Bead Buzz: Treasures, Beads & Jewelry Supplies are the Fruits of Her Global Adventure
The Quest for Enlightenment and Exotic Beads Takes Entrepreneur on Lifelong Global Adventure
Sally Roesler’s obsession with the treasures of faraway places began in the fifth grade when her history teacher explained how the Dutch purchased what is now Manhattan Island from the Native Americans, in part, with a box of beads. Now owner of The Bead Goes On, a wholesale business, and Beadniks, a retail store in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sally supplies her customers with hand-selected rare beads, jewelry supplies, and tribal arts from countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Malaysia.
PHOTO ABOVE: Beadniks store in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Beads weren’t the only thing on Sally’s mind as she traversed mountains, jungles, and rivers on the backs of llamas, yaks, and elephants: she was in search of the Dalai Lama and the enlightenment he promised. She never found him, but along the way she stumbled upon some wisdom of her own: “Don’t worry, bead happy.” It’s this message that continues to compel Sally to share the fruits of her adventures with people around the country through classes, trade shows, and her retail outlets. Sally also continues to travel because, while she may have reached a desirable destination, the journey never ends , and The Bead Goes On.
Originally published in June/July 2017 Beadwork
Photos courtesy of Sally Roesler