Just before I left on vacation I ordered a new Christmas tree online from Target (no affiliation). I had been shopping for boring stuff at my local store during my lunch break and I saw this pretty 6’ pre-lit silver tree. I’m calling it silver, but they call it rose gold. It looks pinkish in their photo (below) but in person it looks pretty much silver.
I didn’t want to attempt to wrestle it into my car, and in fact I wasn’t even sure how well it would fit. As a reminder I drive a VW Beetle convertible. Not a lot of cargo room, especially in the winter when you can’t have the top down.
So instead I took a quick pic of the tag with my phone so I would have all the info and when I got home later that night I ordered the tree online.
I wasn’t especially thinking about getting a new tree, but the price was pretty reasonable at $127. Then I got an additional 15% off because it was on sale, then another 5% off for using my Target red card. Plus I got free shipping because I used the red card. Heck of a deal to get the tree delivered right to my door instead of having to try and squeeze it into my car, right?
And since my vintage ornament non-collection (because I don’t really collect stuff) has been growing by leaps and bounds, I decided a bigger tree was a good idea for this year.
I picked up quite a few vintage ornaments at garage sales over the summer. Garage sales and estate sales are a great source for them. Most shoppers aren’t thinking ahead to Christmas in the middle of summer, so it’s easy to snap them up on the cheap. I bought these for 75 cents per box …
My other favorite source for vintage ornaments is a little shop in downtown North Saint Paul called La’ Garage. The inventory at La’ Garage comes from the purchase of entire estates or just random second hand stuff, along with some new goods. Every year they close up shop the week before Thanksgiving and completely revamp the store for Christmas. They open bright and early on black Friday full of vintage goodies. This year Debbie, Kris and I headed over there bright and early that morning.
Normally I wait and shop later because I’m not a fan of the crazy crowds, but I did find more ornaments this way. I came home with this stash including the funky cake pan. I just loved the ‘look’ of the cake pan. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet, but it had to come home with me.
Anyway, lucky I have the bigger tree this year because it is chock full with all of these additions.
The size of this tree is perfect to tuck into this corner of my piano room.
I really don’t have much room in the living room itself for a tree, even this slim model. So instead it’s just around the corner.
I put my collection of tree toppers in the window next to the tree.
I feel a bit like a broken record at Christmas. This is year 4 of sharing my vintage ornaments on a silver tree. I’m really going to have to come up with something new next year. But whatever it is, it will have to be in addition to my silver tree of vintage ornaments because I enjoy pulling these fragile glass balls out of their tissue paper each year and hanging them on the tree. I have my favorites that always get placed front and center.
How about you, do you decorate your tree the same way every year, or do you change it up each time?