Every year my aunt gives me money at Christmas, which she tells me has to be spent just for me -- not on the house or for things for the family. I think about getting clothes, shoes or make-up, but that never happens. The money gets spent at antique malls, estate sales and flea markets and, more often than not, on vintage Christmas.
Look at the treasures I've found so far this year:
I found this little sweetie at my 'home' antique mall, Livingston Antique Outlet. He's a mid-century Santa, made in Japan. I think he's going to stay up all year long in my china cabinet, because he's just so cute! I'm always so impressed by the effort and attention to detail that these old decorations had. Even though they were considered cheap little items, they're really complex.
|Look at his sweet spun cotton face|
|The detail on the packages is remarkable. Look at the little pipe-cleaner candy cane on the package and the 'extras' in the chimney next to the bottle brush tree|
|Santa even has extra gifts in the net bag on his back|
|Gurley Santa taper candles|
|The holders cost 39 cents back in the day|
|Who wouldn't love to have a pair of dancing Santas lighting their Christmas dinner table?|
They're called Mirrorettes and were sold in packages of 6 or more back in the 1950s. I started watching for them at sales (I've never found any) and on Ebay, where they sell for a lot and are usually in poor condition. I won't pay the ridiculously high prices they usually go for, but finally managed to get these six -- all in good condition for a more reasonable price. My sister-in-law and I will split the set, so now I'll have a few.
|They have different picture on the back. They're actually two separate handpainted mirrors glued together back-to-back|
|Credit to an Ebay listing for this picture -- this isn't my set|