Five Reasons To Love Your Local Bead Shop9:00 AM
Every single bead shop I've ever visited has had several displays of jewelry made by the people who work there. The jewelry might be for sale, or it could be advertising a class, or maybe it's just there because it's pretty. Whatever the reason, be sure to always take a good look at it. It could inspire you to learn a new technique or you might see the perfect use for the bead that has been sitting on your work table for months.
One of the perks of owning a bead shop is being able to bring pets to work. My LBS almost always has at least two sweet Australian Shepherds in attendance and I love them. When I think about it, almost all of the bead shops that I've frequented on a regular basis have shop animals. If you're an animal lover, as so many of us are, it is always nice to pet a happy dog or a purring kitty while shopping for beads. Animals make us smile, and smiling makes us happy, and to be a happy beader is a wonderful thing!
There is nothing quite like digging your fingers through a large bowl of mixed beads. It's soothing and fun, and you never know what treasures you'll find at the bottom of the bowl. Most bead shops have a bowl like this, but even if they don't, just think of the entire bead shop as the bowl. My LBS has a huge wall of gemstones that I always have to run my fingers across. They also have dozens of trays filled with small quantities of colorful beads. Many of these beads would never catch my eye in large numbers, but when I see them in small amounts, I almost always leave with a few. After all, beads are the reason I was there in the first place and one can never, EVER have too many beads!