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Beadwork Bead Expo 2007, Oakland
posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 14, 2007 at 2:18 PM (Pacific)

Beadwork Bead Expo

I went to this yesterday. Here are some thoughts...

I don't have a resellers license, so I attended only the "Open to the Public" Bead Bazaar part of the show. (There is a wholesale preview as well.)

It's definitely big...and there are finds there. But there was a markup on a lot of stuff too. I felt some of it was geared less toward people who obsess about this sort of thing and more toward casual buyers. That's okay, it was still worth visiting for me, because most of the stuff I buy now is online. The opportunity to see the stuff in person was well worth the price--$6 admission with online coupon, plus parking or BART (it's downtown Oakland).

I didn't buy much, wasn't planning to since I'm doing my bead "cold turkey." I'd already decided to buy "once in a lifetime" items, such as the Venetian glass beads I could finally some from Merchant of Murano. I'm working on a necklace using some of these beads now.

And I got some pearl strands from BeadBabe/BeadBugle which were extra nice for the price.

In conclusion, worth going to, but shop carefully.

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