The great thing about Vintage Santa is that he is comprised of several cultures. Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle and more are all part of the composition of Santa Claus. New York's Clement Clarke Moore's 1822 poem "An Account of a visit from St Nicholas" helped shape the image of the rooftop jumping gift giver we know of today.
Vintage Santa Collecting
Collecting vintage Santa is really broad. With so many types, you can narrow a collection of vintage Santa down into so many different categories. There are a TON of possibilities!
100 years or older Santa Claus. So prior to 1916. What could you hunt for? Postcards, ornaments, figures and store display.
Santa made in Germany was popular in the early 1900's and the craftsmanship and artisans who created them were second to none. Paper mache was a popular material. Delicate blown glass ornaments, candy containers and so much more. Collecting Christmas antiques or vintage made in Germany is a solid investment.
Santa vintage Ornaments
From glass ornaments to cloth or narrow it down by era or both! You could collect Santa made with a pinecone. How about 1960's modernist ornaments? There are actually pretty tough to find and I always pick up Midcentury when I can. How about felt Santa ornaments? I think you get the picture. Possibilities are endless.
Santa mugs are everywhere. Excellent collection is a must. Some are cold painted over the pottery others are colored under the glaze. Mid century sets of pitchers and Santa mugs are my favorite.
The holidays are coming fast!,
PS - My favorite website about collecting Christmas is The Golden Glow. They know so much and are so passionate, check them out. AND---
The 2016 Vintage Garage Flea Market schedule dates are April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com