Czech glass beads, waxed linen cord, handmade findings

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Note from shop owner The Curious Bead Shop is now closed. Thanks so much for your support over the years!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

The Curious Bead Shop is now closed. Thanks so much for your support over the years!

Rebecca Anderson

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Last updated on April 30, 2022

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Roll up, Roll up.....and Wilkommen, Bienvenue and Welcome to The Curious Bead Shop. Push back the curtains, polish off the glass-fronted cabinets and take a peek inside - czech glass and waxed linen cord in rich and saturated hues, handmade findings in warm antiqued copper (coming soon!), and all manner of notions and curiosities may be beheld in the near future.....Peek at my Additional Policies for Quantity Discounts....

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.


Cancellations: accepted

Request a cancellation: within 7 days of purchase


Please note - shipping is FLAT RATE outside of the UK. The shipping costs that you see are NOT per item - they are per order.

Shipping per order:

UK - £1.80 rising in 3p increments
EU - £4 (flat rate)
Rest of World - £4.50 (flat rate)

Hurrah! I am now able to take payments via PayPal, Direct Checkout and Etsy Giftcards. Exciting!

If you pay be PayPal echeque (I know that sometimes PayPal throws a wobbly and only gives you this option!) your goodies will be dispatched after the echeque has cleared.


When your order comes through, I will scurry off to the Curious back room to wrap your beads up as beautifully as possible and send them off to you within 3 working days. If there are any delays - I am away, or snowed under with life's curiosities, then I will put an announcement up at the front of my shop. If your order contains handmade beads or findings it can take up to 7 working days to post out as these are usually made to order. If your order contains a Curiosity Club subscription then it will be posted out according to our monthly schedule.

I post out at least three times a week and usually every week day. If you need your beads and cord in a rush - let me know! I will do what I can to help you out with rush shipping if at all possible. I understand bead emergencies!

International orders (I am shipping from the UK) usually take 1-5 weeks to reach their destination, but can take longer due to customs and our respective postal services. Please be patient! Once the parcel leaves me, delivery time is out of my hands. Standard international delivery does NOT include tracking; however, there is an upgrade option available on each listing - you can now choose between standard, tracked or insured.

Additional policies and FAQs

As I am a one-woman business, I do try and take my weekends as non-working days. If you contact me on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday, I will get back to you on the following working day. Thank you for your understanding!

Quantity Discounts

Spend over £40 (Not including postage) - Use Coupon Code 40CURIOUS for Free UK Postage

Spend over £80 (Not including postage) - Use Coupon Code 80CURIOUS for 10% off.

Coupon codes cannot be combined so choose the one that works best for you! Coupon codes are not valid on CC subscriptions or custom/reserved orders unless clearly specified.

Coupon Code Sales

From time to time, I have coupon code sales in my shop. Look out for them on my blog and facebook pages!

Unfortunately, because of the way these work on etsy, I am unable to refund the difference retrospectively; the same applies to my quantity discounts. So keep your eyes peeled for these juicy discounts!

Coupon codes are not valid for custom or reserved orders unless clearly specified and cannot be combined.


I am happy to reserve most items for up to a week - I do appreciate you offering me a date on which you plan to check out when requesting a reserve however.

Custom orders
For most custom orders, I will need payment upfront before beginning work. If you wish to reserve a made-to-order/custom item, then I will not begin work on this until payment is received. Unfortunately, I've been let down too many times now with this type of reserve, and so this keeps it fair for both of us! Thank you for your understanding.

More information

Last updated on May 19, 2022

Frequently asked questions

I'm not in the UK and my parcel hasn't arrived yet - where is it?

Packages travelling out of the uk generally take 1-2 weeks to reach Europe and 1-4 weeks (occasionally longer) to reach the rest of the world. Please be patient! Customs can really hold things up and there is nothing that can be done to help this, frustrating as it is for us both - and occasionally my estimated shipping times can take longer due to this. Thank you for your patience!

Can you track my package?

Yes! But ONLY if you select tracked shipping when you check out. Otherwise it will be sent via first class or standard international - just as reliable as tracked but you can't follow your package online, which I understand can be reassuring.

My order hasn't shipped yet - why not?

Most likely because it has made to order items in it and I'm busy creating them for you! My shipping times are 1-3 working days for most items but if you've placed an order containing wire, handmade findings or handwoven beads, the shipping times are 5-7 working days. I usually beat these shipping times but please remember, it's just me working away, covering every element of running my little business, and so I've given these shipping windows because I do sometimes need them to create your handmade goodies!

How much is your shipping?

My shipping is flat-rate - and I know Etsy doesn't always make that very clear. The rates are as follow - £2.50 per order for the UK, £4 per order for the EU and £4.50 per order for the rest of the world. These charges are NOT per item! The only exceptions are the Curiosity Club subscriptions, whose postage covers multiple packages and so is necessarily higher.

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