I rarely see beads for sale in France. I have found a few in supermarkets and DIY shops, in the craft section. I once bought some from a stall selling beads as well as jewellery at a market of artisan and local produce. They were very expensive.
These were amongst a small selection of beads for sale in a craft shop in Chinon. They were quite expensive too, but I couldn’t resist them – a girl can never have too many beads, after all.
Other people obviously do manage to find beads. This lady had TONS of home-made jewellery for sale at a local event in rural France last week. Some of the beads I recognise as being available in shops in the UK or at bead fairs but I have never seen either in France.
I wonder where she got them.