Intergalactic Bead Show Review and Finds

Remember Gus Gus from Cinderella lol.  Oooooo beads!  That’s how I feel when I go to bead shows.  This is my third one, I went on July 9th, to the Intergalactic Bead Show, at White Eagle Banquets in Niles. My strategy is to walk around first to price things and figure out what I’m going to purchase, and then I go back through and do the shopping.  This time when I went I had the bright idea to take pictures with my phone of the stuff I want so that I can go back through and identify where things were and not forget something, if you read my last blog post you’ll know my must haves were citrine and pyrite.  It’s interesting that multiple people have the same or similar beads, but the prices are different, that’s another reason why I walk around first.

Here’s pictures of the show.

So many shiny goodies.


Even more shiny goodies.


Table after table, row after row of all type of glass, semi precious stones, and metals.


Ooo what are they buying?


I love copper, got a few of these.


The beaded wood necklace pile, didn't find anything in there I wanted, I'd just take them apart for the beads anyways, I have may beads similar to these already though.


Glass beads and some gemstones.


Nice metal filigree beads and other shapes. Didn't end up with any of these, maybe next time.


I love these wood skulls, they were a bit pricey though, maybe next time.


Not sure what these are but they would have made sweet earrings, another next time purchase, I needed a bigger budget lol.


I liked the leaves but was worried that since the price was so low they may change colors, I try to avoid that.


Love these crystals, these will be another next time purchase.

And now for the goodies I did buy!

Beautiful agate in various colors, one of my favorite stones, right after hematite, and then pyrite.


Some brass and copper accents.


Copper beads in different shapes and copper tubing.


Tiny yellow turquoise cubes and carnelian cylinders.




And I managed to get what I came from, some faceted citrine rondelles, and pyrite chunks.


Couple different glass beads I got too, these will make great spacers.


I didn't get these at the show but bought it around the same time, perfect for some cute tassel earrings.


Well hope you enjoyed my recap, I’ll have to update you with the things I’ve made from all my goodies!

My find of the year: A Hamilton Type Cabinet

I finally got one! This post has been a long time coming, way back in summer 2010 I was trying to figure out what I could store my beads in other than these little plastic boxes with the little dividers. I wanted something that was larger where there’s no chance of me knocking it over and spilling all the beads out. And then I ran across a blog post from a jewelry designer who’s husband gave her a letterpress cabinet for Christmas. I was like that would be PERFECT! I’ve always loved old antiques especially things with lots of compartments like card catalogs (still working on getting one of those), or apothecary cabinets. So I set out on a quest to find my own letterpress cabinet, they go for approximately 1200 dollars on eBay, which is about 1000 bucks out of my budget. Contacted various antique stores in the city, but most said they get them in occasionally but didn’t have any in at the moment. Finally I stumbled across the letterpress community Briar Press and lo and behold I signed up at just the right time. I came across this beautiful little letterpress ad, The Platen Press Museum in Zion, IL was having its annual sale. Zion is about an hour north of me.

Letterpress sale in Zion

Platen Press Museum Annual Letterpress Sale

I called the the owner Paul Aken and he said he had a couple cabinets, make sure I get there early because people line up to get stuff, he only has this sale once per year. Whew, and the single ones will be about 200 dollars! Right in my tiny little antique loving budget. LOL. So I showed up at about 8 in the AM, lol there’s no line, and I spotted the one I wanted! That little one next to the double wide. I was informed that it was 110 years old.

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The little one in the middle of the pic, between the double wide (would have loved that) and the lady in blue.

Here’s a few more of the offerings. Cabinets and drawers full of lead type.

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These cabinets were full of lead type.

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Two Presses, I would have loved to have one, but that's not in my budget. Plus I don't need any more hobbies just yet, they do produce some beautiful prints though.

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Love the "You pi it, you buy it sign"

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Such a small town, felt like I was back in Indiana, the only open was McDonalds lol.

Everyone was so nice, I forgot to take picture inside, he had stacks of these cabinets up to the ceiling full of lead type.  Would love to do a class or a workshop.  I’ll have to go back at some point, such a long trip though.

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After a long trip home the cabinet was tired, and passed out on its side :).

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Drawers a-plenty.

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Closeup of the handle, I bought a couple extra drawers too, that brass handle underneath was one of the extras.

I was told that to clean it out take it out in my yard and hose it down with a pressure hose, and then let it dry in the sun. I was like um, I live in the city in an apartment, so no hose / yard. Plus it was May, so no drying sunshine yet. So I came home and tried to figure it out the best way I could. As I mentioned earlier it was about 110 years old, and it was lined with oilpaper, it had a nice collection of lead dust, and some white powdery substance. I was told it may have had a mouse nesting it in at some point. GROSS. There were also spider webs. Yuck. So I vacuumed out all of the compartments and the cabinet. And then began the arduous task of taking an exacto knife and cutting around each of the compartments and then peeling the paper back.

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Cut away some of the oilpaper. Revealing some very nice wood underneath.

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A little bit further, here you can still see some of the dust.

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Before and after.

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3 down 15 more to go.

After a few drawers, some of them have paper that won’t come out with the usual method, so then I had to figure out what to do about that.

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Doh, some of the paper won

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More paper that won

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Yucky white powder on the ba

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All clean!

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Closeup of the ick. Yuck.

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I didn

I was very excited to see it was a Hamilton, there’s a Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Wisconsin, I would love to check that out one day.

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Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.

Found another technique, instead of cutting around all four sides, I only have to do two and then can pull the strips out better, that way I don’t have to pick the little pieces out from under the wood dividers.

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See the little strips of paper left behind, this is what I learned to avoid a little better, had to pick them out with the exacto knife. One by one, took forever.

Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.

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Got to a few more drawers where the paper came out easily.

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Yucky wood.

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I think it may have been moisture that caused the paper to stick.

Now it’s time to start on those that were stuck, I bought Murphy Oil Soap and mixed it in some warm water. I then put a little bit in each compartment, not too much because I didn’t want to damage the wood. Then I started scraping the paper out with the exacto knife, it helped a lot.

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Scraped out a few, revealing that pretty wood again.

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Shot of my soapy water and Murphy Oil Soap.

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Scrape scrape scrape, and then vacuum.


Watch me work 🙂


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Almost done. Time to put the drawers in.

Putting the drawers in! Doot doot doot.

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And now to put all those beads from the plastic boxes into their nice wooden counterparts.

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Hm, maybe I shouldn

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Couple boxes to go.

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Almost done again.

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A shot of my tools.

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Added bar stools so I can work on top of the cabinet. They aren

Next post I’ll show you all my goodies in the drawers. I kinda miss it not having all that stuff on top, I may have to reorganize some kind of way so that it doesn’t. Makes it feel more spacious without all the clutter.

The Textile Discount Outlet, OMG!!!

Wow, I went to this Martini Spa party back on December 4th, and ran into my favorite wine and spirits rep Mona, she worked my Trunk Show back in October, helped me find some wines I actually like.  We got to talking about infinity scarves and fabric, and she tells me about this place called the Textile Discount Outlet.  She’s like it’s huge and has 3 floors of fabric, etc. It’s located in the Pilsen neighborhood at 2121 W 21st Street, So many 21’s.  When I got home, I looked the place up and came across this great video by Ben Kolak, Brian Ashby, and Dave Nagel.  I did get to meet Steve, Gerry and Sarah, but no Chris, he seems like fun.  Love the comment “Bring some trail mix and a bottle of water.” He is not playing.

Textile Discount Outlet from The Grid on Vimeo.

Well huge is an understatement.  75,000 square feet of fabric and textile awesomeness!  I felt like the kids that got to go to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  When I walked in the door I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Leather, taffeta, rayon, etc!  It was like walking into an Ikea of fabric, there had to be at least 15 rooms on the first floor, some with multiple entrances, I finally got to the end, I had to consult with someone on the floor to be sure I made it to the end of the maze.  There was a huge industrial door with EXIT over it.  Made my way back and went to the second floor, 3 to 4 giant rooms of piles upon piles of bolted fabric.  Then I made my way back down to the basement.  About 3 – 4 more rooms of piles fabric, down here is where there a about a kabillion zippers, tacky belt buckles, tons of metal D rings, and then they had piles of sweater bottoms, you know the band that goes around the bottom of your sweater.  I have no idea what one would do with those, then I found a box of sleeve ends, the kind that would be at the end of a long sleeve t-shirt end.  LOL not sure what one would do with those either.  They had a ton of upholstery fabric, I got inspired, I want to try to reupholster this little ottoman/bench I have, and this wing back chair I have too.  I’ve never upholstered before, and couldn’t figure out what color I wanted, so that’ll have to wait for my next trip there.  They also had tons of leather, although I was hoping to find some brighter colored leather, most of theirs are dark hues.  I want to make some clutches, so I’ll probably grab some of that when I go back too.  I realized after talking to a friend today, that I don’t remember seeing buttons, lol I’m going to have to call and see if they have buttons.

Photo dump time, here’s about 80 pictures!


Outside the Textile Discount Outlet

Whoo hoo leather!!

More leather

Even more leather


And yet even more leather, good googlie mooglie!

First glimpse down an aisle

Pretty colors

First separate room I went in

Various colors of elastic cording, I was so excited to see this, they'll be perfect for Happy Nappy Hair Ties!

Yet another room, I love the big industrial doorways

Tons of curtain tiebacks

Yet another room

A tiny room with a scooter

In case your legs give out from walking around, lol.

Beautiful fabrics

Another doorway, I wonder what's over there

Hm wonder if these will work for my ottoman that I want to reupholster.

Fabric perfect for curtains

More fabric

More curtain ready fabric

Taking a little break 🙂

The first floor had prices on most things, the 2nd floor and basement, not so much.

Trims and curtain tiebacks aplenty.

Curtain tiebacks and tassels

I see tassel earrings in my future.

Patterned synthetic suede, these might make a cool ottoman covering too.

Looking towards the front of one of the big rooms

Whaa another room! I really love these doorsl

Aha! A window.

Finally made it to the end of this floor, time to find my way back to the front, I wonder if I missed a room.

I wonder what's up here.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Looking over the first floor from the stairs.

Second Floor! Things are on shelves instead of hung up, rummaging is fun.

Racks on racks on racks. Is that what that song is about? LOL.

What a delightful mess.

Oooo I've found what I like, I bought the pink and the yellow fabric, they'll make cute scarves.

More fabric

Closeup of the yellow fabric I ended up buying.

Bought this blue fabric too. It will be a nice bright scarf to help fight the winter blues.

Another giant room of fabric

And yet another one. There are several stairways for you to take.

Almost to the end of this floor

Nope still going

What's this another room?

Hey a window

Another closeup of the pink fabric

And another close up of the yellow fabric

Ooo the basement.

Quick overhead view of the room from the stairs

Quick overhead view of the room from the stairs

Getting tired, so much more to look at, I'll definitely need a second trip

OMG so much ribbon!

Is that an arm? Are they selling arms lol, Nope just a giant box of fabric.

More fabric

The ribbon vault, and there's those sweater bottoms I was talking about earlier.


Closeup of the sweater bottoms

D-Rings and things

Sweater bottoms! What the heck do you do with this, I hoped they had bolted fabric like this but they didn't.

More D-Rings and things

Shirt Cuffs?

A whole box of shirt cuffs and rectangular fabric swatches of the same color.

Various belt buckles and fasteners, was thinking of wrapping some of these to make sweet earrings.


Had to squeeze past this pole to get over there.

More fabric, starting to realize my phone is about to die.

Stuff! Buckles and all types of other things that I don't have a name for.

Stuff! Buckles and all types of other things that I don't have a name for.

I don't know what these are but they'll make awesome earrings, I bought 9 sets of these. And then my phone died.


So unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of the cutting area, I will next time, here’s some closeups of the stuff I bought.


Don't know what these are but they screamed EARRINGS to me. Made some for myself when I got home.

More colors

More colors

Elastic!!! I love these colors, they'll pop so much better in my hair. I got enough to make probably 20 hair ties.

Bought this blue fabric too. It will be a nice bright scarf to help fight the winter blues.

Another closeup of the pink fabric

And another close up of the yellow fabric

Did you make it through all those images?  You are a trooper, I wasn’t going to up them all but figured I’d let those who are unable to make it over there live vicariously through me.

I definitely need to get out more – Topshop Olivia Palermo Event

For all of my readers I apologize for my long hiatus, I’m back on the grind now, and have lots of stuff to share with you.  Had a great time last night at Topshop Chicago.

And here we are:

Olivia Palermo & I

Olivia Palermo & I, check out my Twenty Thou Infinity Scarf, very warm, more on those coming soon.

Olivia Palermo, socialite/actress from MTV’s The City, turned stylist, was there styling models with the lovely clothes and jewelry from Topshop. Check out these outfits:

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

I love their shoes, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t last more than the five minutes it takes to get from my chair to my front door before I was like, nope not gonna make it lol. These ladies were troopers, they stood for at least two hours in those shoes.

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

Models styled by Olivia Palermo

Loved that bustier on the model on the right, and the chained dress on the one on the left, hated the crushed green skirt,  eventually she pulled the skirt up so that it was even with the chained dress and then later it was even higher, looked much better that way.  I want that fringe purse too, I have the perfect earrings to go with it:

Fringylicious! Fringe & Leather Earrings. Measuring in at just under 8" these long black fringe earrings trimmed are trimmed with genuine black leather. They'll definitely turn some heads.

Fringylicious! Fringe & Leather Earrings by Twenty Thou. Measuring in at just under 8" these long black fringe earrings trimmed are trimmed with genuine black leather. They'll definitely turn some heads.

The had complimentary hair makeovers, manicures, and makeup artists there.  I had my nails done by Astro Wifey, aren’t they cute:

Chevron Nails from Astro Wifey

Chevron Nails from Astro Wifey

Also had my make up done by Makeup by Jaycie.

Makeup by Jaycie Kurfess

Makeup by Jaycie Kurfess

The stylists were from Kelly Cardenas Salon, I was tempted to get my hair done, but didn’t know if they’d know what to do with my locs and didn’t feel like finding out lol, my grown self is still “tenderheaded” so it would have probably been painful, I’ll do my hair tomorrow myself, it’s about that time.

Hair Stylists from Kelly Cardenas Salon

Hair Stylists from Kelly Cardenas Salon

So as I said in the title I need to get out more, I look forward to the next events.  If you want more in depth fashion coverage check out my friend Nicole’s blog Ooh, Eye Like It.  She has lots more pictures.  I think I may have been looking at the wrong things in there, instead of the ankle snapping shoes, I was really ogling their chairs, I think they’d look lovely with my table, this one was taken by Nicole.

Ornate Chairs

Ornate Chairs

And this is the table I have:

My Table

My Table

I’m going to the Chicago Intergalactic Bead Show!

I’m so excited, I got free tickets to the Chicago Intergalactic Bead Show, a bit of a misnomer since it’s in Niles, IL and not Chicago, but hey close enough. It’s running from July 9th to the 10th from 10am – 5pm.  I’ll probably go on Sunday.  I went on Superbowl Sunday earlier this year. Yes, I missed the game to go look at beads. The Bears weren’t in the game anyways. I’m looking forward to getting some pyrite nuggets.

Pyrite Nuggets

Pyrite Nuggets, aren't they beautiful

I have a vision of fool’s gold and copper earrings. Didn’t have enough in my bead budget to get them last time, but they’ll be first on my list this time. Hopefully I have enough for some citrine, I love that orange jewel.


Doesn't it look juicy?

I wonder if Ayla’s Originals International Bead Bazaar will be there, they had these awesome Carl Clasmeyer clasps there last time, they’re adorable, and so unique. Doesn’t his name sound like he would make clasps? Check him out:

Clasmeyer Closed Scarab Clasp

Clasmeyer Closed Scarab Clasp

Clasmeyer Open Scarab Clasp

Clasmeyer Open Scarab Clasp

Isn’t that awesome? This one is for sale on Ayla’s Etsy Shop

Claysmeyer Football Stadium Clasp Closed

Clasmeyer Football Stadium Clasp Closed

Claysmeyer Football Stadium Clasp Open

Clasmeyer Football Stadium Clasp Open

Tweet me if you’ll be at the show @twentythou, it was a blast last time. Be nice to meet some more folks that share in my bead obsession. I actually got a “Hell No” from a friend when I asked him if he’d like to go to the Intergalactic Bead Show, lol. Images of my current collection and the restoration process of my letterpress cabinet turned beadkeeper saga coming up next.