Source For Bags.

Q: I need small plastic bags, hopefully the zipper kind, for putting finished earrings in. Anyone?

A: Most jewelry supply places have them; I know that 'Rio Grande' does... check out their website if you don't have a catalog. Their website doesn't have everything, but it's a start. 'Fire Mountain Gems' has what you are looking for at a very good price. Lots of sizes to chose from too. Give them a call at: 1-800-423-2319. During regular business hours PST. Be sure to ask them to send you a catalog and tell them Meg sent you! A packaging discussion came up fairly recently on the newsgroup, and if I recall correctly, 'Fetpak' (sp?) was recommended for price & service. You might want to check 'Deja' for this thread... 'Fire Mountain' still has the best price around. 2" x 1" is only $1.27 for 100, and the better buy is by the 1000 which is only $3.26 I can't imagine why anyone would buy them anywhere else. Regarding the use of 'Soft-Flex' or 'Fire Mountain's' 'Accu-Flex', I've used both for years and have found NO performance differences. 'FM' assures me that they have plenty of stock in all sizes and colors. They do not carry a size smaller than .014 however, but I've found it drapes just fine once the beads are strung on it. It comes in 7 colors, plus 3 sizes: .014 in the 100 ft. spool costs $21.19 .019 in the 100 ft. spool costs $15.78 .024 in the 100 ft. spool costs $15.03 All colors and sizes are assortable for quantity discounts. Compare those prices with what 'Soft-Flex' is asking, and you can see the (really big) difference. I've heard the hype from 'Soft-Flex', and I found their company representative to be both demeaning and downright condescending when talking about their product as compared to their competitor's product. I guess everyone has to decide for themselves what they are willing to pay for a product, and make their own judgement call. Just my opinion...