NEW YORK—A common myth posits that Manhattan was purchased from the Lenape Indians for $24 worth of beads. Historians have proven that beads weren’t the only items in that transaction, but one can’t help but wonder how many Manhattans all the beads at the Whole Bead Show would have been worth. The show took place on the weekend of Oct. 18–20.
The Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street was packed with over 50 merchants trading in beads of opal, coral, pearls, and crystals—strings and strings of them, often at deep discounts. The sentiment was heard from more than one shopper that the huge selection was headache-inducing—in a good way.
The show, now in its ninth year, is open to the public for an admission of $10, good for the entire weekend.
The Whole Bead Show
Oct. 18–20; Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 12 to 5 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street)