The Norman Transcript


February 9, 2014

Everyone’s welcome at Beaded Pumpkin



“We sell Myuki delicas and rounds, etc., which are hard to find,” she said. “We also have the quick-stitch peyote cards.”

She also takes in jewelry for repair at the Beaded Pumpkin.

Turner’s experience as an executive assistant and office manager gave her the skill set to run a business, but the heart of the Beaded Pumpkin is people, Turner said.

“The people who work here are family,” she said. “My mother works here with me full time.”

Turner’s brother and father help with remodeling and repairs, and her 89-year-old grandmother, Georgia Wysinger, regularly comes in and spends the day beading and chatting with customers.

“She’s become very well known,” Turner said.

Customers of all ages come into the Beaded Pumpkin, and birthday parties are popular.

“The kids love it,” she said.

Turner said she keeps her prices reasonable, and customers can choose to buy beads by the strand or individually.

“I want everybody to be able to afford to bead if they want to,” she said.

There’s also hope for people who want unique jewelry but don’t have time to bead.

“You can come in and design your jewelry, and I string it,” she said. “That includes pearl knotting.”

Turner also can take heirloom jewelry and update it. She guarantees the quality of repairs and makes free adjustments.

The store accepts all major credit cards.

The Beaded Pumpkin is a sponsor of Norman’s Second Friday Art Walks. Turner carries local artwork on consignment, and the back end of the store houses a 2,000-square-foot Antique Mall.

Joy Hampton



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