I almost hate to open old packages of beads. They're so beautiful, in their own way. For example:
This box contains these:
which are one of my favorite beads ever. They're wrapped in yellowed tissue paper, five sets of 30 beads in each box, and then the box is tied shut with twine. I love finding the old boxes. Some of them use staples instead of glue, or beautiful metal pieces that fit over the sides and are kept in place with tiny nails. Every time I open one of these boxes, I get sad. They're such a piece of history.
Still, it's worth it, especially when there are beads this pretty within.