I have to confess, I was spoiled by attending Embellishment at a very young age. It was a fantastic, huge, multi-disciplinary bead/embellishment/craft show in Portland, OR. Unfortunately, it has gone the way of the dodo, but I still buy from vendors I found at those shows...and miss going to a large bead show. There doesn't seem to be one held in the South-East. We do have Intergalactic and the American Bead & Gem shows though - they both travel through the larger cities a couple times a year. Yesterday I decided to brave the 100 degree heat to attend the ABG show at a new location.
their website, or shop their Etsy page. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Don't miss out on your small local bead shows - you never know what you'll find!