As I was out and about yesterday evening running errands, I decided on impulse to stop by the local bead store. I was completely out of the vibrant green vintage glass beads that I use in my Nitta earrings, and I wanted to list some more pairs in my shop soon. I thought I would just dash into the store and grab them – twenty minutes left on the meter, a hungry cat at home (see Levi v. Frist, I & II), lots of orders to get out… I couldn’t afford to linger. I knew exactly what I needed and where in the store they were.
So I grabbed my tray, headed to the bin, and holy cow! The bin was full of identical glass beads in three or four different shades of green that weren’t there before, and I suddenly had no idea which one was my shade!
I tend to keep a lot of things in my head when I’m making jewelry, relying on memory instead of writing certain specifications down. This works fine when I’m at home in my workspace with the tons of photos I’ve saved open on the computer in front of me.
I thought that I could rely on memory again and mentally picture the exact shade of green I used in the earrings, but when confronted with a bunch of unexpected choices, I panicked! I ended up buying several beads in each shade and spending a lot more money than I had intended. The moral of the story is to plan ahead, take careful stock of what is needed, take samples to the store if color matching is needed, and avoid impulse shopping when it comes to supplies. My local bead supplier might not like me much, but at least I won’t put unnecessary strain on my already tight budget.
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