Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Box Review – October 2018
Dollar Bead Bag is a smaller box from Dollar Bead Box and delivers Czech fire polished beads every month. During a given month, reorder your favorite items from Dollar Bead Bag 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.)
About Dollar Bead Bag
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 Products: 4 strands of 3 mm Czech Fire Polished beads and 4 strands of 4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Ships to: US
Dollar Bead Bag October 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:
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 Fire Polished Beads in (from top to bottom): Matte Red Sangria, Purple Metallic Copper Luster, Crystal Yellow Lined, and Crystal Silver Lined AB
This month, I used the purple metallic copper luster beads in a bracelet, which you can see below. Matte red sangria will look nice with brass accents, I think, and maybe a bit of turquoise (either in glass bead forms or dyed howlite or magnesite because real turquoise is expensive). Also, I am growing a collection of color-lined fire polished beads which I am happy to add to. I think it will be fun one day in the near future to use a bunch of different colors of these together in something.
4 mm Czech Fire Polished Beads in (from top to bottom): Butterscotch, Crystal Gold Lined, Turquoise Vega, and Crystal Teal Lined
We got butterscotch in 3mm last month so I am happy to have it in 4mm as well. I used the turquoise vega beads in my bracelet (see below). Now I have two more colors of color-lined crystal beads to add to my collection – both fit nicely with items already in my stash.
Here is a bracelet I made this month using the 3mm purple metallic copper luster and the 4mm turquoise vega beads along with some mini duos, superduos, seed beads, and tile beads from my stash. This is Deb Roberti’s Dragonfly Band pattern, which you can buy here. (Her patterns are super easy to follow and well worth the cost, which is actually pretty low as these things go.)
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the October 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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What did you think of the October 2018 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?