Monday, August 20, 2012

How to Attend a Bead Show with a Child (or, how Zack and I tackled BeadFest)

This weekend, my oldest step-son moved to North Carolina.  Since my back is crap and I would have been useless, we planned on my staying home.  But wait!  Isn't BeadFest the same weekend?


Why, yes. Yes, it is.


So with a very limited budget and a full tank of gas in the Punch Buggy, we headed towards Philly on Friday.

(sari silk)


Attending a bead show, a craft show, or an antique mall with a kidlet can be a recipe for disaster or an exercise in futility if you aren't prepared.   I had no expectations for this show -- I didn't NEED anything -- and I really just wanted to spend some quality time with my son.  Zack loves going through my beads and he likes to shop, but I'm also not entirely stupid, so there had to be a plan.


#1 -- I wrote down the numbers of the vendors I HAD to see.  Most were friends I wanted to say hello to, some were just for massive longing (ie, the Fretz hammers.....oh my!) but I knew I wouldn't have a chance to see everything.

(Zack was impressed that I knew not only the names for all the colors without looking at the tags, but that I also have almost every color he named.   I used to run massive crystal bulk buys years ago, so I don't think I've met a crystal I didn't like!)


#2  -- I packed snacks and a card game.  Zack and I would walk an aisle, then go to the concession stand and play Monopoly Deal. Someone walked to us and said, "That's a good mom!" and I said, "No, that's a good KID!".

The favorite "peanut butter spoon".


#3 -- I planned on spending what money I had on him.  And boy did Zack have good taste.  He came out with some amazing lampwork beads (a mermaid and a dragon, to name a few).  He takes care of his treasures, too, with a bookshelf just for these special finds.


(Shoe beads Zack claimed from the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party.)


#4 -- Know when it's time to go.  Friday, Zack determined that, and we went to dinner and then a swim in the hotel pool before a long night of digging through our beads and playing cards.




What was wonderful was not only spending time with my son, but sharing him with friends who've met him on this blog.   The list of people we met is so long I'm terrified of forgetting someone, so rather than list you all out, let me tell you all -- it was fabulous to see you, I loved your amazing work (what you were selling, what you were wearing -- wow!), and I appreciated so much how kind you were to the Zack-man.  There will be lots of thank you notes heading out the door this week!


Unfortunately, Zack and I had to leave early on Saturday (my back started going out and it's still out, along with a killer migraine to keep it company -- I can hardly see while I'm typing this) so I missed the bead swap, but I did get my beads to the hostess so I hope my partner liked what Zack and I picked out!  OH!  And fun factoid:  I'll bet I was the only person walking around the show on Friday with a vintage toy typewriter!  (Thank you, Cynthia!!!!).




Now I'm fighting pinched back nerves and a migraine and deadlines but I'm happy!  You have to take the happiness when it comes your way and embrace it and then, when you're stuck in bed with an ice pack over your eyes, you have wonderful things to remember.  




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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

Join her at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!

33 comments:

  1. Wish I could have been there! Hopefully one day!

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  2. Sounds wonderful. Always fun to share your love with your kids! :)

    Feel better.

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  3. Get some rest and would love to see more pics from the bead show when you get better.

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  4. Kudos to you for having some great quality time with Zack! My kids would have complained non-stop! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  5. Had back issues last week...which does totally suck! But looks like you had a great time...and what a great kid! Nothing like one on one time combined with a road trip! And thank you for the Bead Soup card..it was the only piece of mail today!!

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  6. How fun! I was hoping to go to Bead Fest until I realized that's when my own 'kidlet' [age 20!!] would be home from Colorado. We spent the weekend in Burlington VT where he place 8th!!!! in the National Championship Sprint Triathlon (age M20-24). Forgive my boasting... I'm just so excited for him. Bead Fest Philly next year - hear I come... unless it's during the World Finals he's qualified for ;) ~~T (looking forward to your bead pics :)

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  7. Sounds like the perfect weekend (okay, without the back outage and the migraine)! Zack is such a cool kid...

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  8. Great kid *and* great mom! Glad it was fun for you both!!

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  9. What a wonderful post. Zach is a handsome man! And the wall of crystals was stunning. I don't remember colors like most do. Pink, Blue, is how I remember them. lol. I would love to go to a beady party like this, But mainly to meet all you fabulous people. I did get a few beady goodness in the mail friday, bought a *new to me* couch at a thrift store, and won a Melinda Orr/Marla James bracelet at the CBC Giveaways. Bought two pairs of earrings from Lorelei.. So I had a wonderful weekend!! I am happy to see you had a good time, even with the pains and aches.

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  10. *HaHa* I think I used to have a recurring dream like this scenario when mine were Zack's age: one child, sharing an interest, relaxing in a hotel. You two are a great team!

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  11. Zack gave me his business card - Thanks!

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  12. I'm glad you got to spend some quality time with Zack and friends. I hope to make it next year and hope to meet you too.

    Take it easy and feel well soon.

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  13. I just LOVE that kid! :) Here's hoping your back gets better soon!

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  14. Sounds like the perfect memory. And when do we get to see the beads Zach picked out?

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  15. That's a great plan you had for Bead Fest! I do so wish I could have met Zach. I often feel like I know this wonderful kiddo of yours. Take care of that back and hopefully the migraine will go away too.

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  16. I love your post as always:)
    You are a very lucky person (except the back pain and migraine)having such a super kid like Zack.
    I hope you feel better soon.

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  17. I so wanted to go to Bead Fest, but had made lrevious arrangements to take my Mom to Florida for a quick visit with my brother and her old friends. looks like you and Zack had a wonderful trip...great memories, for sure! Hope you are feeling better, soon!

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  18. I see Pikachu:) I used to have a really good time taking Beth to Bead & Button every year. It's probably easier in those venues with a girl just because it's more expected. I did have to spend a lot of time reminding her that you look with your eyes not your hands but most of the vendors were really nice to her. In fact she almost always came home with hands full of handmade glass spacers and such because everyone would be giving her a "sample".
    Sorry you aren't feeling well again.

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  19. I'm SO sorry you're in so much pain, but I had a smile on my face reading about your trip to beadfest with Zach in tow. I know my boys would not have step foot into a bead show, let alone enjoy it the way Zach seems to have. What a wonderful bonding experience for you both, something I'm sure you'll treasure forever!

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  20. Aw, first of all I hope you start feeling better! I've been having some nasty back pain (nothing to where it's out though) so I can sympathize a wee bit. And migraines are no good!

    Second, I think it's just so awesome that you and your son are so close! This must have been one heck of a bonding experience :)

    I hope I'm lucky enough to meet BOTH of you one day!

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  21. You have a wonderful kid and you're the same as a mom. And I bet you got lots of fun at Bead Fest.

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  22. Looks like a good time with "Zack-man." I hope you're feeling better today. I'm going to send you positive energy today.

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  23. Oh, how wonderful for you both Lori! Looks like you had a great time! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  24. I enjoyed seeing you and Zack also Lori, there just wasn't enough time! I like Zack's moo card, so precious he was! I had wanted my daughter to talk to you about the pseudo tumor, turns out, that's what they told her it was. Figured you two could share info, she is doing much better after all the surgery and treatments. Hope you are feeling better today.

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  25. Well your swap partner was very very happy and brought to tears (Diana's my kick me out of the Mafia for that..LOL) at your sweet generosity. I totally understood when I heard you were hurting but no worries we WILL meet someday!

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  26. We love any Lori and Zack time! Had a migraine myself Friday night - thank heavens Saturday dawned clear headed! Take care!!!

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  27. That sounds like a grand time! It is cool that he shares your fascination with beads. My own son wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes! But I am hoping to take a mom and daughter trip to Michigan with my Tiny Dancer for the Inspired by Nature retreat. I think it is time for her to join the big girls at the party! Thanks for sharing this fun trip! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  28. Sounds like he did good going with you. I took one of my grands to a miniature show and sale one time and she drop a bag of things she was holding for me and the place froze - could have heard a pin drop. I guess they thought she had knocked over a display or something.
    Hope your back is better.

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  29. I think I'm having bead retreat withdrawal! It's been way too long since I've been to one, but I know I don't NEED anything. You ARE a great Mom and Zack IS a great kid. What fun to have him as your bead buddy.

    Take care of your self..you need that back! ; ) Do take some time to recover and I hope the migraine goes away quickly.

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  30. I am so sorry about your back and head, but I must say, it was wonderful to finally meet you and Zack. I have his business card, and dearly loved the hug I got from him! He is so special and sweet! Feel better!

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  31. You are my parenting hero... Looking forward to trying your tips out when I take my son to his first bead fair later this year. He's still only 4, though, so we're both still learning!

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  32. So glad to meet you at Zack face to face, I could not miss your signature hair.

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  33. I am so glad to hear that the two of you had a great time! I am so sorry I never got to meet you both, I wore my pink ribbon (as instructed) but our paths did not cross. After all, Bead Fest is as large as a football field (maybe larger)! Plus I had my head down looking at all the beads on tables all weekend! Hard to see anyone in that stance. Maybe I will get to go to Art Bliss and see you there (France is possibly on hold until we have more time to plan it properly).

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