Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vintage Christmas Finds

 Having a friend who runs estate sales could be a very bad thing for me.  Or it could be a good thing, I guess it just depends on who you ask.  This weekend they had a Christmas sale.  They buy all of the leftover stuff from the sales and decided to put all of the Christmas stuff together and do a Christmas sale.  I got lucky and found some great stuff!  I have been looking for these things and have big ideas for them.

 I love these electric candle holders.  Most of these are vintage and are in wonderful shape.  I have always loved how The Polka Dot Closet transformed hers and I want to do it too.  Now that I have a mantle, these will be perfect for it.  The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to get started transforming mine!
They had 5 bags of these bottle brush trees and as much as I would have liked to buy them all, I only bought one.  My friend said she would save any leftovers for me though.  I can't believe how hard it is to find these, at least around here, so I was happy to find these.  I already started bleaching them and am looking for lot's of ideas to use them in decorating and crafting.
 I have also been saving jars and this is the perfect idea.  The glitter, the is all so beautiful and I am so excited to start creating some of my own.
These tart tins were a great find.  All shapes have 6 tins, so I have 36 altogether.  I can really get creative with these.  Ornaments, magnets, fun little baskets.  I see so many ideas and want to make them all!
 This little snowman sitting in this tart tin is too cute.  Definitely going to try and make this!
I got some great sheet music books so these trees will have to be made.  And see what they are sitting on-a tart tin!  Another great idea!
Vintage Christmas ornaments are one of my favorite things to find.  I don't really have any plans for them, I love them in in a glass bowl or in an apothecary jar.  I don't think that I will ever have enough!
 And my last find was this sweet vintage angel tree topper.  This is just like the angel that would sit on top of our Christmas tree when I was growing up.  Putting the angel on the top of the tree was always the best job.  I love that angel and want it for my own one day.  But for now, I found one of my own!  This is in the original package and was never used.  I paid $4 for it and the original price tag on it said $5.99.  I can't wait to put it on my tree this year!  I paid less than $20 for all of this stuff!

I won't be putting any of my Christmas decorations up until AFTER Thanksgiving.  I hate when people skip past Thanksgiving to Christmas, probably because I love Thanksgiving so much.  But once it is over, I am all about Christmas!

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Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi, I love everything that you shared and I know you will create something beautiful for Christmas! I feel the same way as you and don't decorate until the weekend after Thanksgiving too. Take care and have a great week. Julie at

Donna said...

Wow, you really hit the jackpot, Trisha! So many fun crafting projects are in your future:) Love the idea with the candle lights, and tart tins, too. You's have fun with the bottle brush trees, I bleached a ton of them last year!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thank you for sharing all your Christmas goodies at my party today.


Donna Wilkes said...

What wonderful vintage goodies you found! I just threw out my vintage candles -I guess I was not being very creative and was in a purging mood. Wish I had seen the transformation photo you showed. Good luck with your treasures.

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Great Christmas finds.
Everything looks wonderful.

lorraines resources and rewards said...

okay you've got me hooked love all the crafts and I am following you now I'm lorraine at

Libbie said...

Hey Trish! You are so right .....DANGEROUS!!! I can't imagine how much money I would spend! Looks like you did! Those candles are really cool & I have never seen anyone transform them like that...gorgeous! You are going to be busy these next few weeks transforming everything! I hope we get to see a finished snowman in a tin!

P.S. Thanks for your sweetness on my post too! You are always so encouraging!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what fabulous treasures. I love them. The trees in the jars is so pretty and so creative.

April's Homemaking said...

Love all of your vintage craft transformations! They all look like fun. I'm with you, I love Christmas, but really love Thanksgiving too, and don't like to skip past it. We decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving. :)

June said...

You found some treasures dear Trisha! I think you are very lucky to have that certain friend :)))))) can I borrow her???
sending hugs...

LivingVintage said...

Score!! At least that's what I would have said. Love it!

Tea in the Library said...

What great finds and great inspiration pictures too. I'm drooling! So glad I found your fun post at SYC Thursday!

Coloradolady said...

WHat great finds. I would have purchased them too! Love the glass balls.....great finds on those ornaments.

VintageMom said...

Great finds :) If you have a minute, stop by and share at my new link party, Everyday Vintage. Your style is the perfect fit. Would love to see you there!

Lisa @ Helene's Legacy

Laura Turner said...

Fantastic finds, I so love all these ideas! Can't wait to see how you transform them. Thank you for linking up with Inspired Sunday!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, you are so right, sooo cute!
I love all these creative ideas.

Unknown said...

I think you are super lucky to have a friend that does that...first dibs on great stuff, can't beat that! I love what you did with the vintage candle lights, they look so pretty.

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Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Wow Trisha, what a haul! I would love to have a friend that ran estate sales. Must admit, it could be dangerous. I love the candles refurbished! Tart tins are one of my favs as well as vintage ornaments. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I am planning on bleaching some of my trees. Do you just dip them in and then let them dry? Or is there a trick to it?

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love all of your vintage Christmas decorations!!
I am one of those poeple who skip Thanksgiving decorations and go right to Christmas but it is because I had 19 trees in my home last year with EVERY room decorated including the upstairs and bathrooms!! I work full time night shift as an RN and I do 2 craft fairs in November as a vendor. So I NEED to start to decorate early or I would never get done.
This year though, I had so many things going on from a house remodel to being in charge of our church Craft Fair, being a vendor and working, I am not decorating the upstairs and our Den downstairs so only the outside and 4 rooms with be decorated this year and that was with starting the beginning of November!!
If you have time, stop by and visit my Christmas Blog...Yes, a blog devoted to Christmas!! LOL!!