I like to make jewelry, and I have to say Bobby Bead in Uptown has one of the best selections I know of in Minneapolis. You can get tubes or strings of beads of different quality, ranging from plastic/glass seed beads, to Austrian crystal and gemstone beads. They have everything you need including the string, wires, clasps, hooks, beads, how-to books, and what have you. Great selection, and not too expensive! If you like to make jewelry, you should definitely check it out.