We've just been up to Sydney and bought 300 dollars worth of beads from I Love You Beads in Leichardt. It was fantastic value too and the chinese crystals are such good qaulity i can hardly tell them apart from swarovskis!
We bought some fun little fimo pendants which i can't wait to see someone use.
We also went to Reverse Garbage in Marrickville - its an industrial recycle depo that collects useful equipment and materials for local artists. We bought a giant roll of paper, a thick cardboard tube to make bracelet blanks, about twenty tiny perfume bottles to wirewrap,, some acrylic and plexiglass to make pendants - which we'll make a tutorial for later.