>Seed Bead Shopping in NYC

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It’s amazing to me how fast time flies! My weekend in New York City went by so quickly, but it was so much fun!! My sister and I went to the Kandinsky exhibit at the Guggenheim on Friday (fascinating) , and the Statue of Liberty on Saturday. Then, we went to see Jersey Boys on Saturday night (fantastic!). And, finally, on Sunday, I went bead shopping! :) 

Since I only had a few hours for bead shopping, I didn’t get the chance to go everywhere I wanted. Also, since it was Sunday, several shops weren’t even open. But, I did happen to find two great shops that were open. The first was Toho Shoji located at the edge of the Garment District on 990 Sixth Avenue.

 

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In addition to their New York location, Toho Shoji also has several shops in Japan and two shops in China. They carry Japanese seed beads in both large and small quantities, as well as an acrylic & metal beads, crystals, sequins, and an abundance of findings to make just about anything your heart desires. 

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I was a little overwhelmed with the selection here – it was much like bead heaven! (Boston could use a bead shop like this!)  

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This shop sells retail & wholesale, and their prices are very reasonable! 

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I found some Matsuno size 12/o seed beads (which my local bead shops do not carry), and I also picked up a few boxes of Delicas

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The next shop I visited was Beads World located on 1384 Broadway between 37th & 38th Street. 

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I thought I had seen it all when I went to Toho Shoji, but I was even more impressed with Beads World. They have quite an assortment of seed beads available in every colour of the rainbow! 

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I enjoyed Beads World because they also sold tiny size 15 Japanese seed beads in large quantities. They were a little hard to find because they were mixed in with the size 12s, but they are there. There are also many packages of seed beads which originate in Hong Kong. I normally will not buy Chinese beads because they are generally poor quality, but these seemed to be different. I picked up one package of gray beads just to try them out. I also found some fascinating 1x 4mm bugle beads in black and white. (I had never seen bugle beads that small before in my life!) I also found some cool metal beads which I hope to use on my beaded cars & vehicles at some point. 

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Beads World also had excellent service. They were very happy to help me find what I needed, and the store clerk told me that they also do mail orders! Just email them with product code and the quantity that you desire, and they will be happy to ship to you! I might just take them up on that offer!🙂 That’s all for now. Can’t wait until my next trip to NYC. There are many more bead shops there to explore! Which shop is your favourite?? :) 

17 thoughts on “>Seed Bead Shopping in NYC

  1. You might want to check out ROCK STAR CRYSTALS. Although they are not a technically a bead shop, they carry thousands of individual crystals and clusters for custom-made jewelry.

  2. >I am so happy to find this entry about buying seed beads in NYC! I am looking everywhere, and people said "oh, it's best to buy online" but I need to match colors and you even included photos of the stores and the beads! And address links… thank you so much! You have helped make this trip a real success. Yours, Catherine Todd on behalf of Guatemalan Arts & Crafts.

  3. >Wooooaaaa!! This shop is fantastic! I haven't made a beaded necklace since my childhood (except a few big wooden beads necklaces with my little daughter). There is a world to it, as I can see here!Your works are stunning! You are giving me some inspiration, thank you!

  4. >Lucky Duck!!! Its so nice to see what other people are selling. I am the manager of a bead store myself called The Sassy Bead co. I love it!!!🙂 Have a good day🙂

  5. >Oh Wow!! With the way you bead, those large quantities of beads are just perfect!! I bet you had a lot of fun!!! It must have been hard to walk away!!!Glad you enjoyed your trip!Cheers, Denise

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