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When you are new to the business and art form of jewelry making you may wonder how many beads you should purchase. If you are just starting on your first beading project, your pattern will let you know how many beads to purchase, but if you are trying your hand at a new business venture, it can be a little confusing to figure out how many beads to purchase from a wholesale beading supply company. The first rule of thumb is to purchase as many beads as you can, in the style that you like. If a particular bead strikes your fancy, simply purchase as many as you can afford. This is especially true if you are shopping at closeout prices or through specialty bead shops. In this sense, it is better to err on the side of abundance rather than run out of your favorite beads and later discover that you can't find the same beads again. So if it is a vintage or closeout deal, buy as many as you can afford.