Ahh.. I have been their regular customer for more than a year (actually, to be precise, it's ever since the shop was there).
The 'old' staff recognises me and they always show their smiles to all customers. They are really friendly and approachable. They always ask me for my card to stamp but most of the times it was always me who forgets to bring my card along... :P
It's true that they have more Swarovski nowadays but they still have their regular stuff there. And I wonder how do they manage to pack in more new stuff when the place is still the same size.
I have exchanged at least 3 member's cards in the shop and you can redeem SGD20 worth of items (except Swarovski, they used to include that in the past but not now...) when the card is fully stamped.
They have magazines and books and are ready on the shelf for browsing! It gives me new ideas and boost my creativity after flipping through several books. The shop also conducts lessons too! You have to go down to look at the dates and the items they are teaching (the website is not always up-to-date) and you have to pay for your materials on top of the usual SGD10 course fee.
All in all, Beadspin is a sufficient shop in the neighbourhood! Good for learning crafters.
Design your style with Beadspin. Beyond your Inspiration...
Well that's their motto. For the less-informed, Beadspin's mother store is Koi Ming along South Bridge road. Koi Ming is one of the pioneer Bead shops which wholesale lots of stuff...
Beadspin, being its smaller and more convenient store in the suburbs, has lesser variety and sells their things in smaller packs. However, if you need stuff in larger quantities you can always ask. They stock them at the back. But the difference in price is not very great, unlike at the wholesale shops.
They have more of Swarovski Crystals and findings but less of semi precious stones. They have the commercially made findings which make jewellery making easier but when it comes to real raw material they have less of those. Their shop is more catered for the casual beader who wishes to start off with simple projects first.
They also have magazines which you can purchase but not photocopy from. (sadly)
They have stamp-card which you can collect a stamp for every $10 you spend. You have to ask for the stamp because some of the girls will "conveniently" forget.
All in all, it's very convenient but not enough variety and value for me.
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