General Bead, and other stores that have since gone out of business, San Francisco, CA
Beads & Rocks and other stores that have since gone out of business, Berkeley, CA
Baubles & Beads, San Rafael, CA
Out on whim! - Cotati, CA
Garden of Beadin', Garberville, CA
Bead Emporium, Hyannis, MA
The Beadin' Path, Freeport, ME
Beadworld, Victoria, BC
Beadworks Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Let it Bead, Portland, OR
Bead Man, Cannon Beach, OR
Blue Iris Beads, Kent, WA
The Bead Factory, Tacoma, WA
Imagine That!, Poulsbo, WA
The Bead Shop, Long Beach, WA (which is 2nd only to Shipwreck in my opinion)
My boss recently gave my coworker and me an unexpected, "just because" bonus to recognize our hard work and good attitude under the extremely stressful conditions under which we have been toiling this past year. So the first thing I did was go to Shipwreck Beads, of course. The store can be really, really overwhelming because it's so big. But, there are lots of helpful signs and the aisles are nice and wide so that you can easily wheel your shopping cart along without squeezing past someone else. There's a cafe that serves coffee, tea, bagels, juice, sandwiches and pop. There are large, clean restrooms and yesterday I noticed that they've created a nice waiting room with couches and a television, no doubt to placate cranky husbands who somehow found themselves shopping for beads with their wives instead of home watching the game like most other self-respecting husbands. But my "Men: The Unnecessary Accessory" rant is a subject for another time.
The key to shopping at Shipwreck is to go with a list of things you actually need, and get those first. After that, spend time wandering the aisles and getting stuff you want. Because you can never have enough beads you know. Like the line from the Grateful Dead song "I need a Miracle" says, "Too much of everything is just enough".
I coveted this ornament which was in a 1/2-off bin. And the nesting box set had to come home with me as well.These are the supplies I had to shop for first, before indulging in the above stuff. Earhooks, crimp beads, split rings, beading wire, bead spacers, and crystals.