Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In Bead Heaven...that was me yesterday

I took a ride to Plymouth yesterday, as I wanted to go to not simply beads. Unfortunately, the bead store is closing it's doors in a few days and everything was really marked down including tools. Due to snow storms I didn't have a chance to get to the store sooner and a lot of the things I would have liked to have had were already gone. I am glad I went yesterday, because it has been snowing all morning, and more snow is predicted for tomorrow.
The owner told me that a man came in the night before and bought $900 of sale beads, tools, books and things for his wife. WOW!!! That is one hubby who likes to shop. What a gem, don't you think?

All strung beads were 70% off, and all the loose beads that you could fit into a 3 x 3 clear jewelry bag were $2.oo for the bag. WOWZER!!!! I filled several bags and many of the beads I choose were gemstones that normally sold for $5 and up to $9.50 each bead. The large wood beads normally sold for$5.oo each including the smaller detailed horse heads.  The wooden skulls normally sold for I believe 80 cents each. I can't remember as I looked at so many things. The strands of swarovski crystals were pretty much picked over, but I did buy a few strands. I also got some seed beads. It was hard to know what to buy when you don't have a specific project in mind,  but the prices were wonderful. I spent a total of $69.00., but what I came home with was worth so much more. Tom told me I should have bought more when I showed him my bag of goodies last night and if it wasn't snowing so hard I would have gone back today.
Bags stuffed with beads. Each bag..$2.00
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1bead bargain8  This was the only felting mold that was left. I didn't already have this so I bought it for 80% off. Paid $1.80
1bead bargain`4  breast cancer beads, and seed beads. 70% off. Crystals were $9 a strand...I paid $2.70 a strand. The seed beads originally were anywhere from $1.75-$3 a tube...I paid...53 cents to 90 cents. Breast cancer beads...$6..I paid $1.80.

1bead bargain9 I've looked at these bone beads for ages, but didn't want to spend $20 and $30's for the strands. I got them for 70% off. I paid $6 for the dice, and $9 for the flat spiral bead strand.
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wooden beads-horse heads, skulls and round discs , butterfly, squares, amulet
1bead bargain1 $9 each for the gemstones in the front, lamp work and clay beads..all fit in a bag for $2
1bead bargain2 mixed beads for $2 and many were gemstones, also lamp work pumpkins and frog faces, and Christmas stockings.Glass skulls and stars, kitties
1bead bargain5 8 of these larger sized wooden beads fit in a $2 bag. I have a lot of the smaller size, but liked these, so I bought them as I can fit more art on this size.

I was very happy when I left that store yesterday with all of my bargains, but also very sad that I will no longer have such a wonderful bead store close by to shop at.

I think I did really well yesterday. Do you like the beads I brought home yesterday? Great bargains don't you think?  I can see a lot of giveaways of beaded projects ending up on my blog.
Here are earrings I made with the bone beads. I think the dice would make great charms. 

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8 comments:

Angie Hall Haviland said...

WOW....AWESOME scores, Elaine!! Enjoy!

BR said...

Wow, what a find. I'll bet you make some beautiful things with those beads... Stay warm.

Anonymous said...

WOW Elaine, what a TreasureChest of Beads you brought home, I just love a Bargain !!!!!!
Keep warm and safe !!!
Liane :-)

Alicia said...

Wow Elaine, What a bargain you found! LOVE The BCA Beads, and the little blue ones with butterflies, and the dice and the... LOL What a treasure of beautiful beads you lucked up on! Looking forward to seeing what you create with them now! *Hugs*

Tammy D said...

Looks like you got a lot of great stuff. Love the picture at the top of your blog. More white stuff here too.

Joanne Huffman said...

Great find!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

What bargains you've scored ma'am!!!!

Barbara said...

Oh my, Elaine, I'm green with envy! A local bead shop here went out of business with similar great deals, but I spent all of January down with a virus and missed it entirely. It makes me feel good that you didn't miss your sale. You did very well!