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Years ago, on a trip to San Francisco, I stumbled upon General Bead, a treasure trove of beads, bits, and baubles.  I recently went back- it was just as great as I remembered.

In addition to a very thorough assortment of new beads, General Bead has a great vintage selection, including these sample cards that were excavated from a stock room-

The upstairs part of the store has such an assortment- it really requires some rummaging, but that makes the finds all the more rewarding.  There's a little side room that's filled with vintage sequins- so cool!  I bought a small selection to make greeting cards with.

 What are your favorite local stores?  Or special shops you've found during travels?

Comments (3)

  • I just love stores like that, they are such wonderful resources!

  • Before moving aay from San Francisco I had been going to General Bead for years. There is no place like it! Great prices, unique merchandise & a truly funky atlosphere. I miss it & will definitely pay them a visit if/when I am in the area again.

  • Just came across Garage 34 in Asheville, NC. A wonderful little store full of unique and interesting local and handmade merchandise.

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