I had a great time at the CSNF today :) I bought a small selection of beads there. One thing that I found annoying was that not all bead vendors labeled the strands of gemstone beads with the stone type. I won't buy anything unless I know what it is, because I need to label my jewelry with the stone types. These vendors did NOT get my money.
Of the ones that did get my money, I bought some Swarovski crystals and pendants, onyx, agate, crystal quartz, and some lampwork beads. There were some beautiful, beautiful, expensive gemstone briolettes that I didn't buy :( They started at $45 for an 8" strand (about 20 briolettes), which was too expensive for me. There were amethyst ones, garnet ones, tourmaline ones (those start at $150), and the list goes on. Maybe someday I'll work with that kind of quality gemstone, but I'm not ready to do that just yet.
I also bought some absolutely beautiful blue silk charmeuse fabric. My friend said that it looked like rain... it's so very pretty. I don't know what I'll do with it, but it was too pretty to pass up. I got it from the MacFab booth, and the next time I'm in Toronto I might just need to stop by their store. They had silk velvet that I really wanted, but it was quite expensive. Oh yeah, and I bought some Tear-Away for use in beading and/or embroidering.
I did see some interesting (and some not-so-interesting) jewelry displays there, too. I've got some ideas about what might work; the best display was a two-part wire divider thingy. It was elegant and beautiful and effectively used the corner space. I don't know that I'll find one of those, of course.
It wasn't too busy when we went, which was good. I'm glad I went, and am looking forward to going to the big show in the fall.