This year I decided to pare down my non-collection of vintage ornaments. Or maybe I should say ‘refine’. Yes, I like the sound of that better, I decided to refine my non-collection.
I pulled out all of my ornaments and went through them one by one.
I started with all of the solid colored balls. I sorted them by color and I packaged all of them up to be sold at Reclaiming Beautiful. Next I sorted through the rest of them and set aside any that I didn’t absolutely love, and those got sold as well.
Leaving me with just a few of my favorites (that is totally sarcastic, unless you consider about 150 or so ornaments to be ‘a few’, bwa, ha, ha).
One of the characteristics that pretty much guarantees a spot in my ‘favorites’ category is hand-painting of any kind.
I find the hand-painted ornaments just so darn charming even when it’s nothing more than a couple of swipes with a brush.
The ornaments also have to fit into my color scheme of pink, aqua, green or silver.
I don’t have a lot of green ornaments, and you’d think this would be a fairly common color, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to be.
But sometimes I deviate from my color palette if the ornament is pretty enough. For example, just a handful of blue ornaments made the cut.
I also have a small contingent of gold ornaments.
I can’t really explain why these next two ornaments, with their oranges and yellows, made it through. Except that I love those daisies, and the combination of orange, hot pink and red works for me too. I think both of these have a 60’s vibe, don’t you?
This last ornament is one of my particular favorites with its hand-painted flowers. I think they are supposed to be lily of the valley, or possibly white bleeding hearts. What do you think?
If you are new to my blog and you haven’t already heard me say it, I find most of my vintage ornaments at garage sales and estate sales. Oftentimes people are selling a bag full of ornaments and the vintage glass ornaments are mixed in with plastic, pipe cleaner, wood or other sorts of ornaments.
It’s less common to find ornaments as a set, or in their original box, but I do sometimes find boxes.
It’s even more rare to find boxes in really good condition like this one.
I almost never find a boxed set of ornaments intact like the one shown above. I purchased all of those ornaments separately and then put them in a box that came with other mismatched ornaments. Antique shops will almost always break up sets like these and sell them individually. I think it’s easier to sell single ornaments for $3.95 each than it is to sell a box of a dozen for $48.
This year I put my silver tree full of vintage ornaments up in my Q Branch next to my giant English cupboard, just around the corner from my black and white decorations.
My pink painted gift boxes are perfect underneath it.
Speaking of which, don’t forget, tonight is the deadline for leaving a comment on my blogiversary post to be in the running to win the Seven Swans a Swimming box full of goodies. If you haven’t left a comment yet, you still can up until midnight tonight (US Central time).
And gosh, I totally forgot to mention it in my original post, but Fusion also provided a jar of one of their new waxes to throw in with the giveaway.
This is their Rose Gold wax. I haven’t tried this one yet, but I have tried the new Clear Wax and I loved it (I’ll be sharing more on that tomorrow). If you win, I hope you’ll try out the Rose Gold wax and let us all know how you like it!