must get them started turning but this is a safety feature to help keep them on the chain and prevent them falling off  and getting lost. .If for some reason a new charm or bead does not screw easly then back it offf and try again , if you still have problems then I would take it in to have the charm checked. Sometime a flaw my accure with the inner thread that prevents proper threading.


Step 3: replace the clip , making sure that it snaps shut  to hold everything on


That's it , realy don't be afraid to try , once you do you will  wonder what you were afraid of  !  :D8)

Charming for the young princess !

Posted by Sabrina Tart on January 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Todays question: My 10year old wants a pandora bracelet, should I invest  in a real one or go cheaper?

That depends on the child, some girls are very responsible and would do great with a real silver charm bracelet and some not so much.If they are going to be wearing it for special occasion only the investment would be a great item to build on for years. You must also consider if they are planning to wear it to school that could be a problem. My middle school daughter had a very nice bracelet with lots of real nice charms, with a cheerleading theme and she wore it to school..Unfortunately she put it in her cheer gym bag  because they could not wear jewlery at games, and someone stole it out of the bag!

I would suggest that a cheaper one would be better for younger girls. A nice silver plated one will hold up for along time and you can upgrade to a nicer one later. With the new triple silver plated over white copper charms available now you can make a very nice bracelet that looks just as nice as a real solid silver one for about a third of the cost. With our new 4 for $30 line  most charms are almost identical to the 925 solid silver ones, The company has now started making the charms in both versions to help cut the cost,for those that want the look at a lower cost. I have personaly worn several of this type of charm to see how well they hold up and have been very pleased.

But I must caution that there are several well know cheaper brands that do not hold up well and start to turn a copper color very fast. I have had several customers that bought this brand and were very disappointed with the quality, they were told that the charms and bracelet would not turn but after a few weeks they did and they lost alot of money on them this brand still cost about $8 each and the bracelet cost is $15 ( the same as our 925 silver ones) After looking up the D......... Brand I found that they are made of a "metal mixter" ,not sure what that means but,it must not be good.

So do your home work before you purchase , but with the silver plated bracelet and charms, the cheaper glass beads that are still very good quality and pretty, you can save alot of money and get a very nice piece for under $35  , that way if it is lost or stolen you are not out so much money. :)

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