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!