If you have flipped through a bead or jewelry magazine recently… attended any of the large US bead shows… or even just surfed around the web… then you will have probably heard of Rings & Things. They have, after all, been in the bead findings and jewelry tools business for over 40 years now!
Rings & Things is my favorite place to buy Silver Core Grommets for Pandora Style Beads. And although I have been a customer for a few years, after meeting the staff and going behind the scenes of the showroom and warehouse, we discovered there is a lot more to this company than meets the eye.
In addition to having a diverse selection of items for sale in their Spokane based show room (and ecommerce store), this family run business supports and nurtures a work environment where creativity and individuality is celebrated… and being environmentally responsible is of highest priority.
Just ask any one of the 65 employees… several of which have been with the company for multiple decades. In today’s video, you will get to meet a few of them… Sondra Barrington, Sales Manager (5 yrs); Laurae Sather, Corporate Sales (25 years); Kim Crosby, General Manager (35 years) and Polly Nobbs-LaRue, System Manager (30 years)… daughter of Russ Nobbs, the owner (40 years).
Now you know a company must be special if the staff are willing to stay on board for so many years…
After the tour I couldn’t help but pick up some supplies for myself… got some Kato Polyclay (it’s about time I try out this brand); A few packs of Vintaj Patina Inks; Another Vintaj Deco Emboss Die; Some non-stick craft sheets; and several other things as well.
Plus… Laurae and Polly gave me a great little goody bag filled with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls; Some steampunk gears; A few Aanraku bails; A bead bar; A bead color chart; Tierra Cast Clasp; An awesome hinged glass locket… and of course some official Russ Beads.
Does anyone else want some Rings & Things goodies?
Polly offered to put together a prize package if there was enough interest. So here’s what I’m thinking…
… what you guys need to do is head on over to the www.rings-things.com web site and take a look at all the cool products they carry. Select some items that you would like to see me demo in a follow up video. Then come back here and post a comment with your demo suggestions / requests.
It’s been a long time since we’ve done a giveaway around here, so this should be fun! Here’s the Rings & Things link again.