@indigomoth - I love bead shops, particularly those that offer classes so you can learn how to string your own glass bead bracelets or necklaces. They do have a lot of cheap beads, but my local bead shop also showcases more expensive beads, including those made by local artisans. I also occasionally pick some up from a craft market. I sometimes sell my own jewelry, and I find that using a unique bead can make it more likely to find a buyer. People like to know they are wearing something that is one of a kind.