- We have brand new products that haven't made it online yet - you will be the first to be able to buy them and get a head start on the next trends
- We have limited edition "show special" items that will never be offered online
- You can see products in person and play around with matching up colors and components. Customers are often surprised by products they have only seen in pictures - sometimes they look much nicer in person!
- It's a lot of fun! If you've never been to a trade show, there is always a lot to see and do, plus you can meet new creative jewelry maker friends! Many shows also feature classes to learn new skills.
Pro tips: Wear comfy shoes, and bring water bottles and snacks. If you plan to shop a lot, bring a rolling suitcase or cart for your bags - jewelry supplies can get very heavy!!
Bring cash - some sellers offer speedier checkout for cash orders, and some food court vendors only accept cash.
Most shows allow you to pre-register, so skip the crazy morning line-up and print your pass ahead of time!
Arrive early - some vendors sell out of new or special items quickly!
Not a fan of crowds? The last day of the show is the quietest. Vendors will have more time to help you, but you may find less product available.
When you shop with us at a jewelry show, we do require a copy of your STATE sales & use tax certificate (also called a wholesaler license, resale certificate, etc.). This is the same document you sent to us when you registered your account. Of course, if you don't have an account you are still welcome to shop at the show! We will still need the certificate to process your order without tax.
We need a valid certificate to accompany every single tax-free purchase at every single show. That is because we have to file sales taxes with each state after we do a show there, and we have to prove to them that each purchaser was not required to pay tax!
Click here to learn more about these certificates and why we require one.
2020 Jewelry Show Schedule
We exhibit in the name "Primitive Earth Beads" - our original company!
Please note that our show schedule is subject to change without notice - we may add or skip shows as necessary throughout the year.
NOT ATTENDING // Minneapolis, Minnesota - G&LW Doubletree (Bloomington)
Dates: March 29th + 30th, 2020
We will NOT be attending the Minneapolis show this spring. We are following CDC guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Milwuakee, Wisconsin - Bead + Button (Wisconsin Center)
Dates: June 4th - 7th, 2020
Address: 400 West Wisconsin Ave
Hours: 4pm - 8pm Thursday; 10am - 7pm Friday; 10am - 6pm Saturday; 10am - 4pm Sunday;
For more info, visit the show's website here: https://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Beadfest (Greater Philadelphia Expo Center)
Dates: August 13 - 15, 2020
Address: 100 Station Avenue | Oaks, PA 19456
Hours: 10am - 6pm daily
For more info, visit the show's website here: https://www.beadfest.com/Events/Philadelphia,PA.aspx
Minneapolis, Minnesota - G&LW Doubletree (Bloomington)
Booths: Ballroom #10/21
Dates: September 27th + 28th, 2020
Address: 7800 Normandale Blvd
Hours: 10am - 6pm Sunday; 10am - 3pm Monday
For more info, visit the show's website here: https://glwshows.com/shows/
Look for our red spools of chain, tables of leather spools, and black wire grids full of leather components!