How to De-Stash Your Unwanted Jewelry Components

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How to De-Stash Your Unwanted Jewelry Components, by Rena Klingenberg, Jewelry Making Journal

When you want to get rid of some of your jewelry components – what do you do with the unwanted stash?

(I’m assuming those components are good enough quality for making jewelry.)

Ideas for De-Stashing Your
Unwanted Jewelry Components:

  • Keep the unwanted components to use when creating “rough drafts” or prototypes of your new jewelry design ideas.
  • Use them when you teach jewelry workshops.
  • Create and sell jewelry kits with the older components.
  • Check out some of the Facebook destash groups (you can find them with an online search for “Facebook destash group”) to connect with other jewelry artists who may want these components.
  • For selling your stash of the old components, you may want to investigate Etsy.com (a lot of destash jewelry supplies are bought and sold there).
  • Donate your unwanted jewelry components locally – and they’ll find their way to a jewelry artist who will happily use them …. without your having to create online listings, pack, and ship them.
  • Donate them to local art guilds.
  • Donate them to retirement homes or senior centers, where jewelry making is a popular craft.
  • Donate them to a local school.
  • Donate them to your local college art department.
  • Donate them to a local thrift store. Lots of jewelry artists scour these stores for treasures like yours at affordable prices, and they’d be delighted to find your stash of components.

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  • Sue says:

    I have almost the same situation as Dolly Stewart. Dozens and dozens of mixed metal charms, findings, other elements. I’m switching gears and going for more quality jewelry, which means the mixed metals have to go. Destash seems the only reasonable route. The money I get from that can help buy Sterling findings.

    I’m also zooming in on a specific style instead of a mix hodgepodge of designs and elements. It’ll be hard getting rid of a lot of the beads and pendants and so on that I won’t be using. A long process, but should have maybe half of the supplies that I’ve been sorting and categorizing the last three to four years.

    Problem is I don’t know what to charge. Less than retail, maybe less that wholesale, but beyond that –

    I’ll keep on top of these journal comments for help in this new venture. Thanks.

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