janneymike on Mar 10, 2015
I love it! Thank you!
The Creation of Judy Bead
I was at a birthday party for one of my nieces, when she received some Troll beads. I was facinated, as I had never seen them before. Then, my sister brought out a booklet of Pandora beads/charms. I loved them!
For Christmas that year, my son approached my husband and asked him to buy me a Pandora bracelet. His wife had noticed that I liked them at the birthday party. My husband had no idea what a Pandora was. My son explained that it was a charm bracelet. You have to know that I never liked charm bracelets. What I didn't like was that once they were on, you couldn't move them. And I didn't like that they dangled down and got caught on things. My sweet husband knew this, as he had wanted to get me one years ago. My son convinced my husband to go ahead and buy it. Then all 3 sons bought charms for the new bracelet. Christmas comes, and I have this beautiful Pandora bracelet with 4 charms on it. Well.....I needed more! So I went to the Pandora site and was SHOCKED at how expensive they were!
Because I sell items on eBay for work, I went there to check out prices, and ended up bidding on beads and charms. I was soooo excited when I won a bead for $15, then one for $5! I think I was hooked. I still have those beautiful beads/charms, but then I found out I could buy in bulk for even less! Well, I got what I wanted, and then was giving them to my nieces and friends. I'm telling you, I bought a LOT of beads/charms. Then one day it clicked....I had almost enough beads/charms to sell at a craft show!
My first craft show I sold the beads for $5 each. You wouldn't believe how many beads and charms I sold ! My customers were thrilled to find some beads and charms so inexpensive, yet still beautiful! Because I sold so many I did a second craft show, with the same results. Because of those shows, I was able to purchase even more beads, and the more you buy, the better deal you get! That is why most of my beads are now $2.00 each.
The majority of my sales for the last few years are from craft shows. I love my customers. Because of them, I have obtained dangle charms. Remember, I told you I didn't like the dangle ones? Well.....I love them on a necklace. I put one dangle charm in the middle of 2 or 4 beads and charms. Some of my creations are fabulous.
So you ask, why the name Judy Bead? My youngest son told me to open an etsy store. I needed a name. I wanted Judy Blue Jewelry,,,however, at the time someone else had that name for their shop. I actually wrote her a note to ask if that was really her name. It wasn't, but she liked the way it sounded and was surprised that it was my name. To make it simple, and to tell what I was about, Judy Bead was born.
It's amazing what a name can do for a person. I am amazed at how many of my craft show customers remember me. A few have even told friends that they have "Judy Beads" on their bracelets. It's really sweet when they come looking for me!
Keep in mind that my $2.00 beads/charms look beautiful mixed with realy Pandora Chamilia and Troll (AND STONEARMORY) beads/charms. I mix them all the time!
While I am still a realitively small etsy store, if there is something you are looking for, I may have it, drop me a line. I love to hear from my customers!
I am a happily married mother of 3 grown sons, 3 grandsons and 3 grandaughters. I love crafts and sewing and have always been drawn to sparkling jewelry. I don't believe a girl can have too many beads!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order