Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Bead Economist tells you how to get FREE handcrafted art beads

The economy has gone sour and our readers want to know what they can do to to economize. Enter, The Bead Economist, who will weigh in on what beads and findings are worth investing your hard earned cash in. Today, The Bead Economist has some advice on how to get those high quality handmade art beads for FREE.

Contests: Enter enter enter! Often the prizes are art beads and supplies such as the ABS Monthly Challenge and larger competitions like Bead Star. Here are a few links to recent contests:

Jennifer Jangles Blog

ABS Monthly Challenge

Newsletters: Sign up for newsletters from your favorite beadmaker. Special sales and discounts are offered to newsletter subscribers.

Comments on Blogs: Follow your favorite beadmaker blogs. Beadmakers like me and many others will have give aways for comments. ABS Editors have given away beads on their blogs here are links to the most recent giveaways:

Humblebeads Blog

Lampwork Diva

Lynn of Expedition D

Don't forget to check back on the blogs too. Some art beads go unclaimed because commenters don't check back to find out they won!

(Photo Credit - thank you!)

(written by The Bead Economist and glass beadmaker, Cindy Gimbrone.)


Andrew Thornton said...

Don't forget the Facebook Fan page for Cynthia Thornton's new book, Enchanted Adornments. The sky's the limit as far as how many and how frequent the giveaways are.

The Bead Economist said...

The Bead Economist thanks you for posting your info, Andrew! Nothing like a giveaway of fabuluous art beads to make TBE smile!

Some things in life ARE Free! LOL!

Bead on!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

And, in exchange simply for your feedback, there's a giveaway on my blog!

TesoriTrovati said...

Thanks for the great tip! I have done some of that and will seek out more ways to win. I have won several times on the Vintaj blog just by putting comments on it through the month. They randomly pick and I have won twice!
Enjoy the day!

Steve Groenier said...

For everyone on Twitter, we've been running a fun weekly giveaway called Tweet Your Prize. Each week a new category is selected that you select your favorite item from and tweet it for a chance to win that item. So far, the handcrafted items have included stoneware pendants, Taina Hartman resin pendants and venetian glass beads. Check it out at:

Good Luck!