>Antique Tuesday

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Thanks for your comments on my last post! I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I had a wonderful time visiting my family in Pennsylvania. I also had a good time shopping! Most people probably went shopping for holiday gifts on Black Friday, or even on Cyber Monday, but not me! I went thrift store shopping!😀

There is a little known secret about Erie, PA, that I haven’t mentioned yet – Marian’s Next to New. Marian’s is a second hand shop with very quick turn-over of merchandise. Marian’s offers gently worn/used items at great prices! There is pretty much everything you can think of – jewelry, clothes, shoes, housewares, childrens’ items, vintage electronics, and books. There is something for everyone, and for me there is usually a beaded handbag or two! Here are the bags I’ve found there so far.

The first one is actually a bag I found at Marian’s last year. This handbag was made in Japan. It is rather modern, but I loved it’s bead-embroidered design. It is also in very good shape!😀

antique beaded handbag bead embroidery Czech glass seed beads Japanese Japan Czechoslovakia

I found the second two bags while shopping on Black Friday of this year. The first one does not have a tag inside, so I am not exactly sure where it was made. I think it was made in either the Czech Republic or Japan. It was made on a loom, and it closes with a zipper. I am not exactly sure of it’s age, but I’m guessing it was made around the middle of last century. It will need a bit of cleaning, but otherwise it is in very good condition, with almost all of the beads intact. You can see the designs on the front and back below:
antique beaded handbag bead embroidery Czech glass seed beads Japanese Japan Czechoslovakia
antique beaded handbag bead embroidery Czech glass seed beads Japanese Japan Czechoslovakia

The third bag is my favourite! It is just a small bead-embroidered coin purse, but it has a very modern artistic design! It has a tag inside which says ‘Made in Czechoslovakia‘ so I am guessing it was made in the 1920’s or 30’s… It is very beautiful, and it is almost like new! No beads are missing!😀
antique beaded handbag bead embroidery Czech glass seed beads Japanese Japan Czechoslovakia
antique beaded handbag bead embroidery Czech glass seed beads Japanese Japan Czechoslovakia
It looks like I’m slowly building up a small collection of these antique beaded handbags! How old do you think they are? What do you think is the best method to safely clean them without damaging the threads? And, what did you buy over the weekend? Hope you found something as fabulous as I did!😀

13 thoughts on “>Antique Tuesday

  1. >These bags are so gorgeous – it’s hard to understand how they end up in thrift shops. I have an elderly Japanese friend who gave me a beaded hand bag she made herself many years ago (she’s now 90). I should photograph it and put it on my blog so you can see it…

  2. >Never heard of Black Friday except of in reference with the stock market … *Lol*The bags and purses are lovely!!! Although I love loom work a lot, my favourite one is also the 3rd bag!!! I should start collecting them, too …😉

  3. >Thanks for the comments everyone! Jams you make me laugh! And, Bonghi Vestiti, thanks for stoppin by! I have not been to Warren, PA. And hour is not far. You will definitely have to check out Marian’s shop!!😀

  4. >I like the last one best. I have no idea how you clean them!I bought in our local charity shop a Thomas the Tank Engine book for my little grandson!Those webs, by the way, only look thick because they were covered with fog, which then froze!

  5. >Wow great finds! I will have to check out her shop…I live in Warren Co Pa…about 1 hr away. I’ll put it on my list for things to do the next time I’m in Erie! Thanks for sharing…..your work is stunning btw🙂

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