Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – March 2017
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.)
This review is of the Dollar Bead Bag, $8 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Dollar Bead Bag
The Cost: $8 a month + free shipping. You can also purchase a one-time box for $10 + $2.50 shipping. 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: U.S.
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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 Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Matte Peridot, Siam, Matte Mustard Yellow, and Matte Sapphire Vitrail
The beads for any given month don’t always go together (you can usually find at least a pair that works), but this subscription is great for building your collection over time, especially if you like to work with different colors (as opposed to sticking to the same color palette all the time). I like that you get a mix of finishes and coatings (here, matte, transparent and opaque, vitrail, etc.). These are all good, basic colors.
4 mm Czech Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Opaque Orange with Silver Travertine, Antique Rose Gold Luster, Burgundy Marea, and Crystal
I find that I gravitate towards the 4 mm beads a little more often. This month, I thought the bottom three strands went nicely together so I used them in a bracelet. (The top strand fits in with my collection, especially my buying habits of late, though, so those will get used pretty soon, too.)
I actually originally had something else in mind when I got started, but realized I was going to run out of the 4 mm beads, so I had to scrap the original plan. However, I kind of liked the way this looked halfway through so I just stopped there!
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the March 2017 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 March 2017 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?