Sunday, October 19, 2008

Flea Market Find

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Well, it was worth getting up while it is still dark -- and heading out in the cold to a flea market about 25 miles from here. I was disappointed the gal from last month with all the beautiful MOP buttons was not there this time. 
I did find this box with MANY varied color cabochons -- and probably 500 head pins too --all for $3.00. The box was marked $6.00 but all of this dealer's items were 50% off -- I would have gone home very happy with just these, but then came across the beads that are laying around the outside of the box. The dealer called these "Christmas Beads" -- I thought maybe Mardi Gras beads --- do any of you have any ideas? They are glass beads and shown are two strings of them. 

12 comments:

abeadlady said...

What a find, Jackie! Lucky you. Not a clue about the bead strands.

I have tagged you for a meme. You can see the details on my blog.

Arline

Dot said...

Great find Jackie! Am sure you will have fun using these goodies..

Tracey N. said...

Ohhh! Why cant I ever find awesome things like that? Good for you! It was sure worth the trip I would say. I cant wait to see what you do with all those cabs! Cant wait to see the next birdie either!

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

Once again I was very lucky --
Tracey, you bird comment made me think -- a couple of these cabs might make very nice wings for the next bird. Will have to audition them and see how they look.

Gypsy said...

Out here in Indian Land, they are called 'trade strands', and the name is meant only to reflect that the strands are made up of many different types and colors of beads, which were used for trading for skins and furs in the early days of the US. The beads were usually the cheaper variety, not the Japanese styles we can access today, but still make colorful accents, like you did on the gourd rim! Great finds, Jackie!!

Anonymous said...

Bev Moon wrote:

"I have some of those beads and yes they really are called Christmas beads. This is what I was told one time about them in a class that I took that used these beads as part of the design. this is what the teacher told us--that they come from Africa and they were used as Christmas presents."

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

""Trade Strands" or "Christmas Beads" -- either way they are such fun beads -- thank you all for your input -- and Bev, I hope when you get home you will post a photo of the project you made from your beads. Would love to see it.

Mary R. said...

I dont know what they are but I sure would have boughten them too if i had been there,,,,iam into beading now i love to bead small forms.. wow these are great for a evening with the TV....i guess since i stoped smoking my hands needs some thing to do....
Mary Redford

Lynn said...

Oh no! I've just tagged you and now I see you have already been tagged! I guess we all want to know more about you. Hope you'll play! Check out my blog if you need to know the rules...

Donetta said...

Great find, I too have heard them referred to as Christmas beads. I have some of them and they have a fair bit of age to them. As a Native American I question the association ,I too understand them to be of African decent.

jan said...

Brilliant find for you, things like that never happen to me! boohoo, I must try harder. Love looking at your blog and all the beautiful things you make and do. By the way, gift on its way to you!!!

Maggie R said...

You are so lucky Jackie.... Great find...
xoxo
((((hugs))))
Maggie