Starting yesterday and going through tomorrow (October 3rd through October 5th) is an event called Gem Faire. My friends Mary Valleau and Diana James told me about this event when they were in my workshop last week.
I had never been to this before and since it was being held at the Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa - right down the street from the *day job*, I went after work.
At first, when I got there, I thought, huuummm, this is a beader's paradise. But since I'm not a beader, I didn't think there would be much of real interest for me. I was wrong! Couldn't take any photos once I got inside, but I managed to get one photo of one of the bead tables just outside the front entrance.
You know those workshops I'm taking on the 25th and 26th with Cindy Forrester I keep writing about? Well, I found two vendors at Gem Faire that I bought everything else I needed from! Yep, and I don't have to keep searching on-line or wait for anything to come in the mail now. I am soooooo jazzed!
If you live in So Cal and still need supplies for the workshops, get your behind over to the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds. The last day of the event is tomorrow (Sunday). And even if you aren't going to the workshops, if you are a beader or collector of gems, this is the place to be this weekend.
Here are the two vendors I bought from and liked enough to mention here on my blog:
K.H. Lee Supply Co.
6921 N. Guthrie Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85743
telephone number is (800) 799-4557
I purchased additional tools I needed from Kenny (he had everything!), and we talked for probably a half an hour. He explained the difference between tools, gave me good advice, and didn't try to sell me stuff I didn't need. Kenny is The Man!
Then there was Altamont
4035 Grass Valley Hwy. Ste. Y
Auburn, CA 95602
I purchased sterling silver sheet, sterling silver dead soft wire and my soldering pad from John and Janene Zwickl. This is another company I would recommend purchasing from. They are both lovely people and do mail order as well.