Caravan Beads was started on the sun porch of Barry and Jean's house, in March of 1991. With their neighbors Joe and Carolyn, they founded a tiny 'store' that was only open on Saturdays and had an inventory that fit inside a couple of suitcases. Jean and Carolyn had fallen in love with making beaded jewelry and there were no nearby bead stores to shop at. The first inventory of the store was two paper sandwich bags from a nearby gem show.
Because of wonderful local support and loyal customers, Caravan Beads grew and in the summer of 1994 we launched our mail-order department and began to train customers how to open new bead stores around the country. Our web site went live in October of 1995, and one month later we received our first ever shipment from Miyuki Co., Ltd.
We have continued to expand our selection of Miyuki beads to include every color of Delica bead, as well as the majority of Miyuki seed beads. We have also developed C-lon beading thread and cord in a rainbow of colors to compliment every beading project.
Our design team works to create free projects each month to help keep all of our customers inspired. From easy to make earrings to complex beadwoven projects, there are new techniques and ideas for all levels of beader.