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Top-10 Most-Wanted Jewelry and Accessories


With additional reporting by Chris Lundy and Brenda Ruggiero

Jewelry is a great item to have hanging out by the register, and makes a great last-minute gift or stocking stuffer. TDmonthly asked specialty retailers about their best-selling jewelry and accessories in an October 2014. Check out the items that flew off their shelves below, then decide if any of them are right for your store.

*No manufacturer paid to be included in this list. All products listed were designated by editorial staff without regard to the company's relationship with TOYDIRECTORY.com/TDmonthly Magazine.




MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
General Toys



From glittery pop tabs to yards of printed ribbons, create your uniquely-you accessories to sparkle up your style. Includes glitter and silver colored pop tabs, ribbons, headbands, toggle claps, glue and rhinestones. With 100+ pieces to choose from, you can create the perfect accessory to pop with any outfit
— In an October 2014 survey, two out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that Sparkle Pop Jewelry was their best-selling jewelry item.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36994      (added 10/30/2014)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
SKU or Item #: 1137
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Turn this plastic mason-style jar into your own little habitat with real plants and tiny figurines. Set includes a 5” h x 3 ¼” w jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister. Add dimension to your garden with translucent and glow-in-the-dark stickers – hold it up to the light and watch the fireflies glow.
— In a September 2014 survey, three out of 11 retailers told TDmonthly that this product was one of their top-two best-selling science & nature toys.
— Barbara Fineblum, owner of Barston's Child's Play in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly in October 2014 that this was one of her store's best-selling jewelry and accessories item.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36970      (added 9/29/2014)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



Take a journey into a magical Fairy Forest. This whimsical box has three separate drawers to store all your treasured trinkets. Follow a numbered legend and add glittering jewels and tiles to complete a whimsical woodland scene. Featuring magical fairies and a wise old owl, this beautiful piece of room décor can be displayed for years to come.
— In an October 2014 survey, two out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that Sticky Mosaics jewelry boxes were their best-selling jewelry item.
— In a January 2015 survey, two out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that Sticky Mosaics was their best-selling arts & crafts line.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36041      (added 1/31/2013)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: LUEEAA
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
Gifts



Loopdedoo is a new spinning tool that makes fabulous twisted bracelets in just a few minutes. It's fast, easy and fun. Just wrap the threads around the Loopdedoo device, turn the knob, guide the thread and minutes later the bracelet is done. Kids can even make necklaces, anklets, belts and more. There's no pattern to follow so each accessory is completely different and unique. Kids can use as many threads and color combinations as they like, and can make them thick, thin or anywhere in between. Launch date: November 2011.
— In a January 2012 survey, Barbara Finblum, owner of Barston's Child's Play in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly that Loopdedoo is their best selling arts and crafts toy. "They came in in December and we sold 194 out of 5 stores - 163 out of 3 stores alone. We sold out and couldn't get them back," she said.
— As of 10/5/2012 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Easy to use; promotes creativity; fun. Cons: One user couldn't figure out how to start.
— In a Fall 2012 survey, Dean Smith, owner of Jazams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly that they sell 15 of this item each month, making it one of their top-2 sellers in the Hobby category.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33342      (added 12/15/2011)
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MSRP: $1.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
American-Made
Novelties



A well-recognized throwback to yesteryear, Schylling's Mood Rings combine glossy, color-changing cabochons with silver-toned settings styled with the 1960s in mind. The “stones” in the rings sense the mood of the wearer and change accordingly from anxious orange-black to content jewel-tone blue-violet. Styles are assorted, and the metal rings are made in the USA.
― “We sell dozens of mood ring pick-ups at the counter,” said Joe Berardoni Sr., owner of Pun's Toy Shop in Bryn Mawr, Pa., during an October 2009 survey.
— In a September 2010 TDmonthly survey, seven of 44 retailers named mood rings a best-selling jewelry and accessory item, with one claiming sales of 43 a month.
— In an October 2011 survey about best selling jewelry and accessories, 4 out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that mood rings were their best sellers. They sold an average of 2 dozen each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25757      (added 10/27/2009)
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A winning design from High Intencity's Design-A-Charm contest, the Peace Love and Happiness charm was designed by Emily R. from Pleasantville, NY and rendered in vibrant detail in an enamel charm measuring approximately one inch.10 % of the proceeds from the sale of this charm will go to the World Wildlife Fund on behalf of its designer.
— “Charm It! works really well in this area,” said Blanche Snipes, owner of Tree Top Toys in Redmond, Wash., when asked about her top-selling items for tweens.
— Two of 44 retailers listed Charm It! as a best-selling item for tweens during a September 2010 survey.
— Katie Rook, manager of Be Beep A Toy Shop in Columbia, S.C., told TDmonthly in an October 2011 survey that High Intencity charm bracelets are their best selling tween item.
— Dean Smith, owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in a Summer 2012 survey that they sell between 40 and 50 Charm It! charms each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30999      (added 10/28/2010)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Fashion & Accessories
Tween



Create an Owl Pal Pillow with special glittering fabric pieces.  Use the stylus to punch pretty fabric pieces and create this beautiful no-sew craft.
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Top Toy Debut Award
— Debbie Gray, owner of Bear and Friends in Johnson City, Tenn., told TDmonthly in a July 2014 survey that Orb Factory Plush Craft Pillows are one of their store's best-selling toys.
— Barbara Fineblum, owner of Barston's Child's Play in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly in October 2014 that this was one of her store's best-selling jewelry and accessories items.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36391      (added 11/27/2013)
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MSRP: $4.50
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Tween
Gifts



Sparkle butterfly bracelet and ring set. The bracelet is adorned with pastel beads and glitter flowers.
— Charles, the manager of Miller's Toys in Mamaroneck, N.Y., told TDmonthly in an October 2014 survey that this was one of their store's best-selling jewelry and accessories products.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36995      (added 10/30/2014)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Fashion & Accessories
Tween



The Sugar Lulu Design Your Own Jewelry Kits encourage girls to express their creativity, individuality, and style through the unique designs that they create. Girls can design each charm the way they want and then wear the jewelry in lots of different ways (check out www.sugarlulu.com to see the latest jewelry video).  It’s so fun and easy…just layer the background sticker first, collage your own design, and then seal it with a sticky bubble topper. It’s that simple, and the results are beautiful!  The Jewelry Kits include everything girls need to create their one-of-a-kind designs all packed in a pretty patterned collectible tin. The kits include: Charm Necklace Kit, Charm Bracelet Kit, BFF Rings Kit and BFF Pet Charm Kit. The best part about Sugar Lulu Jewelry is that it doesn’t have to stop with just one kit. Girls can get more charms and rings by going to the fully stocked in-store display where each piece is sold separately. It allows girls to continue to add to their collection of one-of-a-kind designs. Every piece is uniquely engraved so that both sides of the jewelry are special. Sugar Lulu Jewelry is not only something a tween/teen will want to make, it’s something they will love to wear and share!
MSRP: $19.99 - $24.99
— Priscilla Moore, owner of Mr. Fub’s Party/Toys and More in Yellow Springs, Ohio, told TDmonthly in an October 2014 survey that Sugar Lulu was their store's best-selling brand of jewelry and accessories.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37004      (added 11/4/2014)
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: 3 to 10
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 1000
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Clocks & Watches
Fashion & Accessories
General Toys



Children's quartz watches feature: 3 Dimensional bands; some are teaching time dials, other have minute increments; Battery good for approximately 2 years (can be replaced); Bands are available in several hundred designs; Moving disc on dial.  "We have several hundred designs in stock including some that have teaching time dials," Ricky Wilhelm from Solo Time Ltd. told TDmonthly.
— Karen Laroche, manager of Kid's Ketch in Lews, Del., told TDmonthly in a Fall 2013 survey that they sell 15-20 Solo Time watches each month, making them a best-seller in the jewelry category.
— Shirley Reilly, owner of Let's Play in Hillsboro, Ore., told TDmonthly in an October 2014 survey that Solo Time watches were her store's best-selling jewelry and accessories item.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34551      (added 7/3/2012)
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Justina HuddlestonWriter's Bio: Justina Huddleston graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2009. After graduating she was the on-site director of the Boston Children's Museum gift store for a year, selling educational, developmental, and creative activity toys that tied in with the museum's exhibits. Justina also interned at children's book publisher Candlewick Press before moving from Boston to Los Angeles, where she is now Editorial Director of TDmonthly Magazine. Read more articles by this author

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