Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Tuesday until 8:00 pm. Closed Sundays
1942 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018

a bit off the beadin' path but well worth the trip!


This is our 24th anniversary week.

I opened mid October 1994, the last of a series of bead store openings.

Many of them are now closed, as are some that opened later.

I promised myself that my prices would always be the lowest.

Wish us well and come shop.


About 10 colors of the new Swarovski 2mm pearls are here

 and more are on the way.

They are available in 200 piece full strands and half strands.


bodacious beads is stuffed full with great beads.

As color disappears outside, liven up your days with

colorful projects.


Dress up for the game in our pavé footballs

in Da Bears colors.


We have inherited hundreds of buttons.

If you have a creative use for such a stash,

make us an offer.

new exciting inventory


18 Delica matte opaque highly-saturated colors  


Union seed beads in 11º and 8º

rose-gold (base metal) findings, lobsters, clasps, earwires and

two pretty styles of small chain

stone strands and pendants



and some exciting changes



 Swarovski pearls are now available in half strands

 6mm Swarovski® pearls are loose along with 8-14mm


We hope this will make purchasing beads for your projects easier.


  Swarovski® has introduced a new size pearl, 2 mm, due at end of October.

and a new pearl color, iridescent Tahitian.  Both are on order.


New Samples

Parisian Lights by Jill Wiseman,

Simple Tila Bracelet,

CRAW bracelet


Czech glass stands are 60% off.

Overstock colors & shapes of

Swarovski® crystals are 60% off.


Strands of fresh-water pearls are 40% off.


Many sterling toggle clasps are 40% off.



We repair bead jewelry.


Our Etsy store has Swarovski® crystals, vintage Swarovski® and
rare vintage Czech nail heads.