Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hard to Resist

A conference cannot be complete with out the Vendor Hall.  I knew it was coming and I tried to prepare (as much as a shopaholic can.)  But of course it is never enough.  (At least this year I brought cash and my check book..... what a mistake.)

There were actually two places to spend my money.  The merchants area and the participant's "Show and Sell"

Earl Roberts making a sale at the PMC Connection booth.  They were offering a good deal on Sterling Silver so I caved and bought a pack (plus a few other things as I stood there.)  I've known Earl for several years now and enjoyed meeting up with him again.

I have quite a few stones that I need to bezel set (as mentioned in my post on soldering.)  So, I was determined to stay away from the vendors selling stones.  I stuck to my resolution for about an hour and then I caved.  I didn't buy any big stones, but I did purchase some 3mm, 4mm and 5mm spinels and CZ's for my students to use from Gemstone Resources.  

All Craft was only there for part of the show but I did manage to get some of their brass brushes.  (They have the softest brass brushes!)

From Metal Clay supply I purchased Gilder's Paste.  I've never used the paste, but one of the charms I exchanged for had it on.  Pretty cool looking stuff.

Rio Grande wasn't selling at the show but had lots on display and was offering free shipping with the code from the show.  From them I ordered some new texture sheets and a sterling silver stamp (now that I'm finally going to try it.)

There were other vendors too and I don't want to slight them but I mentioned only the ones I purchased from.

The artist "Show and Sell" also made a dent in my pocket book.  I bought several pair of earrings, a book and a new tool .  Will share those purchases in another post.

Suffice it to say that I won't be buying anything in the near future (except for metal clay and groceries.)


Zoe Nelson said...

Did you see what PMC Connection was doing with alcohol inks? I never got around to asking.

Sounds like you had more restraint than I did!

Alice Walkowski said...

No, I missed that one. I have some of those inks, will have to google it.

You bought even more? Oh my. Oh well, you will make good use of it and your bangle from Barbara is worth it.