Friday, December 3, 2010

vintage christmas ornaments










a couple of years ago I found a 1950's era silver tinsel christmas tree at a vintage/junk shop for a steal. It's perfect for my small collection of vintage ornaments. If I had my way, it's the only tree I'd put up for the season...

(and, no, I don't have the rotating multi-colored light to go with it.....)

42 comments:

jandjhome said...

I love this. My grandmother has some ornaments on her tree from when they moved to the US 50 years ago. We have always tried to convince her to get rid of them, we have been so wrong!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

love, love, love!! xx

I Dream Of said...

Oh, I LOVE vintage ornaments and collect them, too. I wanted to post a photo of ours today, but couldn't find one so had to rely on good old Country Living. Our tree goes up this weekend, so I'm going to grab a photo or two...Yours are great!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Vintage over New anyday for me.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting
http://mrgoodwillhunting.blogspot.com

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Beautiful ornaments, we are thinking along the same lines today!! I'm posting about a vintage ornament I have of my grandmothers...have a wonderful weekend!
Janell

Hill Country House Girl said...

Love your tree and ornaments! I just posted about my vintage ornaments too. I agree - if my kids didn't care, I'd just have my small tree and no others.

Merry Christmas!!

Brandi said...

Last year my aunt had a little tree up with vintage clip on earrings for ornaments. I thought it was the cutest thing. I love your collection, especially the pink ones!

Splendid Sass said...

Donna,
Love the tree and the vintage ornaments. Old ornaments are my favorite.
Have fun decorating.
Teresa

Design Blooms said...

I want to see the whole tree!! Ive been looking for a fun tree like that-I bet it looks perfect mixed with the vintage ornaments.

red ticking said...

hi donna...
i love vintage ornaments and have piles of them ... i need to get them out this weekend...

and when i was a little girl... we had the tinsel tree with the rotating light in our basement... i just loved it... xx

Splendid Willow said...

Good Morning Donna,

What a lovely tree! And filled with one of a kind treasures. So much more special! (I am thinking I might need to adopt your idea).

Love to you & happy weekend my friend.

Mon

d. reyné said...

Too fun!
there is something so very special about vintage Christmas Decorations!
I just finished my second tree this morning.
This one has all of my childrens ornaments on it from birth!
(even the macaroni ornaments!)
I hope you share pictures once you are done!
I thought of you alot this week!
I finally found the perfect shade of gray(I hope)

I have tested it on my new (old) dining chairs!
Hugs,
Donna

Curtains In My Tree said...

Hi
Love your little tinsel tree. I have one also. so fun seeing someone else with the old vintage tree up. I made my 6 ft tree a ballerina tree, however I have 2 more small ones.

Janice

The Frosted Gardner said...

Love these vintage ornaments. Love your blog.

The Frosted Gardner said...

Love these vintage ornaments. Love your blog.

24 Corners said...

I love vintage glass ornaments (especially old German ones)...and your little tree is the perfect way to show them off...what a great find!
xo J~

La Dolfina said...

There's nothing like vintage ornaments is there?
Yours are gorgeous!!!
I bought a silver Christmas tree last year and you've inspired me to do one of my own :)
Thank you!!
xo

Sherri Cassara said...

I love the vintage ornaments (and the tree!) ... I have the SAME ornament (the first one) - they are so precious to me.

bluehydrangea said...

Donna, it look fabulous!!! I'm jealous!

pretty pink tulips said...

Love vintage - the patina in particular. Enjoy your little tree!

Amy R. said...

Love the ornaments. I want a silver tinsel tree. Really great way to display the vintage ornaments. Happy weekend!

Amy R.

Cristin said...

I treasure our vintage ornaments too! Adds such character to the tree.

xo,
cristin

Terry Browder, www.saylesranch.com said...

Donna--Your post is special to me today because the first photo is the exact same ornament as one I have! It is a keepsake from my childhood, and it came in a set with several others. I distinctly remember the Christmas my mother bought them--early 1960s, Coincidential perhaps, but cool to see it in your post today! Merry Christmas!

LLH Designs said...

Rotating multi-colored lights....i forgot all about those!!! Thanks for the flashback!

I love ornaments. These are so fun!

Xo...Linsey

Acquired Objects said...

I love it Donna!

Kathysue said...

Donna my aunt had a tinsel tree and the revolving light, I did a post about vintage ornaments. I have a collection also. I love the colors and how they twinkle in the lights. I have some sweet memories of My grandparents tree. Iposted about it here

http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2010/11/vintage-isnt-old-they-are-new-again.html

and here if you have time to take a peek....
http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-i-display-my-vintage-ornaments.html


Merry Christmas sweet Donna,
xo KATHYSUE

SHERRY HART said...

Count me in on vintage anything especially Christmas decor...so much more interesting!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I am getting out the ornaments today and can't wait to see all of our ornaments!

Kristiina said...

I love the ornament in the first picture!

Gretchen O. said...

I am having ornament envy:)

quintessence said...

I love my vintage ornaments the best - they give the tree such a sense of days gone by that I love. Of course they're mixed with all the ones that the kids have received and made over the years so it's not as genteel as it sounds but it helps!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have a tinsel tree myself, but it's new and thankfully it doesn't rotate either!

100 Applegate said...

I love vintage ornaments!! I just filled tons of jars from Target with them! Gorgeous! Best, CC

walrus studio said...

I like the first and last ones!

Charlotta Ward said...

Vintage ornaments are fantastic and I love that they come with such history. Can you imagine..!?!

Beautiful - all of it.

Hugs
xx C

Charlotta Ward said...

Vintage ornaments are fantastic and I love that they come with such history. Can you imagine..!?!

Beautiful - all of it.

Hugs
xx C

Michael said...

As the finishing touch on my noble fir each year, I always put on 25 or 30 small silver pinecones from 1950s Germany. They're so old that the silver is burnished, verging on pewter, and it's a lovely, lived-in patina that turns my living room into the coziest of holiday spaces.
Great choice of objects here; my grandpa's tree was full of 1940s and 50s ornaments like those.
Take care,
Michael

*Chic Provence* said...

Hi Donna, there's definitely a place in this world for silver Christmas trees and yours is charmed! Can you believe the vintage glass ornaments have survived all this time...yours are very cool.

Have a great week!
Kit

3 Peanuts said...

When I was growing up, our "Kid" tree was exactly like that one. We put all of our homemade ornaments on it. If I ever saw one...I would snap it up too:) LOVE it!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

You ROCK that little silver tree, and don't look back! I can't think of a better person to own one of these little vintage goodies!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Donna you are a girl after my own heart. I too 'adopted' a tinsel tree, the date on the box is 1955. I adore it and this Christmas it is the only tree that I did put up. I cherish all those crazy vintage ornaments. I like to think of all their Christmas' past. They all equal to a good feeling.

Sending you much holiday cheer xx

Callie Grayson said...

I am looking for a tree just like that for my vintage ornaments!!
Tomorrow on the big search for one!! Your tree looks amazing!
xx
callie