I visited a local bead store in a large shopping mall today because I had generously been given a gift certificate from a friend around the holidays. I have never been to a bead store in a giant, state of the art, shopping mall before and was surprised to see such a thing!
It's an adorable shop and the crowd of shoppers was amazing! People were funneling in and out at a pretty consistent pace. I noticed a list of classes and events and wanted to learn more, so of course, I searched out a website and found The Busy Beaders! I noticed something very cool on their site called the "Bead Swap". Here are the details:
"Let someone else's old beads become your new treasures! Place $5 worth of beads and/or findings in a clear, resealable bag. Bring as many bags as you want. You will leave with the same number of bags that you came with. The number of bags you bring will also be the number of chances you have to win a variety of door prizes. Meet and mingle with other beaders for inspiration and fun. Refreshments provided." Very NICE! I just wanted to share, especially for anyone in the central Ohio area.
Now, to the extremely cool interchangeable "Tension" Bead ring that I purchased with my gift certificate!! True to form, I got a little carried away with interchanging beads to show you!! I'm thrilled with this purchase and so glad I checked it out! I purchased the black and silver bead at the shop and used several beads from my collection to show below.