"Can I please have one of these, and two of those?" I asked the assistant. "Oh, and one of those too".
It reminded me of how I used to spend my pocket money at the local deli when I was a child: the shopkeeper would fill the small paper bag with the lollies I picked out - one of these, and two of those and some of these as well. Ah..... such sweet memories!
I can tell you that there were times I was drooling over some of the spectacular beads I saw. Look at these from Beadnix who had a stand at the CHA Craft Supershow in Chicago.Image courtesy of The Bead Goes On
these whimsical painted parrots......
and I just couldn't resist these two stone polar bears. I could have spent hours in this shop but alas, I was given just 15 minutes.Not all the beads I bought were unusual. There were plenty of great beads to be found at the chain stores like Michaels and Joanns. There I found lots of pre strung strands of glass and metal beads. Needless to say, dozens of these strands came home with me.
Here's a small (and I mean very small) sampling of what I liked the look of. Passing through customs at the airport on my return to Brisbane brought a knowing smile from the female customs officer who watched as I waded through the bags of beads in my suitcase to retrieve a particular item which required inspection. Quite obviously she was a fellow jewellery maker and we shared a joke about how addictive jewellery making was. She completely understood that these were souvenirs from my travels!
So as you can see, a bead shopping expedition in the US really is like visiting a candy shop - you just can't go past without wandering in and taking home some of the delights!
'Til next time.....