My first time:
This Sunday just gone I went to my first ever bead fair. (Please also bear in mind that I have never been to a proper bead store before either! Just online.) I was very excited but also nervous. I took my eldest with me for 2 reasons: 1. so I didn’t get carried away and 2. as company! I went to a Beadwork Fair as it was just down the road and well it would have been rude not too.
I expected to find lots of beads and other accessories there (obviously!). I also expected it to be very busy, crowded even but it wasn’t. There was ample parking close by – we walked straight in to pay and we were able to wander around the stalls at leisure.
Beads, beads, beads
There were 40 stalls in all and there were a lot of beads! Unlike many people I saw I had no real list so we wondered around to ‘get a feel’ and see what there was. I don’t feel that I am a real Beader unlike most of the people there. I got the feeling that they were all experienced and knew what they were looking for! They had all the lingo and were talking about last year …..
Having wandered around I got a feeling for what I wanted to buy and began to approach the stalls. This was fine if the beads were packaged into little packets but some were hanging up in strings. How did you get them off? Did you have to ask someone? Well I did and we managed to muddle through but I am still unsure of the etiquette of bead stalls. Is there one? If someone knows the ‘proper’ ways to do things then please let me know.
Anyway this is what I came away with:
Not loads but enough to keep me going! As you can see I got a couple of books which will be good for inspiration but more about them later. Probably the most important thing was the actual going, the experience of it all. If there is anything that would help me in the future then please do let me know as I hate that feeling of uncertainty and muddling through. I would much prefer it if there was a list of rules to follow because then I would be less able to make a stupid mistake and look all inexperienced! maybe I am being a bit over sensitive but I am sure that everyone goes into situations where they feel uncomfortable. How do you cope with these?
Versatile Blogger Award:
I must also take this opportunity to thank bits and bobs crafts for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award. I am so pleased to be nominated again but feel that I cannot link it back again. All the same I really wanted to say thank you to Bits and bobs craft. Do go and have a look over there, as it is a blog well worth visiting (well obviously as she is winner of the Versatile Blogger award – I need say no more!).