Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Great Aunt's Bead Stash

On several of the items I sell on etsy I mention "my great aunt's bead stash" as the source of my vintage beads so I finally had the bright idea to show her stash so people can see what I'm talking about.

My great aunt made beaded jewelry for several years between the 1950's and 1970's.

This is a lone earring I've saved. No idea what's happened to the other.


But I do have quite a collection of the rings she made. I love all the color!



I inherited her stash and it sits in the unassuming little orange tackle box.



But inside? Pretties! :)


Matches were only two cents but she still re-used the box to store some beads.


I absolutely love the fun color in these acrylic beads.


This package only cost 29 cents new.


Not sure what it came off of or what I'll use it for but I do like this little cherub.


Faux pearls galore.


There are quite a few of these labels (and the box it's resting on) but I'm not sure what they held.


So there you are - finally! A peek into one I not only inherited beads from but also a desire to create.








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10 comments:

Megan said...

What a fun treasure box! I can see why you would appreciate it...being a pirate and all :).

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! The beads...and the rings she made are amazing! I love the packaged beads and the colorful acrylic beads...and everything! My eyes got big just looking at the photos...I can imagine how you felt when you opened the box! ♥

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wow - what gorgeous goodies! That is quite a stash. And what an eye-opener to see those prices...yowza! Theresa

Dianne said...

Very cool stash!

Christine said...

Now you will have her collection for ever!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very pretty!! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog...so do drop by!!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh boy....would I love to get my hands on this and just peruse through all the goodies.


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fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

ahhh such pretty beads! all so colourful and very vintagey! superb!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Hello: a Bit o shine!
Love that name!
Your pictures are so delicious!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Debbie~ said...

Thanks so much for sharing your stash, how awesome that you were able to get these fun beads for you to use and cherish! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs