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“Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.” – William Morris

The Rocky Mountain Bead Society is holding their 2010 Bead Bazaar this weekend (April 24 and 25) at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

Denver Merchandise Mart, Expo Building
452 E. 58th Avenue (I-25 at 58th Avenue)
Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5

Loads of bead and supply vendors, about a dozen classes, and plenty of free parking. Check the website now to see what classes are still open for registration.

Sometimes at the end of a bead show, we’ll get home with big bags of beads, maybe have a receipt and maybe don’t, and don’t have record of what things cost or where to get more. The vendors don’t all have business cards, or they don’t have enough to go around. If you don’t record the price, when you start to make your jewelry, you won’t have the slightest idea what to charge to recoup your initial investment.

Tip 1: Be proactive and logical – record the info yourself. If you’ve got room, bring along small ziplock bags, a sheet of computer mailing labels, and a pencil. Once you’ve purchased something, write the vendor name AND price you paid on the mailing label, wrap the sticky mailing label around the bead string – securing the label to itself. Then put the labeled bead string into the ziplock. It takes a little time, but it is worth it at the end of the day.

Tip 2: Before you head to the show, spend 15 minutes making a reference string of beads. Go through your bead supplies and put together one long string – one of each type bead you have. Use something strong (like fishing line), that won’t break under the weight. For some of you, the string might be pretty long! Now you have a reference string-o-beads telling you what you have, what you might need, and more importantly what you don’t need to buy.

“The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.” – Jean de la Bruyere


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