Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Beady Review and a Chance to Win One of 3 Prizes!

I would like to present to you a source for beads that is new to me, and it may be new to you too.  Bead Crafty is a nice little online bead shop that is based out of the UK.  But don't let that deter you!  They pick orders the very same day they are placed, and shipping to the US is only $1.95!  The orders may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.  However, I think they have some lovely little finds that are worth checking out and waiting a few extra days for.

Their site is easily laid out so you can find in a snap exactly what you are looking for.  They have 3 main categories:  beads, charms and findings.  Some of the categories are a little slim, and you may not find every component you are looking for to make a specific project (not to say you can't), but what they may lack in quantity they make up for in quality and unique items.  For example, one thing I had never seen before I visited Bead Crafty was kilt pins.  There are 3 loops that you can attach beads to, and would make a wonderful decorative pin or something similar.  Neat!

The prices on Bead Crafty are very reasonable.  And, even though it's a UK site, all the prices are shown in US dollars so there is no confusion about what you are getting for the price.  The prices are clearly marked and to find out the size or more description of an item, all you have to do is hover over it and a little box will pop up.

Also on the site are some interesting Tips & Tricks.  One that I thought was interesting and different was how to make a beaded lampshade.  Beads aren't just for jewelry, are they?  One section that I could not get to was the link for the FAQ's.  I'm a little weird that way...I like to read FAQ's.  Is that strange or do others do that too?  I hope they can get the link fixed to that page so I can check it out.

I sent an email asking about the inventory, to which I received a prompt reply btw, and Sarah said they are going to be expanding their offerings, but their main objective is quality first.  Overall I think Bead Crafty is a quaint little site with some interesting finds.  To me it is the difference in shopping at a charming little boutique versus getting lost in a mega warehouse store.  I think it is worth your while to check it out.  And to give you some incentive to do just that, I AM OFFERING PRIZES thanks to the fine people at Bead Crafty!  YEA!!!!  And there are more than one to be had, so please please please tell your friends about this  giveaway.

How to enter:

1.  Follow my page.
2.  Leave a comment giving two things.  First, I need your email to contact you and to get your info so you can have your prize!!!!  If I can't get in touch with you, then the prize will have to go to someone else and that would be sad.  Second, visit Bead Crafty and tell me one thing you would buy first if you won the prize.
3.  Post to Facebook or your own blog WITH A LINK BACK TO MY POST and get an extra entry (leave 2 separate comments if you do this.)  I will need a link to the post so I can see that you actually did it.

What are the prizes???

How about 3 $20 credits to their shop!  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Let's go shopping!!!!  So, don't be afraid to invite more people.  After all, you want good karma so you can win, right?  lol.  Ok, so maybe karma won't really be a factor, but hey, you never know.

The winners will be chosen by a random number generator and entries will be accepted until, oh let's say 2 weeks...November 8th at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Sound good?

Ok, kids...Get posting!


Robin said...

Bead Crafty IS a fun on-line shop... clean, organized, interesting... as you said like your favorite botique rather than the standard, same-same mall shop.

Wouldn't it be fun is someone new to beads wins one of the prizes?

Thanks for the great review... always a good thing to find new sources!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I was able to look around now and it is a really nice site-very well organized with reasonable prices.

One thing I would go straight for is the charms! I especially liked the antique key and the owl lock!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I'm already a follower!

Abracadebra Designs said...

You are right Lisa, That is a really great shop!! The first two items I would get would be the blue abalone and tiger eye cabs. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!!!

Abracadebra Designs said...

Just posted to Facebook. Really want to win ;) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abracadebra-Designs/137040669651843.


H W said...

One of the items(s) I would purchase if I won the prize are the wooden beads. I like the multicolored round, heart, and flower shaped ones.
Thank you for all the info about the site and the great giveaway!

hwebster at fourwebs dot net

Kristin said...

Neat shop! I love the selection! If I won, I would buy the Millefiori Glass Round Beads along with other glass beads. The glass beads with the flowers on them are so pretty! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway (and for introducing us to Bead Crafty).

I'm a follower via GFC as Kristin K

Kristinextras at hotmail dot com

Melissa said...

I follow you on GFC and I love the purple glass lampwork beads! So pretty!

H W said...

posted on FB

hwebster at fourwebs dot net


Sara McManaway said...

I posted on facebook!



Sara McManaway said...

I found you and liked you on facebook!

Sara McManaway


I love your charms especially the white rabbit from alice in wonderland!

Sara McManaway said...

And i follow you on google friend connect!

Sara McManaway


Have a wonderful day!