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We will be closed from Monday 23rd May until Sunday 5th June. You can still place orders on the website, but they will be posted out when we reopen.

Our next bead fair is Croydon Lacemakers Day on 11th June and then Nantwich Bead Fair on 12th June.

Free UK postage for orders over £30.

Customer Reviews

Here's the opinion of our existing customers who have completed our customer satisfaction survey. Please note that a 7 = satisfactory; 10 = far exceeded expectation. We list ALL of our reviews here.
Customer Name Delivery Speed Quality Value Overall Rating Date
shirley, Oxford101091013 April  2022
Pam, Runcorn10991023 March  2022
Thalassa, Witney999927 January  2022
Margaret, Horsham999914 January  2022
Very good service. Just looking forward to being able to meet again.
Joy, Wallingford1099108 December  2021
Could hardly believe my eyes when the parcel arrived the following day- beautifully packed. Thank you
Emily, New York81091014 October  2021
Tania, Filkins101091013 September  2021
Very happy customer!
Sally, Hulcott1010101012 August  2021
Highly recommend Will be back. Thank you
Jo, Crediton10991019 July  2021
Fabulous service. Very happy.
amanda, Wrexham9991027 June  2021
Super fast service excellent quality beads true to description
Isobel, Harrow10991025 June  2021
I am delighted with all the orders I have placed recently. The quality of the goods and the speed of delivery is excellent. Thank you
Marion, Glasgow1010101024 May  2021
So glad I found this site it is awesome and the people behind the scenes are more helpful than many other businesses I have been in contact with. I recommend this site to everyone.
Marjan, Sonning999919 May  2021
Jan, Polegate101010103 May  2021
Thanks for such a quick delivery.
Deirdre, Warrington997918 April  2021
First time I have bought from the Old Bicycle Shop. Very pleased and will buy from them again
Karen, OXFORD10991029 March  2021
Very quick and efficient and usually receive my order within 2 days of ordering. Very speedy. I use them all the time for my bead orders. Thank you
linda, Carnoustie1010101028 March  2021
V, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion9991026 March  2021
Christine, Sutton in Ashfield10991019 February  2021
I love this shop, and I am more than happy with everything I have purchased. The delivery time is excellent.
Kay, GOUROCK1010101021 January  2021
Thanks for offering such an amazing service, I`m always delighted when I receive my order and look forward to seeing new stock. Your efforts are much appreciated, especially the small thoughtful touches like labelling the bags in a way that makes it simple to re-order. Kind regards, Kay Millar
jolene, London1089106 January  2021
Thank you so much for all your help. I loved the coloured beads you added
Debra, Rugby991096 January  2021
Great selection of items for sale at really competitive prices. Delivery is quick. Highly recommend shopping with this company.
bryan, Chesterton1010101026 December  2020
Several orders, all excellent.
Jayne, Sutton Coldfield910101025 December  2020
This shop always offers reasonably priced items that are often very difficult to source. The dispatch and packaging is very good and the beads always arrive in excellent condition. Would thoroughly recommend.
Norma, Malvern10991026 November  2020
Excellent service. Goods arrived so quickly, and well packed. I will definitely order from you again.
JAYNE, Biggleswade999926 November  2020
Catherine, Spencers Wood, Reading799918 November  2020
You have a very interesting selection of beads.
Christopher, Sandbach8910915 November  2020
The only place on the internet where you can find a vintage hand blown glass eyeball from the 1930s for sale for £4.50...I`ve made my father promise to display it in a silk-lined box. Excellent selection of products, will be buying here again!
audrey, Whitchurch Hampshire957108 November  2020
Very impressed with speed and efficiency of service. How ever disappointed twice now as bead colour nothing like the picture.
Dorothy, Sandiacre1010101027 October  2020
A super speedy service. Exactly what I wanted. Will certainly order again.
Maureen, Whitton999919 October  2020
I am totally satisfied with the speedy service and quality of goods. Also you stock a good range of `different` beads
Mehtap, Holbeach101010104 September  2020
Such a helpful and very friendly service. Pleasure shopping with
Sylvia, Düsseldorf10771031 August  2020
It was my first order from Germany and definitely not my last
kate, Romney Marsh101010101 August  2020
Lovely to have a little hand written note on my invoice and free gift to celebrate Beading Week.My order was carefully wrapped and arrived quickly.I was very impressed with the quality of your service,many thanks.
Davinia, Haywards Heath999926 July  2020
Very pleased with purchases
Sandra, Consett10109101 July  2020
Madelyn, TADWORTH10108924 June  2020
Zinaida, Kingston upon Thames1010101017 June  2020
Absolutely love your shop and recommend it to everyone. Thank you for the great service and being so helpful whenever I have questions!
Lindsey, Llandysul999915 June  2020
Highly satisfied with the quality of the beads and the service. Have ordered twice now and would recommend.Thank you
Angela, Doncaster9910914 June  2020
Ordered Thursday night delivered Saturday.
Sara, Nuneaton1010101026 May  2020
I cannot say enough good things about Davida, due to a technical hitch I ran into problems with my delivery but she patiently dealt with my stress and woes and made sure I got my beads in the end. I have already recommended the shop to several friends and will certainly be shopping here again.
SUSAN, Worthing101071023 May  2020
Karen, Havant9109911 May  2020
This company is great to shop with. They have a great and quite unusual range, I think and the prices are very good in comparison. The free gist I got with my order is actually usable rather than a token gesture. I am so pleased with the service and the products. Thank you so much. Karen
Deborah, Eastbourne101010103 May  2020
Received order (beautifully packed) very speedily considering the COVID circumstances. Thank you. Will definitely be buying from you again.
Patricia, Downham Market10991029 April  2020
Brilliant service would not hesitate to place orders again, well done
Karin, Peterborough9991028 April  2020
Thank you for my order. Very pleased with my beads and thank you for extras. I bought beads from you at the hotel in Peterborough last June. I`m just about to get started on the necklace hope I can do it. Have been lacking in motivation. Keep well and safe. Will be back Karin x
Helen, Nottingham10991028 April  2020
Excellent service once again - ordered Tuesday night and received 9.00am Thursday morning. Only reason I only scored 9 for quality and value for money is because I know what to expect so it cannot be “beyond expectations”. Excellent - thank you.
Fabio, St. Neots79792 April  2020
rachel, Exeter1010101031 March  2020
Amazing quality good priced beads and outstanding service
Sally, Bath999929 March  2020
Always some unique and interesting beads and special finishes available. I love the etched and laser etched patterned finishes. Always swiftly dispatched and received with a reasonable postage charge for small orders, making little treats possible more often, with the bonus of a free gift.
Hazel, Wellingborough99101026 March  2020
Very pleased with purchasing your goods and happy to do so again
Rosamund, Braintree910101025 March  2020
Great service and prompt delivery
Susan, Warlingham10991018 March  2020
Ala, Littleport. Cambridgeshire101081012 March  2020
Great product. Very happy with the purchase. Will definitely be back again.
Allison, Halifax1010101017 February  2020
Love buying from this shop!
Katy, West Worthing91091011 February  2020
I always know that my order will be dealt with quickly and efficiently and the quality of their expertise and the beads they sell are of the very highest!! Katy
Linda, paisley99992 February  2020
Great service and fab variety of beads available.
nigel, colne1010101023 January  2020
Arrived 2 days after ordering, very happy with the items.will be ordering again.
Jill, Leyland1099106 December  2019
Very pleased with my beads and excellent service
ann, Freshwater997926 November  2019
Found you by chance browsing. Very pleased with speed of delivery and quality of beads.
FRANCES, EASTLEIGH10910915 November  2019
Very reasonable price fast delivery
Margaret, Littlehampton88793 October  2019
Heather, Colchester999108 September  2019
The best selection of dagger beads and vintage beads in good quantities. I also love the Golem beads but wish I could get them in bigger quantities. When I ask for 5 the basket defaults to 3.
june, Halifax1099108 September  2019
Fast efficient service only found this company a few weeks ago but will be buying more.
Claire, Bristol109993 September  2019
Amazing speedy delivery, great price and great product
Patricia, Reading1010101030 August  2019
Rosamund, Etchingham999916 August  2019
I have always had very good service from you. You are always helpful and knowledgeable about your stock and beading ideas. Hopefully it won`t be too long before we can meet you again at your local beading fair.
Elaine, Nottingham999931 July  2019
Nicola, high wycombe9991028 July  2019
always fantastic and makes you feel your order is special
Norman, Invergordon1010101019 July  2019
Beautiful beads, ordered on Friday, delivered next day. Wonderful service and I would highly recommend this shop. I will be back for more, thank you!
jackie, Westerham10791019 July  2019
Alway quick to dispatch and always so helpful on the phone
Jackie, Exeter1010101028 June  2019
Excellent service !! Speedy delivery too!! I met the couple at a bead fair service they gave at the fair was excellent . Thank u will be buying from u again .
Sue, Haverfordwest9971024 June  2019
susan, paignton777815 June  2019
milojka, maribor101010109 June  2019
Excellent at all
elizabeth, BOLTON9910101 June  2019
Chrys, Haywards Heath1098107 May  2019
excellent speed of delivery, website easy to navigate
Erica, Redcar101010105 May  2019
Thank you for the free gift would highly recommended
Tracy, york1010101026 April  2019
Excellent service everytime. My go to bead shop 1st. Just wish I had more money to buy more and#128522; Keep up the great work guys and#129321;
Kirsty, Basingstoke99101022 April  2019
Richard Ian, Hazelbury Bryan9910918 April  2019
Brilliant - many thanks. After seeing you at a show it's good to find you on line!!
Richard Ian
Heather, Ipswich1088916 April  2019
Lynda, IPSWICH1099102 April  2019
Am very happy with the quality of beads and delivery time hence I will continue to shop with yourselves
Annette, Didam99994 March  2019
Fast delivery, good quality and a present and a free tutorial. I'm very happy with your service
Judith, Livingston101010101 March  2019
Very pleased/impressed and will definitely use your company the next time I’m looking for beads.
Ann, Leicester1098928 February  2019
Well packed and arrived very quickly. Good quality items.
Diane, Whiterashes1010101015 February  2019
Very impressed with quality and the speed in which I obtained my purchases. I only ordered these items on Thursday night and I received them today Saturday, that’s what I call excellent service. Very pleased indeed and will definitely come back. Thanks Diane John
joan, Spilsby1010101015 February  2019
I love this shop for all things different! The service is excellent.
Rob, WEYMOUTH910101014 February  2019
The only problem I have is that I love your items so much I use my purchases very sparingly. I enjoy looking at them and I am quite discerning as to whom I give them.
Margaret, Westray88899 February  2019
Haven’t had a chance to use the beads yet, but they look great and am very pleased overall.
Kathleen, United Kingdom10991022 January  2019
Order came very quickly, lots of info from supplier re item dispatch. Very good service
Chris, Westcliff on sea877919 January  2019
Very good service will use again.
Angela, Colwyn Bay99101010 January  2019
Brilliant service. You will be my go-to site from now on. I didn`t give you a 10 for quality etc. because I knew what to expect as I had bought your beads at fairs before! But excellent quality and speedy delivery.Thank you.
alan, bournemouth998928 December  2018
Service up to usual high standard
Annamarie, Nottingham1010101013 December  2018
This is the best best place to buy beads, they have the best selection and the beads are just beautiful. I could spend all day shopping here, there is always something new. I`d definitely recommend Oldbicycleshop. Oh sorry I forgot I also received free beads as a gift (who does this :) amazing.
Valerie, Kilmarnock38971 December  2018
Christine, Broadstone101091024 October  2018
Despite the disruption of the Coronavirus which in my experience has caused long delays, this company has gone above and beyond and ensured goods ordered are sent the next working day, thank you
Anne, Peacehaven10991021 October  2018
I purchased several packets of beads at your stall at the Big Bead Show on Saturday and had a free pattern, when I returned home I realised I needed more beads which I chose on Sunday morning, they arrived on Tuesday, very swift. They look lovely and I'm looking forward to making the snowflake. Thank you
Julie, STOKE ON TRENT99996 October  2018
Great selection of beads and brilliant prices.
Valerie C, St Austell89991 October  2018

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Selection of product reviews

Claspgarten Gold clasp with 1 row 12031 - 12.5x5mm
Fab fab girls, great value for money and top class finishing. Grab them whilst you can, I just ordered more, not to be missed, the silver is just as good aswell!
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14305 - Claspgarten Silver clasp with 1 row - 15x7mm
Ladies this is a must to give your project a quality finish. well worth the money
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50 x 4mm round Amethyst Lustre beads
i love this colour. the lustre makes it a blue purple, getting 2 lovely colours in the one bead
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M46 Filigree Oval disc (1950s) 6cm Gold
Fantastic quality and an attractive gold colour. Nice sturdy filigree.
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16mm Pale Blue flower beads (1920s)
Fantastic quality for the age! These are beautiful, unique beads with a great finish that reminds me of old China.
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8 x oval nailhead beads in Gunmetal (1920s) 18x6mm
Gorgeous old beads. Quality varies a little between each bead due to the age, but well worth it!
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6mm Yellow flower spacer beads (1950s)
Beautiful little flower beads with a great feel and finish. Lovely quality.
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2.3cm glass watch face bead in Light Blue (1950s)
Such a gorgeous blue colour! I love all your watch beads.
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10 x drops in Black and Blue (1950s) 10x4mm
I used these drops to trim a velvet cuff. They`re a beautiful smooth shape with lovely colours. The speckled effect adds an extra bit of depth.
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2.3cm watch face bead in Green (1950s)
These watch beads are just perfect. This one has a great green colour that`s perfect for a vintage garden theme.
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6 x nuggets in Matt Black (1970s) 9x6mm
Beautiful beads and great quality
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6mm x 7mm melon Yellow beads (1970s)
I love these melon beads! They`re just the right colour yellow without being too `mustard.` Beautiful shape and texture!
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5mm x 7mm faceted Blue AB drops (1970s)
These have amazing sparkle in person. They`re just the right size for clusters or trimming a project. Beautiful little drops.
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6 x 7.5mm flat discs in Black (1980s)
Great little beads. These are the perfect size for earrings or accent beads to a project.
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Claspgarten Gold magnetic hands clasp with 1 row 14758 - 32x14mm
This clasp is superb. I made a bracelet as a gift for an old friend of mine who now has problems with fastening bracelets: she loves this clasp. Its gorgeous to look at, easy to do up (it just snaps together) really secure, and yet easy to twist undone when she takes the bracelet off.
Jennifer Airs
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14703 - Claspgarten very large Old Palladium clasp with 7 rows in Tanzanite - 61x31mm
I love this clasp - its simply stunning - especially the gorgeous colours of swaro crystal used in it.
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Claspgarten Gold magnetic hands clasp with 1 row 14758 - 32x14mm
This is beautifully substantial clasp with a really strong magnetic pull. The twisting motion needed to undo the magnetics increase its holding ability. I love them.
Jennifer Airs
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