Gray Jewelry Displays

July 14th, 2016

Gray Jewelry Displays 

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Gray is the latest finish to be added to our ever expanding jewelry display line of products. Our newest addition offers a sleek and sophisticated look that will allow your jewelry to shine no matter what the style or color. Our gray jewelry displays feature a sateen finish that is smooth to the touch and lightweight. The necklace display busts offer a rear coated wire latch to assist in securing necklaces to the display. The jewelry bases are ample in size to ensure proper balance.

We have 16 options that will compliment any of our existing displays including tiered bars, ring fingers, bracelet displays, trays and padded inserts. Please explore all of our pieces here.

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Wooden Crate Jewelry Display

July 7th, 2016

Wooden Crate Jewelry Display

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If you are a jewelry designer, crafter, or retailer, your jewelry collection is constantly evolving. With the ever changing collections, displaying your jewelry effectively is extremely important. Continuing to stay fresh and on-trend can be a challenge, so the objective is to present your jewelry in the most eye catching way possible. We want to show you how quick and easy it is to transform our Set of 4 Nested Crates into something extravagant for your jewelry.

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To create these displays you will need:

1 set of 4 nested wood crates (SKU 68-301)
Spray paint or acrylic/latex paint (we used flat spray paint one can for each crate. The white we left the inside unfinished)
7/8” brass cup hooks (these can be purchased at any hardware store or discount department store)
3/16” drill bit (this is the size we used for the 7/8” brass hooks.)

The nesting crates are unfinished pine wood and are ready to paint or stain. We spray painted the three smallest crates, leaving the largest size out. Allow them to dry completely, then pre-drill holes on each side. Hand screw the brass hooks into the pre- drilled holes, 3 hooks on each side for a total of 6 hooks. However, you can use as many as you would like. Next, add your jewelry. You can string the jewelry across the inside of the crates as we did on the smallest two sizes. For the third size, we hung the jewelry on the hooks vertically and across the inside of the crate.

The nesting crates are unfinished pine wood and are ready to paint or stain. We spray painted the three smallest crates, leaving the largest size out. Allow them to dry completely, then pre-drill holes on each side. Hand screw the brass hooks into the pre- drilled holes, 3 hooks on each side for a total of 6 hooks. However, you can use as many as you would like. Next, add your jewelry. You can string the jewelry across the inside of the crates as we did on the smallest two sizes. For the third size, we hung the jewelry on the hooks vertically and across the inside of the crate.

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Try different finishes like a crackle or wood stain, or try using sand paper after painting for a distressed/antique look. You can also add a contrasting color of paint to the inside of the crate. We also included free standing jewelry displays from our wood collections (SKU 55-556 and 55-539) and boutique linen collection (SKU 55-716). You are only limited by your imagination.

Summertime Essentials

June 24th, 2016

Summertime Essentials 

Summertime Essentials

Summertime is in full swing and we want to make sure you are able to draw attention your summer inventory!  With popular holidays like 4th of July coming up, we want you to take advantage of the opportunity to move your summer merchandise out the door. Here are some of our top picks for helping you showcase your merchandise.

Sale Signage

Draw your customers’ attention with sale signage!

We offer sale signage that will work for all types of store décor from boutique to farmhouse chic. We carry popular signs in sizes 5” x 7”, 7” x 11”, and 8 ½” x 11” and are sold in packs of 25. Our boutique signage has several patterns that coordinate well with other accessories throughout our boutique lines. Also, we have a new line of lightweight sign holders that take up very little space. Our new sign holders start at $1.45 per piece.

Wall Mount Fixtures

Let your summer merchandise shine on wall mount fixtures!

One of the most effective ways to show off seasonal or limited quantity merchandise is by creating a feature wall to showcase your merchandise. An inexpensive way to achieve this is to install wall mount fixtures. We offer several different styles and finishes ranging from basic chrome to popular boutique finishes, such as cobblestone and ivory. Our wall mounts are the perfect fit to show off accessories like bags, sunglasses, and hats. They are easy to install and flexible to use throughout your space.

Tags, Embellishments, and Shopping Bags

Add some variety to your summer packaging for a lasting impression!

The summer season creates the perfect opportunity to change your packaging style. Try switching to a fun color or print just for the summer months. Add personal touches like our embellishments that feature the words Thank You, Come Again, and Enjoy.

Four Creative Uses For Jewelry Trays

June 9th, 2016

Four Creative Uses For Jewelry Trays

We have a beautiful line of jewelry trays that can transform your jewelry into beautiful pieces that your customers won’t be able to resist. Our wooden jewelry trays are available in four sizes and three gorgeous finishes: natural, antique white and dark oak. The pricing starts at $4 per tray. You don’t have to place the jewelry inside the tray. By thinking outside the box, you can really make your product stand out. Take a look at some of the unique ways you can display your product using our jewelry trays. To see all of our collections please click here.

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Store Owner Spotlight Darbe And Co

May 9th, 2016

Store Owner Spotlight Darbe&Co.

Our latest Store Owner Spotlight highlights a store that is all about personal service and providing their customers the latest in upscale women’s and children’s fashion. If you’re looking for big city style with a small town flare, you should definitely take a look inside Darbe&Co. Boutique.

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The Business

Darbe&Co. Boutique is an established retail apparel store celebrating 4 years in business. The store is located on North Main Street in the historic business district of Charles City, Iowa. Darbe&Co. Boutique offers style-conscious women a variety of clothing, accessories, and beauty essentials with a splash of energy and fun. They carry a selection of merchandise from some of the most respected women’s clothing lines available. As a companion to the clothing, Darbe&Co. Boutique also carries a wide selection of accessories: jewelry, purses, carry-on luggage, collegiate wear, and more. The store also offers a full line of skin care to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant.

How did you come up with the name of your business?

“Years ago, we traveled to London and were touring Bath, England. That is where I became enamored with a hat shop named Darbey’s. When I decided to open the boutique, I dropped the letter ‘y’ and named it Darbe&Co. Boutique.”

Do you have a background in retail? If not, what is your employment background?

“I have been a business partner and owner on Main Street in Charles City for almost 15 years.  Also, being a Property Manager for 13 years, I was very involved in the marketing and development of several commercial properties. In the spring of 2012, I purchased the building now known as Darbe&Co. Boutique.

What factors led you to decide to open a retail store/website?

“I felt that Main Street needed a boost in the selections available to sophisticated shoppers in northeast Iowa. Also, this was a great opportunity to help boost the local economy. Establishing a new niche for women’s clothing has been exciting and rewarding. I am thankful to my clients for their support, friendship, and encouragement!”

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The Store

Inside of Darbe&Co. Boutique is an organized grouping of well styled apparel.  Within the space, tables full of merchandise are beautifully arranged to allow the shopper to properly view each piece. The displays are constantly updated to maintain their ever-changing inventory. Darbe&Co. even has a feature wall, stocked with everything from skin care products to wine racks.  The wine offering makes this store especially unique, capitalizing on the growing popularity of wine enthusiasts. What woman wouldn’t want to shop for clothing and purchase a bottle of wine within the same retail space?

What was your design strategy when you put your store together?

“Repurpose and renew. Everything involving the store design has the ability to repurpose what we have in the background and highlight our retail inventory. We’re a local destination and national trade secret for women seeking high value style. We offer hometown personal service and tasteful, sophisticated class, with a fun attitude. Darbe& Co. Boutique has the personal style trade secret you can afford to indulge in.”

What are some features/special events that you do at your store to set yourself apart from other retailers?

“We are the only “boutique” retailer on Main Street that sells wine. We organize and advertise our monthly Wine Walks and always have a dry wine sample on the counter with sweets in the cooler. Fresh coffee also welcomes our shoppers every day, along with the opportunity for wine tasting. Three times a year, we participate in shopping extravaganzas with other Charles City retailers. Some of these events include ChickFest in the spring, WitchFest in the fall, and ElfFest in the winter.

What advice if any would you give others seeking to open a retail business that you have benefited from?

“It is so important to advertise and be involved in the community. Also, do not forget to have fun and keep focused on your customers. Be consistent with your look; find a supplier and stick with them. Run routine sales and keep your lines and vendors fresh. Finally, give your customers something to look forward to: great customer service and fresh new displays showcasing fun inventory.”

Darbe&Co. Boutique
220 N. Main Street
Charles City, IA 50616
Facebook: Darbe&Co. Boutique
Web: darbe&coboutique.com

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