This week I'm giving a shout-out to three of my favorite fellow bead stores -- Stinky Dog Beads (what a name! you've gotta love 'em!), Happy Mango Beads (it makes you happy just reading it, doesn't it?), and Humblebeads (that one makes me think of this shy, quiet little bead, cute as a button and just waiting to be discovered.
I'll highlight each in turn, and share some images from these amazing shops. First, Stinky Dog Beads. They have an amazing array of not only beads, but perks for customers. Here are just a few:
* 15% off your first order
* rewards points - for every $100 purchase you get a coupon code for $10
* a showcase program where you get to display your creations made with their products, plus you get a 10% off coupon just for doing it
* a bi-weekly newsletter offering first notice on new items and specials for subscribers
* they purchase direct from the source so they can pass on the savings
* free tutorials
This company offers Czech beads, supplies, handmade beads and pendants -- and you can even search by color!
Check out the examples of some of my favorite items above.
Now, Happy Mango Beads. These folks hand-select and directly import. They are fair-trade and eco-friendly. The selection is phenomenal, and they have great sales! Here are just a few of the items (pictured here to the right and below on the left):
- gemstone beads and pendants
- beads from Africa, Nepal, Indonesia, and more
- Shell beads and pendants
- old beads from Myanmar
- rare and fancy recycled glass
- trade beads
- jewelry kits and tutorials
I admire these guys so much. They strive to help improve the lives of the people they do business with and those they encounter during their travels. They buy direct from many different co-ops, vendors and craftspeople -- helping native artisans to house, feed and clothe their families, something they might not otherwise be able to do. And more, they never travel without about 100 pounds of donated used clothing, shoes and backpacks, school supplies and other useful items to give away -- and they accept donations. (These can be send to 'Happy Mango - Donations', PO Box 64, 321 Mountain Ave., Berthoud, CO 80413.)
That isn't all! Hapy Mango Beads is committed to the planet and continuously seeking new ways in which they can become more 'green'. From the beads they choose to sell, to the packaging they use to ship, they strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The things they do in this regard is more comprehensive than I see for 99% of small businesses. (Using natural heating sources, reducing and reusing materials, carpooling to reduce emissions, and much more...)
Finally, to Humblebeads, another great favorite. This is the home of nature and art history inspired beads. They provide beads as well as classes, retreats, jewelry tutorials, bead projects and more. Heather Powers, the creative artist behind the company, has shared her knowledge of beading and jewelry making with students for over 20 years. She also hosts bead retreats and the annual Bead Cruise we've talked about in a previous post.
Here are a few of the 'themes' they offer in beads and pendants (check out these beautiful butterfly beads to the right):
- leaves and trees
- autumn beads
- nests & eggs
- winter beads
- woodland creatures
- zen garden
Until Next Time,