In the past, beads served as currency, with people exchanging handfuls of glass wampums for food or Benjamin Franklin lookalikes at the world's earliest bachelor auctions. Make ornamental masterpieces out of rudimentary moola with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a beading party for four people at A Better Place to Bead in Davis (an $80 value).
For more than 15 years, A Better Place to Bead has provided abundant jewelry-making materials, resources, guidance, and a handsome hardwood-floored studio space. During a beading party, string a celebratory occasion together with a foursome of any age, taking over a spacious craft table and procuring the instructive services of an adroit beading associate for an hour and a half. Two packets of size 6 and 8 E beads present myriad potential combinations to transform the provided memory wire into mesmeric necklaces, bewitching bracelets, or a striking cat-o’-nine-tails. In addition, each attendee is granted access to A Better Place to Bead’s extensive supply of charms, selecting a central piece to feature in his or her design.