I bought my first antique beaded bag, right after Christmas of 1994. I saw it as part of a holiday window display at an antique store in San Anselmo, CA on Christmas Eve, and I had to have it. I couldn't wait till the store reopened a few days later! Here are some pics of my modest collection (not all of them).
I got this one at an antique store in Sebastopol, CA in December, 1998. I used to try and buy one around the holidays, each year, if I could afford it.
I found this one in Fort Bragg, CA in the mid to late 90s; not sure which trip it was.
From the Palmer Wirf Antique Show in Puyallup, 2008.
Another one from San Anselmo, CA, purchased in 1996.
Victoria, BC, Summer 2005. The store proprietor put a Canadian quarter in it for good luck.
From Chemainus, BC, Summer 2007
This one is very heavy as the tiny beads are made from cut steel. It's bottom ribbon is broken and this must be handled with great care. This was a gift from a friend of my mom's. She gave me 2 other purses as well.
I used to have them on display, but moved most of them to an acid-free storage box because the dust, damp and pet dander was making them begin to deteriorate. Someday I hope to have a glass case into which I can place them for display.