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About Us

How It All Began


We have had an exciting journey from our humble beginnings where we started trading at Cape Town's Flea Markets, and later enjoying success in Retail Shopping Centres.   Recognising a growing demand for Wholesale Beads & Fashion Jewellery prompted the move to our stunning new warehouse in Montague Gardens, opposite the old Makro.   Our passion for Beads has grown into Cape Town's Favourite Bead Shop!

Beads For Africa is a Family Affair, founded in 1995 by Dave & Annette Evans, later joined by Linzi & Sam.

Enjoy complimentary coffee while you browse our exciting range of Beads, Fashion Jewellery & Findings.

We stock an extensive range of Beads:  Acrylic beads, Ceramic beads, Glass beads, Seed beads, Semi-Precious beads, Sequins, Shell & Wood beads. Glass beads include Lampwork and Silver Foil beads from India.

Beads are available in 50g & 100g packs.  Seed beads & Sequins are also available in smaller quantities on our R5 Wall.

Our Scratch Patch is one of our Bestsellers, where you can choose and Mix & Match beads to fill a tub for R35 for Acrylic & Wood beads, and R45 for Glass & Metal beads.

We are popular with Dressmakers and Fashion Designers for Iron Ons, Rhinestones, Sequins & Swarovski.

Perfect for adding some Bling to Costume and Dress design, as well as your Matric Dance dress, Wedding dress and Wedding Invitations.

Also great for adding some sparkle to your Scrapbooking.

For Kids School Projects and Arts & Crafts enthusiasts, we have Eyes for your Dolls and Teddies, Feathers, Glitter, Haberdashery and Pipe Cleaners - the possibilities are endless.

Kids love our Alphabet Letters - great for beading parties.    Make your own Name Bracelet or Necklace or Have Fun Learning the Alphabet.

Design your own Christmas Decorations with our lovely range of Bells.

Create Charm Bracelets with our Acrylic and Metal Charms.  Metal beads, Rondels & Spacers are great additions to your Charm Bracelets and Necklaces. Pandora Bracelets and beads - gorgeous Glass, Ceramic & Metal beads to design your own Pandora bracelets.

We have specially created Fashion Jewellery Design Packs for those of you who prefer to buy the beads, charms and threading material in one ready-to-go pack. Bracelet,
Necklace & Ring Design Packs available, as well as Suncatchers.

Threading Materials:  Beading Cotton, Chain, China Knot, Cord, Fish Gut, Flat Elastic, Flat Suede, Leather, Memory Wire, Ribbon, Shearing Elastic, Silver Wire, Stretch Gut, Tiger Tail and Wax Cord.

We have a big range of Findings, including Sterling Silver, to design your Jewellery. Findings are also available in smaller quantities on our R5 Wall.

Ribbons & Plaited Leather ready-made with Clasps & Extension Chains are great for easy Jewellery Design - just add your Beads, Charms or Pendants.

We stock all the tools of the trade:  Bead Boards & Boxes, Cutters, Glue, Fridge Magnets, Needles, Pliers & Scissors.

For Crafters & Entrepeneurs, ask about our Bestselling Earring & Ring packs - only R100 for +/- 1kg.

Mix & Match a selection of Acrylic, Diamante, Silver & Wood Earrings.   Packs are sold as they are & No Returns on these Bestsellers.

Call In Advance to avoid disappointment, these sell out fast. Warning, they are addictive!

Packaging for Display:  Cellophane Bags, Earring Cards, Jewellery Display Stands, Kids Party Pack Bags, Paper Bags, Plastic Bags, Plastic Tubs, Price Tags & Ring Trays.

Fashion Jewellery & Pendant Bestsellers - Buy any 10 & Pay Half Price. A Fantastic Selection of Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces & Pendants to choose from.

Buying a Gift?   Don't forget our Gift Boxes & Organza Gift Bags to wrap it up.

We look forward to welcoming you at Beads For Africa soon!



Visit our bead store, direct to the public. Beads for Africa, 4A, Montague Drive, Montague Gardens, Cape Town.

GPS Co-ordinates:

S 33' 51.329 | E 18' 31.182

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