A B O U T U S
Wild Things Beads is an American importer
of glass beads manufactured in the Czech Republic and Germany,
supplying bead stores and the costume jewelry industry.
They have been in business since 1982,
starting off in the arts and crafts industry, selling at flea
markets, craft fairs, church fetes art shows, and Quartzsite-
Arizona; before specializing in glass beads, first as a retail
establishment, then in 1998 as an import house.
The owners are Jamie and Guy Lynn, a wife
and husband team. Both were in corporate employment during the
beginning days of Wild Things Beads importing of beads.
Jamie and her Mom, Vi had opened a bead
store in Livermore, California; Jamie leaving first to run the
store, then Vi following 6 months later. They ran a successful
operation for 8 years before realizing that focusing on importing
directly was what they really wanted to do. In 1996 Wild Things
went to Zimbabwe on a personal visit to visit with Guys
family, and while there sought out African artifacts to import
into the U.S. for sale, including hand made stone beads from
local villagers. At that point, they realized that this was what
they wanted to do.
The next year Wild Things Beads went to
Europe hunting for beads, and bead factories. Armed with information
that Jamie had collected through the years and books on the history
of bead making in Bohemia, Germany and Italy, and a quick search
of the internet the day before they left, they set off on a 5
week adventure of the Netherlands, Northern and Southern Germany,
Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, even though their
current Czech bead supplier warned them it would be too difficult,
no one would speak English, the factories wouldnt let them
in, it would be too expensive, and just let him keep supplying
And it was difficult, hardly anyone did
speak English, some factories wouldnt let them in, they
spent a lot of money looking, but they had fun, met many wonderful
people, ate lots of great food, and beer, and found beads, or
more precisely, bead factories. Only 2 factories in Czech Republic,
1 in Austria, and 1 in Germany, but it was a start. Like any
new business relationship, they had to pay up front, and hope
the beads would arrive in California 2 months later, after they
were home. One factory was a cash and carry stock purchase, and
they carried the beads with them over the Czech border into Austria,
where they were immediately accused of smuggling them in. Once
that was resolved, they mailed the box of beads home, instead
of carrying it over all the other borders still to come. Having
experienced that, they now ship everything home straight from
After the trip back from Europe, Guy Lynn,
Jamies husband, decided to join the wonderful world of
beads with the two of them! So now, there are three of us!
Wild Things Beads has gone back almost
every year since, sometimes twice in one year. They now buy from
approximately 18 Czech bead factories, and 5 German bead factories
and 3 butotn factories.
Not only do they buy beads from the factory
sample charts, but they also have custom make colors and shapes,
re introducing vintage beads that havent been made
in a while, and create new beads using mold makers who specialize
Examples of the beads Wild Things Beads
offers are pressed fancy shapes such as: ladybugs, tennis shoes,
fish, bicones, squares, druks, cathedrals, window beads, faceted
round beads called firepolish, lampwork beads (which are handmade
one bead at a time), and metalized seed beads with a facet, known
as charlotte cuts, made in gold, silver, copper and marcasite.
As well as the glass beads, Wild Things also imports crystal
prisms from Preciosa, a large and very old chandelier manufacturer.
Wild Things Beads realizes it faces heavy
competition from other, older and larger importers, but thinks
it can keep an advantage by finding new beads, bringing them
to market first, and keeping an ear to the ground on new trends
in the industry.
Wild Things Beads shows at the Rodeway
Inn in room #148 during the G& LW show in February and September,
and the Gem Mall #129 in February and various other trade shows.
In July, 2004 Viola (Jamies Mom)
left Wild Things Beads to go on to other ventures.
Wild Things Beads continues to create new
shapes of beads and buttons.