Katie's Treasures is a family owned and operated business which began in 1996 and grew from an interest in beading and beadcraft, with finished goods originally being the primary saleable product.
Cathy started by working at the markets every Sunday. Following repeated requests by numerous customers for beading supplies, Katie's Treasures expanded and began trading from a shopfront location at 72a Orchardtown Road, NEW LAMBTON, NSW, 2305 (in the "Blackbutt" Shopping Centre) in October 1998, as illustrated below:
Katie's Treasures continued to grow and prosper from our Orchardtown Road premises, to the point where we required a supplementary work and storage area which we occupied from March 2003. This was a temporary solution which only partially fulfilled our needs.
Although we weren't actually actively looking for a change, we were open to the possibilities and found a new location, which we occupied fully from mid July 2004.
We spent over five and a half eventful years at Orchardtown Road, where we started with a few pegboards covered with beads, to the point where we had literally "run out of space". As we had spent almost six years at Orchardtown Road, we left there with mixed feelings. However, for some time, as many of our customers who visit the shop will agree, we had needed more space to adequately display our stock and cater to our customers' requirements.
Our new location, only a few minutes drive from our previous location, enabled us to fulfil both of these needs, and much more.
The move to Waratah allowed us to expand and service all our needs from the one location. We "officially" began trading from our NEW SHOWROOM at Unit 1 / 27 Crescent Road, WARATAH, NSW, 2298 on the 19th of July, 2004. We also took the opportunity to extend our business hours to cater to our customers' needs.
Whilst Waratah allowed us the expansion we so desparately needed, after 5 years there we decided it was time for a change (a change is as good as a holiday, so they say, not sure we agree !). So, we moved lock, stock and umpteen barrels to our NEW PREMISES at (Ground Floor) 723 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE WEST, NSW, 2302 and began trading from there on Tuesday the 9th of June, 2009. We are located right next door to SPOTLIGHT, on the western side of the bus stop outside of SPOTLIGHT (Millers store entrance), as shown below:
Katie's Treasures has always prided itself in offering personalised service covering a wide range of pre-packaged and bulk craft items, kits and miscellaneous products. We are primarily (but not only) Speciality Beadcraft Suppliers, and pride ourselves on our backup customer service, not just for supplies, but for 'technical support' as well.
Katie's Treasures is Newcastle's longest established specialist beadcraft business, catering for all beaders, from young crafters through to experienced bead weavers. Our enormous product range includes
- Miyuki Delica beads
- Japanese size 9's
- Czech beads
- Swarovski crystals (including vintage components)
- Danish Stenboden beading supplies
- jewellery findings
- stringing materials
- beading books
- kits - suitable for the inexperienced beader, right through to the highly competent beader.
Katie's Treasures services both wholesale and retail customers, and has a mail order service throughout Australia and overseas.
Paid parking is available at parking meters in Hunter St and surrounding streets, recently (June 2012) changed to 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Sun (yes, 7 days !). There is 90 minute free parking available in the Spotlight car park and some free 15 minute parking in Hunter Street from selected parking meters (you still need to print a ticket for the free 15 minutes). As parking regulations may change at any time, PLEASE READ AND COMPLY WITH ANY / ALL PARKING SIGNS and METER INSTRUCTIONS.
Special discounts and deals are available for group bus tours.
Many long standing customers from the early days are still frequent visitors, having become good friends in the process, as have many "newer" customers. Regulars will be well familiar with Katie's Treausres Customer Relations Officer (and most dedicated staff member), "Tilly", a Maltese Shih-Tzu cross, who has been coming to work faithfully five days a week for more almost ten years (having started when she was just six weeks old!).
On 22nd November 2012 our beautiful Tilly passed away suddenly after a short illness. She is deeply missed by so many - Tilly was our much loved customer relations officer, who was always there to greet customers to the shop, and to make our day feel so special.
Rest in peace our gorgeous girl.
31.5.2000 - 22.11.2012
If you require specific price and availability updates on any of the items we carry, or anything else you require, please contact one of our friendly staff.
Katie's Treasures seeks to provide the best possible products at competitive prices. We are constantly adding new products to our range, both as supplies and completed kits.