FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring outside food or beverages into the show?
The Wisconsin Center has agreed to let Show attendees bring their own "personal" beverages (such as Starbucks coffee), water, and food into the center.  You are not permitted to bring in large quantities of food that would be served to a group.
Can I purchase Show souvenirs if I don't attend the Show?
Show souvenirs are available for purchase (plus applicable tax and shipping/handling fees) for those individuals who do not attend the event.  To place an order, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-554-0197 or visit our contact page.

Learn more about our show souvenirs »
Can I ship packages from the Show?

Both the Hyatt Hotel and Hilton Hotel will ship your Show packages by various carriers.  At the Hyatt Hotel, go to the Business Center located in the first floor lobby area.  At the Hilton Hotel, go to the lobby on the second floor and ask for Guest Services.  If you are not a guest at the hotels, they will require a credit card to process your shipment.

How can I rent a scooter or wheelchair at the Show?
The Wisconsin Center does not rent scooters or wheelchairs. However, we encourage Show attendees to arrange a rental through On The Go Mobility before coming to Milwaukee. 

Kraig and Cindy Ausman
On The Go Mobility
7289 N Teutonia
Milwaukee WI 53209

Phone: 414-228-7100

OR: 800-601-7267

E-mail: cindy@onthegomobility.net

Reviews: This company has received many positive comments from our Show attendees who annually use this service provider. On The Go Mobility will also deliver and pickup all rental equipment.
How can I subscribe to Bead&Button, Bead Style or Art Jewelry magazines?
Subscribe online by visiting our magazine websites or contact Customer Service at 1-800-533-6644, weekdays, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m CST.

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How can I travel to the show and where can I stay?
For the most up-to-date travel information, please visit our travel page.
How do I get a class registration catalog or class schedule?
If you registered for a class in the past 3 years, a complimentary booklet is mailed to you.  If you haven't registered in the past 3 years order your booklet now.
How do I get the commemorative bead?
Click here to learn about the commemorative bead and other souvenirs available for purchase.
What and where are the beading kiosks?

Forget something? Last minute beads, tools, and class supplies may be purchased at the beading kiosks located on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Hotel in the atrium area.

What are the future show dates?

The Bead&Button Show will be returning:  May 27-June 8 in 2015.

What are Wholesale Badges?
If you plan to attend the Show to conduct wholesale business, we encourage you to come to our Private Shopping Preview.  Please see our Show Schedule for dates, times and location.  Although wholesale business is not limited to the Private Shopping Preview, wholesale buyers should consider this the primary night for trade transactions.

You may purchase a wholesale badge for $30 which gives you admission to the Show floor from the Private Shopping Preview through the close of the show.  If you are registering for classes, please designate your wholesale badge request when you purchase your Show class registration.

Wholesale badges are available in advance of the Show via online registration or by mail.  You may also purchase a wholesale badge at the Show registration area through the close of the Private Shopping Preview.  Wholesale badges will not be sold after the conclusion of this event.

*Note: A wholesale badge does not guarantee you will receive discounts or special pricing from show vendors.  Each individual vendor determines his or her own discount policy.
What is Night Owl Shopping?
A unique event on Friday evening of the Show week, Night Owl Shopping allows visitors to the Bead&Jewelry Marketplace to enter for FREE!  During the hours of 4p.m.-8p.m., come and shop or just get the lay of the land of this one-of-a-kind marketplace. You'll even receive a "Come back to Shop Voucher" good for $4 admission on another day. You don't want to miss this opportunity to see the fabulous Bead&Jewelry Marketplace and have a little extra cash to spend on something you can't live without.
What is the BeadDreams competition?
Each year, Bead&Button magazine sponsors BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world.  We display the accepted pieces at the Bead&Button Show and award ribbons in nine categories.  The winning piece in each category receives a Best in Show trophy.

Learn more about the BeadDreams competition »
What is the breast cancer auction and how can I make a donation?
The Bead&Button Show is committed to joining the fight against breast cancer with other bead artists.  You can donate to this cause with your online Show registrations.  100% of all proceeds from your donation will be used for breast cancer research. 

Click here to learn more about how you can donate and about the silent auction.
What is the package check at the Show?

The package check and information area, located outside the Show floor, is hosted by the Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee. The Society members will check your packages for a nominal fee during regular Show hours. In addition, the Society has prepared a Milwaukee favorite restaurant pick sheet which includes their favorite restaurants at all price levels and cuisines as well as additional information about other Milwaukee attractions.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?
All classes come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  To learn more about class refunds and our cancellation policies, please click here.
Where are the classrooms located at the Hyatt and Hilton Hotels?
Click here for a detailed map and floor plan of the Hyatt and Hilton classroom locations.
Where can I buy food and refreshments during the Show?
There is an extensive offering of food and beverage items on the Show floor with adjacent seating.  The concession stands will be open during regular Show shopping hours.

In addition, the surrounding hotels, and Grand Avenue Shopping Mall food court, offer a variety of restaurants at all price levels.

View more restaurant information »
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Where can I find out about traffic conditions in Milwaukee?
To check for traffic conditions around the Milwaukee area, visit the Wisconsin DOT website.
Where can I get information about the Milwaukee area?
Information about the Milwaukee area can be found here.
Where do I park when at the show?
View our Milwaukee directions and parking page.
Where is registration located? What are the hours?
For registration hours and locations view our show schedule here.
Who is the Loose Bead Society?
The Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee is a fellowship of kindred spirits that began in 1999. Their purpose is sharing and promoting the creation of beautiful beadwork. They take pleasure in their art and in each other's company and invite you to join them and do the same.

Visit the Loose Bead Society website »
E-mail the Loose Bead Society »
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 days until the show

Important Dates:

Bead&Button Show 2015
January 6, 2015:
Online Registration Opens
May 27 - June 2, 2015:
Camp, Prelude, Fundamental in Techniques and Workshops
May 31 - June 2, 2015:
Master Classes
June 3, 2015:
Meet the Teachers Reception
June 3 - 7, 2015:
General Education Classes
June 5, 2015:
Lampworking Madness
June 5 - 7, 2015:
Bead&Jewelry Marketplace Shopping
June 6, 2015:
Bead Social and Auction Night
June 8, 2015:
Encore
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