I have been on the hunt for some vintage glass Christmas ornaments for a while now. Not aggressively, but keeping my eyes pealed. And I haven’t had much luck – until a couple of weeks ago.
Walking through my local thrift store I noticed plastic bags stuffed with random holiday decor jumbled together and hanging on a wall. Fortunately a couple of things caught my eye and I looked closer. Someone must have just cleaned out grandma’s Christmas decorations and dropped them off. It looked like the undiscriminating thrift store worker had just grabbed random handfuls and stuffed them into plastic bags because mixed in with a lot of undesirable 80’s junk, were some beautiful vintage glass ornaments!
And there they were just piled up on a wall, waiting to get smashed. (Sadly, a couple already had.) I was so excited to rescue them and give them a loving home. (The random 80’s teddy bears in pioneer clothes and anthropomorphic snowballs that were mixed in will probably go right back to the thrift store.)
There was another bag with these glass balls, etched with Santa driving a train.
Ornaments from this era remind me of grandma and my mom’s childhood.
Another plastic bag was full of gold, clear, and white beads – I think I got it for .99 cents. I added them to a glass hurricane with some other ornaments from Target and I think it’s a start at least to something pretty. I may pick up a different glass container, but for now, it works.
On the way to the register, I also found a box of Shiny Brite glass balls in primary colors. I was totally excited. I think I got everything for around $10 and I think I totally lucked out. Now to decide what to do with them. If you’re now in the mood to find some of your own vintage glass ornaments, I just did a search on etsy and ebay and found a lot of good stuff at fairly reasonable prices.
I’ve hung a couple on the tree, but I’m a little tentative because of these cute chuckleheads who proudly “decorated” the tree for me earlier. (If I was totally awesome, I would have just left it like that all month.)
As I put up our tree, I was feeling so grateful to whoever invented ‘fake glass’ ornaments that don’t break. We’re still kind of at that stage at our house. So I’m looking for other ways to still admire my pretty, new, long-sought-after, vintage glass ornaments without having to worry they may never live to see another Christmas.
And speaking of vintage Christmas, I found something from my own childhood – a book of Christmas stories illustrated by one of my favorites: Richard Scarry. I even autographed the inside cover some time back in the day, probably around 1979 when my mom was taking care of a new baby and I was doing things like writing in books.
My copy was re-printed in the 1970’s, but the book and illustrations were originally printed in the 1950’s before Scarry’s Huckle Cat era. I love those the simple, graphic look of those tree houses.
Happy little hedgehog family.
As always, the details in Richard Scarry’s illustrations are so adorable.
I want the quilt that goat is sleeping with.
And I want this print in fabric!
And there you go. Goodies and critters and warm fuzzies from Christmas past.