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Vintage Beaded Ornaments

A number of years ago at Scott Antique Market I spotted a darling and fun pink beaded ornament.  As all things go with me, then I saw another and another and before I knew it I was collecting them to hang on our tree each year.  These vintage beaded ornaments were sold in kits and made by our grandmothers as treats for their tree and as gifts for others.  They are adorned with sequins, beads, pearls, silk threads, and even tiny objects.  To me they are so very beautiful and something I buy each time I find them.  Over the years I have gathered enough to fill a punch bowl and as I gathered them together this year I could not help but wonder who made them, where they hung in their past life, and which of the people in my life will want them after me.  This bowl of estate sale goodness is one of my favorite little collections I have, and I love seeing them hung on our tree some years, and others, all snug in this beautiful bowl. 

I have had some luck also purchasing them on vintage resale sites, and even found two of them from a fellow reseller.  For me I look for the pretty ones, the ones with something unique, and, of course, all the pink and green ones.  Etsy is a great resource as well as eBay, Chairish, and One Kings Lane.  I always search for "vintage beaded ornaments" and then check out all the results looking for my favorites.  I recently scoured eight new ones that will arrive after Christmas, just in time to show off next year. 

This year I chose to fill my silver plate punch bowl, but next year they will be all together on a tree, most likely my gold one in the dining room all hung with bows.  Doesn't that sound magical?

If you collect them you know how magical they are ... and you, too, revel in their immense charm.  Only four more sleeps! 🌟

Happy Tuesday! 

Images by Angie Webb Photo


  1. Awe! My Mother made these when we were young on red satin thread balls. She put them on her prized white flocked tree that she flocked herself with ivory snow flakes & her canister vacuum on reverse. Still have several of the balls. She also flocked a tree pink one year with all silver balls & crystal icicles that I still use. Thanks for inspiring my walk down memory lane.

  2. Merry Christmas, Paige!

    We had those silk bells with the gold ball on the bottom on our tree when I was a child, but I think ours were . . . pink, insteag of gold likek yours? Maybe blue? (aaaagh, now this is going to drive me nuts)

    Could you share the details of your lovely sweatshirt -- it's perfect for the holiday season!

    Take care,




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