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Antique Glass Ball Ornaments
Add Old-Fashioned Charm to Your Holiday Tree with Vintage Christmas Ornaments
Holidays make us nostalgic, and vintage Christmas ornaments are physical reminders of past years. Even folks who prefer all new home décor often have a fondness for them, from delicate glass baubles passed down through the generations to elementary school craft projects of paper and macaroni made years ago by now adult children.
If you don’t have a huge collection of family pieces, you can still decorate your Christmas... or New Year’s tree with vintage Christmas ornaments. Don’t spend a fortune on reproductions when you can find easily find the genuine articles in all price ranges.
Flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores, online auctions, and antique malls are all great sources, whether your taste runs to German glass, pure kitsch, or anything in between.
Here are some examples to inspire you:
The photographer found this collection of colorful glass ball ornaments in a Connecticut antique store, most of them likely made in the 1940s and 1950s.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Glass Ornament Collection from the 1940s to 1960s
Enjoy the entire collection of vintage glass balls and baubles from the tree in the previous photo. Most of the ornaments were made in the 1940s through 1960s, though I think I spot a few earlier ones as well.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Retro Sputnik Star Ornament
While Sputnik star ornaments have a distinctly retro feel, they are still classic enough for even the most traditional Christmas tree.
Sputnik star ornaments inspired Warren Milks to create his Roto-Sphere signs in 1960. I’m fortunate to live only a few blocks from one of the few remaining operational Roto-Spheres in the country.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Silver Bird Clip-On Christmas Tree Ornament
This beautiful clip-on silver bird perches on the branch instead of hanging from it.
Birds are one of the most common motifs in antique clip-on Christmas tree ornaments. Other popular clip-on ornaments feature candle holders and fruit.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Kitschy Creatures and a Flirty Deer Adorn a Retro Style Tree
Mice, kittens, and other kitschy creatures cover this charming retro style Christmas tree. I particularly love the tall deer peeking out from behind the tree.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Kitschy Collection of Pixie Elves and Santas
This huge collection of pixie elves and Santas is pure kitsch.
Note how many of the elves are sitting with their arms wrapped around their knees. These are knee hugger elves, imported from Japan and very popular in the 1960s. The spring action in the knees holds them on the Christmas tree branches, so it looks like elves are shimmying up your tree.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Charming Set of Ornaments Still in Original Box
This lovely set or vintage figural ornaments is still in the original box.
If you're collecting as an investment, original packaging is important. If you're collecting just for pleasure, you don't need the packaging, but it's always charming as part of your display if you happen to have it.
I'd display the books, vinyl record, and other goodies near the tree also, perhaps under it with the gifts or as part of a tabletop or mantle vignette.