Shawn Murphy on Apr 24, 2014
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An Unexpected Journey
In September of 2010, I decided to start my own business after finding myself unemployed. Always a creative type, I decided to try my hand at creating costume jewelry, birthing the Etsy shop AmericanBeauties. I sold online and at craft shows, learning a lot along the way about inventory, customer service, and modern craft jewelry.
Then, the following year, I started law school. Probably the most stressful thing I've ever done. I quickly realized about halfway through my first semester that there was no realistic way I could continue to maintain a viable jewelry shop and get good grades.
Thus, I began selling the beads instead, and GreatLakesBeads began. I still get my creative fix, and I try to fill the gap I found when buying beads for jewelry myself: quality beads at not outrageous prices. Any beader knows that it's easy to drop a whole paycheck on beads and findings. I try to provide a source for beads that doesn't hurt the wallet quite so much, because I've been there.
I hope the beads that inspired my jewelry making will inspire you as well. I'm available via Etsy message, so if you ever need a special order, please contact me.
Thanks for reading, and happy beading!
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Owner, Beader, Law Student
Current 3L law student, former craft show/Etsy beader and GLB owner. Likes nerdy things like renaissance festivals, history, Star Wars, and good ol' book-learnin'.
Chief - Shiny Things Division
Hypo-allergenic Siberian cat. Likes shiny things, lazers, anything you're eating, and cheese. Frequent inspector of the corners of my bead room.
Husband, Shipping Assistant
My awesome, supportive, and amazing husband. Helps me when shipping orders get ridiculous, if I can tear him away from Halo, Cracked(dot)com, and Assassin's Creed. Substitute cook during law finals time.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you require shipping options that will cost more, I will bill you accordingly.
Refunds and Exchanges
Otherwise, if you are just simply unhappy with the product, please contact me and we will find a good resolution!