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Picks of the Showroom!

March 18, 2011

The time for our fabulous showroom picks has come nigh!

This time some of these items are “Cash and Carry” items. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit our showroom or go to one of our Road Shows, Cash and Carry items aren’t available through our online store or catalog. Most of the time, they’re one-time special buys that our purchasers get for either the showroom or the road shows…so come & visit us in our warehouse or in your town!


Birdseye rhyolite beads

Cash and Carry “Birdseye Rhyolite

These new items will soon be live on our online store! Here are the stock numbers for each new item:

21-005-227-10, Birdseye Rhyolite, 30×40 Puffed Oval

21-005-227-11, Birdseye Rhyolite, 20mm Puffed Coin

21-005-227-16, Birdseye Rhyolite, 20mm Puffed Square

21-005-227-22, Birdseye Rhyolite, 18×25 Puffed Rectangle

21-005-227-29, Birdseye Rhyolite, 30mm Puffed Coin




Mixed rainbow gemstone strands

Cash and Carry Mixed Rainbow Gemstone Strands




Turquoise magnesite butterfly beads

Turquoise Magnesite Butterfly Beads




Bottle cap beads

Cash and Carry Bottle Cap Beads

Some of these styles will soon be part of our stock as well!




Tim Holtz

New Tim Holtz!

These new items will soon be live on our online store as well! Here are the stock numbers for each new item:

55-000-20, Ideaology, 90 Red Game Pieces

55-000-21, Ideaology, 10 Tin Light Bulbs

55-000-23, Ideaology, 9 Distressed Plaquettes

55-000-24, Ideaology, Regal Adornments

55-000-25, Ideaology, 24 mini Hanger Clips



Stretchy finger rings

Stretchy Rings


Spring BeadTour prevue

March 2, 2011

The first warm hints of springtime are dawning.
Once again comes the promise of new…beads!
Enjoy our spring BeadTour preview–
and we’ll see you at our bead shows, March 6 through June 30!

Manmade Red Rainbow Calsilica beads

Birdseye Rhyolite beads

Cubic zirconia (CZ) beads

Peridot beads and Black Silver Leaf beads

Rhodocrosite beads, Rose Snowflake Obsidian beads, and more manmade Red Rainbow Calsilica beads

Cape Amethyst beads, Lapis beads, and Aquamarine beads

Have you been to our popular BeadTour bead shows yet?
We come to dozens of cities across the USA, with thousands of strands of new beads at 15% off wholesale prices!

Tucson is ON!

January 31, 2011

Remember to visit Rings & Things at our booth in Tucson!

Holidome booth #631 — see you there 🙂

Sparkling in the Desert

January 27, 2011

Rings & Things sparkles in the desert, with Swarovski…

Heading to Tucson for the Gem and Mineral show? Rings & Things will see you there! And, for the first time, Swarovski is sponsoring Sparkling Make and Takes projects with their sales partners, at the Swarovski Create Your Style in Tucson 2011 event.

Join Rings and Things design team member Rita for about an hour on Wednesday, February 2, and pay $10 (proceeds are donated to the YWCA of Tucson) to create one of these projects. Pre-register to save your space at Sparkling Make and Takes!

Snow and Ice chain necklace:

When? Wednesday, February 2, 11:00am or 12:15pm
What? This clean-lined, extra-long chain necklace incorporates a variety of opalescent, white, and crystal coated Swarovski Beads, Crystal Pearls and Fancy Stones linked between lengths of silver-plated chain. Wear it long or double it up!

Fire and Flame chain necklace:
When? Wednesday, February 2, 2:00pm or 3:15pm
What? This warm-colored extra-long chain necklace incorporates a variety of burnt-red, deep-brown and coppery-colored SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS linked between lengths of antique-copper plated chain. The design is flexible enough to be worn several ways.

Cheapskate booth ideas

November 19, 2010

Ever do craft / trade shows? Wendy Rosen is going to save you some money. And hassle!

Cheapskate Booth Ideas

Cheapskate booth ideas from Wendy Rosen: music stands

Music stands!


Under-shelf lights!


Cutting table from JoAnn Fabrics!

See 20 Cheapskate Booth Ideas (and more) at Wendy’s Facebook page! ….Please note that if you become Wendy’s “FB friend”, you’ll receive more booth ideas, plus tips about wholesaling to shops and galleries!

PS: for extra ideas, check out Tradeshow Stuff and The Buyers Market!

When bead shows are…different

November 6, 2010

Sometimes, bead shows can surprise you. Sometimes, they even surprise us

After one long day of driving, running a bead-show, and more driving, our crew decided to just have dinner at the hotel. But when they went to the restaurant, they weren’t able to have dinner there — Because the tables had been taken down to set up for our show! Yep… our setup was in the usual bar / restaurant of the hotel. The checkout stations were set up around the bar, 2 per side, with cabinets of liquor behind them and coolers full of beer between them. Unfortunately(?), the cabinets and coolers were all locked. Hard to say how much some customers would spend otherwise…

Bead show in the bar

This one was the first bead show we’d ever seen with bench seating:

Bench seating at the bead show

One hotel in California where we did a show charged a small fee for parking. Some customers commented on that…but most of them were used to paying for parking. According to at least one customer, “The only place you can park for free in LA is the freeway!”

Thanks to everyone for the bead-show memories! We’ll be back “on the road” starting in early spring!

What they’re saying about R&T bead shows

May 24, 2010

A real-time report on R&T bead shows. BeadTour blurbs from bead lovers like you!

Photo courtesy of Armored Hearts Maille

From our Louisville, KY bead show, @_chelseaj tweeted an evocative stream of updates:

● Rummaging around at the Louisville @rings_things show! It’s like heaven in here.

● @rings_things Found tons of great beads today – thanks!!!

● Bag stuffed full of new beads and ELO on the radio… Yes! Life’s good.

Photo courtesy of Armored Hearts Maille

Frann of Armored Hearts Maille blogged about a fun trip to the Grand Rapids bead show:

“When we entered we were greeting by a very friendly young guy…he was patient with the three of us Bead Show Virgins and sent us on our way.

It was all a shiny, sparkly heaven…I loved how each type of item was separated, so you knew that if you were at findings table you’d find every type of finding possible. No meandering around in a maze like confusion. Cori kept me on track…she was quick to point out some styles and colors we had been discussing for the last week in anticipation for this event.

The set up was wonderful, there was room enough for most people to wind in and around the tables…the selection of merchandise was vast.”

And Anita Ghaemi updated on Facebook with this about our Chicago bead show:

“…my spirits are over the top…I rushed in headed for the beads”!

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…

March 25, 2010

“…stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Here’s a clue to what the R&T BeadTour crew willingly goes through, to bring beads to your town!

Yesterday’s bead show in Denver was up against a major snowstorm. Our bead-truck driver and road crew, coming from Omaha, squeaked in ahead of the blizzard.


Photos by Sky N.

2 of us flying in from Spokane had a rougher time, though…

√ Delayed in Spokane

√ Unexpected plane change in SLC

√ Lightning strike on their plane over Denver

√ Baggage unloaded and left on the tarmac (as the handlers were called in to avoid lightning), so baggage was soaked

√ Rental car couldn’t drive in the blizzard so they had to upgrade to a 4 wheel drive

√ They finally arrived at the hotel at 9 pm instead of the 4:30 they expected!

On the bright side, we safely unloaded the beads through the snow, and had a great Denver show…


More photos at R&T’s Facebook ‘Bead Fans’ page

And the roads look clear to Salt Lake City for tomorrow’s bead show!

Attend BeadTour. Talk online. Win!

March 9, 2010

You know, R&T’s bead truck is making a springtime visit to your town. An easy contest helps you get the most out of our bead shows 🙂 …

Beads: not the only treasure at BeadTour

Attend our BeadTour show in your town. Enjoy R&T’s exclusive bead deals!

Talk about it online:

Facebook it

• Blog it

Twitter it

√ When I see your report of our show, I’ll put your name in the hat.

At the end of our spring bead-show run, we’ll draw several winners to receive these coveted R&T BeadTour t-shirts!


Social networking has its rewards…

(Giveaway drawing: July 1st, 2010.)

Which show are you going to? Here’s the spring BeadTour list:

03/12: Houston, TX
03/13: San Antonio, TX
03/14: Austin, TX
03/16: Dallas, TX
03/17: Oklahoma City, OK
03/19: St. Louis, MO
03/20: Kansas City, KS
03/21: Des Moines, IA
03/22: Omaha, NE
03/24: Denver, CO
03/26: Salt Lake City, UT
03/28: Boise, ID
04/03: Missoula, MT
04/10: Bellevue, WA
04/11: Portland, OR
04/17: Seattle, WA
04/18: Mt. Vernon, WA
04/25: Minneapolis, MN
04/27: Green Bay, WI
04/28: Milwaukee, WI
04/29: Chicago, IL
05/01: Grand Rapids, MI
05/02: Detroit, MI
05/04: Louisville, KY
05/12: Sacramento, CA
05/13: San Mateo, CA
05/15: Orange County, CA
05/16: San Bernardino, CA
05/18: Phoenix, AZ
05/20: Albuquerque, NM
06/06: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
06/08: Tampa, FL
06/09: Orlando, FL
06/10: Jacksonville, FL
06/10-13: Milwaukee, WI – Bead&Button
06/12: Atlanta, GA
06/13: Charlotte, NC
06/14: Raleigh, NC
06/15: Richmond, VA
06/16: McLean, VA
06/17: Baltimore, MD
06/19: Philadelphia, PA
06/20: East Hanover (NYC area), NJ
06/21: New Haven, CT
06/22: Boston (Dedham), MA
06/24: Rochester, NY