BIG CHANGES ARE HAPPENING AT BEADS EAST
We appreciate your taking a moment to read all this information. Please also visit our transition information page.
On June 1, 2014, Beads East will make a transition to wholesale only. We will cease retail operations in our Manchester, CT, store and in our retail online store.
We are not closing our business but rather changing our method of operation.
This is in response to changing needs in our beloved families, changes in the national and local economies, and increasing levels of business regulation and taxation.
How will the transition take place?
Through the end of February, the discount on retail items except leather and Ultrasuede is 25%. March 1 through March 31, 30%. April 1 through April 30, 35%. May 1 through May 31, 40%.
When items go out of stock, most will not be replaced. This is especially true of some of our older kits, and also for of many of our seed beads, some of which are no longer made. Vintage cabochons and stones are likely to go out of stock quickly. We understand that it's tempting to wait for the largest discount possible, but you WILL be disappointed on some items, and we won't be able to help you. That said, we will make every reasonable effort to make sure that you get what you want.
Who can buy from Beads East after the transition?
We will continue to sell more than half of our current beading kit designs, and we expect to add new designs on a very regular basis; certain seed beads, cabochons, findings and other supplies will be available as well, though our selection will be limited. If you have a valid sales tax exemption certificate from the state in which your business is registered, if you own a bricks-and-mortar retail store, if you're a tax-exempt teacher who has permission to teach our designs, if you own a retail web site, if you have a retail mail order catalog, if you are the buyer for a beading guild that purchases in volume for members and is tax exempt, a trunk show or bead show vendor, we'd love to have your business. Sign up for our wholesale email list:
Where can Beads East kits be purchased at retail after the transition?
Why are we doing this?
What about Beads East free video tutorials?
For answers to these questions and more, please visit our transition information page.