It was a Christmas thrifting day yesterday, it really was! That's all I bought, I went to five thrift stores, I spent around $10 for everything! Not bad - not bad at all!!!
So, the vintage Christmas is coming out, slowly but it's here!! Sometimes you have to look really hard though - I didn't buy one thing at the Salvation Army, so hope things pick up there! I noticed two changes in the displays this year, at one shop, they used to just throw all the ornaments on tables, this year they are bagging them up, which is much better, because there were a lot of broken ornaments on that table! Another shop has plastic containers with drawers, which is a really good idea!
My main focus is picking up things to make my wreath, I don't know if I'm going to do one with all Shiny Brites, part Shiny Brites and part little decorations or all other decorations, I haven't taken my inventory yet, so I guess it will all depend on what I have packed away.
Nice Shiny Brites - some of these were made in the United States, some in Japan, the pink ones in the middle were all made in Poland - I have quite a few of the Polish ones from the day that I hit the Shiny Brite jackpot last year - here is that post, if you're interested!
This is soft plastic, I think it would look so cute on a wreath!
These little boots are in perfect shape, Made in Japan.
I already have a vintage angel tree topper for my little tree so I'm going to pick this apart and use the angel - for the wreath!
This was such a hard picture to take - it's not easy to arrange a group like this! I've never found anything like those little Santa's before, they're sweet! See those two guys in the front - I already have a set of three of those, that belonged to my grandmother - mine is the only set I've ever seen of those!
I didn't buy this for the lights, I bought it for the box!
This little snowman tray was made in Japan and has the stamp Cameron, with a large "C" on the back.
Alvin, Theodore and Simon look so familiar to me - I'm sure the kids had them, maybe they're packed away in the bottom of a container.... Doesn't just seeing them make you think of the Chipmunk Christmas song??
The sound of Burl Ives singing Christmas songs never gets old...
Some Christmas books for my collection..
Last year I didn't find any pop up books, this is my second one this year. Of course, I'd buy it - it's the Peanuts gang!
It's a Hallmark book - pop up Peanuts!!
I bought this I Spy book for SMASHing - the pictures in it are going to be great for that. I think the kids had this one too and it is still packed away. I remember having some Dover booklets in the 80's, they're still out but this is an older stencil book, good for SMASHing, I thought.
I picked this up for the same purpose but then I started looking at it when I got home, I'm not cutting it up anymore! This book came from Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Michigan, we went there four years ago, it is such a magical place, we want to go back. The book is signed by the author too, so I'm keeping it!
I think I found some neat things, what do you think? It was a great day and I did some Christmas shopping too - I have to take my wreath inventory real soon and get organized! Melissa over at Andromeda Vintage made a beautiful one, check it out - if only mine can look half as nice!!!