Dollar Bead Bag Subscription Review – March 2019
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 March 2019 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 Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Garnet, Crystal Light Copper Amethyst, Opaque Turquoise Metallic Blue, and Matte Opaque Light Green
This month I used the garnet beads in some earrings because I thought they looked good with the Siam beads (see below) and I had some matching rivolis. What’s nice about this subscription is you get some good basic colors like the garnet or matte opaque light green, but also some more complex colors with interesting finishes like partial metallic finishes and such. It means you can make the same thing in 3 or 4 color schemes and have it come out looking totally different each time.
4 mm Czech Firepolished Beads in (from top to bottom): Matte Jonquil, Siam, Light Aqua Half Silver, and Sapphire
These colors are maybe a little bit more basic than the 3mm beads but that can be a good thing, too. If you have a pattern that calls for both 3mm and 4mm beads, it can get a little busy if you use flashy colors for both. I used the Siam ones in some earrings but the yellows and blues have me thinking of spring, which I am finally starting to see emerge around here.
Here are some earrings I made using the garnet 3mm beads and the Siam 4mm beads along with some delicas and seed beads from my collection and some random 12mm rivolis I had around. The hooks are from this month’s Dollar Bead Box (review to come) for what it’s worth. This is Deb Roberti’s Sangria earrings pattern if you want to make some of your own.
Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the March 2019 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 or you like to make things from beading patterns.
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 March 2019 Dollar Bead Bag? Do you subscribe to any beading or craft boxes?