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Old 07-27-2004, 04:30 PM   #1
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What's Your Favorite Beadstore

When i was little, my mom would drag us along to the bead store, and torture us for HOURS as she shopped. The only pleasure we got was sliding around on the floor looking for loose beads. Sometimes we'd play with the cat (all bead stores seem to have an old cat).

BUT NOW - I go into a bead store and spend hours trying to match colors and looking at new beads. My favorite beadstores are Beadworld (in Seattle), Shipwreck Beads (Lacey, WA), and Wapato Pawn & Trade (back home on the Yakama rez they call it "Andy's").

What's your favorite beadstore?
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I have to admit that I do most of my bead buying online from Noc Bay.
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When I was a kid, I loved going to Lokken's in Redby MN. Beads and Ice cream in the same store!!! I mostly order online or from wholesalers but I really am happy to see the Beadshack from Hibbing, MN and Kara Purdy set up at any pow-wow. I am addicted to 3-cut beads. For Delicas and other Japanese beads, I like Stormcloud Trading and Bobby Bead in Minneapolis.
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I love that Fire mountain Gems.......The reason is they stock the same colors so you never worry about not getting that color again, and the more you buy well the cheaper the cost.
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My favorite is Shipwreck Beads. I felt like a kid in a candy store!! It was breath-taking!! :p I also do a lot of mail-order with Shipwreck.

We have a local store in Spokane, WA called Creative Native. Sisters from the Colville reservation own the store. They don't have a cat -- but have a cute miniature chihuahua.

In one of the corners of the store they have a little box of toys for kids. That's right where my kids go -- they always know we will be there for a little while (whether I am bead shopping or visiting with the ladies).

Those are 2 of my favorites.
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How cute!

I'm still trying to see if I can get up for the Spokane Labor Day Celebration... I hope, I hope, I hope.

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My friends think I have the biggest collection of beads, they have seen that I have more variety than a lot of the stores, seems that buying in bulk has always been my best, got a lot while I travelled in Europe and now I go to the harbour and get it right off the ships as they come in!!! I have a whole wall devoted to beads and that is just the open viewable stuff, the overflow is in bags and other big containers. A complete armoir is full of the overflow. I think I might have about a thousand different kinds by now and I know that a store is now looking at my collection and wants to know where I got some of them. This year I bought a new kind and they are all glass, as well I went to a garage sale and found a bag of beads from the victorian era, nearly three pounds of them and they are nearly impossible to get. I paid a buck for the bag.
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Nothing compares to Shipwreck beads in Lacey Wa for both selection and price. The store is as big as a Target store and all bead related. The have a website, here is the link:
www.shipwreckbeads.com
Their catalog has 800 pages and costs $10 but you get $15 off your first order. Have fun looking.
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I Like Buying My Beads Off Noc Bay Since I Live Here In Michigan..If I Cant Find Anything In There I Need I Go To Bead Stores Close To Me!
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I'm out in the bead desert. No great bead stores, and the local ones just barely can cut it. I even special ordered a kilo and they sent two, one wrong color but right size, and the other the right color but too big. I hate ordering online cuz I gotta see how even the beads look.

The best I've been to is the Clothes Horse at the Trading Post in Fort Hall. In fact I'm going there next week to look for some gold or silver glass beads that won't fade or flake.
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There is no real selection of buying beads, in my town - and like wyo-rose ... i have to "see" the beads before i buy em, 'cause i don't want want to be doin a whole lotta beading and then the color flake or fade. but! when i go south ... :) then i love to buy my beads/supplies from this lil' family owned/run store called, ken belcourt and furs ... great lil' place
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I get my beads mostly from Shipwreck, bulk rate is the best that I found. I do get a few from CCTP and or Noc Bay depending on what I'm trying to match and such.
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Question Looking for Kara Purdy...

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I'm hoping anyone who has a contact number or an address to her website would like to help me out. I had purchased a few beads from her and unfortunately I ran out, soOoOooooo I need more. Thanks to anyone who could possibly help!
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