“If you’re crazy about it, buy it!”
-Mary Ellen’s rule of shopping
My friend Michele suggested we check out the annual swap meet at Santa Fe Jewelry Supply. Not knowing what to expect, I managed expectations to a “garage sale” level. After all, I theorized, “this” can’t compete with an annual trip to Tucson.
Color me amazed! First of all, we arrived early. If you’re a bargain hunter, you know there’s no substitute for early at a swap because you get first review as goods are set out for sale. We strolled around the tables, chatting with the vendors.
NOTE TO SELF: Consider revising shopping rule parameter as you seem to have a boundless capacity for beads!
As I unpacked my “few things,” I…
- Admired the bone and black and considered crafting a Day of the Dead necklace
- Sighed over Turkish glass, red jasper, quartz and other special pieces
- Breathed in the energy of gold coral, Tibetan turquoise, and labradorite
- Fingered the shiny leaves envisioning a dramatic choker
- In the end, the beads made the decision for me.
The first person who saw my leaf and pearl creation bought it. I had a fun time making it and couldn’t be happier that someone loved my idea at first sight.
Now I have another decision. I paired a fabulous Quan Yin with the red jasper. It felt right. Natural. Should I make it mine?
The more I study my Quan Yin creation the happier I feel about sharing it with the world.
The hunt is the joy of beading. She (the Quan Yin with red jasper necklace) represents a perfect quest: beautiful finds, interesting people, special bargains and a fun time with a friend.
Do you feel the energy?