While we were doing our Costco shopping in Olympia a few days ago, my husband asked me if I wanted to go by Shipwreck Beads in Lacy, Washington on the way back home. Believe me, I couldn't get the response out fast enough.
I have been waiting for the right time to visit this enormous Bead store and that day felt like the time to make this adventurous trip.
It took us some time to find this hidden away jewel but we arrived in plenty of time to do LOT'S of shopping. And shopping I did!
According to the pamphlet they handed out at checkout, this is a family owned and operated business since it was founded in 1969. Shipwreck Beads first location was in a tiny ship on Olympia's Mud Bay.
At 80,000 square feet, they carry over 8.3 BILLION beads in stock with new items arriving every day.
It is the largest selection of beads available the world over.
And as you can imagine, they also offer a new deli so you can keep on shopping!!
The store is enormous but they make it real easy to find what you are looking for. They had many colors of my size 11 loom beads but I was disappointed in their lack of selection of beading looms for sale.
There was only one style but fortunately it was the type I was looking for. And at a very good price.
This is a Continuous Bead loom meaning that you can bead an item that is actually longer than the loom itself. Very handy to have when beading hatbands and such.
Since I don't have to pay any shipping the price of these beads were very reasonable. In Montana I bought these beads at a Crafts store but had pay more to cover their costs and shipping. But now I can buy them myself right from her source. And there are many, many color choices to choose from.
And I was excited to find that they sell white size 11 beads in large quantities that saves me even more money.
I am always in need of white beads.
And I was very happy to find these beautiful tubular Turquoise beads at unbelievable prices. They will work very well added to my beaded feathers.
So I am sooo ready to get back to my beading projects. It has been a long time since I sat at my loom and now is the time to return to it.
Of course I will post photos when I am back in the swing of things here.