Ken…To my knowledge, there’s no clearing house, which is
surprising considering their popularity.
However, your friend can dispose of them by many different means,
most of which require more effort on her part. She can open a shop on
a site like Etsy, she can sell them at flea markets in her area, she
can advertise them and sell them out of her home, privately or in a
garage sale situation, or she can give them away.
Beads are so particular to each person’s eye and creations, that
even us 40 year beaders rarely even purchase beads for each other. If
a beader’s focus is current styles, there will be beads left over
when the styles change, so they end up just giving away out of
fashion beads to craft teachers and children. It’s hard to put them
in your will because each generation wants to choose their own. If
however, she has a well organized selection of Swarski vintage glass,
she might be able to interest a dealer by contacting them at a Gem
show, and inviting them to see the collection at her home. (Bad form
to attempt to sell to dealers at show.)
The mostly impossible task of reselling “used” beads without making
them into jewelry has been the only limiting factor in my collection,
and I’m thankful for the realization. Otherwise I would be swimming
in beads, instead of just paddling.
Mary Jane St. Amand