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##MUSICGD2048 - Grateful Dead Car Window Tour Sticker/Decal - Space is for Deadheads not Warheads!!!
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 10" wide Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals that were made for car windows. I peeled the cover off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one is from around the 1980s. It features a quote "Space is for Deadheads Not Warheads!!!".
  
These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well "The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$5.00 -+



##MUSICGD2007 - Large Grateful Dead Car Window Tour Sticker/Decal - Egypt Tour
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage large 6 1/2" wide Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals that were made for car windows (this would have went on a rear window. I peeled the cover off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one is from around the mid 80s or earlier. It features a skeleton on a camel with roses, and says "Egypt". These are about the Grateful Dead Egypt Tour which happened in 1978.
  
These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$3.50 -+



##MUSICGD2000 - Grateful Dead Car Window Tour Sticker/Decal - Bear and Skeleton on the Yellow Brick Road
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 4 1/2" diameter Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals that were made for car windows. I peeled the cover off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one is from around the late 1980s and has an artist signature Jim (can't read the last name). It features a bear with a rose holding hands with a skeleton walking up the yellow brick road towards Oz.
  
These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well "The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$2.50 -+



#BGTransport170 - Group of 4 Flower Power Flicker Action Volkswagen Smiley Bug Coasters
Click the picture to see a larger, more detailed image of all four pages. You get 4 for $3 (that's 75¢ each). Vintage 3 1/2" tall soft vinyl coasters. They say "Jammin' Smiley Bug" and show a 1957 license plate. Flicker action makes the hippies in the car disappear when you turn it sideways. These came out of an old car dealership where they were giveaways in the late 1960s. Excellent unused condition.
 

$3.00 -+



#MSH044 - Group of 4 Full Booklets of Head Hippie Era Rolling Papers - Turns to a Flower in Your Mind
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (both sides are pictured). You get 4 for $3 (that's 75¢ each). If you order 24, you will get a full display box which is pictured in the large image. Vintage colorful 2 7/8" wide booklet full of Head brand rolling papers. The graphics are fantastic. The front pictures marijuana plants growing in a field. The reverse has the sun over a field of pot plants and says "After All, It's Only a Weed That Turns to a Flower in Your Mind". These are from the later part of the hippie era (mid 1970s). They are also marked  "Adams Apple Dist, Chicago, Illinois". Unused old store stock in excellent condition.
 

$3.00 -+



#MSH047 - Pair of Mechanical Mini Ash Tray/Hippie Stash Boxes in Original Boxes - Pictures 1911 Rolls Silver Ghost
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (the illustrated box and device are both pictured). You get 2 for $5 (that's $2.50 each). These are a real piece of hippie history. Vintage colorful 2 3/8" tall box that says Classic Car and pictures a 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. The ashtray/stash box device inside has the same image. The device inside has a spring loaded cigarette/joint holder that pops out when you open it. It is a tin box that you could use as an ash tray or for joint storage. "Made in Hong Kong". These were sold as novelties and in head shops all over the country in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when stash boxes were all the rage. We found these at an old novelty distributorship in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition. There were nine different variations (Cigarettes, Cars, Novelty) that we will be offering in this and future catalogs. They would make a really interesting collection.
 

$5.00 -+



#MSH050 - Group of 2 Mechanical Mini Ash Tray/Hippie Stash Boxes in Original Boxes - Pictures 1932 Chrysler Imperial
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (the illustrated box and device are both pictured). You get 2 for $5 (that's $2.50 each). These are a real piece of hippie history. Vintage colorful 2 3/8" tall box that says Classic Car and pictures a 1932 Chrysler Imperial. The ashtray/stash box device inside has the same image. The device inside has a spring loaded cigarette/joint holder that pops out when you open it. It is a tin box that you could use as an ash tray or for joint storage. "Made in Hong Kong". These were sold as novelties and in head shops all over the country in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when stash boxes were all the rage. We found these at an old novelty distributorship in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition. There were nine different variations (Cigarettes, Cars, Novelty) that we will be offering in this and future catalogs. They would make a really interesting collection.
 

$5.00 -+



#MSH054 - Group of 2 Mechanical Mini Gitanes Cigarettes Ash Tray/Hippie Stash Boxes in Original Boxes
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (the illustrated box and device are both pictured). You get 2 for $5 (that's $2.50 each). These are a real piece of hippie history. Vintage colorful 2 3/8" tall box with the exact graphics of a French Gitanes cigarette pack from the day. The device inside has a spring loaded cigarette/joint holder that pops out when you open it. It is a tin box that you could use as an ash tray or for joint storage. "Made in Hong Kong". They also look like a mini Gitanes cigarette pack with the dancing gypsy logo. These were sold as novelties and in head shops all over the country in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when stash boxes were all the rage. We found these at an old novelty distributorship in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition. There were nine different variations (Cigarettes, Cars, Novelty) that we will be offering in future catalogs. They would make a really interesting collection.
 

$5.00 -+



##MUSICGD2200 - Group of 20 Different Grateful Dead Sticker/Decals
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get 20 different for $35 (that's $1.75 each). Vintage 4" - 7"" tall Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals. One style was made for car windows and the other for sticking on mirrors and glass. I peeled the covers off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. They are all from the 1980s or 90s. All feature Grateful Dead themes. The ones shown in the picture are typical. See the bigger image to get a better feel for them.

These vintage Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$35.00 -+



##MUSICGD2001 - Grateful Dead Car Window Tour Sticker/Decal - Skeleton Smoking a Joint under a Mushroom with Rainbow
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 4 1/2" diameter Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals that were made for car windows. I peeled the cover off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one is from around the late 1980s and has an artist signature Jeremy. It features a skeleton smoking a joint and hanging onto a giant mushroom with a rainbow, mountains, and sky in the background.
  
These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$2.50 -+



##MUSICGD2069 - Grateful Dead Tour Sticker/Decal - State of Massachusetts with Bear and Steal Your Face
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 4" square Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals. This type sticks on the outside of glass or a mirror or your pocket. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one is from the 1980s. The decal features a Grateful Dead bear standing against the State of walking across a backwards image of the State of Massachusetts. This all appears in the place where the brain should be in a Steal Your Face (Grateful Dead character) skull. These were made for various states and sold when the tour went to a certain state. This is the Massachusetts version. Excellent unused condition.

These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$3.00 -+



#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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#BEADS0658 - Fancy Brass Earring with Large Glass Cabochon
Price is per earring. Vintage 16mm fancy glass cabochon earring. Brass mounting is embossed Japan. These have a classic 1950s look about them and could still be worn. Excellent unused condition. We found these in remote storage of an old jewelry store on our last visit to the northeast.
 

$1.00 -+



#MSH045 - Pair of Mechanical Mini Cauloises Caporal Cigarettes Ash Tray/Hippie Stash Boxes in Original Boxes
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (the illustrated box and device are both pictured). You get 2 for $5 (that's $2.50 each). These are a real piece of hippie history. Vintage colorful 2 3/8" tall box with the exact graphics of a fancy French Cauloises Caporal cigarette pack from the day. The device inside has a spring loaded cigarette/joint holder that pops out when you open it. It is a tin box that you could use as an ash tray or for joint storage. "Made in Hong Kong". These were sold as novelties and in head shops all over the country in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when stash boxes were all the rage. We found these at an old novelty distributorship in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition. There were nine different variations (Cigarettes, Cars, Novelty) that we will be offering in future catalogs. They would make a really interesting collection.
 

$5.00 -+



##MUSICGD2006 - Grateful Dead Car Window Tour Sticker/Decal - Grateful Dead Bear Holding Peace Sign - Blue Version
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 4 1/2" tall Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals that were made for car windows. I peeled the cover off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one is from around the late 80s early 90s. It features a Grateful Dead bear wearing sunglasses and holding a peace sign.
  
These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$2.50 -+



#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 -+



#MSH051 - Group of 2 Mechanical Mini Ash Tray/Hippie Stash Boxes in Original Boxes - Love Thy Neighbor
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (the illustrated box and device are both pictured). You get 2 for $5 (that's $2.50 each). These are a real piece of hippie history. Vintage colorful 2 3/8" tall box. The ashtray/stash box , and the device inside says "Love Thy Neighbor" "But Don't Get Caught". This was from back in the day of free love. It pictures a couple dancing. The device inside has a spring loaded cigarette/joint holder that pops out when you open it. It is a tin box that you could use as an ash tray or for joint storage. "Made in Hong Kong". These were sold as novelties and in head shops all over the country in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when stash boxes were all the rage. We found these at an old novelty distributorship in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition. There were nine different variations (Cigarettes, Cars, Novelty) that we will be offering in this and future catalogs. They would make a really interesting collection.
 

$5.00 -+



##MUSICGD2002 - Grateful Dead Tour Sticker/Decal - Bear Walking Through Illinois
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 4" wide Grateful Dead sticker/decal. These are high quality art decals. This type sticks on the outside of glass or a mirror or your pocket. They are in mint condition and can still be used. This one features the Steal Your Face character (the skull) with a Grateful Dead Bear walking across the state of Illinois. These were sold during the tour that went through Illinois. These are circa 1990.

These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise in excellent unused condition. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$2.50 -+



#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 -+



#BEADS0349 - Group of 4 Red Rose Design 18mm Japanese Ceramic Big Hole Beads
Click the picture to see larger more detailed image (two views pictured). You will get 4 for $1 (that's 25¢ each). Vintage red rose design (on two sides) 18mm long big hole ceramic beads. These were in boxes marked "Made in Japan" and are from the late 1960s. 

Hippies were stringing big hole beads on rope back in the day and these had the earthy look that was popular. They are in unused condition, and are very uncommon. 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. The hardcore hippies wanted glass or ceramic or earthenware, so that is what most of these items are. 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 was 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.
 

$1.00 -+



#MSH052 - Group of Two Different Colored Pursette Portable Ashtray/Stash Boxes
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. You get two for $4 (that's $2 each). Vintage 2 1/2" diameter metal snap top ashtrays in their original illustrated box (one side of the box shows red and the other black). You will get one of each color. These are from the late 1960s when smoking was hip. They were also sold as stash boxes in head shops. They are old store stock that we got from an old novelty distributor in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition.
 

$4.00 -+



#MSH056 - Group of 2 Mechanical Mini Ash Tray/Hippie Stash Boxes in Original Boxes - Kissing Toads
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image (the illustrated box and device are both pictured). You get 2 for $5 (that's $2.50 each). These are a real piece of hippie history. Vintage colorful 2 3/8" tall box. The ashtray/stash box , and the device inside says "Before you Meet the Handsome Prince" "You Have to Kiss a Lot of Toads". This was from back in the day of free love. It pictures a large toad. The device inside has a spring loaded cigarette/joint holder that pops out when you open it. It is a tin box that you could use as an ash tray or for joint storage. "Made in Hong Kong". These were sold as novelties and in head shops all over the country in the late 1960s into the early 1970s when stash boxes were all the rage. We found these at an old novelty distributorship in northern Ohio. Excellent unused condition. There were nine different variations (Cigarettes, Cars, Novelty) that we will be offering in this and future catalogs. They would make a really interesting collection.
 

$5.00 -+



##MUSICGD2030 - Grateful Dead Car Window Tour Sticker/Decal - Bear and VW Symbol
Click the picture to see a larger more detailed image. Vintage 4 1/2" tall Grateful Dead sticker/decal. This one has a lot going on. There is a Grateful Dead bear wearing a necklace with a VW (Volkswagen) pendant hanging onto a ball which is landing in the ocean. The Volkswagen bus was considered part of the Grateful Dead mystique and "VW" showed up in a lot of the artwork. Circa 1992. These are high quality art decals that were made for car windows. I peeled the cover off for the picture. They are in mint condition and can still be used. 
  
These Grateful Dead stickers/decals are old tour merchandise. I found them wrapped in plastic in boxes in master cases. They came from a distributor who sold them to tour vendors. The condition is pristine and they still will work as a car decal or window/mirror sticker. We found them packed away in storage boxes dated 1992 (many are older than that) and 1995 (year Jerry Garcia died). They are high quality artist renderings of Grateful Dead themes. Back in the day, the Dead did not monitor copyrights and that sort of thing, and in fact, at one point encouraged artists to do designs. The LA times explained it well “The Grateful Dead was famously lax in enforcing it’s intellectual property rights and trademarks, allowing fans to create their own designs using the band’s expansive iconography”. Since there was no serious monitoring or much concern back then, a lot of up and coming artists got involved in designing them. This is how some of them got their starts. Some of the sticker artists who designed these stickers went on to produce official licensed works for the Grateful Dead and other famous groups. These stickers include some by now famous designers including David Opie, and others. These 1995 and older stickers are very hard to find anymore.
 

$2.00 -+



#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 -+

 
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