Thursday, November 14, 2013

It Was a Christmas Thrifting Day!

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!!!

Today I'm joining in with The Nifty ThriftyWe Call it Olde andVintage Thingie Thursday


  1. Love all the Christmas treasures, especially the Peanuts Pop-Up book!!!

  2. Lots of amazing Christmas! I am inspired to go look...if I could just get over this cold!

  3. I just looked at your labels and that's what I need to do...comment on each and every thing! I love it all so much! The little Santas are precious and I love the books! What great finds. It's a good thing we didn't go together....we would have been fighting over the same things! haha! I HAVE to go tomorrow! I HOPE!!! Sweet hugs!

  4. Awesome awesome finds, im jealous!! :)

  5. You found some great little additions for your wreath! Those Santa picks are the best. I have never seen any like those before. It's nice to know that there are still a few things out there that we didn't know existed. That means we can still hunt for "new" stuff!


  6. I gave up decorating a long time ago. However, I enjoy seeing what others share.

  7. We used to live just a few miles away from Frankenmuth, MI where Bronners is located! Saginaw was our home. I've been there many times! many times! I'd love to see the pictures in the book. All your finds are very interesting. I especially love the grouping of Santa, geese and gnome ornaments.

  8. What cute little vintage things you've found!
    Be a sweetie,
    Sheila ;)

  9. What cute little vintage things you've found!
    Be a sweetie,
    Sheila ;)

  10. Great thrifting day! I went thrifting with my Stepdaughter this week and only one store had anything Christmas out and none of it was vintage so I passed on all of it except christmas muffin cup wrappers for .25 unopened. Cheers!

  11. SO GOOD! There is just so much groovy christmas stuff over yonder.. We rarely see all that stuff here.. Small country/ less people etc I guess..
    Love those cute little gnomes/elves.

  12. Love all of your vintage finds. You really scored! I am your newest follower.


  13. I love when you have a great x-mas score kind of day! You really did great with ornaments. All I can find are solid shiny brites, but no fun stripes or anything yet. Which is actually ok because I have totally run out of space!
    I can't wait to see your wreath!
    Erica :)

  14. All of that for under $10 - I'd say you scored HUGE!
    I love your little gnome/elves in the Santa grouping. I have not seen those either.
    I have to ask more about the "smashing" you are doing with the Ispy book.

    I said I was not going to pick up any more Christmas, but when they practically give it away how can one say NO?

  15. Hi Jill,
    What a great haul! I loved everything you found. Those little chipmunks made me laugh out loud this morning, too cute! And ornaments made in Poland are always my favorites!
    Have a happy weekend,
    Dorothy and Wilma

  16. Great score!!! Your wreath is going to be so great! Those ornaments you found are so pretty, great colors.
    And thanks so much for the shout out!!! I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

  17. My Salvation Army TAPED together ornaments... making them completely useless... I was really saddened to see this. And I told the manager to bag them instead!

    My local goodwill is now individually marking each ornament with a sticker too. That's REALLY annoying!

  18. You got some wonderful peeks into Christmases past. Love all the ornaments. Have fun smashing! Thanks for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up, hope you join us again. -Dawn @ We Call It