Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Thank you all for coming out during the Big Bad Bead Sale through all the road closures and fallen limbs. Many of you braved much to get to our store and we hope that we lived up to your expectations. Extra thanks to those of you expressing your concern for us and for sharing your stories with us--it was through many of you that we learned of the news as many on our staff lost power. Please note that we will be closed during Christmas Eve (Sat, 12/24) and Christmas Day (Sun, 12/25) as well as the following weekend, New Year's Eve (Sat, 12/31) and New Year's Day (Sun, 1/1/2012). We wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

WINTER BOUTIQUE - Friday, December 9 - Sunday, December 11

We missed you during our Winter Boutique during Thanksgiving Weekend. So we're doing it again, this weekend, Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11. Handmade jewelry and accessories by the staff of the San Gabriel Bead Company. Items are beautifully crafted and creative. Support your local artist!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


San Gabriel Bead Company has fared o.k. from last night's howling Santa Ana winds. We do have parts of trees on our roof and we hope to get that removed without our power being affected. We will be closed today at 4pm. We hope to resume normal operations on Friday from 12-6pm but if you have any questions or concerns, please call our store before arriving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

HOLIDAY STAFF BOUTIQUE - Friday, November 25 - Sunday, November 27

Include the San Gabriel Bead Company in your after Thanksgiving shopping plans! This weekend we'll be having the Holiday Staff Boutique with lots of handmade jewelry, beautifully made by the staff of the San Gabriel Bead Company. Support your local artists! And don't forget, for those American Express cardholders who signed up for Small Business Saturday, your card is welcomed at our store!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thai Silver Trunk Show - Fri, Nov 18 to Sun, Nov 20

More gorgeous lovely Thai silver coming up this Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20! Thai silver in charms, beads, and also made jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces. And, beautiful accessories from Thailand as well such as scarves, bags, and clothing items. All beautiful and well-made and artistic!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Semi-Precious Trunk Show, Fri, Nov 11 & Sat, Nov 12

Load up on some sparkly, beautiful gemstones for the holidays! This Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The ChainMaille Lady Trunk Show - Sat, November 5 & Sun., November 6

Lauren “The ChainMaille Lady” Andersen is the author of two chainmaille books: “Basics Of
Chain Maille” & “Advanced Chain Maille”. She has appeared on the TV show Beads, Baubles &
Jewels & Jewel School™ on JTV®. She is also a member of the Beadalon® Design Team.
Several of her designs have been published in Step By Step Wire Magazine. We can't wait to have her here on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kazuri Beads Trunk Show - Sat, October 8

The Kazuri Beads Trunk Show will be here on Saturday, October 8 from 10am-6pm. These lovely ceramic beads are handmade by the people in Kenya and helps support their livelihood. If they seem familiar, they have been recently featured in a well-known brand of jewelry. You can make your own lovely jewelry with these graphic, well-made precious beads.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SERENDIPITY SALVAGE - Fri, Sept 9 & Sat, Sept 10

Come visit Serendipity Salvage on their first show here at The San Gabriel Bead Company. Cute odds and ends, cameos, cabochons, and other beautiful salvaged pieces for your jewelry work as well as for the mixed media artist. They're be here on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Silk Road Treasures Trunk Show has been cancelled for this weekend, Sept 1-4. We're looking forward to a visit from Ahmad in 2012. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please come visit us this weekend for the bead sale!!! And have a great labor day weekend!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

BEAD SALE & TRUNK SHOW - Thurs, Sept 1-Sun, Sept 4

We're having a bead sale starting this Thursday, September 1! All beads will be on sale at 20% off. If you haven't been in the store this past month, we have been busily putting out our huge shipment of freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones. It's worth checking out. And don't forget to stop by the Silk Road Treasures Trunk show. As always, Ahmad will have lovely unique treasures from Afghanistan. The sale and the trunk show ends Sunday, September 4.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Semi-Precious Gemstones - Fri, Aug 26 & Sat, Aug 27

Theodore is back! He'll be here this Friday and Saturday with his semi-precious goodies, er, I mean, semi-precious gemstones. You'll find lots of lovely briolettes and freshwater pearls. And if you're in it for the cabochons, ask him nicely and he'll show you. (Don't forget to pick up your rules and glossy brochure for the Shop Hop while you're here.)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

BEAD SHOP HOP -- two weekends in September

The Bead Shop Hop is coming up! "What is it?," you ask. It is an opportunity to visit local bead stores in Southern California. Held over specially designated weekends, you visit bead stores and get freebies and check out their stores and events and possibly do some shopping as well. Then you visit the next store. At each store, you have your passport and you get it stamped. The more stores you visit and the more stamps you collect, you may be entered into special raffles for prizes. Prizes are distributed according to stamps collected per region (there are 3 regions) or if you're super adventurous, for visiting all the participatiing bead stores in Southern California. Visit the San Gabriel Bead Company for this detailed information about the shop hop. You may want to plan your route ahead of time! The Bead Shop Hop is happening over two weekends in September, from Thursday-Sunday of September 8-11 and 15-18.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Soft Flex Likes Us!

We'ved just been selected as the bead store of the month for the month of August by the friendly people at Soft Flex Company. Check out our write-up. We hope our little story and pictures were enticing you to come visit our store--may I suggest visiting us this Friday, August 12 from 5-8pm for Beader's Night Out? See below posts for further information.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thai Silver Trunk Show - Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14

Don't miss out on more beautiful Thai Silver this weekend starting Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14. You'll find designs from Lisa that you won't find anywhere else.

BEADER'S NIGHT OUT - Friday, August 12 5-8pm

A special day just for you!!! On Friday, August 12, from 5-8pm, all participating Southern California Local Bead Stores (this means us, San Gabriel Bead Company) will be hosting a fun-filled night packed with special promotions, activities, snacks, and more! We will also be providing more information on the Bead Shop Hop on this day. Don't forget, the Bead Shop Hop is happening between two weekends, Thurs-Sun, Sept 8-11 and September 15-18.

P.S. Our Thai Silver trunk show will be extended on Friday, August 12 to 8pm.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

AngieAnne Domino Pendant Trunk Show - Saturday, July 23

Who loves dominos? You'll love these even more! AngieAnne will be bringing her beautiful illustrative domino pendants this Saturday, July 23. Evoking travel, style, and art from the past, her dominos are a delight.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jennifer Morris Trunk Show - Sat & Sun, July 9 & 10

This is a trunk show that we don't have very often so you don't want to miss out: Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Oh yeah, did I tell you that her artwork is one of a kind and each are unique so you don't want to miss out on that either. Jennifer makes beautiful polymer clay pendants, earrings, beads, that have been featured in Beadwork, Stringing, and she was also a featured seller on etsy.com. And most importantly, Jennifer is one of our own--she got her start here at San Gabriel Bead Company when we were at Clearman's Village in San Gabriel. Come visit her, stop by and say "hi!", and enjoy her goods!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vintage Bead and Button Trunk Show - Sat, June 25 & Sun, June 26

We're having a vintage bead and button trunk show this weekend! Don't miss these German glass beauties. Visit us on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 for the show. We also have some button samples on display right now for you to have ideas on what to do with buttons.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Kazuri Beads Trunk Show - Sat., June 18

For one day only, we'll be having the Kazuri Bead Trunk Show. Come visit us on Saturday, June 18, to view the vast selection of ceramic beads handmade by the people of Kenya.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SUMMER SALE - Thurs, June 2 - Sun, June 5

We'll be having our summer sale this weekend starting on Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5. The sale will be 20% off on beads!!!! Beads include crimp beads, charms, crystals, connectors, seed beads, glass strands, etc.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Semi-Precious Gemstone Trunk Show - Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28

We'll be having another semi-precious gemstones trunk show on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28. Lots of lovely briolettes and freshwater pearls!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

VINTAGE LUCITE TRUNK SHOW - Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 15

We're having a vintage lucite trunk show!!! Lovely colorful flowers, beads, and other unusual shapes. Catch it during regular store hours...

And they sent us some lovely vintage metal too! Project samples and ideas are available for viewing as well.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Boutique - April 29 to May 1

Support your local artists! The staff of the San Gabriel Bead Company will be hosting a Spring Boutique of their handmade items. Beautiful, unique, and always well-made, the talented staff will have you ready for Mother's Day or just for you for Spring.

** Please come visit the boutique during Beader's Night Out on Friday, April 29 from 5-8pm.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BEADER'S NIGHT OUT - Friday, April 29 5-8pm

As a part of the Southern California Bead Retaileer's Association, San Gabriel Bead Company will be partaking in the Beader's Night Out that is happening throughout the southland on Friday, April 29 from 5-8pm. Keep checking back with us on our blog or facebook to get up-to-date information on this event. Already we have a make-and-take lined up and our annual Spring Boutique of handmade items by the staff of the San Gabriel Bead Company.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Klew Expressions - Saturday, April 16

Klew and her beautiful polymer beads will be here Saturday, April 16, for one day only! Beautiful beads with a mysterious amazing quality about them, Klew is one of our top contemporary polymer artists!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thai Silver Trunk Show - April 8-10

Don't miss out on more beautiful Thai Silver this weekend starting Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. You'll find designs from Lisa that you won't find anywhere else.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Melanie Doerman Trunk Show - Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27

The lovely Melanie Doerman and her beading expertise will be here on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, selling her beading kits. Featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry and Beadwork, Melanie is a bead artist who can articulate beading into a tangible beautiful object. (Pictured on the right is her Kaleidoscope Kit, available for purchase as a kit.)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bead Sale - Thurs, March 3 - Sun, March 6

20% off beads in stock this Thursday, March 3, through Sunday, March 6. Reminder, this sale is for beads, beads, beads, beads, does not include findings, books, or wire. (Exclusions do apply.) See you then!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Silk Road Treasures Trunk Show - Thurs., Feb 17 to Sun., Feb 20

Silk Road Treasures will be bringing their beautiful lapis, Persian turquoise, and museum quality handmade items this weekend. This four day show staring on Thursday, February 17, takes two days to set up all their beautiful goods. Loads of unusual semi-precious stones, ancient Roman glass, fabric printing blocks, and other gorgeous goods from Afghanistan will be on display as well. Ends on Sunday, February 20.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Charlie's Creations Trunk Show - Sat., February 5

We'll be hosting another local artist this Saturday, February 5. Charlie Warner of Charlie's Creations will have a variety of her beautiful handmade lampwork glass beads.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Semi-Precious Gems Trunk Show - Fri, Jan 28- Sun., Jan 30

Starting this Friday, January 28, we will be having a semi-precious trunk show! Theodore usually brings his briolettes of all kinds of semi-precious as well as other style of gems. He also has some freshwater pearls as well. The show runs through this weekend to Sunday, January 30.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

AngieAnne Domino Pendant Trunk Show - Sat, January 15

Who loves dominos? You'll love these even more! AngieAnne will be bringing her beautiful illustrative domino pendants this Saturday, January 15. Evoking travel, style, and art from the past, her dominos are a delight.
(P.S. Our other trunk show, the Venetian beads and vintage Swaroski crystals is still happening. Catch two shows at once!)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fancy Beads In-Store Trunk Show

Our in-store trunk show with Fancy Beads begins on Saturday, January 8 through Sunday, January 16. Don't miss out on the Venetian glass beads and crystals such as connectors, squaredells, and drops/charms. (Sorry, they didn't send us any marcasite.)