August 28, 2013

Question of the Week: Return Policy

by ClearanceCharms
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If you no longer have your invoice, the return policy can be found conveniently online at Clearancecharms.com. 

Step One: Go to the homepage at Clearancecharms.com. and click on ‘Customer Service‘ in the top right hand of the page. 
 
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 Step Two: Scroll to the bottom of the Customer Service page and under ‘Quick Help,’ please select ‘Returns Policy.’
 

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Step Three: On the Return Policy page, policy outlines are provided for both exchanges and returns (see below).

 
For Store Credit: Items may be returned for store credit within 30 days of delivery. The amount paid for the items will be applied to your Clearance Charms account for future purchases. Exchanges and store credit are NOT subject to a restocking fee. Clearance Items are final sale and cannot be returned for store credit.
 
For Exchanges: Items may be exchanged within 30 days of delivery. Exchanges are subject to a $5.95 shipping charge unless otherwise noted. Exchanges on items purchased during promotional periods are eligible for promotional pricing on items of equal value in the same product category if the item is returned for exchange within five days of delivery. Exchanges and store credit are NOT subject to a restocking fee. Clearance Items are final sale and cannot be exchanged.
 
 
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For Returns: Items may be returned for a refund within 15 days of delivery. Refunds are subject to a 10% restocking fee unless otherwise noted. Clearance items are final sale and cannot be returned.


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Please read the policies thoroughly. A return authorization is required for all returns and exchanges which can be obtained through calling 1-800-309-1772 or through your Clearance Charms Account online.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                
May 17, 2013

Clearance Charms Vs. Pandora: Infographic

by ClearanceCharms

Comparison Infographic of Pandora and New Dreamz charm bracelets and charms.  This infographic explains the cost-effectiveness of New Dreamz jewelry by comparing its prices to Pandora's.

May 17, 2013

Why Isn’t My Bracelet Pure Silver?

by ClearanceCharms

The idea of having a pure silver piece of jewelry is better than actually having it.

Unlike other many other 100% solid metals, pure silver is incredibly malleable and ductile.  In its pure form, it’s able to be shaped and played with in a way that doesn’t require excessive power and energy.  Hand tools can be used to shape silver whereas powered tools are needed to harder base metals like steel.

Because silver is a soft base metal and incredibly malleable in its pure form, small amounts of harder metals like copper are added to increase its strength.  Stronger silver is important for jewelry and makes pieces like bracelets, necklaces, and earring last longer.

How much of Sterling Silver is … Silver?

By definition, sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver.  The other 7.5% is other metal, usually a stronger metal like copper.  Through years of experiments by jewelry designers and manufacturers, this has proven to be the best ratio of silver to non-silver.  The ratio maintains the shiny vitality of the silver and makes items like jewelry stronger.

In the jewelry biz, sterling silver is often referred to as “925 silver,” which makes sense, given the silver to non-metal ratio.

The “925″ that defines the silver is part of something called the millesimal fineness system.  Many European jewelers use this system for their marking system whereas many jewelers in the United States and United Kingdom use the karat system.  Like the “925″ associated with sterling silver the millesimal fineness system defines precious metals with three numbers.

What’s the Purpose of Mixing Metals?

The main purpose is to make softer base metals like silver and gold stronger.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a way of sparring silver for reasons related to thriftiness.  If that were the case, that 7.5% would increase significantly.

Because silver is relatively weak, it’s made into an alloy with copper and other metals.  An alloy is simply a mixture of two or more metals.  With sterling silver, it’s silver and often copper – a powerful combination that’s used to make jewelry similar to Pandora silver bracelets and other fashion items.

When buying jewelry, always be aware of its metal ratio or number associated to it based on the millesimal fineness system.  This way, you’ll always know what you’re getting and know the strength of the jewelry.

May 13, 2013

Crystal Charms Add Beauty and Glamour to Any Charm Bracelet

by ClearanceCharms

Fashionistas love the appeal of wearing charm bracelets, and there’s nothing better than adding the brilliance of a sparkling crystal charm to an otherwise subdued bracelet. A crystal centerpiece sparkles like a genuine gemstone and enhances the appearance of daily apparel and accessories. We have a large selection of outstanding individual crystal charms. They can be used as a central focal point or for use among other stones and beads for an outstanding one-of-a-kind dazzling piece of jewelry. We proudly offer the latest elegantly-styled faceted crystal designs.

These days, charm bracelets are extremely popular, and there are few better ways to make them stand out than with a beautiful and sparkling charm. Regardless of the number of charms or types of charms you currently have on your Pandora bracelet (or a similar type of charm bracelet), there’s always room for a stunning crystal charm – especially when it’s affordably priced.

Our selection of glittering crystal charms is so alluring and eye catching that you’ll want to purchase more than one charm. The crystals are designed to be compatible with the top name brands of exclusive bracelets like Biagi, Pandora, Camilia, and Troll – or to be worn independently. We hand select our crystals and are continuously adding fresh crystals to our category lines. We also offer special discounts as our designer crystal pieces are retired.

Our faceted crystal charms capture both indoor and outdoor lighting in an eye-catching manner and reflect in an explosion of sparkling light. They are beautiful to see and even more delightful to wear. The pleasure derived from wearing a superb piece of jewelry accented with an exquisite crystal is a display of personal pride, so be sure to browse our complete selection of crystal charms to find the ones that you want to add to your charm bracelet.

May 1, 2013

Clearance Pandora Charms are Affordable and In Style

by ClearanceCharms

For fashionable females looking to add a few beautiful and unique charms to their bracelets, we are proud to offer a great selection of affordable clearance Pandora charms that fit a wide array of charm bracelets by companies like Pandora, Chamilia, Troll, and Biagi.

Because the craze of these lovely charm bracelets is still in full force, a designer can take advantage of greatly reduced prices on these popular Pandora style charms and still turn a profit. A number of designer charms are available, with some featuring durable sterling silver or silver plating and others embellished with fine crystals. Because we are constantly updating our inventory of clearance charms, it’s worth checking back often if you’re looking for specific pieces. Whether you’re a designer looking to buy and re-sell or just an individual who wants some fun new charms, we have something in stock for you.

Popular charms in our inventory include barrel beads encrusted with crystals and sporting a graceful flower motif, intricate abstract designs set with pink and blue crystals, animal motifs, hearts, and even bejeweled purses. For designers, our charms are priced for affordability – the charms will inject a bit of fun into your creations and keep costs low so you can sell your pieces at an attractive price. Embellish a dressier bracelet with a sparkling floral barrel bead, or add intrigue to a simple design with an intricately designed focal bead. These clearance Pandora charms are just like actual Pandora charms, but at much more affordable prices. They’re the perfect way to add elegance, distinction and personality to your creations while sticking to your inventory budget.

Whether you are a beginning designer or one with a few years of experience, our charms allow you to experiment with creative new designs in a cost-effective way. For those shopping for their own personal needs, we have plenty of Pandora style charms that can add intriguing accents to tried-and-true pieces.

Browse our extensive selection of clearance charms today to stock up on pieces for your inventory or jewelry box. Some charms are priced as low as $0.99 each, and most can be had for under $5.00!

October 23, 2012

Southern Charm

by ClearanceCharms

The change of season brings a heaping of beauty to the south.  Here are Clearance Charms, we are fortunate enough to reside and hold offices in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village, a magical movie-set neighborhood that just brims with southern charm and begs to be strolled in the moonlight.    I can’t quite express how peaceful this neighborhood is (mind you not on a Saturday in the summer when tourists flood the city like palmetto bugs) and how fortunate we all feel to live here.

Picture this… quiet meandering streets lined with oaks dripping in Spanish moss.  Hydrangea, lavender and everything else amazingly southern blooming, picket fences and porch swings.  The quintessential rocking chair, perfectly poised for front-porch sittin’.  Gas lamps burning a welcoming beacon at every walkway. An abandoned brick stairwell from a 1700s rebel officer’s home.  The sun setting in a brilliant glow over Charleston harbor, illuminating the Holy City’s steeples as it disappears.  Pure Magic.

While there are a million delightful restaurants, sites and adventures to be seen in downtown Charleston, the peaceful magic of day’s past is found in the Old Village.

Pitt Street Bridge (& my puppy’s rump)

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If you ever find yourself in town, wander on over to the “Old Bridge” at Pitt Street.  Aim for sunrise or sunset and you’ll find yourself in another world.  The bridge was original site of a trolley bridge connecting Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island from 1898 to 1927, there was a plank bridge built on Hogs Head barrels across the cove during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.  Today it is a gorgeous reminder of who came before us.  From this waterfront vista, you can see historic Fort Sumter, downtown Charleston, the Cooper River Bridge and Sullivan’s Island through the marsh and bay.  It is hands down my favorite place in all of Charleston and well worth a romantic stroll.  Wander back down Pitt Street and you’ll pass one historical home after another, many once belonging to officers, politicians and pirates. Yes ma’am, I said pirates!

1.  Hot Toddies

Get your mind out of the gutter; I mean the drinks not little trollops.  The first place we lived in Charleston was in this itsy little tucked back neighborhood and our very first neighborhood friend introduced me to a new concept.  Upon our first meeting, we were instantly invited to come have a hot-toddie on the porch that very evening.  It was an unusually cold first winter, she was about eighty years old and the drinks were oh-so-warming.  To this day, I do believe she made the best first impression.  If you haven’t indulged, google it this winter. Yum.

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2.  The true meaning of y’all, y’all

Now here’s the thing, my mama is from the south.  Y’all has always been part of my vocabulary.  But here, it isn’t just a cute little hyphenate.  Nope, it’s a way of life.  Brace yourself New Englanders, in the South – everyone talks to everyone.  I know, right!?  I literally can’t walk down the street without stopping to have a friendly chat with some lovely person, neighbor or stranger alike.  Being a native Californian, that suits me just fine and I rather enjoy knowing silly little details about folks I’ve never seen before.  (See that fella, he’s on his way to the dock to have himself a po’boy and watch the dolphin roll in). I’m convinced there is no comparison to the hospitality here.  Everywhere you look, it’s a friendly face with genuine interest in how you are.  And while the pace of the line at Starbucks might be maddeningly slow, it is ridiculously refreshing to live with such a welcoming group of people.  So for that, I thank you southerners

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Hey y’all” = come on in for supper/let’s sit and chat for 5 hours/wana go down to the creek (yes, we have a creek) and grab some shrimp and beers?/it’s time for brunch/it’s time for bed kids
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“All y’all” = A 4+ group of people is invited over for hot toddies.

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“Bye y’all!” = I’ll see you tomorrow, same place same time.  No, you don’t need to call first.  Yes, the front door will be unlocked and a pie will be on the table – help yourself and bring me a slice out on the porch, will ya?

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3. Architecture should be adorable

My current residence is a lovely little marshy hideaway, but I cannot wait to build a house.  My extreme desire to build our next residence is largely thanks to the exquisite home design found in Charleston (namely the Old Village, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms).  Take a dash of old world sea-captain stateliness, mix in some plantation grandeur, a little Key-West flair and throw on some adorable shutters and you have the most adorable homes ever built.  They. are. exquisite. Perfectly adorable and unassuming but marvelous all at once. Every detail has been paid attention.  The front porch (major factor) is curved for the best view and angle for waving at passersby.  The gas lamps frame the walkways and doors.  Oh god, the doors.  BEAUTIFUL.  Big bay windows from every room.  Balconies and hidden gardens in abundance.  Paved driveways, adorable little hedges.  Ridiculous kitchens. It’s all designed for understated opulence but more importantly, for relaxed southern living. These folks really know what they want from their daily lives; comfort, kitchens filled with loved ones and yummy food, views for days and yards that welcome the neighbors over for toddies (see number one) and oyster roasts. Relaxed, detailed, seaside.  That’s me in a nutshell.  And now I know how to express it in architecture. brava.

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4.  On that note, gas lamps are a necessity

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Just as much as I’ve fallen for the amazing construction techniques here, gas lamps will forever be a part of my life.  There is just something so old-world and romantic about a flickering light to illuminate your path.  Maybe I was meant to live during the Civil War. Wait, scratch that, I can’t do without my excel and Starbucks.

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Twinkling gas lamps have this exceptional way of adding a touch of the mysterious to an otherwise ordinary evening. If you are so lucky, stroll down a gas lamp lit street one night and feel the magic.  Watch the lights flicker, take a deep breath of salty air and pretend you’re a pirate for just a brief moment.

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4. The Civil War isn’t just in history books

I’ve had the privilege in living in not only one but two major historical war towns. A city incredibly chalk-full of historical battle sites, Boston (and the outlying cities) is of course home to the “shot heard round the world” – the unordered shot on Lexington Green that began the American Revolution.  And of course on June 17, 1775 the first major fight between British and American troops occurs at Boston in the Battle of Bunker Hill. The city oozes with revolutionary history, it’s truly fascinating. No, seriously.

Travel 1000 miles south and right in my Mount Pleasant backyard, on April 12, 1861, General P.G.T. Beauregard, in command of the Confederate forces around Charleston Harbor, opened fire on the Union garrison holding Fort Sumter.  This first fire aimed at Fort Sumter took the Civil War past the theoretical, making it a very real conflict and thus igniting our fair country’s Civil War.

Captain George S. James has the distinction of firing that monumental first shot.  The spark had been lit on the war and there was no turning back from that point on.  I had the phenomenal honor of being a MP resident for the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter last year.  What a crazy history lesson that was.  The cannon fire began at 4:30 am, just as it had in 1861 and didn’t cease until the Union surrender of the fort 34 hours later, I kid you not.  Cannon fire literally shook our house.  The south is alive and well, my friends.
Admittedly, I’ve always found the histories of monarchical countries more interesting to study/read tawdry novels about.  But after having lived in a place where the past is so present, one can’t help but want to know more.  The passion of my southern neighbors (confederate loving or not) made me more than a little ashamed that I know more about Henry VIII than the development of our United States.  Note to self: learn about your own country’s history asap.

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5. Beer & Puppies should be casual

So again, this little bit of enlightenment comes from my specific (awesome) neighborhood.  Never have I ever seen a neighborhood with such a relaxed approach to puppy containment and sidewalk drinkin’.  Pooches & parents stroll through the neighborhood to the park without a leash in sight and make friends as they go.  It’s really such a simple concept – yet so rare.  Traffic is generally minimal in our quiet subdivision and there are no mean doggies to worry about.  What’s even better? Usually the proud owner is toting a bevvie (scotch seems to be the libation of choice) and are generally happy as a clam at high tide.  It makes for wonderful morning walks and evening gab-fests.

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6. Eating like a southerner every day = blaaa

Everyone knows that a Carolina girl can sure fry some chicken. But dear Lord, these people won’t eat greens (and I don’t mean collard) to save their lives.  Call me picky, but I have found it exceedingly difficult to find healthy meals in this fair state.  Not  only are salads totally off the menu, it’s to the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m talking buttery grits, creamed anything and there’s not a pasta in sight that isn’t covered in cheese.  It’s a bit disturbing really.

Thankfully, Charleston happens to be a fairly active city so at least people get their blood flowing after clogging their arteries.  What I’ve learned from this culinary experience, comfort food isn’t for me.  My metabolism just can’t keep up with all those biscuits.  Bless your heart if you can!

PS: This photo is from the most amazing restaurant ever – check out Hall’s Chophouse on downtown King Street for some seriously good eats.  One meal you won’t be sorry you indulged in!

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7.  Football is intense

I think everyone knows that the South takes football seriously. But I could never have imagine just how serious.  I’m talking babies in done-up bedazzled SC strollers, team flags flying from every vehicle/window/fence/wall, local holidays just so that everyone can travel to Columbia to tailgate for the big game, full-back Tiger tattoos, completely color coordinated wardrobes (I’m talking every.single.garment.), and my special favorite… the Garage Party.

The ultimate in college football excitement, the Garage Party is a common occurrence in even the poshest neighborhoods.  Now, I never got a definitive answer as to why watching football is best in one’s garage.  But it seems to have something to do with the excessive drinking and spilling of beer.  Southerners, can I get confirmation on this?  Walk down any street on game night and you’ll hear men, women and children alike screaming at  big screen TVs in the garage.  “Geeeeettt hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmm! Get em boy!!!” is my middle aged female neighbor’s favorite thing to scream. I heart her. Excessive drinking and shouting aside, it’s nice to feel a part of something. I’ve never been one to cheer for a team whose college I didn’t attend or get super into professional sports, but there really is something energizing about rallying around a hometown team. One thing Southerners do especially well is come together and it seems football is no exception.  They’re quick to support their brothers, a lesson we can all do well to learn from.

Disclaimer to Charlestonians: I will never ever pick a side so let’s just pretend I’m wearing whatever colors you want me to be, k?

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8. Mornings are magic, so wake up already

I’ll just put it out there, I’m not a morning person.  Once I’m up, I’m totally fine. It’s the actual getting out of bed that kills me.  It’s so dang cozzzyyy in bed. Why would anyone ever leave it?  Thankfully, I have this really whiny puppy who insists on waking up and going for a walk before the sun comes up which is actually perfect timing to get me to work on time.  I can’t tell you how many sunrises I’ve seen in the past few years, but they’ve been enough to make me not want to miss another.  Here’s the key; the world is still at sunrise.  It’s truly a special time of day before all the fray and commotion of a busy workplace like a bead vault!  No one is out (except maybe my neighbor Sallie who is awesome to share a sunrise with in case you’re ever in town at 6am), the birds are just starting to sing, and the world is covered in a silvery fine mist that makes every leaf seem enchanted.  Try it, would ya?  Set your alarm for 15 minutes before sunrise tomorrow (that is, unless you have children or puppies who perform this function for you), brew a cup of bold roast and just wander in the pre-dawn splendor.  This is an especially good time for quiet reflection but don’t ruin the peace with list making like I’m prone to do, it totally kills the mood.  Just soak it in. You never know how that morning magic will change your day, or your life.

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9. Support Local

I’ve always been inclined to root for the underdog.  In sports, elections, boat races, you name it.  So it was no big leap for me to want to support small local businesses as opposed to big box stores.  Charleston takes the concept of supporting local to a whole other level. They are fiercely loyal to local teams, boutiques, farmers, grocers, artists, performers, any one who claims southern ground as home.  I think it all comes back to the sense of community that these southern folk were raised with.  Everyone takes care of everybody else and the cycle perpetuates.  It’s wonderful.  Restaurants are owned and operated by local chefs, menus consist of locally grown produce and meats, festivals celebrate local artists and performers, and patrons flock to stores owned by born-and-bred South Carolinians.  The concept that I’ve always been eager to embrace has been expanded upon ten fold.  As a result, we consumers receive better service, better products and fresher foods and locals have something to be proud of.

Not to mention, the relationships that are fostered from supporting local artisans are a major bonus. It’s a special kind of awesome when Tony at the breakfast place has your order ready for you when you arrive and Joe at the meat market calls you when the best cuts of filet come in. Personalization is fabulous.  Living with that kind of hospitality year round makes me realize even more that we need to always provide that same level of service to our loyal NewDreamz clients.  I hope we serve you all as well as my southern friends would.  I think we are fortunate to live in a time when customer appreciation and high levels of service are coming back into fashion and I hope dearly that we can help move that movement forward.  The support we’ve received as a small business from loyal customers and locals alike has been wonderful. Thank you, truly.

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10. Take time

My years in Charleston have been spent in a bustling and growing business, so needless to say I had very little sleep and even less time to spend on myself.  My hair got unruly, my nails went unpolished and my exercise dropped off the map.  When every minute is scheduled out, even the smallest task can seem to suck your day away.  Twenty minutes to get coffee and a bagel is just not going to work for me.  Before Charleston, my adult life was spent in Boston where things move at the speed of light, just the way I like it.  However (and this is a big however), southern living is trying desperately hard to teach me to slow down.  I’m happy to report that I’m making progress, albeit in small steps.

But here’s the thing, the people in line at Starbucks that want to chat – it turns out that they’re actually really nice AND they love my bracelets! The deli manager who likes to talk about craft beers and gun ranges before he slices your turkey – he’s pretty cool to share a burger and watch a game with.  The shop girl who won’t stop babbling about how awesome my shoes are (yes, they are awesome, thank you for noticing) – she lived down the street from me in Boston.  All the people and all the slow situations that initially made my skin crawl from sheer inefficiency, are actually pretty fantastic. Let’s be honest, I’m never going to have hours to just wile away at the market.  But I’m learning to be more patient with daily adventures.  Because really, if I’m rushing through my day, what’s the point?  To the same end, slowing my pace has helped me carve out some time for myself.  I still don’t have time for that coveted activity that is actual store shopping, but I’ve made room in the day for making dinner at home and hitting the gym.  And who could forget all those early morning puppy prances? It’s not perfect balance, but it’s a start.  And I have the southern way of living to thank for making me realize that I need it.  It turns out, there is something to be said for going slow enough to actually enjoy yourself.

So thanks, Charleston.  It’s with heaps of appreciation that I’ll be sharing your Southern Hospitality with everyone I know.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll make my next visitors some biscuits and grits.

xoxo, L

June 22, 2012

Fall in Love Friday: Colossal Crystal Charms

by ClearanceCharms

We’ve just added a new collection of brilliantly sparkling Colossal Crystal Charms.  At about twice the width of an ordinary charm, these sparkling beauties will really stand out on your bracelet!

Visit the entire collection here: Colossal Crystal Charms

June 21, 2012

The Bead Loving Family Grows!

by ClearanceCharms

Every once in a while we get a review that is so sweet and sincere that we just have to share.  The following email from Cheryl really warmed our hearts!  We’re always striving to delight our ladies and it sounds like we hit it out of the park!  So glad you’ve found us, Cheryl!  Thanks for writing in!

A few months ago I was given a gift of a genuine “Pandora bracelet”, two sunburst clips and my first daisy charm, at a total price of $160.00 which shocked me.  I loved the look of the charms and the compliments I had received, but one charm and two clips is a beginning, not a proper bracelet.  
    
So for mother’s day and my birthday, my grown children dutifully got me a few other Pandora charms, and my sister even bought a “Zable” style charm to try and help me fill the bracelet to a respectable amount of charms.  However, the prices they paid were ridiculous.  While I desperately wanted more beads, there was no way I could financially afford to lay out that kind of money.  THEN I discovered your site.

At first I was worried, as everyone always cautions you about buying anything over the Internet, but I decided to give it a try.  Best decision I ever made!   The beads were ordered Saturday evening and arrived that following Wednesday afternoon.  Fast Service!
    
While I was nervous about the quality- I should not have been, the beads are everything you advertise, if not more.  My new beads are equal to, if not better quality than the “name brand” beads already purchased.  
    
I am now a customer for life and will be referring all of my family and friends to your site.  And you are an American based- here in the United States business- definitely a plus!!!

Cheryl H

June 12, 2012

Arm Party Style

by ClearanceCharms

It’s no secret that we loooove an arm party at Clearance Charms.  Whether it’s stacking charm bracelets, Shamballa bracelets or Friendship bracelets – you can’t go wrong!  Mix in your favorite watch, cuff or bangle and you’ll have a look that will be the hit of any party!

Here are some of our favorite arm parties on some very stylish celebrities – from Olivia Palermo to Justin Bieber!.  Share yours with us and you could win a prize!

   

  

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May 14, 2012

Motivation

by ClearanceCharms

Per usual, Monday has me thinking about motivation.  I hope you’ll let me digress from the usual topic of gorgeous charms for just a moment.

No matter what you’re pursuing (and we’re all pursuing something), go after it.  Don’t wait.

Don’t put it off. No matter how much it wears you down today, give it everything you have. Because tomorrow you’ll be one step closer. Whatever your goal may be, you cannot even hope to accomplish it if you don’t go for it. Day one is always the hardest but every day after you’ll feel more contented and proud that you’re on your way to cross that elusive thing off your list.

So, you want to get in shape for that girls’ weekend on the boat? WORK that body! Saying you want to look good at the beach doesn’t get you very far. You gotta work for it, ladies.

Are you a lowly intern desperately seeking a raise with every copy you collate? Make copies that make your boss weep with joy so that she can’t help but notice you.

Convinced that you have the naughtiest dog at the park? Take the time out of your undoubtedly busy schedule to train that furry fido.

Tired of being pushed around by a bossy relative or co-worker? Create a mantra, as in, “I am a strong, confident woman. I will stand up for myself.” And repeat it every morning and every night. Eventually, you may just believe yourself.

But I implore you, whatever it is that you seek to accomplish – start today! Start right this very minute. You may be surprised at just how much you can achieve if you try.

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