Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co.
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Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co


Greetings Beaders! Beads are like wine...they get better with age! That is why we are proud to be serving you in our 25 th year of business. It seems forever ago when Deborah bought her first Venetian trade bead and the love affair began.   While she should have been doing research for the attorneys she worked for, she would have another book cracked reading everything she could about these fascinating beads with a ton of history. One bead led to another and soon she had so many beads, she felt the need to open a store in Tallahassee, Florida to share with the world her new found obsession.  

Today, we are happy to be nestled in the beautiful scenic mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. There are so many talented artists in this region. Working at the bead store, our customers bring in and show off the most exquisite beadwork that they have made with our beads.   It is such a privilege to see everyone's great work.  

Our friendly, helpful staff is waiting on you to join us in our little slice of "bead paradise". Our dog, Millie will greet you at the door and our cat, Rosie will be asking you for some love and attention. How can you resist? We have a fully stocked nearly 4,000 square-foot store. Everything from glass beads, seed beads, semi-precious stones, pearls, crystals, pendants, findings galore, books, tools, stringing supplies, to all of the lovely hand picked beads, accessories and gifts - we've got it! And, don't forget those genuine old world trade beads that date back hundreds of years.

Join us for a class and let our expert teachers show you how to make beaded jewelry the right way. We use top notch ingredients in our classes and we are sure you will not only leave with a smashing piece of jewelry, but you will know and understand the technique quite well. Or, better yet, let us host your next birthday party (no matter what age), your business meeting, Girl Scout Troop, wedding make up the reason, we've got the beads and projects to go with it.

2011 has been a busy and exciting year for us so far. We have done some nice decorating to make our store your favorite bead escape. New lighting in the upper half of our store makes matching colors just that much easier for you. We added more live plants to filter the air and make the scenery nicer. We have already been out traveling the country, hand selecting fantastic beads that our customers are going crazy for. So, come visit us soon to see what all the fuss is about!

Bird Jewelry Displays

Simple yet elegant. We are carrying a new line of metal jewelry displays to hang your necklaces and bracelets on. The best part of these is the little birds that sit on the branches of the displays. Sweet! They are offered in a matte gold finish, cream, black/green antiqued finish, and rust, and make a great gift, addition to your home décor, and showcasing your beaded jewelry.

Freshwater Pearls

Wow! Our case is overflowing with strands of beautiful freshwater pearls. We have amazing colors from fuchsia to lime green, orange, chocolate brown, gorgeous shades of blue to traditional white and every color in between. See what you can create with nature's great gift of pearls. Sign up for one of our pearl knotting classes and see how much fun it is to knot.

Vintage Inspired Jewelry Findings

The new trend in the bead and jewelry world is to use components made to look antique like your grandmother's jewelry. We are thrilled about our new antique brass, gunmetal and antique copper findings. We've got filigree clasps, chain, connector rings, earring supplies and more in these new (old looking) finishes. The great thing about these is that you get the elegance and uniqueness of a vintage look with the strength and precision of modern made findings.  

Electroformed Leaf Pendants

Be one with the outdoors and hug a tree. Thank it for producing such beautiful leaves. Have you seen our electroformed leaf pendants? Yes, it is an actual leaf that has been reduced to just the skeleton of the leaf and metal particles have been bonded to it to give it strength and a metallic finish. Choose from shiny silver, gold and copper to a more subdued patina of black/green, antique brass, oxidized silver and more. They are sure to make a statement when worn around your neck.

Seed Bead Mixes

Need help picking colors? Try our seed bead mixes to get your next project started.   These boxes of beads include over 20 colors, sizes and cuts of seed beads carefully selected to blend together in the most harmonious of color explosions known to earth. Wow, that sounds great! Be sure to check them out next time you are here, because it really will get you beading with flying colors.

India Bone Horn and Glass

It is no secret. We offer this line at wholesale to everyone that comes in to our store. Just ask any of our friendly staff members and they will be happy to tell you all about it. This is a great way to catapult your bead collection and at a great price.   We have been importing this line of beads since we opened years ago, and still believe it is an excellent style to make beaded crafts with. Check out our fully stocked walls and displays of Indian lampworked beads, bone and horn. We've got it!

Vintage Glass

Some may say oldie - moldies, but we say blow off the dust and see what is underneath. Ahhh...they don't make beads like they used to. Those era specific colors and use of aventurine, the walnut shape beads, the melons, the clear casing is like a magnifying glass...if only the beads could talk and tell us where they have been. We are sharing beads with you that have not seen the light of day since pre-1950. Recently we have put out dozens of styles and when they sell out, we'll cry because we will never see them again. Add a piece of vintage glass to your next piece of jewelry. It will turn it into an instant heirloom.

Stone Donuts

Would you like some coffee with your donuts? Never mind, our donuts are made of stone and make a quick, easy, instant center piece for a necklace. Or try using our baby donuts as a great drop for a pair of earrings.  

Sterling Silver

You can never go wrong with a classic. Ask us to show you all of our new hand selected sterling silver beads, pendants, clasps and findings. Brushed silver, rhinestone studded silver, oxidized silver we have got a brilliant selection to choose from.

Star Lamps

Star light, Star bright, I wish I may, I wish I might, Tell you about our star lamps that look so right!   We offer over 125 different color/patterns for our star lamp lanterns. They all come with a white electrical cord and all you need is a 40Watt light bulb. These make excellent gifts, great night lights, fun for any party, or just another lamp for your home, office, or dorm. We have most of them photographed on our website or come in to the store to see the overwhelming full selection to choose from.


Our next four months are filled with exciting workshops. You can go on-line and see the complete schedule and pictures of every project, or simply give us a call and we will be happy to mail you the schedule.

As you can tell, we are always bubbling over with excitement about our wonderful bead store. If you are traveling through Asheville, be sure to make this a guaranteed stop on your trip. If you live close by, join us any time. We are always excited to welcome you to our store. Show us what you are working on and we will show you the best beads for your project.  

Seize the day and bead something great!

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