Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Christmas ornaments have quite a long history in America. In Germany mass production of Christmas ornaments began in the 1880’s. They were followed by  Czechoslovakian, Polish and Japanese manufacturer’s. The mid 1940’s saw American production of Vintage Christmas ornaments start to boom. For many families Vintage Christmas Ornaments are passed down from generation to generation. This is how many collections start.

Vintage Garage Chicago Holiday Market. Collecting Vintage Santa and vintage ornaments.
Vintage Clip on Santa Christmas Ornament

My favorite site about Vintage Christmas collecting is the Golden Glow of Christmas Past.

Check them out and more resources for collecting vintage Christmas at the bottom.

Glass Ornaments

Glass bulbs can be collected by country, theme, color or shape. Figural ornaments command premium prices.  Desirable colors add even more to the price. As they are glass and due to being as thin as egg shell, condition plays a key factor in vintage Christmas ornaments.

Because Kugel Glass Christmas Ornaments from Germany command top dollar, they  have been  reproduced. Make yourself aware of the difference.

The field of non-bulb Vintage Christmas ornaments is vast and varied. Our personal favorites are 1950’s and 1960’s American made decor. Gurley candles and  ephemera especially!

vintage Christmas blowmold vintage Christmas ornaments.

Outdoor Ornaments

Vintage outdoor ornaments are made durable to withstand outdoor weather. As a result they can be readily found. Some of the earliest Blow Molds though, where made of rubber like composition materials and become brittle or crumbled if not stored in ideal conditions. Later PVC type plastics were used, and they have stood the test of time. They are also easily repainted if desired. They can be found rather reasonably priced with premiums paid for more rare moulds.

 

Indoor Ornaments

Since Christmas decor is used for 1 month a year, it usually isn’t built to last.  Glass, Porcelain, Plastic, Paper and Wood are the common materials used in Holiday decor. This is why condition is so important with the high attrition rate of ornaments that are; Mica dusted, Crepe paper, Spun Cotton or celluloid like the Santa in the sleigh over there —>

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Plenty for Everyone!

Even though it isn’t till fall that you start seeing your Vintage Holiday markets start popping up. The dealers have been acquiring Vintage Christmas Ornaments ALL YEAR LONG! So, there is plenty for everyone. Except, the best goes to the early bird.

The Vintage Garage Holiday Show November 20th opens at 10:00 am!

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Don’t be this Santa see you there!

Resources

Golden Glow of Christmas Past
History of Christmas ornaments.
A good piece on kugel figural values.

 

The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 2, 3pm to 8pm, March 3, 2018. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com

The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 15, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. 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.

Vintage Garage Chicago, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, United States (US) - Phone: 312-505-6373 Secondary phone: 8475799079 Email: hey@vintagegaragechicago.com