I went a couple of years ago, when I was in the relatively early stages of my business, and went wild buying things. Now that I know a little more about beads and vendors and my business in general, I wonder if it will cause my spending to go UP, or down? I'm hoping to keep my "OMG I MUST HAVE THAT!" muse quiet. At least for a little bit. This time, I made a list of booths that I must see, and will target those first, and then just have fun the rest of the time. Three days, all day, of bead shopping, can you say hey, Hallelujah.
The real highlight of the trip really isn't about the beads -- it's about meeting a bunch of online friends I've made. A number of us have been planning this trip together for months now, and I can't believe it's almost here!
To see what all the beads turn into when they grow up, check out www.lorianderson.net for a peek at handcrafted artisan jewelry.