When folks catch one of our beads, they wear them!!
They don't just drop them in the bag. Over the years, beads have gone from traditional hand strung glass, to very small 18" cheap plastic, to the now standard 36" 10mm metallic beads, and MUCH larger. We feel as they've gotten bigger, they've lost their charm. Nowadays, people actually duck when you throw "standard" beads. Why spend your throw money on something folks don't want?
At Bayou Throws, we bring the charm back to beads. We want to give you that little something extra that will bring a smile to their face. We have a range of products available and can create custom throws for you, your float, or your entire Krewe. Our materials are 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 beads we use are made in the USA. While we occasionally use imported pendants and findings, we are +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 order in bulk from our suppliers for our raw materials and have streamlined our assembly process, thus keeping our per bead labor costs low. Because we can make so many, we can 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. We are also working on partnerships that will allow us to make custom pendants specifically to the customer’s needs.
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.