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Getting a bead on another corner


No, your memory isn't at fault. Beadazzled, one of Baltimore's largest bead stores, moved last week from the southeast corner of North Charles and Franklin streets to the northeast when differences with the former landlord couldn't be worked out.

Its new quarters at 501 N. Charles have the same large selection of beads, crafts and home accessories from around the world (textiles, boxes, candlesticks, pottery). Beadazzled also offers craft classes; call (410) 837-2323 for information.

Catalogs for the home

You don't have to do more than look in today's mail to know that catalog shopping is bigger than ever. Home furnishings catalogs are a large part of that boom and getting larger.

David Cole, chairman of the management consulting firm Kurt Salmon, believes that convenience and easy access are as important to today's catalog shoppers as price and even quality.

According to data gathered by American Demographics Inc., customers over 55 (37 percent of American households by the year 2000) will be using catalogs extensively to buy home furnishings for themselves and grown children and grandchildren. "Heirloom-looking" products, such as wedding quilts and lace curtains, are aimed for the mature market and are already top sellers, according to Susan Yager, president of Domestications, a leading catalog company for the home.

Computer guide

Step into the 21st century to buy the house that you'll still be living in then. Now there's a software program to guide users through the complexities of buying a house. "The Homebuyer's Guide" is an interactive program that provides information, work sheets, specialized calculators, checklists and data bases. You supply the personal data and preferences.

"The Homebuyer's Guide" shows you how to assess your finances and evaluate neighborhoods. It helps you define your ideal home. You get information on financing, negotiating a contract and closing the deal.

The guide is sold at computer and software stores for around $30. If you have trouble finding it, call (800) 242-4546 for more


Stars of the bath

Celestial motifs were one of the hottest designs of '94, and they're still going strong. But you don't have to pay astronomical amounts for your moons and stars. Collage's new "Seeing Stars" bath accessories collection is both stylish and affordable.

The "Seeing Stars" shower curtain, with gold stars sprinkled across Nenon (a sheer synthetic) fabric, retails for around $22. The coordinating toothbrush holder, tumbler, lotion dispenser, soap dish and wastebasket are comparably priced.

To find the store nearest you where Collage bath fashions are sold, call (800) 805-BATH.

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