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Where do you find your beads? August 16, 2004 8:46 AM

I've gone nuts about beading in the last year, especially when it comes to jewelry. I even dream about beads, how weird is that? So where do you find your bead treasures? I have tons of fun going to second-hand stores and picking up other people's attempts at making art. There's something so exciting about the chaos of breaking apart something to create something else that I find completely addictive. I've also had a lot of luck buying bulk beads on ebay. I do enjoy bead stores but find the prices ridiculously high. If you don't mind spending hours sorting through beads, buying bulk online is always a good option. I love sorting through them, finding all my little treasures. Got a bead-finding tip or story? Please let us know!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hello! August 16, 2004 10:56 AM

I am a Goodwill beader, too. I've found some beautiful beads (put together in really bad ways) for really cheap. Things like lapis lazuli, rose quartz, and freshwater pearls. There is s store called Bobby Bead where I live, and it is the cheapest of all the stores in this area. I have also just made my first order at www.shipwreckbeads.com. They have an amazing selection and really good prices, BUT many times you can't tell the size of the bead or charm. So, I've got my fingers crossed for when the stuff gets here. Oh, one other thing about it, they have a $25 minimum order. I went in with a friend for the supplies.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hey Michelle August 22, 2004 9:27 AM

Isn't it amazing what you can find at Goodwill? They don't exist where I live so I go to a shop called Value Village a lot and have gotten some really great stuff. Let us know how your order from www.shipwreckbeads.com goes. I love the name of the shop and it looks like the selection is great. I'm having a hard time finding really cheap findings so I guess I will keep doing to my local bead store for that. I'm starting to work with hemp too but find large beads to be very expensive so I am making my own out of clay. Michelle, do you make your own stuff for just you or do you also sell them? I'm really thinking about doing that as a way to make an extra income and would love to hear your thoughts.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
San Antonio is a bead desert! August 22, 2004 6:36 PM

But there's a great show that comes to town 2X a year called the International Gem and Jewelry show that I literally save up for all year long. I put all of my change in a jar and use it for beads, it really adds up. Other than that it's ebay. And Peacecreek has the *best* prices on swarovski www.peacecreek.com they even have a discount program! Has anyone else seen those beautiful new colors, pacific and violet opal? wow is an understatement! Jill  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hey Sue, September 29, 2004 6:25 PM

It has taken me forever to get my butt in gear and reply. I've only gotten into beading in the last year. What got me started is that I was looking for an Anglican rosary and couldn't find one that I liked. They are pretty rare, anyway, but sometimes I'm picky. So a couple of friends who bead said that it would be easy to make one. I bought the stuff and they showed me what to do. Then, they taught me other stuff, and the next thing you know, I'm hooked! Most of my stuff has been for me, but I'm thinking about Christmas presents. Then I've been making more rosaries and I'm going to try to sell them. We'll see what happens.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 01, 2004 9:00 PM

It's true, doing this kind of craft allows for many present! Who doesn't like getting jewelry? A friend of mine put together her own meditation beads for her doing her mantras. The ideas are endless!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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