Something Crafty Ltd was founded by myself, Paul Donnelly, back in April 2010, having taken voluntary redundancy from an IT career at Lloyds Bank.
I was extremely bored with my 9-5 office job and needed to do something a little different. My wife Denise, who is a mad-keen crafter, suggested I consider selling beads. At first I thought she was joking (!), but when I actually looked into it I realised just how amazingly popular jewellery-making is.
I set about sourcing potential suppliers from Holland, Czech Republic, USA, Brazil, India and China. Within no time I had made some large bulk purchases and set about setting up Something Crafty as a business.
Because of those existing supply lines, we are able to offer beads to the UK market at very competitive prices, whilst still maintaining a high standard of quality. We appreciate our very loyal customer base that grows on a weekly basis.
We opened our own e-commerce shop in 2011 http://www.charming-beads.co.uk to appeal to non-eBay customers. We have the exact same stock in both stores. You can enjoy a 10% discount using code EBAY1.
Our future plans are to expand into supplies for cardcraft, needlecraft, cakecraft and any other craft I can think of, hence the name Something Crafty!
I absolutely love my day-to-day activities now - I get so excited when new beads come into stock - especially if we have not sold them before. You could say I have turned into a bead fanatic :)
We now specialise in gemstones and crystals, offering some of the lowest prices in the UK. I have a particular love of gemstones and my knowledge of them increases every day. I am forever trying to source new gemstones and shapes at the best prices.
Feel free to message me for a chat about anything - I love "talking shop" with fellow bead-a-holics! I'm also receptive to suggestions and requests.
One final thing to say - having come from a corporate background where customer is king, I have a deep-founded appreciation of what consitutes a great service. Give us a try and I promise you will not regret it :)