I have the good fortune to live in an area of the country that is pretty much replete with nice local beading stores. Okay, perhaps this is a slight exaggeration, but there are a good number of them within reasonable driving distance, and I think it safe to say that I have checked out all of them at one time or another. Out of these, I have three I tend to frequent the most, and Chelsea's Beads is one of them. I hope to do a more in-depth profile on the store later, but I will say that this is a friendly, down-to-earth, family-run enterprise. I go there primarily for their nice selection of stone. Also, when I started getting interested in vintage lucite, I knew that Chelsea's would be a great place to check out, as they have quite an extensive collection.
Anyway, if you peer through the store's windows this month, you might see a familiar visage (well, familiar if you've checked out the contributor photos in any of the magazines in which I'm published - I don't think I've ever posted a photo of myself on the blog. Although, come to think of it, I guess I'm doing that right now...). Chelsea's has started a rotating window display for local area designers, and I'm on for January.
Isn't this nice? This display was artfully arranged by Dawn, one of the friendly and helpful folks you will meet at the store. Chelsea's Beads is located on the North Shore of Chicago, in downtown Highland Park (just a block north of the Metra station). If you live in the area and have ever been gripped, for whatever weird reason, with the desire to see any of the stuff I post here up close and personal, a number of pieces will be on display through January (including some of the first necklaces I ever made - I swear, I must have been rolling all of my clay about 8 cards thick back then, the beads are so heavy - terribly embarrassing). And even if you have never been gripped by the insanity (and why would you have been, truthfully), do you really need any other excuse to go bead shopping? I mean, really? (Much of the store's inventory is available on-line, for anyone living in the rest of the country, by the way.)
Thanks for visiting!
ps. Of course, if you do visit the store and see a harried-looking customer chasing a hyperactive little boy in circles while trying to bead shop, that will probably be me, so please do say "hello", as I would love to meet you.