Macie McGowan on Aug 8, 2016
gorgeous! thank you so much!
Sandy Abramowicz on Aug 7, 2016
Very nice beads. Cannot wait to incorporate them into my designs. Thanks!
Love For The Old
Welcome to PickleValentine! I love vintage beads and sharing them! I grew up on a lake surrounded by woods in the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin. I have always cared for the environment and vintage beads are certainly part of that.
I love vintage for many reasons. The beads are rare, often handmade with older methods, frequently of higher quality than new beads, and are perfect for those of us who are ecologically conscious. I also happen to believe they are more beautiful and I love their irregularities.
I have been a bead person ever since early childhood. My introduction to fine art glass was a Hungarian baby-sitter who became a third grandmother to me. She had a collection of beautiful beaded art glass and crystal rosaries from Europe, going back to before the first World War. She would hold them up in the sunlight and I was mesmerized. It's one of my first memories. I got my first beads at 3 or 4 when someone broke a necklace. I was apparently old enough not to stuff them up my nose or try to eat them. After that, my bead addiction was born.
I can't say I am an historian, but it is one of my hobbies, especially when it comes to beads. I try to include what I've learned in my listings. I believe all of us who love vintage beads deserve to know their history.
Most of my items are never used, completely mint, but when I salvage great beads, I sometimes will pass them on. I will let you know where they have come from. Some of my best beads, including trade beads, had been used in jewelry or collected before they came to me. Every bead has a story.
Questions are always welcome. Thank you for reading and Happy Beading to you!
Owner, Curator, General Factotum
I love collecting vintage beads and feel great joy in sharing them with you, my wonderful customers. I hand pick every item in my shop and only sell what I would use in my own creations. If you need something or have questions, I'm glad to help.
Mail helper and dh.
I love to talk beads and vintage jewelry, so please feel free to contact me anytime.
Accepted payment methods
Reserved items: Payment is expected within 3 days unless we have made prior arrangements.
I am no longer shipping internationally.
I also offer a priority (2 to 3 day) shipping upgrade.
If you need your items express, please contact me as soon as possible.
Refunds and Exchanges
I track all packages and contact the post office whenever things get "stuck." It always works, so far, anyway.
Please write me if your items were damaged in the mail and keep the items, envelope, packing and I will contact the insurance company. The company will send you an affidavit to sign and return.
If an item is lost in the mail, we have to wait for thirty days and then file with the insurer. I will take care of all that for you.