Ahhh vintage ornaments...
What is it about vintage ornaments that just makes you love them?
It might be that mottled finish that has worn off here and there over the years
or the simple and sweet shapes and styles
with glittered designs and details.
Or maybe it is the bright and beautiful colors
that are somehow faded and soft at the same time.
I have an affinity for those soft shabby colors
like the pale pink on this teeny tiny bauble
and you know what else I love about it
The simple jute string.
You can find vintage ornaments by the box full at thrift stores this time of year.
Sometimes they are neatly inside their original boxes
and other times they are loosely together- and often times- they are just $1 for the whole box.
I love to gather them up when I find them- all shapes and sizes and colors.
And sometimes you might be lucky enough to have a box of Grandmothers ornaments hidden
away in the attic.
This reindeer was my grandmothers and I have loved it since I was little.
It has a twin and I used to love to play with them and make them dance around.
There are so many childhood memories attached to that sweet face.
I think that about sums up
just what it is about vintage ornaments that makes us love them.
Christmas past that is brought to mind when we see those sweet little baubles
and the flood of warm memories that comes along with them.
So what are the best ways to display those ornaments?
(other than on a tree)
Some of my favorites are so simple...
they require nothing but ornaments and faux snow.
This is a photo from last year in a sale with Joss & Main and is one of my favorites
Simply fill a tray with faux snow
You know, the kind that gets absolutely everywhere ;)
and plop your ornaments down into it.
They look so precious nestled into those glittery flakes.
And if you just a few vintage ornaments- no worries-
you can mix them with new but vintage style for a similar look.
Another favorite is to group them in a bowl.
This silver chafing dish was a perfect candidate for a few sprigs of cedar
and a pile of vintage ornaments mingling together.
And how about my favorite way
and maybe the most charming way of all three
to display them?
Gather them all up and place them in a wood crate under the tree.
The merry colors all mingling together
I am in love big time.
So it is safe to say that my love for vintage ornaments
is stronger than ever.
What about you?
What is your favorite way to display those treasures from years gone by?