Welcome to all of our Current Beadscape Family Members and Welcome to all of our New Beadscape Family Members, too!
Be sure to visit all of our additional online stores. We offer more assorted merchandise on each one. You can shop with total confidence on all of our secure websites and we are here to answer any of your questions about any of the items that we offer. If you would like to combine items that are featured in our other online stores, you may contact us directly with the list of items you would like to purchase and we will be more than happy to combine all of the item into one shipment. You will also receive combined shipping charges which will save you on shipping. We love to make our customers happy!
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WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN
We're so glad you are visiting our shop! If it's your first visit, welcome to our growing family. We treat all of our customers like they are family, the way we did way back then, in the 60's and 70's. That's the way it's always been done here at Beadscape.com for over 27 years and counting!
Hi, I’m Laura, founder of Beadscape ~ A Bit of Deja Vu and Only the Unusual. One of the best hippie shops online with a great selection of Grateful Dead merchandise, water buffalo sandals, incense, body oils, tie dye clothes, genuine crystals, jewelry handmade to your order, hippie clothing, and much, much more.
On December 2, 1993 my whole life changed. While stopping in traffic someone hit me from behind, leaving me with a partial and permanent disability in my left hand. At the time, I was a cocktail server at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. After surgery, recovery and physical therapy I could no longer carry a tray so I had to resign from my job and find other work.
I started making jewelry to help with the rehabilitation of my left hand. I had always made things - jewelry, wall hangings, decorative boxes, embellished clothing, but I never thought about selling any of it. By the end of 1994 a friend of mine named Irwin offered to let me set up a small table to sell some of my wares at Columbus Farmer's Market located in Columbus, NJ. And so it began. At first I sold jewelry and beaded hair. Then, I learned to hair wrap (an art form which I love). One thing led to another. Soon I was vending at Flea Markets and Craft Shows 4 days a week and making jewelry the other 3 days. Eventually, it all became too much for me to setup and move so I looked for a small shop to settle down in. I rented a small shop in January 1995 in Rancocas Woods, NJ from a friend of mine named Mary.
By October of 1995, I needed a larger shop so I moved across the street to a larger shop. My business continued to grow and expand. Along with my best friend Kim, I started vending at major rock festivals including the Further Festival, A Day in the Garden Festival in Bethel, NY, Gathering on the Mountain and the Sunshine Daydream Festival.
In August of 1998, I met my boyfriend (now husband) Stephen. He has helped more than he’ll ever know and my business continued to grow.
In May 1999, at the suggestion of my friend Rose Ann (who we affectionately call the Major) we moved our business to a busier location and rented a store at 14 Scott Street, Riverside, NJ. In April 2001, we then moved to a larger location at 12 Scott Street, Riverside, NJ. We were able to purchase this building and pay it off completely in a few short years.
On May 6, 2003 our lives changed again. We both said "I Do". Now I spend the rest of my life with my best friend, Stephen. He was worth the wait.
Our business thrived until March of 2012, when suddenly, I completely tore the rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I had surgery in June 2012 but it re-tore almost immediately, leaving me with a permanent disability. Because I am unable to use my right arm, we decided to close our shop. We miss it everyday but we continue to keep the spirit alive with our Beadscape.com websites.
Welcome to Beadscape.com!
Now ~ sit back, relax and get ready for a flashback ~ Enjoy!
PEACE, Laura & Stephen and our very cute Hattie too! (Woof! Woof!)