Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Quick Inspiration: Bargain Beads

Color Bead Strands, Katmandu, Nepal

Is there a beader on the planet who can resist a great bead sale? Many of us have stocked up on oodles of delicious beads because the prices were so irresistible. What I like the most about a great bead sale is that I might be persuaded buy something that is outside of my beading comfort zone. It encourages me to use a color, style or technique that I might not have tried otherwise.

Before my LBS closed down, I always went straight to the discontinued clearance bin before shopping for the beads I had come for. I have made many interesting pieces using the beads I discovered there. Wherever there’s a deal on beads, inspiration is sure to follow.

Another excellent place to shop for inexpensive beads is yard sales. Now that the weather is warming up, people will be clearing out their garages and cupboards, and it’s a great time to hunt for ex-beaders who want to give you their bead stash at to-die-for prices. Old jewelry that can be up-cycled is also something to watch for.

Hopefully, all busy beaders have received their tax returns by now, because we’re going to need it to take advantage of the famous Dollar Days sale at Artbeads.com. The selection is, in a word, tempting. It’s a great opportunity to try something new without spending a lot. I’m looking forward to testing out some Swarovski buttons.

Dollar Days is on until April 28th. Happy shopping!

Girls Shopping for Glass Bead Necklaces at Indra Chowk, Kathmandu, Nepal

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