Hi everyone! I did not do one lick of vintage shopping last week, can you believe it?! But for just such a time as this, I have been saving up a few categories of different collectibles in order to do some themed Vintage Finds posts. Today I have some Christmas in July for you. Enjoy!
Glass Christmas Bulbs
Here are a few of the Shiny Brites I’ve picked up over the past several weeks. Sometimes I buy them in boxes, sometimes individually. I don’t like to pay more than a quarter for “average” examples like these, which are worth about a dollar or two each if sold separately. If I have a set of nine or twelve in an original box, then I price them at $15-30.00 for the boxful. [Note: This reflects the current market value on Etsy. In my upstate NY shop, they sell for about 1/2 to 2/3 of that.]
These three ornaments are referred to as star “indents,” and the two on the right are indented “micas.” Mica refers to the white, snow like surface. I’ve sold several in the past, but have never valued them more than regular shiny brights, but scanning eBay, it seems that are worth 2-3 times as much. On Etsy, they’re listed for substantially more, but I’m not sure what they actually sell for. I will likely list them for$4-6.00 each and see how they sell.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that Christmas sells, so I don’t pass up much vintage Christmas if the price is right. Each of these cost a quarter or less, so there you go. I may sell them individually for a dollar or two, or group them together in a lot for one money. The two on the left date to about the 1940’s, the reindeer to the 1960’s.
2″ metal bells (cost: free, value: $1.00 each).
Chenille candy canes (cost: free, value: $2-3.00 for both).
This is a newer ornament and sadly the only bottle brush decoration I’ve found lately. You plug the end in a light socket and the candle flame lights up (cost: 25¢, value: $3-4.00).
This swanky couple dates to about the 1920’s I’d say (cost: 25¢ each, value: $12-15.00 for the pair). Each is about 4″ high.
This 2 1/4″ fellow, likely made in Japan, is a cutie (cost: 25¢, value: $2-3.00).
2″ plastic dwarf (cost: free, value: $1-2.00). He’s part of a set of dwarfs, but he going solo today.
Darling, little red riding hood-type pine cone ornament (cost: 25¢, value: $4-6.00).
A 3″ 1970’s era corn husk doll ornament (cost: 25¢, value: $3.00).
I think I’ll call him my little, shabby chic Santa–likely Japanese (cost: 25¢, value: $6-8.00).
Looks like a rat’s nest, I know. It’s a pile of antique tinsel–collectible, but also great for creating vintage-y decorations (free).
Mercury glass bead garlands are one of my favorite Christmas collectibles. They are typically about 9′ long,
and often have at least one or two beads that have broken. I usually just pinch them off and discard the broken ones. This strand dates to about the 1950’s and likely came from Japan (cost: 50¢, value: $12-18.00). I have a red-ish gold strand available for sale in my shop.
Often you find a small star “stopper” at each end, which helps hold the beads on the string.
Tin star light reflectors (cost: free, value: $15-20.00 for 4–one not shown). Older strings of light use large (2″) bulbs that these slip around/under and then reflect the light and the color of the bulb.
Final Favorite Find: I’ve never seen a decoration like this one before. In fact, from a distance, I thought it was new. The darling snowmen and trees are sitting on a small accordion-type base.
Lots of neat details, along with some chipping paint.
As you can see, it was made in Japan, likely in the 30’s or 40’s (cost: 50¢, value: $25-30.00, though I may be reaching for the stars). It’s currently available in my shop.
Other Christmas posts you might be interested in:
Christmas Price Guide
Tuesday’s Take on an Antique Treasure: 1950’s Christmas Decorations
Vintage Christmas Home Tour 2015
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