Friday, September 3, 2010

Where do you purchase ur supplies?

I have been searching for several items to make jewelry.

Etsy is a good place to look but finding a good seller is difficult. They either charge too much for the product or the "shipping and handling" is three to four times what it actually cost to mail the items purchased. I know. I ordered the items and paid the price asked but it flat out irritates me to pay six dollars for shipping and the package arrives with a buck twenty four in postage. I "plan" on not ordering from that vendor any more so now I need a new source.

While in Oklahoma City for training for my new job this past week I tried to find bead stores. No luck. I decided to go to some scrapbook stores.....NONE, however, I did find a cigar store owner that sold me some awesome empty cigar boxes. We have thousands of wonderfully talented artist in Oklahoma.......where does everyone get their supplies???

I need jump rings and "bling" for cool chain mail. I need bling stones for ear rings like the "Cougar" makes.

I need rhinestone chain so I figured a sewing store. Nope they did not have any.

So tell me.....where do you buy your jewelry supplies?


  1. I hear ya' on the outrageous 'handling' cost of shipping. I get gemstones on ebay(you can look for free shipping items only), fire mountain gems & a few things from oriental traders. Locally I shop @ Bead Merchant on 15th in Tulsa & the bead shows that come to town in summer & fall ( & sometimes spring). Feel free to write me if you have any more questions :)

  2. I buy quite a bit from Fire Mountain Gems. I always order 15 items to get to the first discount level and it's $5 shipping for everything. They always include a little "freebie", too.


    Those are good for online in addition to Etsy.

  4. I get all of my jewelry supplies from Fire Mountain, they have an online catalog now. That is for findings and new stuff, for old things, I search garage sales and flea mkts.