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Places to buy beads online

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I hope you enjoy this list of the best places to buy beads online!  I usually do my bead and jewelry making supplies shopping online, and so I decided to share with you some of my favorite resources to go along with all my jewelry making tutorials (check out this wire wrap stone to start!). Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. This post was originally published August 2015 and was updated in 2019 to reflect current favorites.

 

Click for some of the best places to buy beads onliine -and tips for beading and jewelry making beginners!

 

 

I prefer buying my beads and findings online for a few reasons:

  • It’s more convenient and saves me lots of time
  • I can sift through and decide what I’d like to buy more easily.
  • I can budget more easily and see my subtotals as I shop. How many times have I shopped in-store, only to shocked at the register?!
  • I can get cash back on some of my purchases via Rakuten. This often helps me justify when there are shipping costs, as it often covers all or most of it.
  • You can also search f0r online coupons (Rakuten‘s browser extension is an amazing tool for this!)

 

These are my personal favorite suggestions, sifted out from among a vast array of retailers. Try each one separately, browse around, and then pick your favorite. I will update this list as my preferences change.
 

 


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9 OF THE BEST PLACES TO BUY BEADS ONLINE: 

 

BeeBeeCraftAffordable rates and a fun selection make BeeBeeCraft a favorite spot to buy beads online. They’re a wonderful resource for stocking up on affordable basics, and their minimum for free shipping is low (for US-stocked items).

 

8 Seasons Another great resource for inexpensive beads and jewelry making supplies, 8 Seasons is a Chinese supplier – but you don’t need a wholesale account to purchase. In addition to their regular pricing, they have scale discounts if you order in bulk.

 

Jewelry and FindingsWant options without the overwhelm? This is my favorite stop for fewer distractions, and for good prices for both small and large packages. You can get full spools of cord and large bead packages for amazing wholesale prices. Pay attention to the titles when buying “real” stuff, they have imitation gemstones in the same category as real, but they’re always clearly labeled in the title.

 

 

FireMountainGems.com – I use this for my bulk bead shopping, when I want a combination of reliability in quality, and good bulk discounts. My average orders from there are $250+, so these are my stock-up runs. You have to pay shipping and handling no matter what the order size, but they have an affordable flat rate. Their bulk discounts apply over your whole purchase, so you don’t need to buy a lot of a single item.

This is my recommended stop if you are shopping for “real” things as it’s a the most reliable. So get your sterling silver, gemstones, and crystals here.

 

Annie’s Simply BeadsIf you are still new at jewelry making and want more specific instruction, Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-month features gorgeous jewelry making projects for you to try. The kits come with the materials you need and will help you explore new techniques. Your first kit comes with basic tools too!

 

Click for some of my favorite places to buy beads online - these cool jewelry making tips for beginners help you learn a new hobby for you, your tween, or teen

 

 

Michaels.com – If you want  a limited, uncomplicated high-quality selection, Michaels is the place to shop! They are also great for smaller quantity packages.

 

PandaHall.com -If  frequents sales are important to you, PandaHall tends to have regular discounts. They are easy to shop and have a huge variety, but some things do come in larger quantities. 

 

 

Amazon.com – I use these for small orders and for items that I need quickly, since they ship free in 1-3 days. If you have Amazon Prime, like I do, many bead items ARE eligible. 

 

 

www.CreateForLess.com – are you a general crafter who sometimes does jewelry? Create For Less is the perfect place to shop when you’re doing a whole craft shopping trip, and only need some beads and jewelry making supplies. Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more (subject to change). Check out their clearance section!

 

 

 


 

 

Update: Moms & Crafters readers have contributed a huge database of recommendations! Here are some top picks:

  • Etsy – support small businesses! The variety is enormous and quality/dependability varies by seller, so check seller reviews! I started buying from Etsy sellers when I need very specific items that are otherwise hard to find.
  • Beadaholique – they have excellent shipping rates
  • Shipwreck Beads
  • WireJewelry.com
  • Rings & Things
  • Scroll through the comments section for more!

 

Looking for the best places to buy beads online? An expereinced beader and jewelry maker put together this list of resources for jewelry making materials and tips for beginners.

 

What are your favorite places to buy beads online? Do you have an experiences to share?

 

 


 

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John

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Other than the one's mentioned below - sorry. Also, I've a really hard time finding sterling silver components that are good quality and at a good price. I hate sending my money to China, but they never give me a problem, the quality is good, and they are way cheaper than anyone I've checked out here in the states. WholesaleJewelrySupply.com amd Adabelle have ok prices, but I can't find a single company in the U.S. that is even in the ballpark with China.

John

Saturday 26th of June 2021

I've done a lot of business with Fire Mountain, Rings & Things, ArtBeads, and Beads Factory. The first three have been great, but you gotta shop between all 3 because the best price depends on the item itself. I have purchased several times from Beads Factory (90% of my orders were for Swarovski) and I NEVER had a single order correct. On my last order I had to call my bank and stop payment. I ordered 21 different items of varying quantities. When the order arrived I had 5 of the 21 items, but yet charged for the full price. Done with them. Unfortunately, the Swarovski prices they had were really good. Anyone have some good Swarovski stores they are willing to suggest? I'd really appreciate it.

Ami Shah

Saturday 1st of May 2021

Hello All, Great input from everyone and thanks to all. I am totally new to the bead world. Is there any group or association? I am in MD. Such groups have lots to share and lots to learn. Thank you Menucha for putting all this together!

Nadia

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Hi there,

Thanks ffor taking the time to compile this list. Many good suggestions. I especially love the incredible variety on Etsy. You can actually get great deals if you sign up for sale alerts from your favorite sellers of which I have around 50.

However, your first recommendation, Bee Bee Craft is able to be so affordable due to worker exploitation. please don't recommend stores that ship from China that have terrible human rights abuse. If the price is too good to be true there is someone who pays for it in suffering. It's just not ok. Not trying to be preachy, I just want people to realize that they don't have to support terrible labor practices.

Thanks and happy beading!

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

@Nadia, I appreciate you bringing this up (and meant to reply sooner). It's an extremely important point. Unfortunately, most craft supplies (even those that aren't shipping directly but are US based) are Chinese made and potentially manufactured using slave labor. I do agree that it is a righteous practice to avoid these and to purchase ethically, however I truly don't know of sources otherwise. Even Amazon and Etsy have been inundated with brands that potentially have questionable practices, that we've been made more aware of more recently. If you know of any that don't, please let me know - I will most definitely include them and highlight them here!

resha

Saturday 13th of February 2021

I buy from many shops, but like dearbeads most, inexpensive beads, a variety of beads, good services and fast shipping.