Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More lovely vintage packaging

I almost hate to open old packages of beads. They're so beautiful, in their own way. For example:

Vintage Japanese packaging for beads

This box contains these:

Vintage Japanese blue 2-hole beads

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.

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