Do you collect beads of all shape, size, and color?
Do you hunt out yard sales well off the beaten path following signs even when you fear the signs may be old because they just might have jewelry?
Do you accept bead cast-offs from those getting out of the habit regardless of make, color, composition or condition?
Do you buy a shirt off the clearance rack just because it has beads sewn on it?
Do you dig through piles of dusty acrylic necklaces at a flea market in hopes of finding beads that are just right?
Do you carry your biggest purse to the flea market so you can fill it with old jewelry?
Do you buy beads at the bead shop even when you know you have the very same beads at home?
Do you plan all your shopping excursions around the bead shops?
Do you purchase those odd clearance beads hoping you will find something to do with them someday?
Do you accept the bag of ugly plastic Mardi Gras jewelry the lady from church gives you, just so she won’t throw them away?
Do you happily move to a new state with your husband so you can be surrounded by flea markets year round? (Is this one too obvious?)
Do you purchase that sales jewelry at the discount outlet thinking of ways you can redo the piece to give it a better life?
Do you hold on to beads for years?
Do you wonder about the pieces you have sold over the years and if they are happy in their new homes? Are they being cared for?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may be a Bead Foster.
Pause a moment for this to set in. Take a deep breath, because this is not a bad thing.
A Bead Foster is a loving spirit who really does care about the life of an object, who is affected by those beads, and that they make it to a happy home.
A Bead Foster cares about where beads end up.
A Bead Foster will take an old set of beads whose original use is undetermined and give them hope.
A Bead Foster will take in any homeless beads and hold on to them until they have a new home.
Be a foster. And if you cannot afford the time, money, or space in your home, you send those beads to me.