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« on: May 04, 2005 09:21:40 AM »

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  I've been doing a lot of beading lately and I've been on the lookout for unwanted beads that other people throw out. Normally I find them when my neighbors throw out beaded lampshades or table runners. Can anyone else think of good places to look for unwanted beads?

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2005 09:23:26 AM »

What if you went to a thrift store? I'd bet you can find a bunch of old beaded sweaters, purses, etc...

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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2005 10:31:55 AM »

yeah, alot of times i look for wood-beaded placemats at thrift shops, you can take them apart and use the beads. if you have any other ideas, pls. let me know Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2005 10:45:01 AM »

i got a giant bag of random jewelry at a thrift store recently. i went through and took all the beads off the necklaces and have been making earrings. so, i recommend buying cheap already made jewelry and taking it apart, even just from a department store.

« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2005 04:07:35 PM »

I wish I had trouble finding beads... I learned macrame a few years ago, and once the word got out, all my friends and all my mother's friends (all serious garage-sale junkies) have been bringing me beads faster than I can think of things to do with them.

So, my suggestion would be hit some garage sales (old ladies' have some really neat-o beads and pendants they'll throw in a ziploc bag and sell for a dollar sometimes!), or befriend someone with kids- I can't tell you how many of my beads have come from broken toys.

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2005 09:52:27 PM »

If you have a Claire's or Icing store in your local shopping mall, they sometimes have "10 for 5" sales -- that is, 10 clearance items for $5.  I've been known to buy $10 or $20 worth of incredibly ugly and broken jewelry specifically for the parts and beads.  It's awesome, if you can catch them when they're having a sale.

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2005 02:25:51 AM »

when you buy assorted beads its cheaper and often more interesting but when  money is really tight  or you just dont want to leave the house /i get beads from either old  jewelry or
there is always magazine beads
take magazine pictures and cut them into triangles
then  roll and glue them then
shine up and protect with some kind of varnish

also you can
make them out of buttons or grommets that are painted

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2005 10:07:42 PM »

We have this super cheap store in my town called Nbc (1/2 of 1/2)
I have bought prom dresses for about $3 there and took all the beads off.
Then you can use the beads for one thing and the fabric from the dress for something else.
You would not believe how many beads are on those dresses!
You could probably do the same thing at a thrift store.
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