Jun 14, 2010

Bead Storage

Over the years, I have accumulated quite a stash of seed beads. All these little packages are running scattered all over the place. (How did I manage to accumulate 4 packages of Gold #40557 Petite Mill Hill beads?!?)

I figured out a very inexpensive way to store them all in one place! I know, I know. You're wondering, "How?" Look at this:

It's a 7-Day Pill "Cabinet" from a store called The Dollar Tree, where everything is $1. They come in different colors, too. Purple, Blue, Green, Clear.

I know, I know. You're thinking, "Great. But who wants all that writing on there? We're storing beads." OK, so maybe you weren't thinking it, but I was! Well...

First, I tried Goo Gone to get the lettering off. No dice. Then I tried nail polish remover. No dice.

Guess what? A COMBINATION of them both took the lettering off! Amazing. It came off pretty easy, too. Fifteen minutes and a few dirty q-tips later...



A compact, 28-compartment bead storage system is born. One package of regular (or 3 packages of petite) Mill Hill beads will fit in a compartment. (Incidentally, I used my label maker to label each compartment with the type and stock number of the beads.)

All for the low, low price of $1!
How can you go wrong with that?



P.S. The Dollar Tree also sells little bottles of Goo Gone (in the automotive aisle) and nail polish remover for $1 each, so if you had to buy those your total cost would only be $3.

REVISED: Per Carol's request, I'm adding information about my label maker. I think it retails for around $50. I got this one several years ago during one of the Black Friday sales (back when they had *good* sales) for the low, low price of FREE after rebate. It works great!

Dymo Labelmaker 200

43 comments:

Pike said...

Hey, that's such a great idea! How many did you purchase of those systems??? I could use two :)

Shelley said...

That is a fabulous idea!! I may have to copy that one for sure...

Ms Nancy said...

When I am out tomorrow I may just haveto pick up a few since I have a sizeable collection of beads.

Maggie said...

What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Good one!!! I love this idea!!!!

Regina

Carolyn said...

Meari,
I love this idea. I have a post about my bead storage on my blog if you care to take a look.

Anonymous said...

What a smart tip about the pill/bead keeper, Meari. I am heading to the Dollar Store ASAP!

Deb in Idaho

Katrien said...

That's a fantastic idea

Kathryn said...

Wow. A lot cheaper than the bead centric storage system that I bought, but at least it WAS on sale. Still there is nothing like being able to SEE the colors and have the numbers right on the box. Hooray for label makers!

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Paisley said...

Great idea, Meari!

valerie said...

Great Idea, Meari! I may have to try that out. I have to get more beads and this will make things a little more organized....

Rachel S said...

Great idea!

Carolyn NC said...

Very cool and creative!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is: ammmmmmmmazing!

Hugs,
Sue

Debra said...

Wonderful idea! I probably have some where between 100-150 different Mill Hill beads.

Carol R said...

I wonder if they do them in our Pound Shops? Better check that out!
Can I get more details of your label maker please?

Kathy said...

Fabulous idea. And at an even better price. :)

Mylene said...

What a great idea, Meari!

Meadows08 said...

What a great idea! I'm always interested to see how everyone organizes their stitching supplies. I might have to hit up Dollar Tree when I'm in Seattle next weekend!

Costco (at least in Canada) always has a Dymo label maker set for around $35.00.

Anonymous said...

Great idea on the bead storage, Meari!

Karin

Carol said...

What a great idea, Meari--I think the Dollar Trees are going to see a run on those pill boxes! Luckily I have one right nearby--thanks for sharing a very useful idea :)

Kathy A. said...

You are just so clever! What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for bead storage. I am going to have to look into it for my own burgeoning collection.

Your stitching looks great and I just love Rosie.

Linda

Berly said...

Awesome idea, Meari!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Great idea!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Meari. I have several pill boxes from when I was working at the hospital (they were free samples - I used them at my desk for paperclips, etc.) Thanks!

Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Very unique idea! I'll have to try that myself

PattyS

Patricia Cecilia said...

Apparently I don't go into the Dollar Tree often enough...great idea, Meari!

Anonymous said...

Great idea Meari

Lorraine

Anonymous said...

Great idea for bead storage!

I remember seeing "Rosie", I live in Sycamore and went to the Ladie's Night Out event with my youngest daughter.

Mary B
Northern IL

Anonymous said...

Great tip! Good for you. I used a label maker at work & wished I had one too.

Find great deals at dollar tree too... too bad all these stores are about 25 minutes drive (50 roundtrip) so I tend to combine trips... hoping I didn't forget anything.

Great blog!

Chris

Anonymous said...

Oh, I want one!!! You're so clever!

PennyB

Julie M said...

That's a great idea Meari! Such a smart lady you are!

glenda said...

Nice idea :) I have the expensive bead holders..but I do love them so...

Moreen said...

Thats a great idea Meari.It cost me £50 for my bead storage and that was about 5 years ago.

Akila said...

Great idea. I've been looking for a good way to store my beads. I now have to open packet after packet to find the right one. Thanks for that :)

EvalinaMaria said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

Mel said...

brilliant idea Meari! Love it. :)

Elaine said...

Great idea!

Carolyn said...

Meari,
Thank you for joining my contest. I am sorry you didn't win. I am putting up two patterns for my next contest. Please keep an eye out if your still interested.

MaryT said...

What a great idea! I'm like you have I beads stored everywhere. I am thinking I'll make a trip to Dollar Tree myself.

Cindy said...

Great idea! I will have to check out the dollar store for those :)

craftypatty2 said...

I love this idea for beads. I will have to pick up a couple next time at the $1 store. You always have such great ideas Meari.
Hugs,
Patty