The Big Bead Show

I’ve heard of this event for a few years, but I’ve never actually been, until now! The Big Bead Show was held on the 19th October 2013 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey (yes this should have been posted before my craft fair report, but I’ve only just got around to writing this). I’ve been here before for a jobs fair with school, but I was nice to be seeing things I enjoy looking at.

The hall was rather large (no way as big as the NEC, that’s enormous!) and stuffed full of stalls selling loads of different types, style, colours, ect of beads, findings, tools and other paraphernalia. If you could think of it, it was probably there. Talk about sensory overload!

I do have to admit that it did get quite repetitive as some of the stalls were selling exactly the same stuff (although to be fair you can only get so many different variations of beads). The fair is very good if you do bead stringing and/or use big beads. There were only a handful of stalls that I found that sold seed beads, which is what I was mainly after. Thought I was extremely happy to find a good source of Miyuki Delicas, the cheapest place with the biggest range was Half Penney. Mission accomplished!

I come home with sore feet (too much walking!) and a nice haul of goodies. Once I finish my Christmas crafting I’ll be kept happy for days with these.

My complete stash- square beads, Delicas, bead mat, wire, crimping pliers, cog charms, square lampwork beads, robot pendant and dagger beads.
Big bead show goodies

Square beads that already have a future project in mind.
square beads

And a little robot man pendant charm that for some reason I fell in love with. He will be staying with me although I don’t know quite yet what he will end up in. Most likely a necklace with the cogs and gears.
robot man

The next one is next April and I hope to go again, and catch some demonstrations as I missed them all this time.

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3 thoughts on “The Big Bead Show

  1. Hi, we were both at the last Big Bead Show! I’ve been there a few times and I always find it quite overwhelming as the space is not that big and the stalls get crowded. Plus there’s so much to choose from. I visited your Folksy shop, you have nice items there. Has Folksy got anything to do with Etsy? I have a shop on Etsy and I’m wondering if Folsky is some British only version of the other one.

    I wish you much success!
    Natalia 🙂

    • I started out the day like a kid in a candy shop, but I did get rather overwhelmed after while. I’ll be better prepared for it next year.
      Folksy is essentially a British based Etsy though you can set it up for international customers (I haven’t yet worked out how to post overseas so I’m set at UK only for the moment). There are some differences, the ones that immediately come to mind are that the Folksy doesn’t have capability for promo codes, Etsy has seller groups and Etsy is better well known and therefore has more worldwide views. I haven’t really investigated Etsy as it’s more international (and as I’ve said I can’t figure out overseas shipping) so I can’t tell you more than that. A quick Google search would probably shed a better light on the differences than I can. But if you want to know anything specific about Folksy, ask away!

      • Thank you for your reply.
        I find Etsy very user friendly and although I haven’t despatched anything outside Europe, I have done my research with the Royal Mail and it’s not complicated. Check their website for info. So I’m happy to sell internationally.

        I’ll check it out about Folsky but as you said, Etsy has more exposure.
        Happy beading!

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