I went to the bead fair at Newark recently.
It’s not that I really needed the beads, but it was a miserable Sunday and beads always cheer me up, so faced with the ironing as the other choice, I thought I might as well go.
It must be about two years since I last went to this twice-a-year bead fair and I was slightly disappointed to find that, although the ticket price had gone up by £1, the number of stalls selling beads was down by about two thirds.
The last time I went the fair was in two halls, one devoted to just beads and one to beads, gems and rocks – the sort of rocks that you might buy for healing purposes. This time there was only one hall of stalls, a good part of that was taken up by seating for the snack bar and half the remaining space was for the rocks people.
I think I counted only six stall selling beads.
As it happens, I was quick enough off the mark to reply to the email from the lovely Celia at Jencel who was offering complimentary tickets, which was nice, so I didn’t have to pay to get in.
Because there were fewer stalls than before I had seen everything I wanted to see in less than an hour, which was nice, too. As you can see from the photos, I still managed to buy lots of lovely beads, whether I needed them or not !!