Blueberry Cove Beads Subscription Box Review – February 2018
Blueberry Cove Beads is a beading subscription from Canada. Every month they ship beads and supplies and post a challenge incorporating one or more items from the box. If you choose to enter the challenge, you can share photos of your project and may win your next month’s box free!
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About Blueberry Cove Beads
The Subscription Box: Blueberry Cove Beads
The Cost: $22 per month plus $3.50 shipping to Canada, $5 shipping to the US, or $8.50 shipping internationally
The Products: A curated selection of beads and findings centered on a theme.
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Good to know: You will receive this towards the end of the month or the beginning of the next month if you live in the U.S. since it is shipping from Canada. (Blueberry Cove Beads did recently start using a new shipping service so now you can track your packages, though!)
Blueberry Cove Beads February 2018 “The 1950s” Review
Blueberry Cove Beads shipments always center around a theme. I really like vintage beads and vintage jewelry, so the theme this month was a win for me:
There isn’t a traditional information card with this box. This month’s theme was “The 1950s.”
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. Even different colors of the same size and shape of glass beads are priced differently due to materials needed to make the colors! So I have opted not to provide prices in this review.
Please note that no directions are given and you have to supply your own needles, stringing materials, tools, and findings. Also note that you will receive this towards the end of the month or the beginning of the next month if you live in the US since it is shipping from Canada. (Blueberry Cove Beads did recently start using a new shipping service so now you can track your packages, though!)
You’ll usually receive a few metal beads or charms with this subscription. These hearts are pretty cute and small enough to go in either earrings or as part of a charm bracelet. (The metal tone of the metal beads or charms will not always match within a given shipment.)
Green Ceramic Rounds
This color of green is perfect for a mid-century box. These could go on either side of a pendant as accent beads, or they could go in earrings *if* the other components of the earrings are pretty light. (And yes, Angus got on my beading mat again and left a cat hair.)
Green Resin Flowers
I think these are some kind of resin (I have to guess with the materials; apparently they are posted later on in a Facebook group but I don’t have a Facebook account so I don’t have access to the list). These are fun for spring or for St. Patrick’s Day.
These are pretty cute. They’re of a good size for a charm bracelet or for earrings. (There were a lot of fun charms this month.)
Resin Floral Cabochon
I am fairly certain this is also made from some type of resin. This doesn’t have stringing holes but would be great at the center of some bead embroidery (or make it a pendant by adding a glue-on bail to the back).
I really don’t know what to call these. They are lightweight and I definitely don’t have anything like them in my collection. There are a lot of possibilities for accent colors. These could also be used for bead embroidery or in a modern design with some wire connectors.
These are probably my favorite charms for the month. I have a couple of cherry print dresses from Unique Vintage and I think these would be a fun touch for a bracelet that I could wear with those dresses.
Corrugated Red Spacers
I really don’t know what to call these, either. They are some type of plastic (but lots and lots of authentic vintage beads are plastic – acrylic, Lucite, etc.). I can see using these as spacers between some larger vintage beads that I would want to highlight in a piece of jewelry.
These are stone (?) or glass (?) rounds in a mint green color. I used a few in a necklace but I have some left over as well. I could make a matching bracelet or do something else entirely.
These are small (so cute) and have the look and feel of Chinese crystal (to me, anyway). These would be great as the centers of flowers, especially used in conjunction with some other opaque beads.
These are slightly larger, opaque crystals. I used some of these in a necklace. I think they provide a nice shape/texture contrast to some of the rounds we received this month.
I’m not sure what these are made of but they seem to have been dipped in color to coat them because numerous beads were stuck together. (This is a quality issue that sometimes comes up with Blueberry Cove Beads, although this is the first time I’ve seen it in a few months.) I used some of the non-stuck ones in a necklace.
This strand broke in the bag, hence all the string and loose beads in the photo. These are faux pearls with decent-sized stringing holes (I was able to fit headpins through them, anyway). I also used some of these in a necklace.
Here is a necklace I made. A lot of vintage jewelry involves clusters in one way or another and this is inspired by a piece I found online. I would’ve made the beads extend out a bit further but this is my second attempt (I broke the first chain I used right in the middle and had to start over…). This will actually go with several items in my wardrobe.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value here because it is hard to find similar items when you don’t know the precise materials the beads are made from (I do wish there was more information on the card that comes with the box, in case I find something I’d like to order more of). There were 13 items so you are paying about $2.08 an item once you factor in the cost of shipping. I feel that the quality of the accent beads dropped a little this month compared to last month (especially with the pink ones that were stuck together), but the charms were high quality and super cute, and I did like the theme.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box would be March’s. From Blueberry Cove Beads:
Members are billed on the 3rd of each month and boxes are mailed out around the 9th of the month.
Sometimes leftover monthly boxes show up in the Blueberry Cove Beads shop and they occasionally have sales, too!
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $22 + $5 shipping, which means that each of the 13 items in the box has an average cost of $2.08.
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