Vintage Christmas Treasures

I just love this time of year! The thrift stores here are filled with Christmas goodies, and it’s always fun looking through it all to find some vintage treasures.

I donated 3 large boxes of newer Christmas stuff last week so now I have room for new old Christmas treasures. The goal is to go totally vintage… except lights of course. I do like to be safe.

Vintage Beaded Fruit Christmas Tree Ornaments

These vintage faux sugared or beaded fruit ornaments havelovely ribbon hangers.  There are 4 apples and 7 pears… all for $1. Too bad there aren’t any pink ones. lol.

A few of them have some bare spots, but that’s great because I don’t have to feel guilty about using them in a project.


Vintage Lil Chimers Bell Christmas Tree Ornaments

These vintage Jasco L’il Chimers are so cute. They’re made of bisque and have bells inside.


Vintage Metal Tree Candle Clips

Back in the days when real candles were put on Christmas trees they must have used vintage metal candle clips similar to these, which were made in West Germany. Talk about your safety hazards.

But these would be awesome with small faux candles.


Vintage Paper Mache Santa and Snowmen Ornaments

When I first saw this vintage trio I thought they were plastic, but upon closer inspection I realized that they’re actually paper mache.


Vintage Reindeer Stocking Holders

Did you used to hang your Christmas stockings on plastic hangers like these?

I had some similar snowmen ones back in the 70s with the scarf coming way down as the hanger.


vintage carolling doll family

This vintage carolling family of dolls is singing their hearts out. I love the hand muffs!


Vintage Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments

Vintage wooden ornaments are always so fun, with their naive hand painted faces.


Vintage Hand Blown Glass Indented Ornaments

I can’t resist vintage hand blown glass ornaments, especially indented ones. They’re so pretty.


vintage hand blown orange indented glass ornaments

You can tell they’re hand blown by the nibs at the bottoms where the glass was cut.


vintage pink and green hand blown glass indented ornaments

This lot of glass ornaments with silver caps marked Poland are also hand blown. By their wear and aging you can tell they’ve seen a lot of Christmasses.

I tend to sell the old ornaments that are in great condition and keep the ones like this for myself. There’s just something about the history of well used ornaments that makes me love them.

What about you?


I’ll be keeping a few of these treasures and the rest will be put into the Vintage Christmas section of my etsy shop, some of today’s treasures are already there.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Hi Tuula, love all the goodies you found especially the glass, hand blown ornaments. Like you, I don’t mind some wear and tear on my finds. I actually like them more as it adds character and makes you think about the history of the piece. I need to take a lesson from you though and get rid of several boxes of things before bringing in more! haha. Enjoy. Judy

    1. Thanks Judy! I have to say that I love purging and donating things almost as much as thrifting. 🙂

  2. Oh, what a wonderful batch of goodies!! My heart goes for the little wooden ones, so cute! Yes, we are a ‘vintage’ ornament-using family. We have dated ones starting in 1977, not to mention ones that my daughters made in kindergarten (they are both grown now), special ones for when the grands and great-grands were born, even have one that belonged to my dad’s mother. Figure my dad was born in 1903…..yeah, it’s an oldie. Oh, I do love Christmas!!!! Love all your treasures! Dona

    1. I love Christmas too Dona! How fabulous that you have an ornament that belonged to your Dad’s mother. Such a special keepsake. 🙂

  3. Great treasures found Tuula. The glass ornaments bring back so many memories for me. Have a great rest of your week.

    1. Me too Kris! My mom still uses the ones from my childhood, so it’s fun to go home for Christmas and see them on the tree every year.

    1. Thanks Tina! I can’t resist any and all homeless vintage glass ornies. The more patina the better.

  4. Love some of these oldie ornaments. I need to be better about stopping by thrift stores to find such goodies. Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

    1. Thanks Victoria. I do have to look through a lot of newer cheap stuff to find the good vintage treasures, but it’s so worth it.

  5. Lovely wonderful stuff- the candle holders I use for vintage ornaments that have lost the metal hanger holder, I turn it upside down fit the top into the “candle holder” pinch for security and place on the tree. It is great for me because I will find an awesome ornament, but it has lost the metal holder but no fear a great way to add it to the tips of the tree !!! just thought I would share…

    1. That’s a great idea Marsha! Thanks so much for sharing that. 🙂

  6. Vintage Christmas ornaments make me a little giddy, Tuula 😉 I can’t get enough! Yours from Poland are just gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Cecilia. I know exactly how you feel. 🙂

  7. Wow what a great deal on the “sugared” fruit! Very interested to see what you will do with them. The little bells are adorable. Also love the candle clips. I can really see you repurposing these!

    Me, I’m a little bah humbug about decorating….I know…it’s terrible. I don’t get in the Christmas spirit until much later in Dec. I kinda dread decorating every year b/c I’m never “ready” for Christmas to be here.

    1. The fruit was a great deal that’s for sure. The older I get the longer it seems to take to get into Christmas decorating. I do love to do smaller craft projects and decorate trees too, but I absolutely hate looking through and checking lights. We used to go all crazy Christmas outside when we were younger, and I’d love to still do that but I’d much rather hire someone to do the whole outside lights stuff for us. Then I could just concentrate on the fun pretty stuff. Just need to win the lottery. 🙂

  8. I just love vintage Christmas items. The local Restore has a huge table of them and I stop in once a week to see what’s new. My booth is full of this stuff while the other vendors have either new or primitive décor. I stick out like a sore thumb in the shop, but it’s the Christmas stuff I like to buy. So far others do too! Great finds, especially those old ornaments.

    1. I love them too AnnMarie! It’s probably good that your booth is different. It might attract more attention from buyers that way. I can’t get enough of vintage Christmas thrifting this time of year.

  9. I am a total vintage Christmas lover! The ornaments are grand. Those candle clips bring back memories. Our neighbors when I was growing up were German, they had survived the Holocaust (I know.) Lovely people who always shared their traditions with us kids. I’ll never forget the candles on their tree each year. So beautiful. Great haul Tuula! xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen. What a lovely memory. I had a girlfriend in high school whose family was German. Because my family is Finnish we were the only two families in the neighbourhood that celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. It was such fun!

  10. Love them all! Remember the bubble lights? They’re my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, I do remember bubble lights Nancy. I think they’re collectible now. So pretty.