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Bead Store Love

August 14, 2017 , In: Beadwork, General, Inspiration, Jewelry

Since November, I’ve been working one night at a week at my local bead store, Let’s Bead in East Rochester.  There was a time I said I would NEVER work in retail again but it seemed a good way to make more friends in my new city and let’s be honest…it’s a bead store!  

Let’s Bead at the Piano Works Mall in East Rochester, NY.

I want to start off by saying that Let’s Bead is huge.  Seriously.  It’s 3200 square feet.  I’ve visited a lot of bead stores over the years and this is one the largest I’ve ever been in.  The downside of the store being so big: I never know where everything is.  Plus-side of it being so big: I’m always finding something new! 

Registers. Find me..or Terry (that’s her back there) working them on Wednesday night.

When you walk in, you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff member…possibly me, if you come to the store on Wednesday night.  This is also where you will give me ALL your money and/or make your credit card explode when you have finished shopping.  

Right side of the store.

One of my favorite parts of the job is helping beaders out with their questions.  I’ve been making jewelry since 2004 and it’s nice to get to use all the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired. I’ve also learned a thing or two from them.  We also have lots of regulars and I enjoy chatting with them and seeing the new work they’ve created with beads purchased from the shop. 

Left side of the store. I told you it was big.

So what kinds of things do I do besides help customers?  Restock inventory, straighten things out, answer the phone, tag & bag new inventory, quick repairs, create samples… 


Seed bead tidbit: All those seed beads you see on the wall, they come in bags.  We actually weigh them, pour them into tubes and tag them all ourselves.  I didn’t know they came this way until I starting working at the store.  

Local artist case-yup, my mini monsters are in there waiting for new homes!

Another perk of working at a bead store: Seeing all the new inventory that comes in before it goes on the shelves.  This includes all the goodies that come back from Tuscon, Bead & Button and Bead Fest.  This also means I regularly blow my paycheck.  Bye-bye money. 

Gemstones, Kazuri beads, wall of chain.

I’ve found some new chain I love just by cutting chain for customers.  Sometimes you don’t even realize what is in there until someone buys it.  

One of our classrooms and samples of our workshops.

We also have two fabulous classrooms in the store and offer a wide variety of workshops.  BTW, Art Elements contributor Jenny Davies-Reazor has taught here and she’s coming back in the fall! I haven’t taught a class yet, but it’s on my to-do list if I can ever manage my time properly.  

I love my part-time job at the bead store!  My fellow employees are my friends, the customers are great and I’m regularly surrounded by all the supplies and beads I could ever need!  If you have a local bead store, show them some love.  If you’re ever in the Rochester area, come say hello!  


Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
    • Tina Hutton
    • August 15, 2017

    Heavy sigh…what a fun way to work 🙂

    • Ione Bissonnette
    • August 15, 2017

    Thanks so much for this post! We have had a cottage on Lake Ontario, west of you, for many, many years. I, too, have a passion for beading and other crafts, so I am thrilled to find out about Let’s Bead and your work.

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      You should definitely take a day and come out. In addition to the bead store, there is a fabric store, needlepoint shop and Fiber Arts Guild in the same shopping center. There is also a yarn store across the street.

    • Maryellen Dundon
    • August 15, 2017

    Nice to meet you and welcome to Rochester. Your seed bead tidbit was interesting but I think you should have also shared the secret of why they come in bags! Hope to meet you some Wednesday evening.

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    Does it get any better than that? Love this. I am from Rochester but have lived in TN for 38 years. I have to make my way back home and visit your store!

    • Carolyn Kropp
    • August 25, 2017

    Oh, can you share the date Jenny will be back? I just ‘FB met you’ today thru Kecia Deveney’s post about being at lake Ontario. Hope to meet you in real life someday, craft or take a class from/with ya. .

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