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Some different places to get beads June 20, 2005 10:23 PM

I went garage and thrift sale-ing with a friend this weekend and found some good, cheap pieces that I'm going to take apart and use for other things. What creative ways do you find beads or other materials?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Beads June 22, 2005 3:49 PM

I was on ebay, a whild back , just looking and I looked at the jewery section. I had just gotten this book in the mail about beads of the world.Some of the beads in the ebay site talked like they might be some of these different typed of beads. I was in the vintage bead part. A few packages I ordered were actually what they said they were to be. Black Jet beads, which are a certain kind of bead not just a jet black bead. So I did get ripped off for some of them. Some other ones were like brass with colors painted on. The pictures, on ebay, really made them look good. NOT. One persone was selling "mourning" beads. These were the most of the rip off. It looked like a three tier necklace and in that book, I told you about, they did have these beads called "mourning" beads and they were black and somewhat look alike. When I got them I about fell through the floor. It was a piece of lace that had been torn from the neck of a dress, threads and all. The beads were samller that seed beads and very far apart. This one made me sick. I had a lot of little orders coming and I hadn't really got what I bargained for. ( plus you have to pay shipping on all of these seperately. I bought some blue, clear, with silver spects in them. They were smaller then they said plus they had ridges around the centers from the mold they came from. PLASTIC. Oh yeah , I also got some cameos. The were plastic too. These people are so slick, I read all the info under pictures, I guess you would call it their ad. I guess I just got the ones that didn't tell you the right information. When buyiing any kind of jewelry on ebay be very careful. I know you , Michelle, were trying to start a nice place to find beads. I'll come up with something. I just though I would tell you about a bad experience I had so you all wouldn't have to go through the same thing. Actually I'm very unhappy with anything I have bought on ebay. It's like the worst of garage sale stuff plus the shipping and handling. It took me a month to realize this. Now 3 peoople owe me stuff and are a month late. Sorry , didn't mean to be so negative. Thanks Lou C.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
A better note June 22, 2005 4:22 PM

Hi me again. talking about thrift shops.I bought a necklace at one a few years ago. It was yellow topaz.I don't know what you call them, they are faceted and kind flat oval shaped.They have a gold frame around them and connect on both sides.The beads connect to each other, or to chain interchangably. This was an old one and it was real. They were used in a lot of costume jewelry a couple of years a go and were very popular. But I found this real topaz and gold one for #1.00.I couldn't believe it. I'm sold on thrift shops and estate sales. You can find all sorts of beaded things and take them apart or even wear them. Broaches are very much in style.Those are always at garage sales. Flea markets.Oh, another place. If you like real stuff, are pawn shops. Dirt cheap.I don't know if they might have costume jewelry too. If not out I bet it's in the back and that they'd let you look at. I'm sure you could make out like a bandit with that stuff.I would go look but it's like pully teeth to get my husband to go pawn shopping. I'm in a wheelchair so I have to buy mostly catalogue or internet. Thanks again Lou A.C  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 22, 2005 7:16 PM

Yeah, ebay can be a little dangerous for stuff like that. I bought some semi-precious stone donuts. They were as described, but I can easily see where a person could get really ripped off. Your story about the topaz is really cool! I once got a really gaudy rose quartz and freshwater pearl necklace. I've taken it apart, but I'm not sure what I want to use the pieces for yet.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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