You never know what you are going to find at an estate sale. I don't know about you, but I've never seen these before. I even had a hard time finding info about them on the world wide web!
Apparently they are vintage leis from the 1940's
They are crafted from the most vibrant and colorful vintage crepe paper!
Fortunately, several strands still have their paper tags attached.
This one reads:
To lend Hawaiian atmosphere
And make your visit with us gay.
We'd give you rainbows and steel guitars
Tradewinds, and palms that sway.
But rainbows are difficult to pack
And tradewinds could be, too.
So, we'll make our wish Hawaiian
Aloha nui loa, to you!
CHAPTER NO. 9 O.E.S.
This rainbow group of yellow, orange & marigold includes an unusual chenille one.
Their tags read:
LEAHI CHAPTER NO. 2. O. E. S.
Will you remember when you go away
The fragrance of ginger bloom in a white lei?
Will you remember the blue of the sea
That fades into sapphires at Waikiki?
Will you remember this meeting to-day,
Your last visit before going away?
Will you? We know you will.
Before your ship sails away from these beautiful shores
We wish to bid you Farewell, until we see you once more.
'Tis a Hawaiian custom
To give a LEI,
To express the thoughts
Words cannot say,
A token of ALOHA
And of friendship true,
All this and more
A LEI brings to you.
And then there is this cluster of multi-colored strands, held together by a straw hat!
LORE OF THE LEI
Wear the Lei,
Luck for you!
Wish your fate,
'T will come true!
Aren't they beautiful?