Barb's Bead Store

After 27 years of going out most weekends and setting up and pulling down my display to sell my artwork, I have decided I want to set up my shingle one more time and leave it up.

The last 14 years I have concentrated on my beading - making items, designing new things and selling my patterns and teaching.  The teaching and designing are really where my heart lies.

I want to open a bead store in my hometown of Bethlehem for a few reasons.

1.   I have always wanted to own my shop and this finally feels like the perfect fit.
2.  I can teach people how to do what I do and keep this art form alive by reaching younger generations
3.  I have friends in this industry who want to teach people to do what they do
4.  We have no beadstores in this area - the closest one is about an hour away if there is no traffic (and there is always traffic)
5.  I have outgrown my studio in my house and need a place to sell off some of what I have

Right now I have invested some money into inventory, a website and 2 trade shows.  The money I raise from this campaign will go to increase the inventory for the shows, a few things I need for display purposes and for some advertising and packaging supplies.  

Hopefully. the sales from the 2 trade shows (Beadfest Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival ) will provide me with the money needed to start looking at physical storefronts and propel me to the next level.

Thank you for any way you can help - either financially or by spreading my story by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.


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Barbara Talijan 
Bethlehem, PA
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