Baublesandbeads.com is Closing

When I picked up my first beading needle nearly 30 years ago I never would have guessed that very moment would shape my adult career. Ten years later I walked into Baubles & Beads in Berkeley, CA and decided that was the place I wanted to spend all my time, work with those people, and of course, buy all those beads.

Twenty years after first walking into Baubles & Beads in Berkeley, CA I find myself sitting at my desk in the back office for the last time. Beads strewn everywhere, piles of half finished blog ideas, and ziplock bags scattered around me like you wouldn’t believe all surround me. In September the owners of Baubles & Beads announced that they were retiring from the bead business. The owners, Jim & Lisa Kaufman, are woven into the fabric of my life. From professional to personal they have supported me throughout my adult life; Jim even officiated my wedding. For the past 20 years Lisa & Jim Kaufman have supported by quest for bead knowledge. How lucky I have been to work with them all these years.

But I also want to thank those of you who read this blog. BeadShopGirl has always been one of my favorite tasks. I love to teach, but motherhood prioritizes my time. This blog allowed me to continue working on projects for others and to break down the steps into easy to follow instructions.

The bead world has changed so much over the past few decades. In the 80’s my mother used to drive me to Native American Pow Wows in Tennessee. There, the old ladies would give me advice and ohh and ahh over my childish beadwork. In college I found Beadworks in Boston (I worked there for a while) and thought I found Heaven. In 1997 I moved to Oakland, CA and HOLY COW I had come to the right part of the country for a bead lover; so many fabulous bead stores all over the Bay Area! But most of them are closed now.

If you are lucky enough to live near a local bead store, please support them or you will lose them. Brick & mortar stores at times cost a bit more but you are paying for something that the internet will never give you: face-to-face community. In a world where technology continues to isolate us; community is worth every penny.

 

For the time being this blog will remain. I will keep an eye on it from afar. Maybe one day I will pick it up again and continue my work here. Baublesandbeads.com is currently liquidating their stock.  Many of the items I have linked to throughout this blog are no longer available through them. However, I hope the projects will keep you inspired.

Thank you all for supporting us over the past 25 years,

Lisa Claxton (BeadShopGirl)

Get to Know Bead Shop Girl

There are many of us who make up Bead Shop Girl. Our collective knowledge of beads and techniques is something to be proud of. When you visit our store we will make every attempt to share our knowledge and revel in the wonder of beads.

Caitlin

Caitlin

When you visit our store be sure to check out the baubles on Caitlin. Her vintage style and mix of unique materials is an inspiration to all. Caitlin joined our staff in 2013 bringing with her years of jewelry making know-how.

Heather

Heather

Known for her infections laugh and unstoppable smile, Heather is one of our senior staff members.  She has been a part of the Baubles and Beads family since 2002!  Ask Heather about anything at all and she will answer all your questions and brighten your day at the same time.  Her favorite techniques include wire wrapping and pearl knotting, and you can usually see her wearing some of her own handmade jewelry using one of those two techniques. She first started making jewelry in 1st grade with her best friend but it became a career in 2002 when she was fresh out of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Jude

Jude

Have you ever had something repaired at Baubles & Beads? Chances are it was Jude who worked her magic to fix it!  Having been here since 2006, there is no repair or problem too big for her to tackle.  In her own time she makes beautiful, delicate and intricate jewelry, incorporating lots of stones and tiny wire wraps.  Ask her for help with all that jewelry you’ve been meaning to fix for years and she won’t let you down.

Shannon

Shannon

Every time you order something on our web store it goes straight to the desk of Shannon.  Shannon joined Baubles & Beads in 2010 and she knows the lay of the land here at the store.  If you have any questions about ordering from us online, she’s your girl.  Not able to make it into the store to ask your web related questions? That’s fine! Just give Shannon a call and she will make sure your order gets filled and shipped in lightning speed.

Amara

Amara

 Amara has been with us for over 4 years. This girl knows her colors and is excellent at giving customers that little tip helps finish their designs. Although she loves picking up new jewelry making skills she enjoys soldering the most as it provides the most challenge for her.

Lisa C.

Lisa C.

Lisa has been a fixture at Baubles and Beads since 1997.  While she used to be the manager of the Berkeley store, she took some time off to redirect her career toward teaching wire & design at many of the national bead shows. After her beader in training was born, she once again redirected her career back with baubles & Beads as our webmaster and social media director.  Lisa continues to act as one of our regular instructors, teaching basic techniques as well as many of her original wire designs.

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