Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza

Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza.November 4 + 5, 2017

This is the last call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (“BABE”). The organizers are retiring and this gem is having its final show. Sigh.

BABE features over 120 juried exhibitors, including studio glass, silver, stone and polymer clay bead artists. Find handcrafted beads from varied and interesting material as well as independent dealers rarely seen elsewhere. Plus free demos and affordable classes.

Whether you are a jewelry maker, collector, designer, novice, or pro, put this event on your calendar. And keep your calendar handy. The first few weeks of November has a lot of warehouse sales, sample sales, and gift fairs.

Let the deal tracking begin.


The Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza has beads of every sort, every stripe, and every price range.

Look for:

  • Modern and ethnic beads of glass, stone, metals, pearls, fiber and more.
  • Antique, ancient and vintage beads around the world.
  • Contemporary art beads.
  • Steam punk (modern pieces with a vintage flair).
  • Beads from recycled components.
  • Finished jewelry. (My weak spot.)
  • Supplies, and more.

Check out the vendor list.


Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland  94607      MAP

Saturday November 4, 2017, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday November 5, 2017, 10 am – 5 pm

Getting There: Consider taking BART or an AC Transit bus and spend that parking money on beads! The Oakland Convention Center is across the street from the 12th Street BART station and is easy walking distance from several AC Transit Bus Lines.

Admission: $5 with this coupon. 


4 Tips For The Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza:

  1. Not a hobbyist? No worries – a lot of vendors have finished pieces perfect for gift giving (or for yourself!)
  2. Be sure to check out the free demos.
  3. Ready for a new hobby? Check out the affordable classes – $60 for half day, $120 for full day. Classes given November 3rd thru 5th, 2017. Although online class registration has ended, you can sign up for any available classes in person at the 2nd floor registration area Friday November 3rd through Sunday, November 5th, 2016.
  4. Don’t forget to bring the coupon for 50% off admission.

h/t to Jaret for letting me know about today’s deal. Be sure to stop by Jaret’s booth: “Jaret’s Amazing Old Beads”

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