Give it to them, with a little lagniappe to boot!
Over the years, typical beads have gone from very small 18" cheap plastic, to the 36" 10mm metallic beads that have become standard fare. While people do like to catch them 36's and bigger, they really love it when they catch something a little different. That's what we provide at Bayou Throws. We're not out to replace the bulk throws (there's something to be said for quantity); we want to give you that little something extra that will bring a smile to their face. When folks catch one of our beads, they don't just drop them in their bag, they put them on. We have a range of products available and can create custom throws for you, your float, or your entire krewe. Made in the USA and assembled right here in the New Orleans metro area.
We are a small company, but we operate as a professional manufacturing business with properly packaged and uniquely barcoded products. We do not take shortcuts and our pride is our final product. We had a very stringent list of requirements when developing our bead products.
1.Assembled in Metairie using materials that are made in the USA
We live here too so we want to have the biggest impact on the local economy as we possibly can. We hire local folks to assemble our beads and provide them a decent wage. The pony beads we use are made in Oakland, New Jersey. We are hoping to find a local company able to produce the beads but we’re happy to know they are made in the USA. Even though some of our findings are imported, we are about +95% made in the USA.
2.We use NO toxic materials or paints
Our beads are made with virgin polystyrene, the same materials used to produce food-safe containers and kid’s toys. Our string is a common crochet string. When needed, we use a very safe, vinyl hot glue.
3. They had to be 100% recyclable
Just like soda bottles and butter tubs, our beads can be recycled through the city recycling system, but what fun is that? Each necklace we make contains 120 beads which is enough to do a WIDE range of craft projects, or hair styles, or 4 bracelets, etc, etc, etc. There’s no end to the fun things to do with pony beads.
4.We had to keep the costs down
In order to remain competitive in this market, we had to make sure our costs are kept as low as possible. To accomplish this, we negotiated pricing with our suppliers for our raw materials. We have also worked very hard to perfect our assembly process, thus keeping our per unit labor costs low while still providing a decent wage to the local folks working for us.
5. Customizable design
We currently have over 50 colors of beads in both opaque and translucent so we can match any theme for a rider, individual float, or entire Krewe. If a customer has a pendant in mind, we will work very hard to find something that works for them. If they want something truly custom, we can make custom pendants specifically to the customer’s needs. Krewe logos, float figure heads, junior league baseball team mascots, etc. The choices are truly endless.
6.Last, but certainly not least, they had to be FUN!!!
For Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day last year, we threw a BUNCH of our beads and the one thing we noticed was that our beads didn’t go straight into the take home bag like a lot of the shiny bulk throw beads. Nope, they went around the neck and were showed off to others. There’s no better compliment to us than to watch a child (or grandparent) light up when they catch something special they haven’t seen before.
• We hand make each item
• Assembled in Metairie, LA
• Our materials are 100% recyclable
• Large runs for an entire Krewe
• Custom for each float or even rider
• Something special for Royalty and officers
• Choose from our rack of styles or let us design something for you
• Bring us your Krewe Medallion and we can incorporate it into the design
Featured Product - Bryant's Puzzle
This product is near and dear to us. Our son, Bryant, is low functioning autistic. Oh, don't worry about him. He's strong as an ox, he's got 10 fingers and 10 toes, and he loves to play in the water. He doesn't say much but he's got his own ways of letting you know what he wants. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these necklaces will be donated to the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans in Bryant's name.