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About Us

... for the love of beads

Lisa & Jim Kaufman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Jim was a navy man and he was stationed in Alameda, CA in 1985 with his (beautiful and ever so stylish) wife. During this period of her life, Lisa took advantage of the rich culture found in the San Francisco Bay Area. She stumbled upon a bead store one day and then suddenly, everything changed.

As an avid beader, Lisa was driven to open her own bead store that was curated specifically for active beader's.  Top of her list was access to information, a knowledgeable staff, and an ever-changing selection. Together, Lisa & Jim opened Baubles & Beads in 1991 in Berkeley, CA.


Stone Singles Seed Beads Ceramic Glass Indian Glass

What our customers are saying …

"I just wanted to say I received my order today and I'm so impressed! I ordered last Tuesday and it took only a week to despatch and for me to receive in the UK."
- Aimee G

"I can't think of enough superlatives to describe your products and your service! Every product I've purchased from you is wonderful and your customer service is beyond belief!"
- Sharon S

"I ordered at noon on thurs. hoping my order might ship on Fri. and arrive on Mon. To my amazement, my order was in my mailbox at 3:00 Fri.-the next day! The item is just as descibed, carefully packed in an appropriately-sized shipper - with a thank you card, no less! Amazing. Talk about customer doesn't get better than this. Many thanks."
- Linda