Robin Atkins at Beadlust just mentioned vintage beads and whether to use them or save them on her blog.
I didn't know if there would be anyone actually interested in vintage or not but it seems there are a few so I'd like to mention a wonderful vintage bead dealer I've gotten vintage beads & nailheads from for many years. He's not into the internet yet, although I've been working on him!
But if anyone is interested, his name is Ben Eagle, Stone Mountain Colorado Beads and his toll free number is 1-888-423-2370. He does the big bead shows, but as I mentioned, he's not on the web, so I just call him when I'm ahead a few bucks and ask what he's got in nailheads or whatever else I'm interested in. He tells me what he has at the moment and I usually order right then as he's always selling and the next time I call it may be gone.
He sells by the pound, although you don't have to buy a pound at a time - I usually get 1/4 pound of whatever sounds good - and I receive it a few days later. His prices are good, especially compared to places like ebay where you may get 24 or 48 nailheads for the same price I pay for a hank. He makes vintage affordable for me.
It's an unusual way to work in these days of the internet, but he's always got something interesting and I've always been happy with what I've bought from him, so I thought I'd share with anyone who is interested in vintage beads and nailheads.
The photos above are some nailheads I've gotten from him over the years and some "french jet" which are black, mostly Czech made nailheads in all sorts of sizes, shapes and forms. You probably won't be able to get the same ones you see in my photos, but it will give you some idea of what he carries.
If you do call please let me know how it goes. I've never shared his information with a large group of folks before, so I'd like to know if it works out well for you.