I made it out the Fraser Valley Bead & Jewellery Show on Saturday. It took place at the Cascades Casino and Convention Centre in Langley.

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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.

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Photo taken at Universal Jems’ booth

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Photo taken at Kimdoly‘s booth

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Photo taken at Country Beads‘ booth (Country Beads is my usual location for bead purchases)

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Photo of Strung Out On Beads‘ booth (I’ve visited their store in Abbotsford; it’s huge!)

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Photo taken at Empress Beads‘ booth

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Photo of one side of Capilano Rock & Gem‘s booth

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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!