Yesterday, I mentioned that I was going to head up to the bead shop in Bangor after I finished taxes.
I did, and got there at 4:45 to see a big sign on the door about “new hours” as a result of “survey results”. The shop is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday Sunday, never before ten, never after four. Clearly they did not survey working people for these new hours, but OK. So this morning when we got up I convinced A that she needed to drive me to Bangor. It involved letting her go to Lowe’s for some wooden flooring things she wants, and Millers for some long underwear, and Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. All stops I could live with, as I have knitting. 🙂
We went to DD first, that way she could relax in the car while I ran into the bead store to choose 2 tubes of beads. I needed 16 size 6 beads and 100 size 8 beads that coordinate with each other and look good with the harvest/antique gold silk Mom chose for these earrings. I thought it would take a few minutes to find some that looked good with the silk, and each other, AND were available in both sizes. Essentially a quick trip, in and out.
This store is a locally owned shop, very unique , which is, of course, why I like it. First thing you do when you arrive is give treats to the 4 dogs who won’t let you in unless you do. Very friendly, but under foot. Then, I headed right over to the seed bead wall. While I was scoping things out, the (somewhat excessively) chatty shop owner told me that they soon will be closing the physical shop.
It has been a horribly slow winter, she only had 2 people shopping yesterday. She will try to stay open until June, then will “take it on the road” and just do “shows” whatever the heck that means. I am so bummed, because the quality of her things is miles above what is available in the big box stores. Her seed beads are uniform in size and color, and there are NEVER any sharp edges or plugged holes. Naturally, I asked her for the brand name so I can find them after she is gone (and she shared! Miyuki), but there is nothing like shopping in person, seeing what things really look like.
It also turns out she was offering a 20% discount on purchases this month.
I think you know what happened.
What I came for: called “forest mix”, the beads have a touch of gold glimmer in greens with a few that are bluer or oranger in nature. They look great with the gold silk. I looked at rustier beads, thinking a soft matte finish might be nice, but she didn’t have both sizes, so I went with the green.
Restocking some old favorites – the soft peach shimmer is hard (for me) to photograph, but trust me, they look really wonderful on cream silk, like these earrings. I was glad she had these on hand, she is often out of one or the other.
Matte black and clear with gold lining – two that I use a lot when making the Rippled necklace in all sorts of colors.
Last – an unplanned purchase – sort of. I have had this yarn in my stash for a while, but it slowly is moving up – it will be some sort of beaded lace shawl thing.
I haven’t figured out the pattern, so had not worried about beads. But then I saw these, and I think the shimmer of pale lavender and gold. will work. What do you think? I just hope I have enough beads for whatever I finally decide, because there is no guarantee I will be able to get more. But I am clever, I can mix them with a coordinating color. If I can find one.
No local bead store. This is very sad. I know I don’t buy enough to keep anyone in business. but I do 95% of my bead purchases at locally owned shops. I am sure she wishes it was 95% of a larger number. I can only do what I can.
Now, my nearest shop is in Augusta, which is more than an hour away. I guess I will check out the online sources, but I will really miss being able to see everything and put colors together and try different things that I never would think of if I didn’t see them in person.