Make Plans for the 2019 SoCal Bead Shop Hop
The Southern California Local Bead Store Association (SCLBSA) will present its 2019 SoCal Bead Shop Hop on two consecutive weekends: Friday-Sunday, September 6-8 and 13-15. During the Bead Shop Hop, beaders will visit a dozen stores hosting special events and giveaways, with fun opportunities to collect charms, win prizes and – of course – shop! It’s free to participate, and it’s a great way to kick start your holiday gift making.
Collect Charms as You Hop
This year’s theme is Cartoons. As you visit each shop on the map, you’ll be welcomed with special promotions, trunk shows, make ‘n’ takes, refreshments, and more that reflect the cartoon theme. You’ll receive a different free charm at each store you visit. Once you’ve visited three stores, you’ll receive a free Bead Shop Hop charm and a charm bracelet to display all of the charms you collect along the way. When you’ve visited all 12 stores and collected their charms, then you’ll receive a Bead Shop Hop “finisher” charm. If you’ve participated in a Bead Shop Hop before, make sure you wear your bracelets from past years so you can show them off.
Shops to Visit
SCLBSA member stores are dedicated to offering service, knowledge, variety, quality, and value during each shopping experience.
1. Jewel City Beads
2. A Place to Bead
3. Brea Bead Works
5. Bead Station
6. Bead Gallery
7. Ocean Sky Beads
9. Beads and More
10. Dancing Bear Indian Trader
11. Mountain Beadworks
12. Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations
Bead Shop Hop Prizes
There are a variety of prizes that make the day even more fun. If you visit all of the bead shops and receive all 12 stamps on your passport, you’ll be eligible to win a $500 shopping spree that can be used at any or all of the participating stores, along with a gumball machine trophy that’s bedazzled with Swarovski crystals and filled with beads. Two runners-up will receive a $250 shopping spree that can be used at any or all of the Bead Shop Hop stores. If you visit at least three stores and receive their stamps in your passport, then you’ll be eligible to win that store’s gift basket.
There are also a variety of participation prizes for shoppers who visit at least three stores. The Beadsmith is the sponsor of this year’s SoCal Bead Shop Hop. See complete contest rules and regulations in the Bead Shop Hop brochure.
Tips for Bead Shop Hopping
- It’s fun to travel with a group of friends. Call a few beaders (or wannabes); gas up your car; and hit the road together.
- Plan out your route in advance. A map is included in the brochure, which you can download at SCLBSA.org.
- Allow time to do Make ‘n Take projects at the shops that offer them. Some shops offer Take ‘n Makes that you can work on when you’re back at home.
- Check the SCLBSA website for more information.
The Southern California Local Bead Store Association became a formal organization after the very first Bead Shop Hop. Founded in 2011, the group’s mission is to promote ethical business practices, extend mutual respect for all local bead stores, demonstrate diversity in the marketplace, and ensure independent, community-focused brick and mortar retail bead stores. The association also aims to create programs that promote and advance the interest of the retail bead store industry through training, education, research programs and vendor support. Follow @SCLBSA on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Bead shops have always been important resources for stocking your stash, but they’re also great places for learning new techniques and feeling like a part of the beading community. You can get advice, find special treasures, and more. Read Getting the Most Out of Your Local Bead Shop and 7 Ways Your Local Bead Store is Working for You for tips about shopping local.
Interim Managing Editor of Beadwork