The story of Glitz Me by Wendy’s Beads really didn’t start with beads at all. It started with two friends and our love of all things crafty. We were introduced to beaded watch bands by another crafting friend just as beading was becoming trendy in our area. As we had with many crafts in the past, we started into beading by buying enough beads to make some things and sell them and then have some left over for ourselves. It was our way of paying for our crafting addiction!
Our first bead order cost under $300 and the two of us split bags of 10-40 beads so that we would each have a “larger variety” of beads without both of us spending the money. Wendy started by having group parties in her garage, and Melanie traveled to neighboring towns. Faster than we could have ever imagined, the “bead party” trend caught fire and we had more business than we were able to handle. As our bead orders became larger and larger to meet the demands of our clients, so did our vision of what our little business could become.
By the time Christmas of that year came around, we knew we had to make the choice to “go big or go home.” Wendy had a large garage and an idea that would revolutionize beading in our area. We combined resources and Wendy took over the business, with Melanie continuing as a partner in making jewelry pieces and aiding in business changes and growth.
As the business has grown, it has become necessary to have more help with organizing beads, making “bag of beads,” designing jewelry, putting together websites, and all of the other things that come with running a business. Britany came into Wezndy’s beads as a customer, but with her love of beading, unique eye for organizing, and talent in photography and graphic design, she soon became a friend and a third partner on the Wendy’s beads team.
Wendy’s beads has grown from a small, portable beading business in to a full-fledged bead store, with thousands of bead and finding choices, including Wendy’s exclusive “bag of beads,” which are bags of 25-35 beads, with colors pre-matched by Wendy and others. The “bag of beads” eliminates the sometimes difficult job of finding just the right beads to go together, especially when trying to choose from several thousand beads!
We have also added, purses, wallets, shoes, and more to our ever-growing inventory, which has necessitated the change in our name. Glitz Me by Wendy’s beads is now the premier place to visit not just for jewelry, but for all things glitzy and fun!
Our love of color, design, and new trends keeps Glitz Me Wendy’s beads fresh, fun, and unique. As our customer, you are always sure to find new beads, new designs, and new ideas to freshen and add bling to your wardrobe. Choose to purchase hand-made jewelry ready to wear, or learn from our blog how to make your own jewelry and then purchase your choice of beads and findings to create your own Glitzy designs!