|Some of the amazing beads I recently purchased at York Beads in New York City.
By far, York Beads is my all-time favorite bead shop in
Manhattan. If you love Czech seed beads, Czech fire-polished beads, Czech
pressed-glass beads, daggers, charlottes, or hex-cut beads, York Beads is
The unassuming storefront located on East 37th Street near
Fifth Avenue doesn't give you a good idea of the glass bead treasures that you
will find within. The wall of fire-polished beads was almost too much for me to
take in, and the giant wall of size 11o seed beads was just too, too
Because York is primarily a wholesale bead seller, they only
sell their beads by the hank, including almost all of the pressed-glass
daggers, drops, and shapes. Each hank can sell for between $18-$30 and contains
six strands, you might be better off going with a group of friends so that you
can split the cost and get a better variety of beads.
What kinds of glass beads can you find at York Beads? All
kinds of Czech glass beads! On my recent visit, they had peanut beads, Twin
two-holed seed beads, two-holed Czech tablet beads, an entire wall of fire-polished
glass beads, Czech seed beads in every color and size you can imagine, and even
a healthy selection of Czech charlottes with that distinctive sparkle. There
were so many other types of Czech glass beads there that I can't begin to
describe them, but if Czech pressed-glass beads are your "thing," then York
Beads should be your favorite bead shop!
You can find York Beads in Manhattan at 10 West 37th
Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
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