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Friday, March 24, 2006


We were checking out the site statistics for our blog, and we saw that someone was searching for "bead store enfield nh," so we figured it was time to out our very favoritest source of beads and other assorted shiny things - Gemstar Gemstone of Enfield, NH. If you've never been, GO! It's quite the experience. My one recommendation is that you don't go midday on Saturdays - the store is, erm, small, to be polite about it. More than about 5 customers, and it starts getting difficult to navigate the "aisles."

The store's address is 427 Shaker Boulevard in Enfield - the best way to get to the store is from Route 4A. You can also get there from Shaker Hill Road, but it involves the narrow dirt portion of Shaker Boulevard, which can be . . . difficult when the weather isn't behaving. If MapQuest isn't doing it for you, call 'em up (603/632-7115) - Jim or Paul will be happy to direct you in.

Their hours are a little wacky, and have a tendency to change randomly. They have always been closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and are much more likely to be open in the early afternoons/evenings. The store is almost always open on holidays - often, there are munchies for the munching, and, if it's Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, there are flowers for the ladies regardless of age or parental status.

They. Have. Everything. And if you don't see it there, ask. They generally have good prices - some are better than bead catalogs and online prices, and some aren't. If you're not sure what you need, or can't quite pick the final bead for a project, ask. The guys are great about recommending bits and pieces to fix/finish/finalize that one project that just won't work.

And they're entertaining, too.


At 8:51 AM, Blogger EA said...

Actually Mapquest has a decent chance of getting you in the correct spot, I just looked it up. Google maps may make you think you missed it, since they show the location much too close to 4A, but they are the only people who get the name of the turn from 4A correct. It's Shaker Blvd on the sign, not Fuller Road. I lived in Enfield for 16 years and never heard of Fuller Rd. Yahoo Maps also has the dot in the correct location, but also uses the mysterious Fuller Rd.

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love Gemstar! It is well worth the trip. I now live in NYC and still can't find as many great deals as gemstar has to offer. The service helpful and fun!

At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No where is better than Gemstar! Not only is the inventory incredible but the guys know where everything is and let you know when special things are coming in. Robin is fantastic at helping you design really special pieces and everyone is one big family!

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Happy House Quilts said...

so why aren't they online??? boo hoo...will try to get over there this year...but with 3 kids in tow it's hard to do. Thanks! jodi

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you need a Tax ID in order to buy from Gemstar Gemstone or is it open to the public?

At 8:36 PM, Blogger EA said...

You don't need a tax ID; they're open to the public. Their hours at the moment (always subject to change) are Wed-Sat 1-9pm, Sun 12-5.

They do a limited amount of mail order, but I think there is a fairly substantial minimum purchase. You also have to know what you want, since there's no picture. I suspect if you call when they're open but not busy (e.g. between 1-5pm W/Th/F) they might be willing to do a smaller order.

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, they did have a website at one point in time, with a pretty extensive selection. I can't seem to find it now, but I may be remembering the URL incorrectly (it was something random and neither the word gemstar nor gemstone was in the address). May be worth giving them a call and checking.

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, found it. It's crystalmoon-online.com - although, it seems to be undergoing major construction right now and is not exactly shoppable :(


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