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#BEADS0267 - Group of 8 Rare Japanese Millefiori Beads with Silver/Gold Bands
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 8 beads for $1.60 (that's 20¢ each). Vintage 8mm diameter rare and beautiful millefiori bead type. They both have the millefiori flower pattern. The yellow one has a gold band around it and the blue one a silver band. You will get four of each. We have never seen these before anywhere. They are very unusual. We found these at the bead store near the Haight Ashbury area that we've told you about that sold them as hippie beads.
$1.60



#BEADS0794 - Group of 10 Glass African Trade Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 10 for $3.50 (that's 35¢ each). These are African powder beads (sand cast beads) from broken strands. They are from the around the 1920s and run from about 7mm to 15mm in diameter. They were made from ground glass ballast from ships. I did notice a clay one here and there too. These were used as currency and decoration in Ghana. A friend brought these to this country many years ago. They are in typical used condition. All sorts of different types and styles. You will get a mix similar to the picture. No special requests please.
$3.50



#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 from about 1840 to 1870. The three different will be green, amber, and cobalt (out of light blue). These handmade glass objects were sold as beads and as curtain pulls, and sold by the peck. They are one of the very earliest forms of American lampwork bead. They light up brilliantly with a lot of light behind them. Here's the crazy story of how we found them. We were out looking for hippie beads at a store in California when we found these packed away with a bunch of old hippie stuff. They told us that grandpa had bought them from a store that exclusively sold vintage American glass that went out of business. He bought them because of the large holes and colors, thinking the hippies would like them! It turns out they are real deal mid 1800s blown glass. This is one of the best find we have ever had.
$3.00



#BEADS0553 - 16mm Two Sided Glass Cat Bead  - Halloween Spooky - As Low as 25¢
Vintage 16mm tall, two sided (same dimensional cat on both sided), glass Czech bead that is a detailed black and white spooky looking cat. The bead hole runs diagonally as shown in the picture.  These are old unsold store stock that we picked up on the east coast. They are in perfect condition and the old version from around the 1920/30s. This old version is very uncommon.
$0.35

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#BEADS0151 - Irregular Shape Handmade (Lampwork) Colorful Bead - Japan
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.

$0.35



#BEADS0168 - Group of 4 Large Heavy Glass 22mm Blue and White Tibetan Dzi Blessings Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You will get 4 for $1 (that's 25¢/bead). Vintage very heavy thick glass 22mm long blue and white Dzi five eye beads. The five eye design represented blessings from the five Tibetan Wealth Gods, and were believed to provide the holder with prosperity and affluence. These are the late 1960s hippie era. They were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. So, they are at least that old, and I suspect older. The oldest Dzi beads were made of agate. These are glass. They are old handmade lampwork beads. The hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. These are the leftovers from that era that were relegated to storage as the fad faded. They are in nice unused condition.

$1.00



#BEADS0207 - Very Large Heavy Deep Ruby Colored Round Incised Handmade (Lampwork) Bead
Price is 25¢/bead. Vintage very large deep ruby colored 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.

$0.25



#BEADS0459 - Stained Bamboo Hippie Beads - As low as 8¢ each
These are relatviely large vintage 20mm (.8") long bamboo beads. Size varies slightly as these are real bamboo. These are leftovers from the late 1960s. They were in remote storage and have never seen the light of day before. Perfect condition.
 
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$0.12

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#BEADS0242 - Hand Painted Hippie Flower and Butterfly Dangler - Your Choice
Vintage 1" tall (height varies a little) hand painted river rock (painted on real stones) dangler with a metal loop in the top. There are two types. The one has a butterfly painted on it. The other has two flower power flowers. All you have to do is put a hook on them and they are instant earrings. These are unsold stock from the late 1960s hippie era, and are in excellent unused condition.
Select Type
Hand Painted Butterfly  
Hand Painted Flower Power Flowers  
$0.50



#BEADS0427 - Jet Black Czech Multi Faceted Bead
6mm long jet black multifaceted czech bead. They were made around the 1960s. Excellent unused condition.  Found these on a big east coast trip. Price is per bead.
$0.06



#BEADS0148 - Amazing Huge Glass Swirl Floral Pattern Hand Made Bead
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. 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 are old stock that appear to be fancy Venetian floral beads from the early 1900s.
$1.00



#BEADS0463 - Star Shaped 15mm Blue Lace Quartz Pendant - As low as 40¢
Vintage 15mm (.6") tall star shaped pendant with a single hole at the top. They look like glass to me, but the packaging says "Blue Lace Quartz" "West Germany". Going by the packaging, they are likely from the 1960s. They have flat backs and could be used to  make many things. These are well made high quality pieces and unusual. I couldn't find any anywhere else on the internet. They are in like new condition.
 
This is from our latest treasure hunt! These are from a warehouse of cabachons and beads! All were in original packaging. All are 50 - 90 years old.

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$0.75

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#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



#BEADS0149 - Very Large Very Colorful Ceramic Handmade Splatter Glass Bead
Price is 30¢/bead. Vintage very large heavy glass bead. These are over an inch and a half inch long. They are handmade splatter glass with very bright colors. Because they were handmade (also known as lampwork beads), no two are alike.

They are in unused condition, and fantastic. Bright hippie colors. So far as we can tell, there are no other examples of these to be found anywhere online, or anywhere period. They were made in India and 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.
$0.30



#BEADS0169 - Group of 4 Large Heavy Glass 22mm Green and White Tibetan Dzi Blessings Beads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You will get 4 for $1 (that's 25¢/bead). Vintage very heavy thick glass green and white 22mm long Dzi five eye beads. The five eye design represented blessings from the five Tibetan Wealth Gods, and were believed to provide the holder with prosperity and affluence. These are the late 1960s hippie era. They were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. So, they are at least that old, and I suspect older. The oldest Dzi beads were made of agate. These are glass. They are old handmade lampwork beads. The hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. These are the leftovers from that era that were relegated to storage as the fad faded. They are in nice unused condition.

$1.00



#BEADS0338 - Translucent Vaseline Tan Pinch Bead
Vintage 8mm tall translucent vaseline looking tan pinch bead. These are very shiny and likely fire polished. They are in excellent unused condition and from around the 1950/60s.
$0.10



#BEADS0458 - Dark Jade Colored Dangler Beads with Metal Loop - As low as 10¢ each
Vintage 12mm (.5") tall dangler beads including the loop (beads themselves are 8mm). These are a very dark jade color and have brass loops. They were found in original packaging strung on wire. Packs were marked "Made in Japan" and are from the 1950s. Other than age patina on the metal, these are in perfect condition.
 
This is from our latest treasure hunt! From a warehouse of cabochons and beads! All were in original packaging and all are 50-90 years old.
 
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$0.20

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#BEADS0494 - 17mm Clay Colored Hippie Bead - As Low as 15¢ each
Vintage multi-sided 17mm (.7") across clay colored bead. These are made from a lightweight material, but look exactly like red clay. Packages were marked "Made in Japan". These are from the late 1960s, and are in perfect unused condition. They really have the look of the day and would be great for a late 1960s period piece.
 
This is from our latest treasure hunt! These came from a different warehouse in the same area.

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$0.25

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#BEADS0585 - Well Made Metal Pendant with Strange Version of 3 Wise Monkeys - As low as $1.50 Each
Vintage 2" wide heavy pewter type metal 3 wise monkeys pendants. These are not your regular monkeys though. They look more like Day of the Dead Monkeys. They were make by Kim Co. in New York in the late 1960s and were sold to hippies at the time.  Loops on each side for hanging. These are heavy duty pieces in perfect unused condition. They will appeal to the collectors who like Goth, Steampunk, skull, and Day of the Dead. Very unusual and uncommon.
 
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$2.00

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#BEADS0847 - Beaded Glass and Copper Tassel - Japan
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 2 1/2" tall tassel with glass beads, a glass pearl, and copper hanging strands. Boxes were marked "Made in Japan". Circa 1950s. These are in excellent unused condition. Some of the copper strands are showing some aging.
$0.25



#BEADS0165 - Acrylic 18mm Yellow and Black Flower Power Bead
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage high quality heavily embossed yellow and black acrylic flower power bead from the late 1960s hippie era. 18mm long. They were sold in the late 60s from a bead store near the Haight Ashbury area. The hippie phenomena dominated the area and the demand for beads was huge. These are the leftovers from that era that were relegated to storage as the fad faded. They are in nice unused condition.
$0.15



#BEADS0655 - 18mm Cut Crystal Heart Shaped German Glass Pendant - As Low as 40¢
Vintage clear crystal 18mm tall heart shaped pendant with multiple facets. There is a hole in the top for hanging. These are super clear cut or pressed glass crystal (that looks like cut glass) in amazing condition.  Package was marked "Germany" dating them to the 1940s or earlier. We found these at one of our favorite haunts up in the northeast. Any imperfections you see in the picture are dust. These are perfect.
 
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$0.75

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#BEADS0179 - 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.

$0.30



#BEADS0359 - Group of 10 Large White Triangle Beads - Venetian Trade Beads
You will get 10 for $1.50. That's 15¢ each. These are bright white and fairly large. The sizes vary as in the picture from about 9mm to 15mm long. These were sold back in the day as trade beads. There are not a lot of these and this is an amazing price on them, so don't wait long.

Here's the incredible story. In 1898, the Societa Veneziana Conterie Consortium was formed. It was a group of 16 bead makers who put their beads in one place so they could be sold by one sales force. Some of the stock was old when it came there in 1898 (these are those)! In recent times, the consortium was dissolved and the remaining 400,000 plus pounds of beads were sold to an American Indian Trading post. We were able to get ahold of a good quantity of the oldest types (the wrapping confirms the are pre WWI).

$1.50

 
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