It all began with Pop Beads…

Barbara_1958_PopBeadsI think my passion for jewelry began that day; fifty-some Septembers ago (does that make me an antique?).  It was my birthday and I had asked my father for “pop beads”, which were all the rage back then. I don’t know if they are still made, but pop beads were individual plastic beads resembling pearls that snapped together and when pulled apart made a “pop” sound. They were a novelty and I was one of the first “kids on the block” to sport this new trend! Daddy drove me to a shop that sold women’s costume jewelry and accessories and I remember standing at the counter for the longest time trying to decide which color of “pearls” I wanted – pastel pink, pale blue, mint green, or pearl white. I finally chose the white because they looked most like real pearls and would go with everything. Immediately after the purchase, Daddy propped me up on the bumper of his ’58 Buick and snapped the photo as I posed, proudly showing off my new acquisition.  This birthday girl was truly a happy camper that day and here I am many years later – still in love with beads!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on April 17, 2013.

8 Responses to “It all began with Pop Beads…”

  1. Ha – I remember those too! I had them in many colors and liked to make the longest strands I could. I like to think of myself as vintage 🙂

    • I kind of wish I still had my Pop Beads…just for the nostalgia factor. But, I did find my Tiny Tears and Besty McCall dolls when I cleaned out my mother’s house back in 2004.

  2. A funny coincidence- I was with a group of beaders a few days ago and I happened to as if any one remembered pop beads and most didn’t. I still have 3 strands of them – a smaller turquoise one and 2 larger pearl colour ones and they still pop!

  3. Brings back happy memories. My sister and I had these. Mine were blue and hers were pink. While my sister hung hers around her neck, I made mine into bracelets that stacked up my arm. Mine are long gone, but I’ll bet my sister still has hers.

  4. – Although I wish I still had mine. I think my dog ate them along with my homework

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