About Anita

Anita is a self-taught collage artist and former librarian who embraced mid-life crisis, dropped out of the corporate world, and moved to rural New Hampshire to become creatively self-employed. Owner of Anita’s Beads and Toad Hollow Minerals, Anita also designs jewelry, fabric, and digital art prints. The latest work can be seen on her tumblr.

ANewPortrait2Visit Anita’s Beads and Toad Hollow Minerals at 2517 Wakefield Road (Rte. 153) in Wakefield, New Hampshire.  The shop is just a mile from route 16 (look for blue state directional signs). We are open year-round. Hours are 10:00-5:00 (Sundays 12:00-5:00); Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Winter hours (January 1st – April 30th): Friday – Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 – 5:00.


Anita’s art gallery is open during shop hours or by appointment. You can reach Anita by telephone at 603-522-6529 or by email at anitaNH@roadrunner.com


16 thoughts on “About Anita

  1. Kathleen

    Saw the sign on Route 16 and took a chance! A GREAT little shop with TONS of beads and accessories for beading. Anita was friendly and helpful. I hope to stop by again soon!

  2. Anne Martin

    I can’t believe it took me so long to stop by! Wonderful selection, and a true artist designing the pieces. Anita will work with you, to match whatever outfit you want to decorate. Great selection of turquoise, and the latest in jewelry design. A must see for affordable, unique jewelry. Also, a great place to learn or pick up supplies!

  3. Sue

    I have seen the sign for Anitas beads for years and every time I say I’m going to stop and check it out. Its a quaint older home in Wakefield, which I finally did stop in. I have never made any jewelry in my life and saw a little bracelet that I liked that was all made up as a kit. So that was my first project. The instructions are on this site, so I printed them out and made the bracelet. I recently went back and bought enough supplies to make 4 of my granddaughters a bracelet for Christmas, (and whoever else if they are lucky! 🙂 If your thinking of doing this, its worth the trip for sure!

  4. Addie Fraser (Marion)

    I find myself among those who have passed this lovely shop over and over again without taking the time to stop and enter. Wow! I was blown away and my creative juices started flowing like mad. Anita was so helpful and patient as I made my selections. Hope to find my way back there with my daughters soon for a Bead Club experience. This is a first class establishment with an artist at the helm … a veritable wonderland.

    1. AnitaNH Post author

      Hi Marcie,
      You can send me an order via email at anitaNH@roadrunner.com or by telephone at 603-522-6529. Do you see what you want on the web site? It is a work in progress. Hoping to get all of the Kumihimo Kits and Daily Bracelet Kits up first but there is so much more in the shop. Let me know what you are looking for. I can take visa or MC over the phone and shipping is by priority mail. Most orders go in the $7.15 small flat rate box.

      Best regards,

    2. AnitaNH Post author

      Hi Marcie, I do not have a shopping cart yet for the site but you can call me at 603-522-6529 and place an order over the phone. You can also email me with a list of items that you want. Hope to add more pictures to the site over time. Email address is anitaNH@roadrunner.com . Visa and MasterCard accepted.

    1. AnitaNH Post author

      Hi Wendy. Sorry to take so long to reply! I just noticed your message. Bead Club meets twice a week (Monday and Thursday) from 2:00-4:00 pm. I use it as an opportunity to teach kumihimo and wire work to folks who purchase my kits. Some people come just to chat and share ideas with other beaders. No appointment is necessary. Just drop in any time.

  5. Christi

    I visit every time I make it up to Wakefield N.H. Great shop.It is so hard to find reasonable bead shops. She has great prices along with quality beads. Great selection. A pleasure to chat with always willing to answer any questions you may have. Looking forward to a trip there this weekend!!!!!

  6. christi dillon

    August 27,2020
    I still love stopping by the bead shop to pick up some of Anita’s beautiful collection of beads.I know I said this before , but Im going to say it again ,”she has great prices along with quality beads.and always a pleasure to chat with.”

  7. Laura Bastianelli

    September 14, 2021 – I recently retired and moved away. I have found it very difficult to find a quality bead store so I gave Anita a call. I have always loved her shop and quality beads. I gave her my order over the phone and I had it in 3 days!!! Thank you Anita.


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