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A co-op is a cooperative effort. For those who are just starting out with their jewelry business, starting a co-op for the purpose of purchasing discount beading supplies is an excellent way to begin building your inventory. You can find other beaders through local community events, classes, and associations. This holds many advantages, first you can purchase large amounts of beading supplies in bulk through wholesale and discount beading supply companies. However, by sharing the cost with your fellow crafters, you will have access to more beads for less cost. This is also beneficial to finding new beads and testing their market value.