We are a full-service bead store offering beads from around the world, locally made artisan glass beads, and quality findings. We have classes in bead jewelry making, silversmithing, and flamework glass. Our boutique includes locally made and fairtrade jewelry and accessories, clothing, and original art.
Your Gold Sold buys precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum direct from the public. The business directly supports the Howard Academy for the Metal Arts, to which it is affiliated. We pay some of the highest prices for metals in the US, and pride ourselves on our fair and scrupulous business practices.
Shockey Jewelers encompasses much more than the decades that have passed since its founding in 1933. It encompasses three generations, contemporary custom designs, and antique treasures from Elgin and beyond. Indeed, owner and GIA Graduate Gemologist Peter Shockey not only stocks pocket watches from Elgin Watch Co.?which crafted timepieces from 1867 to 1953?but he travels the world finding gems and heirlooms to feature in his store, making it a go-to spot for adding sparkle to an evening ensemble or a really fancy pair of overalls.
Yet Shockey's shop goes well beyond even earrings and necklaces. Its service center is where jewelry goes to get repaired, and its aficionados are who people see to learn about the four C's of diamond selection?carat weight, clarity, color, and cut?as well as pearls, rubies, and emeralds.
Claudia's Closet swathes men, women, and teens in upscale, name-brand resale apparel with an emphasis on accouterments for special occasions. Shoes, suits, dresses, and purses wink enticingly from their racks, flaunting labels such as Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Dooney & Bourke. Pull on a pair of pants ($6–$26) and a T-shirt ($5–$25) or replace woolen long johns with a Betsy Johnson summer dress and gales of sunny laughter ($22). A purse from Coach ($35) awaits the perfect formal dress to sweep it away through chic boardwalks and avenues ($30–$75). Meanwhile, men look dapper in a Ralph Lauren shirt ($9), dapperer in a Nautica suit with pants and a coat ($35), and dapperest in Batman's breastplate.
Claire's stocks a cascade of glittering earrings, accessories, and cosmetics for kids, tweens, and teens. Fashion-conscious gals flock to stores to have their ears pierced by practiced technicians or to peruse trinkets emblazoned with Hello Kitty and Angry Birds characters. Celebrity-sponsored styles showcase endorsements from Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber, and prom accessories let youths prepare for one of high school’s most important events, second only to arm wrestling the mascot to get their diplomas.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.