Welcome to all of our current Beadscape Family Members and Welcome to all of our New Beadscape Family Members, too!
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 23 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.
In 2006, we adopted two very cute dogs, Maggie and Annie. They were adopted from the AWA in Voorhees, NJ. Maggie is a poodle/cairn terrier (Toto dog from the Wizard of Oz) mix, she is dark gray with white markings. Annie is a Cocker Spaniel/Whippet/Eskimo dog mix, she is blonde with white markings. Together, they filled our lives with big eyes, wagging tails and lots of LOVE.
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 website.
As you peruse our merchandise, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at (856) 316-8602. We love hearing from our customers. We will add new merchandise regularly so check back often.
Welcome to Beadscape.com!
Now ~ sit back, relax and get ready for a flashback ~ Enjoy!
PEACE, Laura & Stephen Maggie and Annie, too! (Woof! Woof!)
~ IN MEMORIUM OF LAURA'S and STEPHEN'S PARENTS ~
Thankfully Stephen's father, Bud, is still alive and well at 95 years of age!
In remembrance of Laura's wonderful Mother Catherine
Love you, Mama. You'll always be my Mother and my best friend
3 February 1925 - 27 May 1978
~ GONE TOO SOON - ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG ~
This tribute is dedicated to Laura's Father Theodore
USN Retired - WWII Veteran
I'm so proud to be your daughter. I love you.
26 July 1926 - 26 July 2010
~FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS ~
Fondly remembering Stephen's Mother Norah
RAF (Great Britain) - WWII Veteran
We miss you every day.
15 February 1923 - 25 March 2016
~ MAY THE FOUR WINDS BLOW YOU SAFELY HOME ~