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Vintage Beads and Findings
Our goal is to supply craft folks, dealers, and collectors with beads and findings that are dealer priced, and that are genuinely old. We will give you specific information about the age of every bead or finding that we offer.  They are all old with no exceptions. We will be offering you a wide selection from Venetian trade beads from around 1900 to nailheads which were use to decorate clothing in the roaring 1920s to Hippie Beads from around 1970, and more.

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#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




#BEADS0051 - 200 Candy Cane Czech Nailhead Glass Beads
Price is 3¢ per bead. These are very small and very beautiful. 200 should strand out to around 20" or so. Sizes vary a little. Use the dime in the picture for perspective. Nailheads were made almost exclusively in the 1920s for flapper dresses, purses and other items of clothing. There are many types. When the Great Depression hit, production ceased and a lot of these were left behind. The ones we have came from the basements of old shops in New York City that made outfits back in the day and somehow survived the depression. Nailheads are named as such because they have a look a little like the head of a nail.
$6.00




#BEADS0150 - Group of 3 Different Colored Large Rare American Glass Beads/Curtain Pulls from the Civil War Era
(You get 3 for $3 - That's $1 each). Early large heavy wound glass American hand made beads. The sizes are very variable ranging from about an inch to over and inch and a quarter. They are glass that was worked on an iron rod. These have the iron residue up the entire opening which was caused by rods used only from about 1840 to 1870. They are spectacular when lit up. We have no more of the light blue one shown in the picture, so the three different will be green, amber, and cobalt. These handmade glass objects were sold as beads and as curtain pulls and probably other things too. They were sold by the peck. These are one of the very earliest forms of American lampwork bead. They light up brilliantly with a lot of light behind them. Pick the color you want from the pull down menu. The crazy store of how we found these is below. We are still amazed by it.

We were out looking for hippie beads at the store in California we've been talking about. There were quite a few of these packed away in the back with the hippie stuff. When we asked about them, they knew that grandpa had bought them from a store that exclusively sold vintage American glass when they went out of business. He bought them because of the large holes and colors, thinking the hippies would like them!!!!!! We have spent countless hours researching these things, and it turns out they are real deal mid 1800s blown glass. This is one of the best find we have ever had. I can pretty much guarantee you that the only other place you are going to see one of these is in a museum.

$3.00




#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




#BEADS0167 - Czechoslovakian Glass Buttons - Pick your Color and Style
Vintage 18mm (3/4" diameter average) glass buttons. These are unused Czech glass buttons that we are conservatively guessing are from around 1950 (the deco design on some of them suggests they may be older) that were still in their original unopened boxes and in perfect condition. They have some great designs. Click on the picture to bring up a more detailed picture. Pick from the pull down menu. We found a large quantity of them that we bought really right, and so we are selling them very inexpensively. They are 12¢ each, except the poinsettia Christmas buttons which are 25¢. They have standard button loops molded into the glass in the back.
Select Color and Style
13 mm Red Raised Coil Rope Design 
13mm Red Raised Deco Design 
13mm White Raised Coiled Rope Design 
13mm White Raised Deco Design 
18mm Red Raised Coiled Rope Design 
18mm White Raised Coiled Rope Design 
18mm White Raised Deco Design 
18mm Red Raised Deco Design 
18mm White Raised Spinning Circles Design 
18mm Red and Green Christmas Design (+$0.13)
18mm Red Raised Four Coils in Center Design 
$0.12




#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




#BEADS0062 - Larger Striped Melon Chevron Trading Bead - Yellow Base, Green, White Stripes
Price is $1 per bead. Vintage 5/8" long (average) Venetian trading bead. This one has a yellow base with green and white stripes. They are circa early 1900s hand made glass beads that are a little crude and irregular in size, but quite beautiful. I got these beads from the curator of an African museum who makes regular buying trips to Africa. They are from broken strands of real necklaces. The ones in this lot are in much above average condition. Use the picture with the dime for reference.
$1.00




#BEADS0176 - Round West German Pinch Beads - Pick Your Color
Vintage round West German pinch beads. The tan ones are very fancy fire polished beads that are uncommon and fastastic. The white ones are nice too. The white ones are about 7mm across and the tan ones are about 6mm. The tag is West Germany and a style used in the 1960s. They came from a bead store on the east coast that closed over 30 years ago and are in excellent unused condition.
Select Color and Size
White 
Tan Fire Polished (+$0.05)
$0.05




#BEADSC0083 - Solid Copper Moving Arrow Roulette Wheel Charm
Vintage 3/4" tall copper roulette wheel charm with charm loop. They are solid copper and have numbers on them with an arrow you can spin. These are unusual and very uncommon. Circa 1950. They were found in dry storage and are in excellent condition.
$0.50




#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




#BEADS0068 - Larger Striped Tube Trading Bead - Yellow Base, Maroon, Green
Price is 25¢ per bead. Vintage 5/8" long (average) striped tube Venetian trading bead. This one has a yellow base with maroon and green stripes. They are circa early 1900s hand made glass beads that are a little crude and irregular in size, but quite beautiful. I got these beads from the curator of an African museum who makes regular buying trips to Africa. They are from broken strands of real necklaces. The ones in this lot are in much above average condition. Use the picture with the dime for reference.
$0.25




#BEADS0187 - Black Hobnail Patterned Cabochon
25¢ each. Vintage 11mm diameter West German hobnail cabachon. These are a matte black color,and are well made. They are from around the 1950s, and have a rim for gluing. They are old stock in unused condition from up in the northeast.
$0.20




#BEADS0135 - Sew on Glass Heart with Hole in Center - Pick Your Color
Vintage 12mm tall heart shaped glass sew on piece. You could put two back to back to make a complete heart or sew them on things as decoration. They are in perfect unused condition and were made around the 1950s. Uncommon.

This was part of a large find of old beads and stones and the like from the Northeast. Some of this stuff is really amazing and interesting. We are pricing it all at a very substantial discount to what it goes for on Ebay or Etsy.

Select color
Amber 
Green 
$0.20




#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




#BEADS0063 - Larger Striped Melon Chevron Trading Bead - Maroon, Green and White
Price is $1 per bead. Vintage 1/2" long (average) Venetian trading bead. This one is maroon and white and red striped. They are circa early 1900s hand made glass beads that are a little crude and irregular in size, but quite beautiful. I got these beads from the curator of an African museum who makes regular buying trips to Africa. They are from broken strands of real necklaces. The ones in this lot are in much above average condition. Use the picture with the dime for reference.
$1.00




#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




#BEADS0052 - Square Faceted Taupe Czech Nailhead Glass Bead
Price is 8¢ per bead. These have faceted top sides, and are an unusual Taupe color. 7 strand out to about an inch. Use the dime in the picture for perspective. Nailheads are very small, but very beautiful. They were made almost exclusively in the 1920s for flapper dresses, purses and other items of clothing. There are many types. When the Great Depression hit, production ceased and a lot of these were left behind. The ones we have came from the basements of old shops in New York City that made outfits back in the day and somehow survived the depression. Nailheads are named as such because they have a look a little like the head of a nail, and like nails, some have flat heads, some are round, and some are square.
$0.08




#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.

Select Color
Black and White 
Blue and White 
Green and White 
$0.25


 
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