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Great Bead Store for Beginners!.
First off, I should admit that I work at the Austin location (as of this writing). But I don't think that means I can't be objective, being something of a bead-junkie.
So the pluses about Nomadic Notions: the service. Employees are encouraged and expected to greet every customer and really give them personal assistance, whether it's just helping 'em pick out beads and supplies, or walking them through the whole jewelry-making process. Bead-trays and tools are available for use, so folks can walk in and make a piece right there, with assistance from the staff if necessary.
We've also got a whole array of classes, and the schedules usually feature 3-month stretches, so you can plan in advance. I've been making jewelry for 3 years, and believe me, I don't know how to make HALF the stuff my co-workers teach. So it's an excellent opportunity if you're looking to expand your knowledge, or if you're just wanting to make a few cute presents for friends and family.
I guess the downside would be the price -- we're probably a bit pricier than some other bead stores in town, and certainly moreso than bargains you can find online. Just part of the hazards of running a retail outlet. We may not have quite as wide a selection, either. But if you're a beginner at beading, Nomadic Notions is probably your best bet.
You'll be bead-azzled with the shell, glass, colored and Asian varieties..
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
Nomadic Notions isn't just a bead store, it's entertainment. For minimal moola, you can amuse yourself by sitting down and creating an item that's uniquely yours. It's a fun way to spend an afternoon and you walk away with something much cooler than ticket stubs.
Aside from their amazingly extensive bead selection, Nomadic Notions sells figurines and masks from around the world--Kenya, Nepal, Thailand and Mexico. Silver jewelry, fabric purses and pre-made beaded items also are available, though in a place like this, you should feel inspired to do it yourself.
Help Is On The Way
First-timers might be intimidated, but help is as close as the counter. The store welcomes all ages and all ranges of experience, and the staff is happy to lend a hand to get you started. Books on beading are within reach and photos of Gwyneth and Brittney wearing beaded jewelry provide endless inspiration.
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