Another way to score great beads

March 23, 2010

We’re always working hard to bring you wonderful beads.  Here’s a hint you won’t get from any other bead supplier:

Cost: $0

Cost: $0

Dig the beads!

Literally.  Most towns have older areas where nobody lives (anymore).  You may spot old trash or bottles on a hillside, etc.  Take your shovel there, and see what you find:

۰ I found the 1930s-40s Czech glass bead above, near my home.  Gotta go back to see if there are any more 🙂 But even one is a fun, vintage, conversation piece.

۰ A friend of mine once found an early 1800s Hudson Bay Company trade bead while walking along a river bank.

۰ Some people in Georgia found a whole treasure trove of 400-year-old beads!

Ever found old beads in the ground?  Share your story!

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  • Reply Suzann Sladcik Wilson March 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

    There is a great article in this month’s Ornament magazine called “Trashy Treasures – Beads on the Streets of Rome” about this very topic. What they found was no short of amazing! Recommended read for any beader!

  • Reply Dave Robertson March 23, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for pointing this out, Suzanne. Found beads must be the idea du jour 🙂

  • Reply Cristina - Sunshine's Creations March 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I guess I must be a lucky person… I have found beads in a number of odd places.
    Once I was walking in a marina when something sparkly caught my eye… I found a couple of crystals that day…
    When I bought my second-hand car, we gave it a thorough clean up… Guess what I found? Beads! Metal beads under the seats and between folds in the carpet and stuff!
    Just the other day I got home and there was a necklace hanging on my bathroom mirror… My husband spotted it by the side of the road and stopped to pick it up for me. He washed it when he got home and that’s why it was hanging in the mirror.

  • Reply Dave Robertson March 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    You have a real eye for beads I guess, Cristina! 🙂

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