What is it about hard to find charms and limited editions that I find so enticing? Must be the limited quantities, but it’s always the same story. I find out about something that’s HTF and long retired, and I want it! I promised myself when I got into Trollbeads that this would be different – I wouldn’t trouble myself (and my bank account) on finding those expensive charms, but I sure was wrong, haha! I came across the TB Limited Edition Anniversary Bracelet pretty soon after I started collecting TB. For their 30th Anniversary, Trollbeads released a set of charms (and lock) that are true limited editions, i.e. they were even stamped x/5000. 5000 of these charms were made, and of all of them, I gravitated to the Anniversary flowers, which is just a wonderfully lovely bouquet. I got this one off of eBay and couldn’t have been happier, until I got it…one of the flowers is partially rubbed off, which irritates me every time I see it. But then again, that’s always the problem when you buy a charm that’s used. I also found an excellent replica of the Anniversary caterpillar bead from Etsy, one of my favorite artisan bead makers.
Anyway, the only other charm I was really after in this set was the Viking Knot. It’s a real focal piece for me, but unfortunately I hadn’t seen this one for sale and as the Anniversary Bracelet came out in 2006, all these charms have become a scarce commodity. Enter Lili-Jane; when I did a post about them a few weeks ago, I contacted them myself to see what special charms they had still, and what do you know? They had a Viking Knot! I was tickled pink to be able to get my hands on this brand-new charm and they have been so understanding as I asked one question after another. Lili-Jane is the original distributor of Trollbeads in Australia and was recently bought by another company so they are phasing out TB. They are selling off their entire collection with prices up to 40% off Australia retail (prices prior to the 2011 price hike), including two-tone and gold charms! Unfortunately, they don’t have a website, but here is a pricelist for current and retired charms and you can email Lili-Jane to inquire about purchasing. They also sent me all kinds of TB packaging, how fun!