Bead Inspirations

★★★★★
  • 1544 Park St

    Alameda, CA 94501

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  • 510-337-1203

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I've been to almost every bead store in the SF bay area, and Bead Inspirations, located in Alameda is one of my faves. Yes, it is on the small side, however, the store is thoughtfully laid out and very inviting. Staff is friendly, yet they

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I've been to almost every bead store in the SF bay area, and Bead Inspirations, located in Alameda is one of my faves. Yes, it is on the small side, however, the store is thoughtfully laid out and very inviting. Staff is friendly, yet they

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Great beads, great people! They work really hard to find you what you need and to provide real inspiration for making really beautiful jewelry.

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Great beads, great people! They work really hard to find you what you need and to provide real inspiration for making really beautiful jewelry.

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I love to visit bay area bead stores searching for interesting findings and beads. I had heard mixed reviews from some friends who live in Alameda and know the store and it's management. It is very tiny, not well organized, very overpriced compared to other local stores, but mostly I was turned off by the hard-sell at check-out to give over my marketing info. Selection was limited and the prices were way too high. The classroom area was not very clean or attractive, and they put up to 7 people in one small room for 4 hour-long classes! I'd give this one a pass.

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I love to visit bay area bead stores searching for interesting findings and beads. I had heard mixed reviews from some friends who live in Alameda and know the store and it's management. It is very tiny, not well organized, very overpriced compared to other local stores, but mostly I was turned off by the hard-sell at check-out to give over my marketing info. Selection was limited and the prices were way too high. The classroom area was not very clean or attractive, and they put up to 7 people in one small room for 4 hour-long classes! I'd give this one a pass.

Pros: open daily

Cons: very small store, no parking, dreary space

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but are kinda pricey. Nice friendly bunch with lots of stuff for a small bead shop. You can sit in the store and RENT tools for a dollar a piece. They have some classes for beginners. They have a good supply of chain , but again, pricey. They display lots of examples which were inspirational. Nice store.

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but are kinda pricey. Nice friendly bunch with lots of stuff for a small bead shop. You can sit in the store and RENT tools for a dollar a piece. They have some classes for beginners. They have a good supply of chain , but again, pricey. They display lots of examples which were inspirational. Nice store.

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Business Response:

We began lowering our prices in 2008, when we began selling online. For many of our most popular products, including Vintaj brass filigree findings, Swarovski pearls, picture frame pendants, including by designer Nunn Design, we aim to be the lowest price online. Our internet sales now make up a significant portion of our sales. We started charging a tool rental fee due to some people taking advantage our free tool rental policy. Thanks to feedback from you and others, now our tool rental now applies only to those who donβ??t make a purchase. Thanks for your kind words about our selection and our friendly staff as well as your other feedback.
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Exciting selection of gorgeous beads, inspiring classes... friendly and helpful staff. Website has list of classes with pictures of what you make in class: www.beadinspirations dot com.

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Exciting selection of gorgeous beads, inspiring classes... friendly and helpful staff. Website has list of classes with pictures of what you make in class: www.beadinspirations dot com.

Pros: Class size small, individual attention. Teachers are great. Steps are easy to follow.

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I love this bead store. I went in recently just to browse but found the store to be so attractive and the staff person helping me so friendly and engaging in a respectful way that I wound up buying some supplies for, and becoming newly enthusiastic about, a project that I had been avoiding for awhile. The store is very nicely organized and quite tidy. The displays are at a comfortable level for the eyes and the colors are grouped in an appealing way. The classes are quite interesting and well taught. I have taken 3 classes and found that complex techniques were taught skillfully...explanations were easy to follow and the instructors took interest in the student work. It was a good experience and I look forward to going back!!

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I love this bead store. I went in recently just to browse but found the store to be so attractive and the staff person helping me so friendly and engaging in a respectful way that I wound up buying some supplies for, and becoming newly enthusiastic about, a project that I had been avoiding for awhile. The store is very nicely organized and quite tidy. The displays are at a comfortable level for the eyes and the colors are grouped in an appealing way. The classes are quite interesting and well taught. I have taken 3 classes and found that complex techniques were taught skillfully...explanations were easy to follow and the instructors took interest in the student work. It was a good experience and I look forward to going back!!

Message from Bead Inspirations

Be Inspired by Your Natural Creativity!



We offer a gorgeous selection and caring service that will make you glad you visited Bead Inspirations. Our inspiring classes are warmly and expertly taught.



See what's fresh and new in Swarovski crystals, semi-precious gemstones, Czech glass beads, and beautiful pendants. We have an excellent selection of unique chains, Vintaj brass, and copper beads and findings. Who knows what treasures you'll discover.



We also offer beautiful and unique finished jewelry and jewelry repair services.



Other beading supplies: Precious Metal Clay (PMC), metalsmithing and beading tools, books, wire, beading kits.



We love helping people express their creativity through beading and jewelry making.

More about Bead Inspirations

Gorgeous beads, unique jewelry and fun classes, come be inspired! Bead Inspirations is a full service retail bead shop, offering beautiful beads, gorgeous findings, tools, supplies, books, inspiring beading classes, and warm, beginner-friendly service.

 

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