Roll that forward 4 weeks and I've now got 2 bangles and a whole host of Summer Stones that I've still not managed to blog about yet (due mainly to having difficulties getting good photos of those pesky amethysts)! Not to mention the various ooaks, accessories, small and beautifuls, critters, artisan beads and another amethyst that have crossed my path in that time.
My thoughts turned to our lovely retailers and how it must be for them, so I decided to ask one of them what it's like getting ready for bead hungry collectors to descend on your store!
|Photo courtesy of Beaverbrooks.co.uk|
Lizzie, the lovely Manager at Beaverbrooks explains...
"When Pauline told me she had organised a special Troll "meet up" I wondered what I could do to make it extra special for the lovely Trollies coming?
I contacted my Head Office to ask if I could get my hands on a selection of uniques and they said "Yes". I was expecting a handful but to my delight they told me they had organised for 34 special beads to arrive!
Mars asked if we would be getting the new release of beads for the meet up as by pure coincidence the Troll Date had been organised on the same day... special request actioned!
The uniques arrived in the shop and what beauties. I immediately knew which one Mars would bag and had a good idea which ones Pauline would love. Having seen Alison's beautiful combinations online, I guessed she would love some of the oranges.
My biggest challenge now was to ensure that none would disappear onto my colleagues bracelets!! So into the safe they went with a big "DO NOT TOUCH" sign on them. Two days before the actual meet up 3 sets of the Summer Stones arrived... Wow!
It's always a pleasure to see Pauline, Mars and Emma but I finally had the opportunity to meet the lovely Alison.
Wine in hands I presented the first tray, the uniques, and they did not disappoint (phew), Mars went straight for "her" bead and before I knew it the stock was somewhat depleted.
Next the Summer Stones, Mars fell well and truly off the bead wagon diving straight in with a new bangle to put them on!
Bead in bags, gloves for sparkling their treasures and wine topped up we proceeded to have a catch up for the rest of the day.
Love my beads and the friends they bring.
Photos by Mars and Shane