Here’s the situation: you plan to attend a bead show—and you know that there are going to be a lot of bead shops selling beads. But before you go to the event and dish out your money, check out some of the tips on purchasing beads at a bead show below.
* Purchasing “everday” beads are a BIG NO.
What we mean by “everyday” beads are beads that are easily available for you outside of a bead show. These beads are usually really affordable and easily found. You’re better off searching for exquisite beads that you can rarely find or something you can’t easily purchase.
*Avoid Bringing or Using Your Credit Card
A credit card gives you the illusion of money. It magically tricks your mind, which causes you to think you can spend as much as you’d like on beads and supplies. The best thing you can do is to avoid the allurement by not bringing your using your credit card.
*Set a Budget
A budget will help you limit your expenses and give you the reality of how much “real” money you have as oppose to using credit cards. Furthermore, setting a budget can help you save time in purchasing your beads, tools, and supplies. Setting a budget is the smart thing to do.
*Survey the shops and find the best deals
It can be very frustrating when you have already purchased something, but find a better product for a better price. In order to avoid this predicament, always shop around. This is help you find the quality beads and prices before you commit to a purchase.
*Always Consider the Quality – Take a Rule or a Caliper with You
You might be thinking you’re going to find some extremely cheap beads in the show, but you need to be careful when purchasing ridiculously low-priced beads. It might be a good idea to purchase those cheap beads, but it’s going to cost you in the long run. Therefore, always put quality on top of the list when purchasing beads.
*Take a ruler or a caliper with you
A pocket ruler will come in handy when you’re looking for specific sizes of beads. This tip will prove useful for those who are completing projects and need to purchase clear-cut items. However, if you want to have a more accurate measurement, you need to use a caliper.