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« on: July 28, 2011 03:16:19 PM »

Hi! I'm new to beading and I have a very random collection so far, so I'm looking to buy a mix of beeds, like a grab bag, instead of picking out all of the individual beads because until I get more familiar with different types of beads and what works best for what I want to do, its very overwhelming for me. I've looked on a couple of bead sites and haven't found any, does anyone know where I can buy a decent random mix of beads at a good price?

Also since I do not have a lot of extra money to spend, any tips for how can I get more familiar with beads and jewelry making supplies? Thank you for your time!

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011 04:55:47 PM »

I'd go with ebay.

Search "bead lot" or "assorted beads", and you should come up with several affordable options.

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011 05:30:47 PM »

If I were you, I would see if your local community has a freecycle program, or see if anyone is destashing on Craigslist or Kijiji or whatever local site and see if you can get some of their stash free or for cheap.

Or join a givers/needers swap and list assorted beads as a wish.

Some local bead stores also have mixed bags of stuff too, but you would have to check their sites or bricks and mortors stores.  My local store used to have mixed bags that were colour coordinated and have contests on what customers made with them.

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011 09:47:32 AM »

Etsy usually has good de-stash mixes too.
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011 07:55:11 AM »

you might try www.fusionbeads.com they have great choice ,
I recently bought their seedbead mixes wonderful blends of colours ,
they also have a great colour ideas section and all sorts of jewelry making projects ,
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2011 12:23:19 AM »

I love local bead stores when they have grab bag assortments!

A couple of them have those half sized sandwich ziploc bags full of stranded beads that suffered a broken strand, packages that broke open, etc etc.  They are usually cheep, have a cool super random assortment, and give you something to do later on for sorting!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011 10:41:55 AM »

Lots of sites will have assortments...
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011 12:45:05 AM »

Check AGrainOfSand.com. It's my favorite site to find cheap beads; you could always just order small amounts of a bunch of different beads until you find your favorites!
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2012 11:29:59 AM »

Our local bead society always has one garage sale meeting per year...

and lots of online stores sell small quantities.


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