I made it out the Fraser Valley Bead & Jewellery Show on Saturday. It took place at the Cascades Casino and Convention Centre in Langley.
I was quite impressed with the show; it wasn’t giant, but it was a decent size with over 40 vendors and classes too. It was a perfect destination for a hobbyist, crafter, or beader because most of the vendors were retailers/wholesalers. A lot of the retail vendors were also local so I picked up a lot of business cards. There were several vendors who were artists themselves but it appeared the jewellery was unique or one-of-a-kind pieces.
Photo taken at Universal Jems’ booth
Photo taken at Kimdoly‘s booth
Photo taken at Country Beads‘ booth (Country Beads is my usual location for bead purchases)
Photo of Strung Out On Beads‘ booth (I’ve visited their store in Abbotsford; it’s huge!)
Photo taken at Empress Beads‘ booth
Photo of one side of Capilano Rock & Gem‘s booth
Photo taken at Komarevich Originals‘ booth
The purchases I made were: Swarovski crystals from Komarevich Originals‘, a wire crochet earring kit (how-to) from Bead Addict, some findings from Capilano Rock & Gem, and some earring findings from Strung Out On Beads. I will definitely make the trip out to Abbotsford to visit Strung Out On Beads again, and I definitely want to go to Bead Smart in Richmond too.
There was also a really neat new company called I Found Gallery which just set up shop on Main Street here in Vancouver. All their stuff is antique, found objects; the owner was telling another customer about an old antiques store that shut down and he bought out all their knick-knacks. So there are little charms and old jewellery supplies and other odds and ends. The owner also had a drill and will put a hole in any charm you want. I will definitely visit once he gets back from the show!