To be honest the last few years bead stores haven't had the allure they used to hold for me. I just don't use basic beads that much anymore. I still love them, I still adore them and will protect my stash (hoard) with my dying breath, but I really don't need to buy them at this point. So when I buy at a retail store it's probably a very special one of a kind piece or a time-sensitive purchase. Or it's my desire to support bead shops in general. Even if I don't buy much local stores are important and deserve business's when I can swing it their way. Shop local folks!!
That said, Denver is a huge city, so I wasn't going to pass up my chance at a bead store - the chances of finding a good one that might have stuff I could actually use ( read that as brass stampings, misc metal findings) was higher. I researched it thoroughly the night before because we only had time for 1 shop before zipline-ing. I finally picked Ornamental Beads (the website doesn't do it justice!! ) because it had great ratings online and the reviews talked about how broad the stock was. She had thousands of brass stampings and vintage cabs and other lovely stuff.. I had to limit how much I spent, and she even gave me a wholesaler's discount... always appreciated.
So if you are in Denver, and have only 1 shop to go to, this is the one!
|droool droool droool! vintage stock porcelain cabs faux 1800's clock face. I adore these! Yes some fancy clocks/watches really had painted scenes on them|
|I love this pendant! vintage stock, real 20K gold plate|
|OK, I'll probably sell the amber ones, amber just isn't me really, but the blue-green mixed stones are awesome! more vintage.. sensing a trend here?|
|the whole stash|