Beaded Vest Found at Goodwill

Posted By Paul G February 21st, 2013 Last Updated on: February 21st, 2013

We post eBay Finds each week.  There are great Native crafts sold everyday on eBay.  But have you checked your local Goodwill?

Staff at a Seattle Goodwill found a beaded Native American vest in the stacks of donations.  The vest is a 20th-century Plains Indian style beaded vest valued at $5,000.

According to the Seattle Time:

Now the early 20th-century Plains Indian-style beaded vest has just been accepted by Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for its permanent collection.

“It is just gorgeous and we are thrilled to have it,” said Julie Stein, director of the museum.

Goodwill donated the vest to the museum so that it could benefit the entire community, said Katherine Boury, communications manager for Seattle Goodwill.

Usually, items are sold by Goodwill through its stores, or to other users with the proceeds used to run its free job-training and education programs. The nonprofit will take just about anything, for which it will find a recycler or buyer, Boury said. But sometimes, only a museum will do.

The vest was dropped off in a trunk back in 2006, and Goodwill has been working all that time to find out what it was, and what the best disposition for the item would be, Boury said. The Burke, with its Native American collection, made sense, Boury said.

The front of the vest is delicately beaded with Italian glass beads sewn onto hide. It is lined with cotton, and has a buckle cinch decorating its black velvet back. Seams give it a perfect drape and its colors, including a rosy pink, are rare, said Justin McCarthy, Burke ethnologist. Beads accenting the shoulders have a white core covered with red glass, giving them a special glow.

Read more from the Seattle Times.

Beaded Native American Vest Found at Goodwill

Beaded Native American Vest Found at Goodwill

Beaded Native American Vest Found at Goodwill

Beaded Native American Vest Found at Goodwill

Beaded Native American Vest Found at Goodwill

Featured Photo by Mark Harrison – The Seattle Time



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The circle has shown itself… Wonderful workmanship.. Thank you for sharing… @

Carlton Kraft

Glad to see this piece of art ended up where all can enjoy its beauty.


Bead work is so beautiful. I wonder if there is any kind of history behind it???


wow that is so pretty, i like anything to do with native american items

sacajawea kruize

Hello, what I see I like it.
I love beadingwork, it is beautyfull.

greatings sacajawea.

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