Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Go to Shops

by Staci L. Smith

I just thought I'd share my "Go to" shops with you guys today.  These are my favorite places to shop for supplies.  Some may not be the lowest price, but I will take an easier to navigate, or more all inclusive place to shop, over a few cents any day.  

For most of silver and copper wire, and silver and copper sheet I shop at Thunderbird Supply.  They have great everyday low prices on metal, the website is easy to find what you need, and they have GREAT Super Sales (you can find the dates and plan ahead- they have them all listed out for the year in their side bar) where you get the lowest bulk discount no matter how much you buy.  I also buy some of my tools and such here.

Rio Grande is the next place I go for wire and tools.  I don't think their site is as easy to navigate, but maybe that's because its so big.....I mean, the literally sell everything for jewelry making and selling. I buy a lot of my tools here.

Both of these sites also have a silver buy back program to earn cash or credit for your scrap silver.  You get more for your scrap if you choose credit, which I usually do.  

For my sterling silver chain I LOVE Artbeads.
I think  they have a lovely selection of chain.  They have free shipping for a very small order and really good prices on sterling chain.

My favorite place to shop for supplies is my local rock shop- Beys Rock Shop.  They have gemstone strands, cab and fossils.  What more could a girl want???

What are your favorite supply shops?


Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Great post! Thanks for the links. I bought from Thunderbird when I first started designing jewelry (when sterling silver was $4 per troy ounce)! You have rekindled my interest in them. :)

KJ said...

I have not bought any wire for quite some time but when I was I bought from They had great prices.

I buy my Delica beads from Painters (painterartbeads) Small shop with great prices and the beads are always 20% off list price.

Kelli said...

I've never tried Thunderbird.. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the tip!! I usually use FDJ for metal wire and sheet. Their customer service is fantastic, and delivery is really quick! :)

Stacie said...

Love thunderbird!! I also like contenti...they rock on customer service!

Artisan Beads Plus said...

Thanks for sharing! Lately, the only shop that I have gone in is Lowes ;o) lol! I do love Rio Grande also!

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