THE PORTLAND BEAD SOCIETY Annual Bead Bazaar
The PBS Bead Bazaar showcases the many unique and diverse Bead artists in the Portland Area. This year's event will feature several new and fresh elements in addition to our popular event traditions!
This is the shopping event for artists and those who appreciate artistry. You can find components to design your own jewelry. You can also find finished pieces which are lovely and unique.
Our vendors have a dazzling array of handmade, contemporary, and vintage beads and findings. As well as components which complement the beads, such as, fiber, wood, glass, clay, and metal pieces.
Interested in learning how to bead or build with the components? Catch a demonstration at the Inspiration stage. Engage in conversations with the artists themselves.
Letter from our Bead Bazaar Chairperson
I am so excited to tell you what is moving and shaking in the Portland Bead Society this fall!
As you all know the Bead Bazaar held annually in November provides our operating income. During the November event, we received surveys and asked for feedback. There were a few suggestions to change the date.
After some research, I found that some of the advantages of moving the event to October 20 and 21 were:
- It gets us out of the “holiday” event season and individualizes our event
- The Tacoma Bead Fest is held the last weekend of October, and the Gem Faire is held the 2nd week of November, so this date would put us in front of both of those dates.
- November is property tax season in both states. By moving the date to October, this could increase our sales and vendor applicants
- Giver shoppers more time to create items that they purchase to make into Holiday gifts.
During the January Portland Bead Society Board meeting, I proposed the idea of changing the date to the 3rd weekend in October (20 and 21st), 2018. It was unanimously voted that the date be changed.
Knowing there is going to be quite a bit of work involved with this change, I have already started looking for vendors to fill out the Montgomery Park room and have collected business cards from the recent Gem Faire in Hillsboro. I will be informing vendors from previous years and “hoped for” new vendors of the date change by February 15
Our goal is to keep the art of beading passed on to younger artists, so the future of the Bead Society is bright and ever evolving. We are also looking to possibly change the name of the event to attract new vendors, and artists and more attendees. If you would like to suggest a new name for the event, please submit it by March 10, 2018 via email to PBSBeadevent@gmail.com.
PBS Bead Bazaar Chair
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2017 Bead Bazaar Vendors
All Fired Up Glass Beads
Beading the Odds
Beads & Threads
Bullfrog and I Ching Beads
Cave Dweller Beads
CB & CO
Gail Morse Beads
Grand Products Co, Ltd
Keoki Art Glass
Koi Creek Beadworks
Laura Bowker Lampwork Beads
Melting Pot Studios
Peyote Bead & Button
Portland Polymer Clay Guild
Serena Smith Lampwork
Teresa Sullivan Studio
The Beaded Turtle
The Good Stuff
The Twisted Gem
Twisted Sister Arts
Wacky Wabbit Wanch
Wild Gypsy Realm