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We’re Back And Better Than Ever!

Posted by Kevin on August 27 at 12:37 pm

After 1 huge moving sale, lots of painting, tons and tons of beads and shelving units carried down the stairs, 1 broken down moving van, a long battle with the phone company, and lots of excitement watching our new building come together — we’re back!


The First Load

It was 2 weeks ago today, when Steve told you that the moving sale had started and we were starting the move to our new building. A lot has happened since then. The last two weeks have been the biggest, most fun, most important, and most stressful in the history of our little company. When we moved into our old space 5 years ago, Lima had 3 shelves of beads and no idea of what was to come. I think it’s safe to say that we didn’t understand how much we’d grown until we set out to move all of our stuff :)

On that Thursday 2 weeks ago, we put the moving sale on our web site and shut everything down to move. On thursday night, all day friday, and all day saturday, we focused on getting all of our product and its shelving to our new building. It went pretty well, except for one small thing. Steve borrowed a moving van from his friend and it broke down. We had to hurriedly call Uhaul to find out that they had one truck available, so we grabbed it!

Starting to pack orders

Starting to pack orders

We took Sunday off because we were all quite sore, but we were back in on Monday. We had only planned to have everything shelved by the end of Monday, but because everyone worked so hard, we were actually able to start packing orders on Monday afternoon. The moving sale was an overwhelming success. We had almost 5 times as many orders to ship out than we normally would on a Monday. We got them all shipped by Wednesday as planned (a miracle) and since then, we’ve just been trying to get settled. This blog post is the first work I’ve actually done at my desk since the move started and it feels great!

We’re incredibly happy to be in our new space. The contractors aren’t quite finished with our kitchen yet, but everything else is finally up and running. As promised, there are exciting things to come now that we have room to grow! I can’t give away all the secrets, but within the next 6 weeks, you should be seeing 5 of the following 8 things for sale at Lima:

  • Lots of chain
  • Full line of Tierra Cast
  • Lockets (awesome lockets)
  • Sterling & gold-filled findings
  • Chainsaws
  • Murano glass beads
  • Tires
  • Refrigerators

It’s a new day at Lima! We have an adequate space for the first time in a long time. It’s going to allow us to expand our product offering, be better about keeping things in stock (yes, I’ve been getting your emails :) ), do more fun and interesting things and continue to grow and provide what I hope is awesome service to you!

Here are some photos from the move:

The moving van, not running

The first moving van

Steve pulling up in the Uhaul that saved us!

Steve pulling up in the Uhaul that saved us!

Getting back to work

Getting back to work

The kitchen coming together (slowly)

The kitchen coming together (slowly)

As always, thank you for your support and for taking this wild ride with us. It’s about to get even better :)


The moving sale is here!

Posted by Steve on August 13 at 10:17 am

If you’ve been following along with the blog, you know that Lima Beads is moving into a bigger, better warehouse. We’re keeping our digs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but we still have a lot of beads to move. So we’re having a BIG SALE to help lighten the load! Our big move is THIS weekend, so we need your help pronto… Read on for the details including revised shipping times during the move, or just check out the Moving Sale page!

First Come, First Served Deals!

First Come, First Served!In preparation for the big move, we’ve unearthed (literally!) dozens of beads that we want to sell at amazing prices so we don’t have to load them on the trucks. These are one-time-only deals on beads that we may never carry again. We have very limited quantities on some of them, and the prices are AWESOME. We expect them to sell quickly, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Check them out on the Moving Sale page.

Here are some important notes about these deals:

  • 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! :)

All Gemstone Beads 15% off!

GemstonesDuring the big move you can also save 15% on EVERY gemstone bead we carry! From Abalone to Zebra Jasper, they’re all on sale. That’s a LOT of beads… and you can check them all out on the gemstone beads page. These deals are available through Tuesday night (8/18) at midnight Eastern time.

Vintaj, Stampt, CZ, and Pearls all 20% off!

20 percent offWhen we have a sale, we mean business! That means you can save on metal, cubic zirconia, and freshwater pearls, too! Like the beads above, these discounts are available through Tuesday night (8/18) at midnight Eastern time. We rarely have sales on so many items at once, so be sure to check out all the following pages to save:

Shipping Information

We’re starting the move tonight at 5pm, so we have a modified shipping schedule over the next week. If you place your order today (8/13) before 3pm Eastern, it will still ship out before the weekend. However, all orders placed after 3pm today will be shipped next week by Wednesday 8/19. So if you need your beads right away, make sure to place your order today by 3pm Eastern!

A Final Note…

We want to send a big THANK YOU to all our customers who have supported us during the past few years while we’ve been in our current warehouse. We’re moving so we can carry exciting new product lines and serve you better in the coming years with a growing staff! Stay tuned, it’s going to be a pretty wild ride this fall!

Favorite Designs and more

Posted by Steve on August 10 at 11:01 am

Boy, our customers have been busy in the Design Gallery! There are over 900 designs to browse, with more being added daily. I have two quick updates that we think will make the Design Gallery more useful.

My Favorite Designs

my favorite!As of today, you now have the ability to mark a design as a “favorite.” It’s easy to maintain your favorite designs–just browse the design gallery, and when you see a design you like, just click “Add Favorite.” The design will instantly be added to your favorites list. To see your favorites list, just click “My Favorites” in the yellow bar at the top of the page when you’re browsing the gallery. So start browsing and add some favorites!

Rings, anyone?

The other thing we’ve added is a “Rings” category. As more and more rings were added to the gallery, we thought it was appropriate to give them their own space. See all the awesome rings that have been added so far!

Finally, a big THANK YOU goes out to all the customers who have helped make the Design Gallery a huge success by sharing your work! If you’d like to share your work, just head on over to the gallery and add your design!

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