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« on: September 18, 2005 04:16:50 PM »

just in general. do you go to bead stores especially, or like..hobby lobby? thanks!
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2005 04:35:23 AM »

Hi HardCandy -- I do go to bead shops occasionally, tho not often because there are only 2 I know of within about a 60-mile radius of here (alas, we're out in The Rural Wilds). Mostly I buy from bead websites, or from a reasonably-comprehensive bead catalog such as Fire Mountain Gems (which also has a website, of course).  And occasionally I do ebay -- but only for handmade art glass beads, and only if they're Buy-It-Now items; having used ebay since the first year it started, I'm totally 'over' the whole bidding/waiting thing by now, I want instant gratification, lol.
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2005 03:51:37 PM »

Hey there!

I go to local bead shops.  I am lucky enough to live in a state with a TON of them.  I do most of my shopping at The Bead Monkey (www.thebeadmonkey.com).

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2005 03:56:48 PM »

if I want a quick fix I head to michael's (like if I KNOW I need some yellow seed beads or something) but if I want to have more selection (and higher quality) I'll shop from a local bead store. I live in NH and the one I normally visit is called Bead It! it's a really nice little shop Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2005 04:07:14 PM »

I lvoe bead stores! my favorite is Courage My Love, in Kensington market....pricey but worth it. I get my seed beads at my local craft store, hehe. thanks for replying.
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2005 02:13:03 AM »

Normally I just stop by the local bead shop. But it's the only bead shop in my area so sometimes variety is a bit boring so sometimes I end up in the city looking around the craft shops.

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2005 09:28:12 AM »

I myself like finding little small obscure bead shops because quite often they have really neat beads that you can't find anywhere else except for maybe on the internet. That way you avoid the hassle or ordering online and having to pay shipping and handling.

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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2005 02:00:32 PM »

I love bead stores - my favorite is the Bead Gallery in Ann Arbor.  Hobby Lobby has its purpose, of course .. ours just expanded its bead section substantially, adding in Delicas, which made me dance.
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2009 08:53:46 AM »

I usually check out my local bead stores, especially Arton Beads on Queen Street West in Toronto. Sometimes when I need to try out some nice silver beads, I check out 55 Queen Street East this building that has everything all in one place.

It has Lacy's on the bottom floor and Stones and Findings on the 7th. Lacy's has great silver smithing tools and all you need to take care of your jewellery. Stones and Findings has custom designed sterling silver components and chain that you can buy wholesale or retail. I totally love their floor to ceiling's worth of stone as well!
Definitely recommend that building!

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2009 10:59:24 AM »

When I first started beading, I did not know any better, so I bought from the local general hobby store.  Now I know better Cheesy

I actually do shop from several sources, but most often will buy from my favourite local bead stores.  There is one I like, Artons, in downtown Toronto, which has great prices for things like Czech seed beads - if uniformity is not an issue -  semi precious stones, findings, etc.  They have fantastic prices and a huge selection.  I also love BeadFX which is closer to me, in Scarborough, for better quality of goods especially finding.  I also frequent the local bead fairs for special show prices.  So far the best price for delicas i have found has been NLM Glass which I buy from their booth at bead fairs, and will probably order on-line in the future if I need more.  I have ordered from artbeads.com too, and the service was excellent, and the prices very good, however I am not fond of their packaging, which I can get over.  But I was charged duty by customs, so it was not worthwhile for me in the end.

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