So how do you display your holiday Pyrex? Do you just stack them or fill them with ornaments? Last year I stuffed one of mine with knee hugger elves! I thought it looked adorable, but like Angela’s post yesterday, my husband leaned more towards the creepy side. I can see the creepiness in these little guys but I just can’t help but to like them.
This weekend Tammy, Austin, my husband and I went to our local flea market and some thrift stores. As it’s usually just the three of us, people finally believed I have a husband!
Unfortunately I found very little, and my only true vintage find (other than board games for my son) is this snowman. It’s from 1971 and will probably be by our front door.
My question for you all is this: is it creepy or cute? Tammy, Austin and I all think it’s charming. My husband is a little scared and on the creepy side of the debate. What do you think?
Currently I’m in the middle of decorating for Christmas. While I love all the little vintage bobbles that I’ve accumulated over the years, I’m not going to lie—it’s a lot of work to display it all. It’s a lot of work just to unpack it all. But in the end the burden is outweighed by a couple months of holiday joy exploding out of every nook. Like any collector, the question I get asked most often is, “Where do you store it all?” With just over 1,000 sq. ft. my house doesn’t have endless storage possibilities. For years I’ve kept my Christmas collection at my parents’ house, but last year I decided to move it in with me. How’d I squeeze it all in? By hiding it all in plain sight.
I discovered I had quite a bit of underutilized space allover the place: the space inside all of my vintage luggage. After displaying the luggage for years, it seems a little silly that the thought to use them for storage never occurred to me. I always thought if I put anything in there I’d forget it about it forever. But that logic actually makes a great argument for storing things you only need once a year.
So, while you’re considering all of the interesting things you could do with an old suitcase, you might just consider using it for what it was intended for—holding all your nonsense.
I’m not sure what it is about old Christmas items but there is not much I’m not drawn to. For example, these three antique postcards. I found them in a consignment store a few weeks ago. I paid $2.00 per card and really don’t know much about their value, I just liked them. They fall into three different categories of things I enjoy collecting: Christmas, ephemera, and smalls.
The card pictured above is the only one with a copyright date and it has the name John Winsch, who is known for being a high-end greeting card publisher. He released over 3,000 designs for postcards.
I’m not sure if postcards are more valuable if they are in unused condition, but I enjoy them most when they are written on. It gives them more of a history. It also greatly helps with dating the cards by looking at the postmarked dates. These three were all sent out through the mail in the month of December and postmarked with different years between 1909-1913.
Another hint that helped me to date these cards is that they are from the divided-back era (circa 1907-1915). They divided the card with a line to separate the message area from the address space.
This postcard has the oldest stamped postmark date: Dec. 25, 1909. Nowadays that’s hard to imagine someone working at the post office stamping mail on Christmas Day.
I would like to say I keep this tradition alive and send out my own Christmas cards every year, but I don’t. Maybe next year!
Is anyone else kind of freaking out that there are only three more weeks until Christmas? I am. I’ve yet to do hardly any holiday shopping and intend to get on it after I finish my bowl of peppermint ice cream. While I don’t buy a lot of vintage gifts for the season, I sure wish I could. Personally I’d only buy vintage for someone I absolutely knew liked vintage things in the first place. And I’d have to get a pretty good handle on their personal tastes.
If you’re having a hard time figuring out where to start, I’ve put together a few ideas I had if I was going on a vintage holiday shopping spree. All of these finds are from Etsy and for less than $50. Just click on the link if you’d like to see the pricing and purchase anything in the list.
I’m not sure what it is but several of my friends are obsessed with owls. Coffee mugs from the 1950s through the 1970s had such fun and vibrant designs on them. I have three mismatched mugs of my own. These types of mugs can be found anywhere and are usually pretty affordable.
This is apparently an eyeball lamp and no, the little teak mouse doesn’t come with it. Again, there are so many styles of desk lamps to choose from and many are under $50, some under $15!
Tammy and I both have a nice little collection of Golden Nature Guides, usually written by Herbert Zim. When I was a kid I found this exact book in a parking lot at an airport and it kept me busy for a good long time during the flight. There are tons of titles, but keep your eye out for Hallucinogenic Plants and let me know if you find it because it is pretty rare. Imagine that.
What do you think? Are there any gifts you’d like to add to this list?