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Lee Sands unloads inventory of beads, gemstones and eel skin

July 30th, 2013


Nadine Kam photos
Carnelian, tiger's eye and amethyst beads and gemstones are among the items up for grabs at the Lee Sands closeout sale going on now at the First Interstate (First Hawaiian) bank building on King Street.

Yesterday I got a breathless call from handbag designer Lynda Sakraida, of Hadji Baba Bags, about Lee Sands' closeout sale. She said she had dropped a lot of money there and was doing her best to stay away, but she thought all crafters and jewelry makers should know about it.

After several decades in the jewelry and accessories business, Hawaii-based QVC entrepreneur Sands is making plans to retire, and that means liquidating his entire inventory of beads, freshwater pearls, gemstones, finished jewelry, eel leather handbags and small leather goods, now being offered at cost.


Bags of gemstones available at $5 per bag.

Examples include finished necklaces at $7, stone beads at about $5 per strand and bags of beads for $5.

Even though yesterday was a strange day with tropical depression Flossie on the way, I wasn't sure whether the sale event would be open because so many workers were sent home, just in case. But there they were, and told me I had just missed Sakraida, who, just hours before, had told me she wasn't going to go because she had already spent too much stocking up on findings, that I'm sure will now find their way to embellish her artful handbags!

The Lee Sands closeout sale is taking place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays on the 16th floor of the First Interstate (First Hawaiian) building at 1314 South King St. The sale is being replenished weekly and will continue until everything is gone. Staffers believe this will take a month or more, but they may not know the extent of Hawaii's appetite for crafting and jewelry making.

Only check or cash is accepted, and validated parking is available with a $100 purchase.


Eelskin accessories were among Lee Sands original claims to fame, and his company still has a bigger market in eelskin items than jewelry.


Strands of freshwater pearls are being offered at $7 each.


For non-crafters, some finished jewelry is also available.

5 Responses to “Lee Sands unloads inventory of beads, gemstones and eel skin”

  1. Susan Mitchell:

    Hi there Nadine, thank you sooo much for your write up on the Star Advertiser. This is Susan Mitchell I met you that day that you visited the Leathergoods section.

    A lot of Lee Sands fans and curious consumers came up to check us out.

    I need to tell you that Lee Sands has not confirmed that he is retiring yet and I am not sure how that information came about. He is Semi-Retired and as long as QVC continues to work with him he will continue selling on QVC. He has several shows scheduled this year.

    Thanks a bunch for sparking the local communities interest in Lee Sands products.



  2. Nadine Kam:

    That's what I was told by your co-worker. I guess that makes it easier to explain giving up the business! My friends and I thought he would be crazy to give it up entirely, so this makes more sense.

  3. Denise:

    I just saw Lee Sands on QVC selling his eelskin wallets.

  4. Beverly Klein an:

    I would like to purchase some of Lee Sands remaining jewelry but I live in CA. Since you do not accept credit cards and I do not want to mail cash,can you accept a check in the mail?

  5. Amanda:

    I know this is a long shot, but does he have any left over jewelry supplies?

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