Monday, September 10, 2007
Attending my first bead show
This past Saturday I attended my first bead show. Have you ever been to one? Oronzo told me about it and surprised me in offering to come. Initially, I think he wanted to attend to help keep my spending in line and he did that, sort of, but not as well as he thought he would.
This bead show was amazing. There were about 104 vendors present from all over the United States. There were glass beads, semi-precious stones, sterling silver findings and intricate clasps, wire wrap, and so much more for sale! They even had 3 artists showing how they made their own glass lamp beads. I spent about 30 minutes just watching that!
I spent far too much money, even with Oronzo there. In the end, he got caught up with the excitement and made his own purchases (Tiger Eye, red dyed coral, onyx, and hematite strands) so that I could design some jewelry for his mom and sisters as gifts.
The other fun part of attending this beading extravaganza was seeing all the different business names listed in the guide booklet. Some of the names that caught my eye were:
- Crystal Myths, Inc.
- From the Heart — Janet Farris
- I Fancy That!
- Jujee Beads
- Mother Beads, Inc.
- Natural Touch
- Shipwrecked Glass Art
- Some Enchanted Beading
- Wear Original Wonders
- Whole Lotta Whimsy
- Wild Things Beads
Going to this bead store has really inspired me again!
I'm curious, are any of you bloggers out there jewelry designers? Do you have a website where you sell your designs? If so, please leave me your link in my comments section. I'd love to see your work and maybe others would too!