It was warmer and the beads were sparkling in the sun - lots of beads.
I did run into an oddity of measure though . . . I've always known that a hank of Czech beads was 12 strands of beads. Longer strands for 11/s, 8's, etc. and short strands for Charlotte's or gold beads. In 2 days I've run into 6 and 8 strand hanks as well as 12 strands labeled as a hank & a half. I looked at very similar 8/0 beads and was amazed to find that the prices on these 3 different quantity hanks were within 20 cents of each other. These were all found at retail bead shows. If you're buying beads these days I think it's prudent to count the strands if you're price comparing.
I didn't get to wander around much today as I was busy talking to people and showing them how bead crochet is done.
I did get to visit with Nikia (Buy the Kit), Betcy (Beyond Beadery) and Jill (Tapestry Beads). Dang, I knew it was a mistake to spend any time at all in Beyond Beadery . . . . I couldn't resist getting a good selection of the long Magatamas from her. She had some very nice colors and mixes. I guess I'm going to have to try the Dragon Bangle from the latest issue of Bead work. Then I will have to try and translate the idea into bead crochet. The problem is that the beads are directional and will have to be strung in a strict sequence to get them to angle in the same direction.
I guess 18 tubes of long Magatama drops is a small bead purchase at a bead show.