Vintage Germany

How Can I Find Vintage Germany Beads in Bulk?

Hi
How do I find vintage germany, austrian, czech beads both glass and plastic in bulk?
Alibaba and Tradekey are no help.
I don't want to buy of Etsy etc

I want to find out where the Etsy/Ebay sellers get their stock. I have trawled and trawled the internet and it seems the only place to buy these vintage beads is America, I am in the UK and it seems silly to buy Vintage European beads from the US.

I would be eternally grateful if anyone could help me.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and helping
Big hopeful smiles
xx

Unfortunately, it's very very hard to find "vintage" beads in bulk these days, and worse is that for some reason the UK and Europe are the absolute worst places to find them. Most vintage bead wholesalers (even a rare few retail vintage sellers such as myself) spend years combing through "estate" sales and foreclosed craft companies to find a even just a few lucky catches (hence why anything "vintage" usually costs more than their "modern day" counterparts).

I got very lucky a few years ago at such a sale - I came across an old arts and crafts warehouse down near Miami that was scheduled for demolition and the bank who'd foreclosed the place held a public auction for everything inside, including loads of vintage beads to my joy! I bought what I could (nearly 2,000$ worth whew!) but to my dismay I found when I got home that there was hardly any info on where they were from or even what companies made them; only 1 name was printed on several of the bags - L'Dacal, W Germany - but after 2 years I've found almost nothing on them ugg!

At any rate, I think that the reason American's seem to have more luck (I'm a fellow Brit by the by though living in the US currently) with vintage/antique bead bulk sales is because during the 1920s (flapper era) up to even the 70s there was a huge upswing for beads of all types for just about everything from shoes to clothes to hair, especially the acrylic/lucite over glass as they were easier and cheaper to get from overseas. Unfortunately though that was also their downfall, because they were "cheap" they were just as quickly thrown to the trash bins. Who knew 30 years ago those same beads would be so desired today eh? If I'd known then what I know now ... whew, I'd have kept all those beads from my childhood lol!

Eeps! So sorry this got long but hopefully it answered your question a bit. I know it gets very disheartening but don't give up, just when you think you'll never find anything, there they'll be. I'd recommend for now to keep an eye on the local UK news ads, I once found a treasure trove of antique beads/sequined items at an estate sale outside London. I know I'm bad here but I used to comb the obits page to see who'd passed along and who's family was holding public auctions of the relative's items, but my oh my it was worth it! As for me, I do have several types of vintage beads for sale (mainly lucite/seeds) at very resonable cost and I'd be glad to ship to you at a flat rate fee too. My e-store is currently being re-built after a domain issue/store name change so if you're interested in what I've got please do contact me at piriotessa@hellokitty.com anytime. Ta and good luck! :)

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