Off to teach at the Oregon retreat. It is always a wonderful mix of teaching talented students, visiting with friends, and going to the ocean beach. Seeing what other basketweavers in the Northwest are creating is immensely inspiring. I always come home with so many new ideas - and usually some treasures from the oral auction as well.
We'll make our usual stop on the way down (the car just seems to go there automatically) - to Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, Washington - advertised as having the world's largest selection of beads. I can't vouch for that, but it is an amazing place to wander aisles and aisles of beads, gems, jewelry making items, books and findings. I find that it's best if I make a very specific list of what I need - wandering around too much gets rather costly!
And then just possibly we'll include a stop at Cabela's to check out the tools, of course. (They will also have some Tru Oil so I can try it to finish driftwood.)
Another annual visit is to Powell's Book Store in Portland, Oregon. Per Wikipedia: "Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used book store in the world."
All I know is that it covers a full city block, with several floors, and has hard back, paperback, and used books shelved together for ease in shopping. Another very dangerous place to shop!!
It does sound like I love to shop, which is certainly not the case. However, books, beads and basket tools and supplies are not "shopping" - they are necessities.