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!

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.