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PEACE, LOVE, and HIPPIES

Items from the hippie era have become very popular collectibles. The hippie period lasted from about 1967 till maybe 1975. Many of the items that were sold in stores during that time period had flowery and psychedelic designs that often said Peace or Love and are easily recognizable.

It all started in 1967 in San Francisco with the legendary Summer of Love. By 1969 it was in full swing across the entire country and the Woodstock Festival became a monumental event. Eventually, it spread worldwide. Hippie fashions and values had a brief, but major effect on culture, music, television, film, literature, and the arts.

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#PL055 - Peace Pinback Worn on Easy Rider
Vintage 1 1/4" Vietnam protest pinback. All the ones left show some aging. This pin was in the movie Easy Rider. Take a look at the movie and you'll see Peter Fonda wearing one of these on his helmet! They have the union stamp on them and came from a vendor who actually sold them at rallies in the late 1960s.
$1.00




#BEADS0030 - Group of 3 Different Larger Metal Peace Pendants
You get all 3 different for $1.50 (that's 50¢ each). Vintage 1 3/8" - 2" tall diecut punched metal peace pendants. Two are aluminum. The other is solid brass. These are well make and have a hole for stringing or dangling. They have a nice patina, but will really shine with some metal polish if that's the look you want. They are unsold old stock from a bead store on the east coast that closed 30 some years ago. These were hippie staples and you rarely see the ones made in a crude circle shape like this any more. The peace sign was originally a symbol developed by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1957 in the UK. It was adopted by the hippie culture and the symbol could be seen everywhere between about 1967 and 1972.
$1.50




#BEADS0148 - Amazing Large Glass Swirl Floral Pattern Hand Made Bead
Vintage nearly 1" wide (average) handmade bead. These are large heavy glass beads that have swirls forming a floral pattern in white and red against the black glass. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike. The sizes are plus or minus a bit and the designs are unique on each one.

They are in unused condition, and are some of the most beautiful pieces you will ever see. As far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere period. They came into the store in 1967, but look very much like fancy Venetian floral beads from the early 1900s.

They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area.
$1.00




#BEADS0155 - Copper Hippie Choker with Brass Clasp
Vintage 4 1/2" diameter copper choker with brass clasp. These are well made and there is a nice even patina to the copper with no corrosion at all. These were a hippie staple. They would often put a big hole bead on them or dangle a metal peace sign. You won't find these anywhere else, and this is a phenomenal price.

They are in unused condition. Like most of the other items in this find, these are very very scarce. They were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, metal, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware or metal, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

$0.50




#BEADS0018 - Steel Hippie Peace Dog Tag Pendant
Vintage 1" tall heavily embossed steel dog tag pendant. These have the classic hippie "Peace" logo. They are unsold stock from the late 60s early 70s when this was all the rage. They are small enough to make earrings put on a charm bracelet too. They are from an old bead store in the deep south that closed many years ago and are in excellent condition.
$1.50




#BEADS0036 - Group of 100 Green Wooden Czech Beads
You will get approximately 100 for $3 (that's 3¢ each). We counted several strands and they vary between 98 and 102 beads. These are an unusual green color. Vintage well made very old painted wooden Czech beads. These are unusual hard to find colors that are still bright and bold. Each bead is nearly 1/2" long. Most of the strands are broken and don't have their tags, so the beads will be loose for the most part. 100 beads measures out to nearly 45", so this is more than enough to make a large necklace. These came from a bead company warehouse a little north of here. Their records show they bought a huge quantity of them in 1950, but they were likely old when they bought them. The colors and weight of the beads (light) are more typical of the 1930s/40s. They had quite a few and sold them as hippie beads too when that day came too!
$3.00




#BEADS0152 - Large Black Round Incised Handmade (Lampwork) Bead
Price is 25¢/bead. Vintage very large jet black handmade bead. They have a spiral incised on the surface. The size varies. Average size is nearly inch and a quarter in diameter, plus they are over a half inch thick. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike. These are very uncommon. They were in a crate with made in Japan glass, so that would be our best guess. They are from the 1960s, or more likely, earlier. They are a bit dirty. Just rinse them off in water and they are in new unused condition.

They are in unused condition, and striking. Like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

$0.25




#BEADS0162 - Large Handmade Terra Cotta Indonesian Trade Bead/Pendant from the Hippie Store - Flat Square
Vintage flat square 1 3/8" tall by 7/8" thick terra cotta Indonesian Trade bead. Sizes vary a bit, and the holes are about 3/8" across. These were hand made and no two are alike. All have incised decoration. Some of the original paperwork was with these. They were made in the Philippines originally and sold in Indonesia. This group went from the Philippines to California. The documentation is all pre zip code, so they are likely from around 1960 or earlier. The store in California we got all this stuff from, grabbed a bunch to sell to the hippies along with African Trade beads. The hippies wore them as beads and pendants. Terra Cotta is very delicate. The fact that they survived at all is amazing. They were never used, although most will have some imperfections or small nicks. Part of that is the way they were made and part of their charm. Unglazed terracotta beads this old are hard to find.

These were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, metal, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware or metal, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

$0.40




#BEADS0168 - Hand Painted Three Dimensional Austrian Hat Button
Vintage 1 + inch wide early plastic hand painted buttons. They have raised details and are very three dimensional in the shape of an Austrian or Swiss hat. The button hole is molded in the back. These are unsold old stock stock in great shape. They were made in Italy in the 1950s.
$0.30




#BEADS0157 - Tibetan Dzi Beads
Price is 25¢/bead. Vintage handmade heavy glass beads that average about 7/8" long. Lengths and diameters vary a little because they were made by hand (lampwork beads), but they are all pretty similar. They were in bags marked "Made in India" and are from the late 1960s. They have Tibetan Dzi symbols that were believed to bring positive spiritual benefit, and were marketed to the hippies as such. These are not the real old ones that go for big bucks, but they are not the ones that were made in mass quantities in the 1980s or 90s either. This variation is uncommon. Early Dzi beads were man made from minerals and are rare and valuable, and date back as far as ancient times. Pick your color from the pull down menu.

They are in unused condition, and like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

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#BEADS0161 - Steel Hippie Arm Cuff with With Fancy Metal Scrolling

Vintage 3 1/2" diameter steel arm cuff with fancy metal design. These are well made and there is a nice even patina to the steel with no corrosion at all. These were another hippie staple. Do you remember these from back in the day? You won't find these anywhere else, and this is a phenomenal price.

They are in unused condition. Like most of the other items in this find, these are very scarce items. They were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area.

$1.00




#BEADS0228 - Copper and Brass Plated Beaded Hippie Choker
Vintage 16" around copper and brass plated Hippie Choker with clasp. It is made up of brass plated spacer beads, copper plated tube beads, and star charms. The fifteen copper plated star charms alone make this a good buy. Chris says you can sell these for 10 bucks or more! Nice quality. Made in the late 1960s. These were packed in cellophane which was packed in a sealed box which was packed in a master carton, so they are just like new!

This item is from our recent trip. We returned with these and over 100 other items! We found two separate warehouses with beads, cameos, cabochons, charms, and other stuff that went as far back as the early 1900s. It was very exciting!

$1.50




#BEADS0033 - Group of 20 Very Large Wooden Multi-Colored Hippie Beads
You will get 20 for $2 (that's 10¢ each). Vintage well made very large wooden beads that were sold as "hippie beads" in the late 60s, early 70s. The sizes, colors, and shapes vary a lot from 1/2" in diameter for the small rounds to 1" square for the cubes. You will get a good mixture of different types and colors. The ones shown are typical. These are classic hippie beads. Very cool. They are unsold old stock from a bead store just north of here. They bought them in 1968 and they were made in America. You never find them in unused condition like this. They are really nice. Two groups of these would make a 24" - 30" necklace.
$2.00




#BEADSC0079 - Brass Peace Sign Charm
Vintage 3/8" tall brass peace charm with charm loop. These are solid metal old stock in excellent condition. They came from a place that sold beads to make bracelets and things and are from around the late 1960s.
$0.25




#BEADS0163 - Large Handmade Terra Cotta Indonesian Trade Bead/Pendant from the Hippie Store - Cube
Vintage 1.3 inch square cube terra cotta Indonesian Trade bead. Sizes vary a bit, and the holes are about 3/8" across. These were hand made and no two are alike. All have incised decoration. Some of the original paperwork was with these. They were made in the Philippines originally and sold in Indonesia. This group went from the Philippines to California. The documentation is all pre zip code, so they are likely from around 1960 or earlier. The store in California we got all this stuff from, grabbed a bunch to sell to the hippies along with African Trade beads. The hippies wore them as beads and pendants. Terra Cotta is very delicate. The fact that they survived at all is amazing. They were never used, although most will have some imperfections or small nicks. Part of that is the way they were made and part of their charm. Unglazed terracotta beads this old are hard to find.

These were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, metal, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware or metal, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

$0.40




#BEADS0025 - 11mm Blue Japanese Crumb Glass Bead
40¢ per bead. Vintage 11mm Blue Japanese Crumb Glass Bead. While the glass was still hot, these beads were rolled around in various colors of tiny glass crumbs giving them a textured surface. These are unsold old stock from a warehouse on the West Coast. They are made in Japan and were imported in the late 1960s during the flower power hippie craze. They are all handmade and so the sizes will vary a little and they may not all be perfectly round.
$0.40




#BEADS0151 - Irregular Shape Handmade (Lampwork) Colorful Bead
Price is 40¢/bead. Vintage very colorful blue, brown, and black handmade bead. These average about 1/2" or so in diameter, but the sizes vary a little. The number of side varies too. Somewhere between eight and ten. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike. These were still on their original strings with "Made in Japan" tags. They are unusual.

They are in unused condition, and fantastic. Bright colors. Like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. They came into the store around 1967.They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

$0.40




#BEADS0022 - 8mm Green Glass Japanese Millefiori Flower Bead
20¢ per bead. Vintage 8mm Green Glass Japanese Millefiori Flower Bead. The word "Millefiori" is Italian and means 1000 flowers. To make these flower patterns on the beads is labor intensive and requires hand cutting a hot cane of glass that has been patterned. These are unsold old stock from a warehouse on the West Coast. They are made in Japan and were imported in the late 1960s during the flower power hippie craze. They are all handmade and so the sizes will vary a little and they may not all be perfectly round.
$0.20




#BEADS0028 - Vintage Very Large Smiley Face Bead/Decoration
Vintage very large 2 3/4" wide smiley face bead/decoration. The front is a heavy plastic and the reverse is tin. There are 5 different colors. The more you buy, the more colors you will get. The boxes they were in were marked Japan. They have two holes in the back for stringing, and a notch between them. You pulled the string or wire down in the notch to keep them from moving. There was probably a type of pin you could use with them too. I remember seeing these decorating belts back in the day. They had multiple uses. They are old unsold stock from a bead store on the east coast that closed 30 some years ago. The tin on the reverse has a little tin patina which adds to their charm. The Smiley face was invented in 1964 by cartoonist Harvey Ball. Buttons and items like this because very popular during the hippie days and peaked in 1971 when over 50 million Smiley Face buttons were sold!!!!
$0.50




#BEADS0153 - Unusual Matte Finish Cigar Shaped Japanese Millefiori Bead
Price is 50¢/bead. Vintage large cigar shaped handmade bead. The lengths on these are fairly consistent at about one inch. The diameters vary more. They are all cigar shaped with a millefiori flower pattern and a matte finish to the glass. The shape and matte finish are very uncommon in millefiori glass. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike. The "Made in Japan" stickers were still with them.

They are in unused condition, and very detailed an interesting looking. Like most of the others in this find, so far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere else period. They were sold as hippie beads in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. In 1967, the hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. The owner of this store put out the call that he wanted all types of beads that were either colorful, large, earthenware, or had mystical significance. Some of the items that he brought into the store were much older, and we will note them in the listings. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. The lucite stuff was for the fake hippies. The demand started slacking as the hippie phenomena died down and by the mid 1970s, they started selling gold chains and disco related items instead. The hippie items were taken from the front shelves, and stored in the back. The newspaper they were wrapped in was dated 1977, so that's when they put them back there. The most striking thing in the store is an old display of huge African Trade Bead necklaces from the 1800s. They were even selling those sort of beads to the hippies. One of those necklaces will run you about 2 grand now. That place is a real time warp. You could still smell incense around some of the boxes and I kept hearing Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane in my head. Just amazing.

$0.50


 
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