Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – September 2016
Dollar Bead Bag is a smaller box from Dollar Bead Box and delivers Czech Fire Polish beads every month. During a given month, reorder your favorite items from the Dollar Bead Box shop for just $1. (This deal is only available to subscribers.)
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Dollar Bead Bag
The Cost: $8 for the Dollar Bead Bag + free shipping with 3- and 6-month subscriptions (plus get an additional discount on 6-month subscriptions). The Dollar Bead Box is $19.50 + $4.50 shipping.
The Products: 4 strands of 3 mm Czech Fire Polish Beads and 4 strands of 4 mm Czech Fire Polish Beads
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The bag included a list of items in the box.
A note on prices: Items like this can come from a variety of different suppliers at many price points depending on how many you buy, etc. I couldn’t find a lot of these exact beads from common sources (e.g., Fire Mountain Gems) and it’s of questionable value to pick something similar because a slight difference in grading or size or material and you are looking at half or double the price (or an even greater difference). Even different colors of the same size and shape of glass beads are priced differently due to materials needed to make the colors!
3 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Matte Green Marea
3 mm Czech Fire polished Beads in Matte Purple Iris
3 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Hyacinth
3 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Dark Bronze
The colors don’t necessarily coordinate each month. You can either save up beads for a few months and collect some coordinating shades, or you can be creative with your color combinations, which I tried to do below. (I do have to admit, I like having a big bead stash, though…we are going to have to buy me a huge wood cabinet to keep everything off the living room floor. Can’t wait!)
4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Jasper Travertine
4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Dusty Rose Travertine
4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Chrome Marea
4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in Matte Siam AB
And here are the 4 mm strands. I notice the top one is shorter; not sure why. (One thing you will learn if you look through bead catalogs, though, is that not all beads the same size and shape are the same price. Different materials are used to create the different colors.)
I’ve been cleaning my craft closet and found a ton of earring findings I bought wholesale back when I was selling craft supplies on eBay. I decided I ought to use them so I made some dangly earrings. (The hooks don’t match the finish exactly because the hooks are either niobium or titanium, I forget which. Those are hypoallergenic metals I can actually wear in my earring holes, but they don’t seem to come in a shiny silver finish.)
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the September 2016 Dollar Bead Bag, for reasons explained above. This is one of those subscriptions where you know in advance what you are going to get each month (only the color is a surprise). It works out to $1 per strand, and I think that is reasonable. These strands are a little shorter than what you’d get at Fire Mountain Gems, for example, but the prices are also lower. This is a good subscription if you are looking to build your stash.
Please note that no directions are given and you have to supply your own needles, stringing materials, tools, and findings.
What did you think of the September 2016 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?