I love vintage beads. One of my main sources for vintage beads is Suzanne Branca’s Famous Vintage Bead Hoard Liquidation Destash. She had been selling vintage items on her A Grain of Sand website, but decided to focus on gemstones, so she is destashing her vintage hoard. It is so fun to see things and have access (at great prices) to fabulous and some unusual vintage items. I thought I’d share a selection of things that I’ve gotten since what I made this weekend aren’t things I can show yet.
I love the color of these Czech glass scinter beads. Scinter beads are leftover glass that is ground up and pressed into beads.
Sometimes we have access to finished jewelry that we can use as is or for repurposing. I love this style of necklace, but vintage examples are always too small for my modern neck. Having multiple (lots often come in multiples – combined retail ready packs for a deeply discounted price) means I can combine beads to make the same style in my size. I love vintage white beads, and have a nice selection of shapes and sizes mainly thanks to Suzanne.
There are also a lot of really nice wood beads. These are a fabulous color. They are old Miriam Haskell stock.
I also love black glass. These English cut beads are a favorite shape.
I like the range of materials. These cotton candy lucite beads are beauties.
I also amassed a nice collection of bakelite beads.
Vintage buttons are fun. I never know what I’m going to do with them; I just like them. Look at those black ones in the back right. Matte!
Cool sugar beads. I don’t think I had ever seen any with “sugar” just around the middle before this. They are especially nice.
Here is another example of finished jewelry – a vintage Trifari pin. I got another design in gold tone. I wear them both.
There are some unusual things. I believe I got things in mixed box of vintage goodness. I love them. I haven’t decided what to do with them, but I know something perfect will eventually present itself.
Here are some really wonderful glass. These are also Miriam Haskell stock.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of some of my vintage stash.