On the side, in the spare time I seem to never have, I've been weaving back in my creative juices. Some of that has come in the form of jewelry making. I had flashed the bracelet before you not that long ago, in fact I gave away one, look here and here.
Well, the day before yesterday, when I had some time to decompress all by my lonesome, I went to Jo Ann Fabric and Craft and saw that one of my beading components is on clearance. See the Czech glass metallic beads, the ones that aren't seed beads (the seed beads are the ones that have several red beads in a row or several green beads together)? Those ones. None of the clearance beads in the store I happened to visit were left. I scouted the rows and columns of beads in disbelief. My careful search ended with finding one, just one, misplaced tube of those beads. What in the world am I going to do? A discontinued fav of mine? Where am I supposed to go to get THOSE beads?
This is what they look like at the store. Czech glass metallic land beads. I was desperate. Before running home to help put the girls to bed, I went to the only other close Jo Ann store. Their selection of beads paled in comparison to the store I had just visited. No luck.
Before departing the second store, I asked the clerk desperately, if there were any other close Jo Ann stores. One. Just one. At the cross of Yosemite and County Line. Who knows where that is? After the girls went to bed, I searched for the location. It's about 20 minutes away.
An employee at the first store cautioned me not to call stores to look for this item. She said that once any item goes on clearance, it's no longer in the (computer) system; so the employee would have to physically look for the item. That could make the person very unhappy. Say no more; I worked retail for five long years.
I had a pre-arranged get together with a girlfriend the next day, yesterday, and that morning, I asked her if she'd mind adding an errand run to our list of 'to do's.' Thankfully she obliged. This could have been another fruitless pursuit for all I know, but I needed to know I tried. But the search and the trip wasn't lost. . . Unlike the other stores, this one still had a generous amount of everything, sale and non-sale alike. Purchase them, I did.
But, herein still lies a problem. Perhaps this is pie in the sky. But, should people ever decide me to pay me to make these accessories, I have a very limited supply. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for what I have.