Shopping for Beads on Queen Street West


There's an area in Toronto, on Queen Street West just west of Spadina, that is a crafty person's dream come true. I've previously done a post about finding buttons (here), fabric (here) and ribbons (here), and today I will tell you about the bead shops. Oh, the wonderful bead shops!

Anything you could possibly want to make jewellery can be found in the several stores, all located really close to one another. They're so close, that you can easily check them all out, in order to determine which ones has exactly what you're looking for. And if you don't know what you're looking for, surely you'll find something that you'll want. The choice is pretty well without limit.

The prices in the area seem to be very good to me, although I might not be the best person to give an opinion on that, because I've only ever looked for beads in these stores. I've never really seen a need to look anywhere else.

When I went last week to find beads for a project I'm working on I brought my camera along and asked permission to take some photos, to show you the goods. They're not listed in any particular order, based on preference because they're all good. I'd recommend checking them each out.

Here's Bling Bling, located at 448 Queen Street West, on the north east side of Augusta.






You'll notice that there is another one right beside it called The Beadery. I missed going into that store, but I'll try to get there sometime soon and I'll update this post after I've been. I notice on their website that they give one-on-one jewellery making classes.

Directly across the street, at 525 Queen West, is Arton Beads. They actually have two stores side-by-side, but I usually only go into the one to the west, and that's where these shots were taken :

arton beads on queen street west




( NOTE that Arton is closed on Sundays. )

Then, a little further to the west, across Augusta you'll find a lovely shop called Hi Beads :






So now, if you live in Toronto and ever feel the need to bead, you know where to go. And if you don't live here or prefer to buy your jewellery already assembled, hopefully it was interesting to see what the inside of a bead store looks like.

And this is what I picked up. I'll show you what I made in my next post.


Thanks for dropping by. I hope you're having a great week.
xo loulou

Follow-Up : This is what I made with the beads.
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8 Responses to Shopping for Beads on Queen Street West

  1. Julie says:

    Would you believe I keep meaning to go into the bead stores on Queen West and have yet to do so? I totally want to make some jewelry!! I’m afraid I’ll go a little hog wild, though.

    And I see a very springy, possibly Easter=y theme for your lovely purchases! ;)

  2. Vix says:

    I’ve never been in a bead shop. It’s making me a bit excited just looking at all those beautiful necklaces and glittering bits, rather like a grown-up’s sweet shop.
    Can’t wait to see what you make! x

  3. Hollie says:

    I’m over here thinking about how crazy it is that you guys have whole stores just for beads. That kind of store would never fly here! No one would go in there because it’s “too different”.

  4. hena tayeb says:

    wow look at all those goodies.

  5. Anne Weyman says:

    I’ve recently visited from London, UK and loved all the bead shops. So much to choose from and reasonable prices too. A great bonus of a visit to my Toronto family.


  6. Rhyan says:

    Thanks this I just what I was looking for. Promised to make a few things for friends. Now I know where to shop

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