Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – March 2018
Dollar Bead Bag is a smaller box from Dollar Bead Box, which delivers Czech fire-polished beads every month. During a given month, you can reorder your favorite items from the Dollar Bead shop for just $1. (This deal is only available to subscribers.)
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This review is of the Dollar Bead Bag, which is $8.00 a month.
About Dollar Bead Bag
The Subscription Box: Dollar Bead Bag
The Cost: $19.50 + $4.50 shipping for the Dollar Bead Box or $8 for the Dollar Bead Bag (4 strands of 3 mm Czech Fire Polish Beads and 4 strands of 4 mm Czech Fire Polish Beads in every bag); free shipping with 3- and 6-month subscriptions (plus get an additional discount on 6-month subscriptions)
The Products: Beads and beading-related items including but not limited to stringing materials, Swarovski crystals, vintage glass, freshwater pearls, buttons, and more.
Ships to: US
Dollar Bead Bag March 2018 Review
This is a subscription where you know what to expect every month, only the actual colors of the beads are unknown. The information card lists the color names for reordering purposes (some early versions of the information card had one color wrong, and we got an email about that, but mine was correct):
The bag included a list of items.
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): Opaque White Half Copper, Royal Purple Metallic, Crystal AB, and Opaque Red Nebulous Luster
The white and copper beads called out to me (and you’ll see something I used them in below), but I liked all the shine in the royal purple metallic ones, and crystal AB is just useful in so many circumstances. We’ve been getting a lot of beads with the “nebulous luster” finish lately, which I think is relatively new and something I’m definitely interested in seeing more of.
4 mm Czech Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Opaque White Half Copper, Jet Hematite AB, Ocean Green Opal, and Matte Copper
I knew when I saw the same color in both 3mm and 4mm that I had to use them together (see below). Matte copper will go well with so much in my stash, jet hematite AB is a good basic color, and ocean green opal represents a finish that is pretty new to me, lots of possibilities there!
Here is a bracelet I made this month; it is modeled based off of the Tuscan Cuff by Deb Roberti (you can trust her patterns; all of the ones I’ve bought have been great).
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the March 2018 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.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but if there is a color that appeals to you, if you become a Dollar Bead Bag member, you can order items from the past two Dollar Bead Bags from the Dollar Bead Box shop for $1 each (plus shipping).
Value Breakdown: At $8.00 for this subscription, you are paying $1 per strand.
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