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« on: November 13, 2005 05:12:02 PM »

Hi there!
I'm new to this site, so I just wanted to say hello to all you fellow crafters!  Im excited that I found this site, and look forward to talking back and fourth with you all.
Well, to move onto my question.. as the title states... I live in the lower mainland of British Columbia in Canada and I am wondering if any one knows of any places online or in the city that I can get crafting supplies and/or beading supplies? I have gotten most my stuff at Micheals craft BUT I find it way too expensive since I also want to sell my stuff, and Lewis Craft isnt that great anymore... Can anyone help me out.  Also, to maybe help in answering this question.. one of my main projects are wine charms... and I need to find somewhere cheaper and who sells single size (1 1/4") silver hoops for them.  Micheals only sells them in assorted sizes.  

Thanks so much.
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2006 05:37:34 PM »

check out firemountaingems.com they are in the states, but they have good prices.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2006 05:41:57 PM »

Capilano Rock and Gem has the most amazing selection of beads and beading supplies.
They're in North Vancouver on Pemberton Street, their hours are a bit weird. (Only open for a couple of hours on Saturday, not open at all on Sunday.)
Their specialty is semi-precious stone beads, and their prices are really low compared to others. They have a ton of sterling silver and base metal findings too.
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007 06:16:56 PM »

I'm from the same area and have it sooo frustrating to find suppliers ... you'd think most of them have never heard of the internet!! It's harder than hell to find one with a website, let alone one that allows you to shop online. And the customer service? Ha!! One in particular has yet to return an email even! All i know is they won't be getting any of my business if that's how they run their's-- I hate inefficiency with a passion, lol...okay, rant over... any other sources? Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2007 02:05:44 PM »

ditto that! argh... customs are a pain too! buying from firemountain would cost a bomb for shipping... anywhere in Canada with good prices?
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2007 01:01:15 AM »

You might try checking out the thread below.  The suppliers listed below are all based in Canada.  If you check out a copy of Bead & Button there are some others mentioned with physical address that dont offer online sales.  Ebay can be a good source also but make sure to factor in shipping to your cost.  I have several international customers and those in CA will purchase items totaling $16 to insure they dont have to pay custom fees.

I understand your frustration.  I have found some great wholesales outside the US but dont purchase from them for the same reasons, custom fees are too high to make it worth while.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151471.msg1552258#msg1552258

www.austinhamilton. ca
www.kimdoly.com
www.beadfx.com
www.strungoutonbead s.ca
www.ssstudio.org
www.countrybeads.co m
www.holycrowbeads.c om
www.zatbeads.com
www.gembeads.com
www.crytalmountainb ead.com
www.thehaberdashers .com
www.4siriusbeaders. com
www.wowbeads.ca
www.designersfindin gs.ca
www.thebeadgallery. ca
www.beadit.com
www.trimmingsdressm aker.com
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2007 06:02:11 AM »

cheers all,

One of my fav sites is

www.silverrosebeads.com

because of their crazy selection and discounts in how they ship through customs.


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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2007 01:36:52 PM »

thank you so much for that info Sophisticated Hippie! that's really helpful ^^ Now I'm going through that list of stores, feeling totally excited already =D
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starpiste
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2007 04:07:57 PM »

I'm in vancouver and I buy my beading stuff from country beads mostly. Also, you might want to look into making your own rings from wire. It's not too hard with some practice and will be cheaper in the long run.
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