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Spring Cleaning 2010

Posted by Kevin on March 04 at 01:40 pm

spring cleaning 2010The Lima Beads Spring Cleaning has begun! Each year, we accumulate a lot of beads that never end up for sale in the shop. There are many reasons. Sometimes, we receive something and we’re not sure what to call it. Other times, it looks too similar to something we already sell or we didn’t receive enough quantity to add it as a regular item. Some things we return to the factory and others we hold on to because we like them :)

In an effort to keep ourselves from being overrun by beads, we do spring cleaning! Over the next couple weeks, we’ll have items that we would like to get out of here, so we’ll be offering them at or below our cost. These items will be sold on a First Come, First Served basis. We’ve done this a few times before, so you may already know how it works. If not, check out the notes below. Some of these items will sell out in 3 minutes, while others may stick around for a few days. If you see something you like, don’t wait! We just finished counting everything and I can tell you that we have fewer than 10 strands of many items. Finally, I want to make it clear that these are not items of bad quality, color, or consistency. Anything that doesn’t meet our quality standards gets returned to the factory immediately. These are just items, that for one reason or another, we can’t sell in the shop.

Week 2 (starting March 11)

Lapis, African Turquoise, Pyrite, Hematite (lots!), Pearls, Petrified Green Opal & more!

SHOP Week 2 now.

Important First Come, First Served Notes

  • In order to secure these items, you need to place your order and complete the transaction. If they sell out before you do that, they will be removed from your shopping bag.
  • These items are all FINAL SALE, so we can’t accept returns for them
  • We can’t offer rain checks–when they’re gone, they’re gone! :)

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Celticcrossing
    Celticcrossing says:

    Ouuuu, I love sales!!

  2. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    YIPPEE!!!!!!! Going to get my credit card now!

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, LB!!! For once, I was home & sitting at my computer when the FCFS Sale appeared!!! :D :D :D I got some terrific bargains this time! 8)

  4. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Wow, what a rush! Didn’t take me long to spend THAT money. Could not justify ordering UNDER $40 and paying shipping!!! Great deals. Thanks bunches! Can’t wait for my stuff!

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Plus it’s New Beads/Back in Stock Thursday…..tee hee….. ;)

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Pretty beads! ;) I better get my school done so mom might consider letting me spend around $40 (I’d hate to have to pay shipping ;) )!!!! DON’T GO OUT-OF-STOCK PRETTY PINKISH CHAMPAGNE PEARLS!!!!!!! :D (the other two things I had in my bag are already gone :( )

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Awww the pearls are gone…and I missed them (thanks to the dentist appointment that I forgot we had today)! :(

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Of course – there’s this fantastic sale on the one day I do not turn on my computer. :(

    Wondering if you’ll ever carry the midnight blue pearls again. I got some a while back – they’re gorgeous! And would love more.

  9. CAS
    CAS says:

    Arrrrggggghhhh … drats … the one day I DIDN’T check when I got out of work … (sigh) … well forewarned is forearmed … I’ll be waiting LB … I’ll be waiting …

  10. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    I missed this!!!!!!!!!!!! What a bummer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Dear Lima Beads – Thank You Big Time. Just received by beads from the FCFS sale. Yippee, the quality is great – this was my first LB order – this is NOT my last LB order – bring on next week’s sale!!! Thank you again for the speedy service. Couldn’t believe it when my husband handed me the package. ZOOOOOOM service!

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Are you kidding us, Linda?!?!?! This was your FIRST order from LB?!?!?! Have you been creating everything you’ve posted from that one $10 bag of beads?!?!?! ROTFLMAO

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Forgot to tell you, Linda, that the secret to LB’s Super-Duper Speedy Delivery is AquaKitty — He flies all over the world delivering our orders to us! Reminds me of Santa Claus, because of the speed of delivery AND the way I feel whenever I open a package from LB — just like Christmas morning!!! ;)

  14. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    I want the AquaKitty charm, I want it bad! Yep, first order from LB. Still have stuff from $10 bag but also all the stuff from Fla. and all the bead places visited during our business trips. I’ve only been introduced to LB in January, but now that I have….no stopping this girl. I think the quality far surpasses many other places. I know the service sure does.

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Linda, it seems as though you’ve been here longer than that — isn’t time a funny thing? LOL You are SOOOOO right about the quality of LB’s gems — there is no beating it! The cost, either, when you compare to other online sites or local bead shops. And you are also right about the service — it is the best anywhere!!! If you ever have to call and talk to someone, the phone is actually answered by a member of the Lima Team!!! They are all super-incredible! We sure are lucky, aren’t we? :D :D :D

  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Still 3 items left in the FCFS category…..tee hee…..

  17. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    I’m sooo glad I found everyone here. My closed LBS is two hrs. away. I have Michaels,Joanne, and A.C. Moore, but that is the basic stuff. Great place for my wire, fun pieces, crimps, etc., but there is so much here. And the people, can’t believe the family I have joined. Couldn’t be better. And to everyone – Thanks for putting up with my silliness.

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    The reason I know that AquaKitty is the secret to LB’s Super-Duper Speedy Delivery is because LB is the only site to employ his services!!!

    Have you ever noticed that if you order from any other larger online sites it takes a much longer time to get your order (unless you pay to priority ship), whereas at LB you can have it within 2-3 days at regular free shipping? Hmmmmmm How is that not possible at other larger online sites? Methinks they do not care about us (on a personal level) quite as much. Have any of them built us our very own Garden and/or Design Gallery? I think not. ROTFLOL 8O

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Linda — Silliness, what silliness? ROTFLMAO OMG, you should see some of the stuff I write & then delete without ever posting it here!!! 8O I have a very weird/wacky sense of humor — just ask my poor hubby Bob!!!

  20. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Have to admit, they are very brave letting us have our say here. We all get together and you never know where the conversation is going to go. We can act silly without anyone caring (I hope). And AquaKitty is a blast. Anything involving kitties is good with me.

  21. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    I always wonder if I am taking things a little to far and people will not take me right. I got my sense of humor from my mom and grandma and yes, my poor husband had to get used to it. His mom was from New England and very low key. I so love everyone here.

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Bob’s family was more low-key, too, and so is he, though he & I definitely “get” each other’s humor! My family tends to be more on the silly/wacky side. Oh, I know I look prim and proper in my profile photo…..ROTFLOL 8)

  23. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Ooohh, another LB “First Come First Serve” sale – wow, too bad that the fab gray striped agate’s gone, sure wish it’s regularly offered, sigh!!! :(

    Oh and Chicky LE, we know better – ya have a fab sense of humor, as we know well, from all the aquakitty sagas that you and a few other chickies like LRC tell here! :) 8O 8)

  24. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    I have no complaints, I think I was the lucky one who got all gray striped agate they had. My order was full of it today!!!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Hi, all!
    I pretty much missed the FCFS sale, but I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for the next one! They always seem to happen when I’m at work and can’t participate until all the good stuff is gone!
    Chicky LE probably has the best sense of humor of anyone I know, and Linda, I think you’re great too!
    I’m just sorry that I miss so much because I haven’t been able to spend much time here for the past few months! :( I really do miss all of you!

  26. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Grammy Chick, we miss you, too! And that ain’t no joke! LOL ;)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Oh I had quite a few pieces in my bag that went quickly flying away before the check could arrive. I knew they would but thought I would try anyway. Congrats on such a splendid sale again Lima Beads. Waiting for the next one.

  28. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Yea! I woke up early this morning and saw the final sale e-mail. I was able to get some great items and only one sold out before I made it to the check out!

  29. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Yippee for Dud, good thing they did it today not tomorrow, everyone will be screwed up with the time change (except for Arizone and Hawaaii)

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    Elizabeth K says:

    Thanks so much for the sale! Loads were gone but some nice beads remain. Email arrived at 7:3 but I got up at 9 – proves you snooze, you lose.

    KittyMomLinda – THANKS, forgot about that miserable time change!

  31. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Boo Hoo – missed out totally on the Final FCFS Sale. Didn’t expect another announcement for week 3 until next Thursday. Oh well – at least I did get a couple of items from the week 2 sale. Sigh!!!

  32. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    I missed the first round but am devoted to Lima Beads..bought steadily for 4 or 5 years and had nothing but excellent service and quality…don’t wait for the sales or you’ll miss some beautiful beads.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    What’s this about final sale?!! I looked and saw everything is new and it’s all sold out!!!!

    Lima Beads, I hope you read this. I have only recieved 1 e-mail from you this year. (I have checked my junk mail, not there either) I have sent e-mails to you concerning this but have not recieved replys from them. What’s up?!!!! :-( Help!!!

  34. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    I lucked in and went on LB right before I got the email, I ordered some beauties. They came in Sat 3/13, just in time for me to play with them Sun 3/14 as I was rained in all day!!
    Thanks, LB!!!

  35. B Miller
    B Miller says:

    Hey Lima Beads –
    Any chance of another egg hunt contest? That was so much fun – please do it again!!!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    When ever the other sale like this was I missed out. Yesterday my beadies arrived from the first round. Love that Aquamarine. Cannot wait to see round 2 beadies. I didn’t expect a post so soon either but thanks to my doggies getting me up early I got some. Whew!! I don’t have many stones anyhow. Thank You Lima Beads. You are the BEST!!!!!!!

  37. Christines Purple Wolf
    Christines Purple Wolf says:

    I was soooo upset that I never got a chance to get any of the FCFS beads both round 1 & 2. I did not realize that the post went on line very early in the am and I usually turn on my PC around 9ish . Are you going to have any more great sales like those? I again say I am very very sad and disappointed that I missed out. I love your company and everything that you guys offer Keep up the great work! Let us slow pokes know in the future when we should keep our eyes pealed for the next exstravaganza please…

  38. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    I missed them both too… Oh well I always do. Most beads I buy at the regular prices too :) I buy once in two month or ..about.

  39. N varga
    N varga says:

    Is there going to be a Week 3?
    Any news about another egg hunt?

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    D Sherbertes says:

    I am having tons of fun with the egg hunt! I am fairly new to Lima Beads, but am so glad I found you!!

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    Nanobelle says:

    I can’t seem to get to the sales on time to score anything so I am glad of the egg hunt. I love the weekly additions and look forward to them.

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    Late Bloomer says:

    Yes, I admit it, I am a late bloomer. Just turned 61 and have been playing around with beading for about two years now. Have tried alot of different medias (bead weaving, stringing and wire work) but haven’t decided what to do when I grow up. I am loving the egg hunt even though I have only found 42 eggs so far. (yes a late bloomer in that area also. Just discovered it a few days ago and am hoplessly addicted.) Found alot more than just eggs, a beautiful assortment of new favorites in gemstones and colors. Can’t keep my eyes off the fresh picks either. Who knew there were so many combinations of colors, metals and gemstones that are just awesome.

  43. Aqua Chickie Cat
    Aqua Chickie Cat says:

    I agree: L’shanah habaah the afikoman!

  44. Aqua Chickie Cat
    Aqua Chickie Cat says:

    But perhaps *we* should hide it (anywhere on the internet) and Lima Beads should have to find it :P

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