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!

Shop Jarvis Square Recap

I was fortunate enough to participate in the Shop Jarvis Square Artisan Market event on December 10th this year.  They’ve been doing it for years, I don’t know how I’ve missed it in the past, I would have definitely been shopping.  But this year I noticed the posters and was like hey, I live on Jarvis, I want to participate. So I hunted down the organizer just in time she still had a few slots left.  I was located in the rear of Charmers Cafe/ Dagel & Beli along with four other talented artists.  There were more artisans in the Poitin Stil bar next door too.  I sold 18 items which brings me up to 161 sales!  Only 19,839 to go!  Here’s my setup:

Do you like my DIY Copper Pipe Necklace Stand?

Jewelry on Display


Infinity Scarves & Jewelry on Display

Infinity Scarves

I even ended up bartering my orange sweater infinity scarf for this sweet pair of earrings by Tania Rodamilans. She also had some beautiful paintings you can see on her website.

Gorgeous Crystal Earrings by Tania Rodamilans

I always say the problem with shows with multiple vendors is that I end up wanting want to buy from everyone, LOL.  I just have to pace myself.  Check out a few other people’s work.

Jenn Cooper & Cindy Pacyk were there offering their adorable sock monsters up for adoption.  I want one! They even had Siamese monsters!

Sock Monsters!!!

Helene Smith had great photographs and handmade cards for sale.  All types of gems of Chicago life.

Reckless Records by Helene Smith

I definitely want one of Megan K’s crocheted hats, and her upcycled tshirt dresses are adorable.

Upcycled T-shirt Dress by Megan K

Adorable Tripe Ruffle Crocheted Hat by Megan K.

And you can never have too many notebooks, especially handmade leather ones, Nathan Minnehan of WalknTalk had gorgeous single signature books, and Peruvian jewelry.


Jen Smith was the organizer of the event, she has great glass pendants.

Glass Pendants by Jen Smith

A few more must haves from the event are these adorable plush friends by EeeBeeDee! I’m torn between the toast and the popsicle.

Francois Toast

Paulie Popsicle

The splendid soapstress Amanda Hitterman of the Dirty Business Bath Company had some wonderful smelling soaps, lotions and balms. They smell even better than the look!

Dirty Business Bath Company - Old Lady, Oatmeal and Lavender Essential Oil Soap

Dirty Business Bath Company - Mambo Foaming Sugar Scrub

And Laura Scherry of Venus In The Morning Creations makes these awesome stamp covered picture frames.

Stamped Frame by Laura Scherry

So there you have it, it was great fun, so enjoyed meeting everyone, and I look forward to participating next year.  So if you missed it you missed out!  Thanks to the interwebz you can still check us out!






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.

Welcome to the Twenty Thou blog!

Hey all,
My name is Nicold (not a typo) Pittman and I’m the designer behind, where I sell my handmade jewelry and accessories. Here I look forward to letting everyone know about the latest trinkets and baubles I’m offering, and the latest specials running. I’m a lover of all well designed things, so I’ll also keep you abreast of the latest new and pretty trends. There will even be a few tutorials so that you can make your own baubles. So stay tuned for the latest. So for all my past buyers, thank you so much for your support, I hope you’re enjoying your purchases!


It's a letterpress cabinet. which is holding all of my tiny beads and craft supplies. Pics of the restoration process will be coming soon.

Until then here’s a picture of my workspace.

And here’s a picture of a few baubles coming soon to


Upcycled Crystal Chandelier Earrings // Small Pink Leaf Earrings // Medium Pink Leaf Earrings


Medium Pink Leaf Earrings // Small Pink Heart Earrings // Large Pink Leaf Earrings


Faceted Glass Ball Earrings with Pewter Accents


Vintage White Glass Oblong Earrings with Pewter Accents // Meow Meow Earrings Pt II