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Decorating with Vintage Holiday Collectibles

Nov 1, 2018

by Lisa Butterworth

For anyone who celebrates Christmas (or just embraces seasonal decorating), there’s a familiar ritual that takes place every year—whether it’s the day after Thanksgiving or just before the first out-of-town guests arrive. It involves the taking down of boxes, the careful unpacking of items (some fragile, some not), and finally, the thoughtful display of beloved trinkets that will fill a home with festiveness for the remainder of the year. From ornaments to miniatures, Etsy is a veritable wonderland of Christmas collectibles—many of which are vintage. Read on to discover the stories behind a few of our favorite old-school finds.

Mercury glass ornaments

Mercury glass—which doesn’t actually contain mercury—first rose to popularity in early 19th-century Germany as an inexpensive substitute for silver. Composed of double-walled glass filled with a silvering formula, the style, which swept Europe, was used for all sorts of housewares in the hopes that a thief would mistake it for the good stuff. Mercury glass went out of vogue with the advent of the light bulb (which eliminated any chance of a thief’s misidentification), but came back in the 1900s and swept the Christmas decor scene. Colorful mercury glass ornaments, especially the dioramas, had their heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, and like many other decorative and design elements of that era, have enjoyed a revival in the last decade. Now, collectors and crafters are even combining the tiny vintage ornaments into big, statement-making multicolored wreaths.

Putz houses

Tiny Christmas villages are one of the holiday’s decorating mainstays. Nicknamed putz houses, a German word that translates loosely to “putter around” (’cause that’s what you do, putz around with the trinkets until they’re just how you want them), the tradition began with wooden houses or house-shaped candy boxes from Germany. But with the introduction of holiday string lights came a new kind of putz house, straight from Japan (where much of America’s Christmas decor production shifted after WWI). In the late 1920s, Japanese designers created simple cardboard houses with holes in the bottom for the lights to go through, illuminating the houses’ cellophane windows. Putz house proliferation, at least in Japan, died out when WWII began, narrowing the collectibles’ peak popularity to just about 10 years. But recently these cardboard villages have found new life, inspiring makers to design their own modern DIY kits, like this retro-style Christmas camper.


Long before Americans had Santa Claus, Swedes had tomtes: garden gnome-like creatures associated with the winter solstice. After an 1881 Swedish magazine published a poem about a tomte alongside a painting of the small folkloric figure with a long white beard and a jaunty red cap, the modern tomte was born (influenced no doubt by the rising Father Christmas craze); now he’s the one who brings gifts to Swedish children on Christmas Eve. As such, tomtes are incredibly popular when it comes to Christmas decor, and you can see their likenesses immortalized on linens and rendered in wood, needle felt, and even little clay sculptures—the smaller the better.


Of course, if you’re looking for something really miniature, there’s no better place to start than with French fèves. In France, January 6th is known as La fête de l’épiphanie, or the Epiphany holiday, believed to be the day the wise men came bearing gifts for the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. To commemorate the occasion, a cake is baked and a bean is hidden within; whoever’s slice has the bean is king for the day. In the 1940s it became popular for a king cake to house a small, hand-painted ceramic figure known as a fève (bean in French), instead. The tiny figures, clocking in at under 2 inches, often make up a nativity scene, but also come in more surprising forms: a troupe of circus performers, say, or even Disney characters. In 2010 French couture designer Christian Lacroix even designed a set of regally attired fèves for the famed French bakery Ladurée—what better proof could there be for their continuing appeal?

Christmas pyramids

Like many Christmas decor traditions, Christmas pyramids originated in Germany, and are thought by some to have paved the way for the Christmas tree. The origins of these propeller-topped wood carousels, which were powered by the rising heat from candles set into the base, date back to the 18th century. Christmas pyramids, commonly depicting nativity scenes, got even more popular in the 1830s thanks to the invention of kerosene (a much cheaper replacement for the costly candles used before). Despite the ubiquity of real Christmas trees today, the pyramids are still incredibly popular, having changed very little since the 1800s, and larger-than-life versions (several stories tall) are constructed in the central squares of towns in Germany’s Ore Mountains each year at holiday market time.

Holt Howard Ceramics

While living in Sweden in the 1940s, American A. Grant Howard was struck with entrepreneurial inspiration when he saw how much the Swedes loved their Christmas decorations. When he returned home, he teamed up with two of his college buddies, brothers Bob and John Howard, and together they launched Holt Howard Ceramics. Their whimsical Christmas tchotchkes—which included winking Santa mugs, seasonal cookie jars, and hand-painted ashtrays—were must-haves for hip mid-century couples. And it’s easy to draw a through line from vintage Holt Howard to the ceramics craze we’re seeing today: many quirky pieces from contemporary ceramicists, like these adorable storage jars from Ryaba Vosh Ceramics, have the Holt Howard spirit at heart.

Editor’s note: This previously published post has been updated with fresh product picks for the 2018 holiday season. 

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    I love vintage collectibles! There is something just so special about them and being able to share the stories behind them with my kids. Hopefully they can do the same for their children :)

  • animalcharm

    Tina from AnimalCharm said 5 years ago

    Very interesting! Great article. I love mercury glass ornaments but had no idea about the history. Love love love the wreath!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Charming! :)

  • ByBunni

    Bunni Russell from ByBunni said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article and photos. Thank you for sharing

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy from junquegypsy said 5 years ago

    Oh, my! This has all my vintage favorites! Sometimes I can hardly stand to sell any of these items. Great article. Thanks.

  • HandMadeMyDay

    Andriana Stratiki from HandmadeMyDay said 5 years ago

    Oh that article brought back memories !!! Very good!! ;-)

  • charosantaursula

    charo santa ursula from PinturaSedaCharo said 5 years ago

    I´like your decoration.

  • dahlilafound

    Dahlila S. from dahlilafound said 5 years ago

    I love mercury glass & the bottle brush trees. My favorite. <3

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 5 years ago

    GREAT! Deck the halls with special vintage treasures!!

  • SouvenirAndSalvage

    Mary Jo and Rachael from SouvenirAndSalvage said 5 years ago

    Vintage holiday decor is the very best kind there is. Family heirlooms and hand crafted hand-me-down's fill our homes with genuine warmth and memories. being surrounded by treasures, some of which we do not know their life stories, brings a deeper meaning of creating love filled traditions. Seeing so many wonderful new craft ideas and re-purposing projects using these vintage pieces is also lovely. We are hoping to collect Putz houses throughout the next year to build our own version of the wreath featured in Martha Stewart's magazine. It will be a wonderful compliment to our eclectic and vintage themed holiday decor arrangements. Happy Holidays everyone!

  • readyshapes

    Readyshapes from Readyshapes said 5 years ago

    Really nice, im in love!!

  • Lousje

    Marlous P from Lousje said 5 years ago

    WOW! So beautiful!

  • PastelFeatherStudio

    Monika Dudikeni from PastelFeatherStudio said 5 years ago

    oooooh so much fun :)

  • emilyvoegler

    Narwhal Needlework from NarwhalNeedlework said 5 years ago

    So many cute items to make the holidays special!

  • staceyrebecca

    Stacey Rebecca from PuppetPieShop said 5 years ago

    Love these so much!

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 5 years ago

    Great finds ! I LOVE vintage Christmas ornaments...

  • MackinacIslandInk

    bm from MackinacIslandInk said 5 years ago

    These are great :-)

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 5 years ago

    I love these vintage finds !

  • aostudio9

    Adrienne from DabAndDabble said 5 years ago

    I ♥ that mercury glass wreath : )

  • AtoriaStudios

    Victoria De Caro from AtoriaStudios said 5 years ago

    Neat article. I have a bunch of old decorations that belonged to my grandmother that I need to go though - this definitely gives me some inspiration!

  • AliaForestLove

    Alina Maevskaia from FairyOakWoodLand said 5 years ago

    Lovely vintage items! :)

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    I love vintage decorations...I have so many of them from my childhood...Awesome!!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    Tracy from 4EnvisioningVintage said 5 years ago

    Love vintage decorations! They are the best!!

  • KittyKatDance

    Marie Rose from KittyKatDance said 5 years ago

    Great article!!...When it comes to Christmas..there are SOO many amazing..Over The top!!..adorable designs from times past that honestly make me squeal with delight!!..I can NeVeR get enough of these darling keepsakes!!..I only really discovered them a few years's a Super Fun Candyland to me!!!..I LOve offering LOTs of Magical items using VIntage Christmas pieces in my shop!!..So fun to see they are so well loved!!..I Especially love recycling the old into the New!..come visit me anytime!!...Happy Holidays Everyone!!!...xoxo...Merry Christmas!!..xoxox

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 5 years ago

    I love vintage Xmas decorations! In my family, we have a tradition of passing down beautiful vintage ornaments. Every year, for Christmas, I get each of my daughters a very special and rare Christmas ornament to add to this tradition and make new heirlooms. :)

  • MidModMomStore

    Beatriz Macias from MidModMomStore said 5 years ago

    Lovely feature showcasing vintage beauty! Thank you so much!

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 5 years ago

    charming mix!! cute and oh so traditional and festive!! TFS!

  • dakotagypsy

    Dakota Gypsy from dakotagypsy said 5 years ago

    Classic Tradition .. what could be better !! Merry Christmas to all !! DG

  • autumnraycreations

    autumnraycreations from autumnraycreations said 5 years ago

    Wow, that took me back to the good old days as a child. Good Memories. Good times. Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays!!

  • susantique

    Susan from susantique said 5 years ago

    Wonder article and amazing examples of sweet mementos of Christmas past.

  • NestingFieldSparrow

    Debra from NestingComforts said 5 years ago

    Love this article... and the selections are full of charm and meaning. One of the most wonderful things about Etsy is the potential to find lost treasures from your past and hold them (or, at least, something like you remember) in your hands again. The fond memories such things somehow bring to mind are comforting and good for the soul.

  • MonsieurCoffee

    TJ Carls from BloomgoDesignStudio said 5 years ago

    Your use of color is so enchanting. Love it.

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 5 years ago

    I didn't know about tomptes, they're so cute! Thanks for sharing their history!

  • tippleandsnack

    Tipple and Snack from tippleandsnack said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous product photos!

  • RuthGT

    Ruth from RuthsGreenTreasures said 5 years ago

    So many wonderful items and colors. I need to do more decorating now!

  • graceonthego

    Megan from ColorMeJoyful said 5 years ago

    Love it...I absolutely love vintage Christmas!!

  • banithani

    Bani Thani from BaniThani said 5 years ago

    I´like your collection.

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 5 years ago

    Cute colectibles! Thank yo u for sharing these vintage finds!

  • CottageChicKay

    Kay from LakeBreezeVintage said 5 years ago

    I love vintage Christmas decorations! There's nothing made today that compares to those items of yesteryear.

  • KarenBil

    Karen from SecondLifeBooks said 5 years ago

    Great post. Love those nativity miniatures!

  • UrbanRenewalDesigns

    UrbanRenewalDesigns from UrbanRenewalDesigns said 5 years ago

    What a lovely article! Thank you so much for including our French Feve Nativity Scene! :)

  • LTMurphy

    Laurie Murphy from FabulousFunandUnique said 5 years ago

    I love the look the vintage look during the holidays. My home-office has 19 ft of high shelf lining two entire walls with old Christmas ornaments hanging down from it like fringe. The main part of the shelf is where I display my vintage holiday items. I used to hide things away in boxes when out of season- now I try to incorporate it into everyday decor, without having any one thing being over the top. I say, why hide what you love? After all, every life deserves to be FabulousFunAndUnique!

  • katydidallkindsofart

    Kathy Woods from THEFEATHERMERCHANT said 5 years ago

    Lovely article! so informant . Love the old Christmas ornaments and decorations. Brought back lots of happy memories of the 50's growing up in Pennsylvania with the German family influence .

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 5 years ago

    Super cute finds! I especially love the Swedish Tomte Figurines.

  • TreasuresfromtheAtti

    Sandy Berger from TreasuresfromtheAtti said 5 years ago

    Very nice article thanks.

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 5 years ago

    I have a couple of vintage Christmas tree candles in my shop. I plan to add more vintage decorations. Fun gifts, too. My vintage-looking family tree charts are a fun activity to do when everyone is gathered this time of year.

  • bluehoneyjewelry

    Julie Rodda from bluehoneyjewelry said 5 years ago

    I love them all!!!!! I collect mercury glass, putz houses & shiny brites! And of course, everything else Christmas, vintage & unusual!!!!! I love this article!

  • itchycricket

    Itchy Allcott from ahemahem said 5 years ago

    the history of christmas traditions/decor is fascinating…and to think, we're still evolving. i wonder what festive trappings from today will our great grandchildren find captivating? p.s. LOVE BUST magazine….

  • wigginssandy

    Sandy Wiggins from SandyWigginsImages said 5 years ago

    Vintage always trumps contemporary! Love your collection!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    These are all so beautiful I collect vintage wooden Christmas ornaments and I just love love love hanging them on my tree and of course I always hang the Christmas ornaments that my kids made and used to get back when they were in elementary school my kids are in there 30's my daughter Brandi is now 35 and my son Brandon he is now deceased he would be 34 years old he passed 5 years ago everything is always so and nostalgic and beautiful. I just love my wooden vintage ornaments that I've collected down through the years.

  • orientaltribe11

    Lertpan Pathamavuthikan from orientaltribe11 said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous I love them.

  • oneofakindvintage1

    Luz Spears from OneofakindVintage1 said 5 years ago

    They are all so pretty! Thank you for sharing

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    So precious ♥︎♥︎♥︎

  • PernillasSS

    Pennie from PernillasSS said 5 years ago

    Lots of Wonderful memories from reading this Lovely Article! Thank You Bunches! :)

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 5 years ago

    Smiling here reading this on December 20th..... wonderful memories and isn't that what Christmas is all about!!!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Too cute! Vintage is the best.

  • happiewitch

    Karen from happiewitch said 5 years ago

    Wonderful article, lots of insight and I especially love the photos. One thing I've noticed, and I'm wondering if anyone else has, I'm seeing so many many antique and vintage ornaments that sellers are REPAINTING and trying to sell on other sites. It makes me crazy to see these beautiful true old world hand blown glass ornaments painted with cheap tempera and latex paints. Wish I could scoop the poor dears up and rescue them. No matter how tempting it is, please please please leave the ornaments in original condition.

  • ingelathor

    Ingela Thor from Ingsvintage said 5 years ago

    Lovely article, Smiling while reading. Its so nice that people worldwide like our Swedish tomte. :)

  • DivineOrders

    DivineOrders from DivineOrders said 5 years ago

    GLORIOUS feature on the Vintage Etsy community. Thank you so very much for inspiring Etsy members & other readers to delve into a good old fashioned Christmas. Happy Holiday Blessings to All! Peace.

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageLtd said 5 years ago

    I love nothing better than slowly building our vintage christmas home collection. It is the only holiday I really enjoy decorating our home with. I need to visit my mom and score some of our long cherished ornaments and keep the tradition going. The pixies in the igloo are just so darling!! Too bad they sold! :)

  • montgomerycrystalco2

    montgomerycrystalco2 from MontgomeryCrystalCo said 5 years ago

    nice article! everybody run right into: for THE BEST vintage holiday AND other categories, too!!

  • crafty9728

    Kathy Kerr from crafty9728 said 5 years ago

    I loved these ideas. I have been doing a village for years, adding a new piece each year. I was working on setting up the village while skimming through great ideas from this site. Happy Holidays to all.

  • ArtFashionCreation

    Toile La La from ArtFashionCreation said 5 years ago

    Very charming treasures - and an informative article about vintage Christmas ornaments.

  • blinkingeyes

    Kimberly Bunting from BlinkingEyes said 5 years ago

    "Holt Howard Ceramics" Love your work!

  • deviantartsmaker

    Lisa Houston from CalicoCrowsSundries said 5 years ago

    here is Iowa,you can still find bags of the mercury ornaments for .25 cents a baggie full of them.They are so thin tho that im afraid they would drop and shatter,we have 3 kittys who are entranced with the dangles we put them for them to play with.And just telling them the story how we are suppose to decorate the tree to put presents under but by the time we get how the trees are suppose to be,they have began licking their tail ,ear...the cat next to thems ears

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 5 years ago

    CUTE!!! Happy Holidays!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Great article

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 5 years ago

    I love decorated with vintage ornaments for Christmas. Mercury glass ornaments and tinsel are great on a tree

  • lannapants

    Bangkokpants Pants from bangkokpants said 5 years ago

    Awesome : )

  • plumcreek22

    Anne from plumcreek22 said 5 years ago

    love Scandinavian things esp. at Christmastime. Thanks for this article!!

  • greenarbor

    Donna Harding from Vintassentials said 5 years ago

    I spent time as a child in Germany in the early 60's and I remember my mother having those great mercury glass decorations. There really is something special about them that can't be replicated. Get one, and you will start collecting!

  • worldofaccessories

    Iana from WoodCraftStudio said 5 years ago

    Adorable! Like it!

  • janniepawlik

    Jannie from JanniesAttic said 5 years ago

    Lovely collection of vintage and Swedish ornaments. Not only is it nostalgic to me it has become part of our Christmas history

  • kerekpar

    kerekpar en from Redlili said 5 years ago

    I love mercury glass & the bottle brush trees happy holidays!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 5 years ago

    So sweet ~These are all great. Its special to decorate with spirit and longevity .

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful collection!

  • MariahKGreen

    Mariah Green from MariahFotografia said 5 years ago

    Yesssss! I'm smitten by vintage anything. These are all so darling.

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  • sheyennejfitness

    kathy Johnson from SheyenneJFitness said 5 years ago

    Very cute finds!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 5 years ago

    I love that Christmas Pyramids. Great find.

  • michellequarterschap

    Michelle Quarters Chapman from RetroModHome said 5 years ago

    Such great finds!

  • MinMoots

    Nona from MinandMoots said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pics! Love vintage holidays!

  • Goodmoodwoods

    Kristina from GoodMoodWoods said 5 years ago

    Lovely vintage items!

  • dimestoreemporium

    Terri Ventura from dimestoreemporium said 5 years ago

    Love this thanx for all the info. Merry Christmas.

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 5 years ago

    Great vintage ornament selections!

  • welldressedcupcakes

    welldressedcupcakes from welldressedcupcakes said 5 years ago

    Love all these Great article

  • cathmod

    Catherine Modschiedler from veryvintagecath said 5 years ago

    Love it. I have to say that putz is like stucco, or plaster. It also means to clean but that surely has nothing to do with Christmas. Thanks for the article I learned alot. Thanks!

  • judyblank

    Judy Blank from judyblank said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the interesting article! I was surprised and very pleased to find a link to my shop, thank you! Merry Christmas, Judy Blank

  • akyarhulya

    hazım özpehlivan from KilimRugStore said 5 years ago

    Great collection! Merry Christmas to everyone!

  • m2bailey

    m2bailey from HMCTreasures said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I love so many of the items and the ideas behind them. Happy Holidays to all.

  • cristinaflamenco

    Cris from BarcelonaChicVintage said 5 years ago

    Love it. Merry Chrismas!!!!! Thanks

  • BarnshopAntiques

    Carol Bender from BarnshopAntiques said 5 years ago

    I decorated with the Putz houses this year....Oh MY on the mercury glass ornament wreath. I know what I'm doing for my door next year. Thanks for this beautiful article.

  • boredintucson

    Louise Nilsson from SycamoreVintage said 5 years ago

    I am a swede livung in America. I sell some traditional vintage Swedish Christmas ornaments and other Swedish and scandinavian items. i also make Dala Horse ornaments. Lve the article about the Swedish ornaments. The Swedish gnomes are called one tomte and many tomtar.

  • rongjianying

    maliya xi from SetFlowerCases said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article and photos.Thank you for sharing.Merry Chrismas!

  • UmmNiyatiJewelry

    UmmNiyatiJewelry from UmmNiyatiJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great informative article. Thank you for sharing. Merry christmas.

  • danielbryan4211

    Daniel Bryan said 5 years ago

    Amazing article and really good pics. I love the Christmas, can't wait more. LavishCoupon.Com

  • stefan96

    Valeriya from MadeinCrimea said 5 years ago

    Nice article, thank you. Christmas - one of the few holidays when we go back to my childhood, believe in the fairy tale. it must be so in adulthood. It was very interesting to read about the tradition decor. thanks for the pics!

  • bmarylou

    Mary Lou from RushCreekVintage said 5 years ago

    Vintage is the new black.

  • winsomeyim

    WING SUM YIM from fabricAsians said 5 years ago

    The wooden toys are so cute. Merry Christmas to you all!!!

  • FireHorseTextiles

    Julia K Walton from JuliaKWalton said 5 years ago

    These are lovely vintage pieces that you would be happy to bring out year after year. I have a wooden pyramid/roundabout powered by candles, but my favourite item was an antique glass bird that perched on the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, I managed to break it and have been looking for a replacement ever since!

  • blissfulthinkin

    Sister Butterfly from MyButterflySister said 5 years ago

    I love vintage Christmas deco. Great story: )

  • SunnyDayVintage

    Sunny Day from SunnyDayVintage said 5 years ago

    Holidays are all about traditions -- that's why so many of us love and collect vintage decor. To begin new traditions or remind of those from our childhoods.

  • foxandfablevintage

    Katie from foxandfablevintage said 5 years ago

    I love this article, such cute decorations!

  • natafish67

    RoyalCrownHandmade from RoyalCrownHandmade said 5 years ago

    I´like your decoration. Happy Holiday Everyone!

  • murrayetal

    Laurey from VintagePerformance said 5 years ago

    Charming! Your article gave me a few nice quiet moments in reading it, & took me back to Christmas's in the past. Thank you!

  • jasmineaeiou

    jasmine ou from aeioushoppe said 5 years ago

    I'd never even heard or seen of some of these styles. Great article and Happy Holidays!

  • lizzietishvintage

    Tish from LizzieTishVintage said 5 years ago

    Thanks Martha Stewart for featuring Putz houses in your magazine last month. It certainly gave a boost to my sales. I sold over 30 Putz houses last month in my shop!

  • MisterTrue

    MisterTrue from MisterTrue said 5 years ago

    Lovely. Thanks so Much. Merry Christmas

  • AuntHattiesAttic

    AuntHattiesAttic from AuntHattiesAttic said 5 years ago

    Thank you for a great feature for vintage Christmas items. Many of my buyers are replacing broken beloved items. One amazing sister bought a matching set of NOEL candle holders for her sister who didn't get to inherit their Mother's set. It warms all of us to hear these stories. Nostalgia is a powerful thing!

  • UnquietStones

    UnquietStones from UnquietStones said 5 years ago

    This is so well written and interesting. Loved all the details about the origins of these specific vintage crafts.

  • exclusive72

    Valentina . from Exclusive72 said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much!Lovely article ,so informant.

  • MBorklu

    Mrc Brkl from Decormart said 5 years ago

    I love vintage colletion. Thank you for sharing

  • ozlmbrkl

    Ozlem Borklu from Trinketmart said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. So enjoyable to reading.

  • ShirleyArt

    Debbie Shirley from ShirleyArt said 5 years ago

    Great article! I love shopping for vintage collectibles on Etsy - and I find many of them make their way into my paintings! Now I have some new ones to keep my eyes open for.

  • happykristen

    happykristen from happykristen said 5 years ago

    Great showcase ! I'm so happy to offer a lot of the same sort of items in my shop. My house is full of vintage, and you did a great job explaining it in the article.

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous collection and a wonderfully informative article. I'm happy to have family Christmas treasures from the 30's to the present. The article is good enticement for someone like me to continue collecting- for others to start. Etsy is the best place to do so.

  • KalinkaAlinka

    Алина from FairyKalinka said 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • bigbloomingbeads

    Carlos Ruiz from Bigbloomingbeads said 5 years ago

    Awesome!!! Congrats lovely shop amazing items!! Good luck

  • ASA51

    ASA51 from Estateitemsofnj said 5 years ago

    Love your presentation, photos and article. It made me happy! Have a great New Year!

  • ArmorOfModernMen

    Will Z. from ArmorOfModernMen said 5 years ago

    Our family's Christmas celebration would not be complete without vintage decoration from decades before. As we unpack the annual decor, we remember how, when and where these items came to be part of our family. My mother is particularly fond of her faded, pastel mercury balls and the hand made creches. We have a collection of gold metal trees and angels that are charmingly retro. They all mix well with our more modern pieces and are prized for their vintage patina, history and their memories they evoke. Etsy is the perfect place to discover a collection of your own.

  • omabina70

    Sabine Miner from StudioSabine said 5 years ago

    I brought abig Christmas pyramide over here USA on a plane from Germany - I packed it really carefully with love - we enjoyed it many years until my then little Grandson while in an unattended moment wrecked the whole thing ---- Now at age 16 I am trying to get him to reassamble it..... if only I could get im away from the darn cell phone..............maybe my hubby will do it???? It is very precious to me.... and yes I was very upset at little Kai.............

  • gabysteel

    GABY STEEL from GabitatEmporium said 5 years ago

    Lovely pieces and great review, wish you success for the New Year

  • ACESfinds

    Alison Herr Scates and Chuck Scates from ACESFINDSVINTAGE said 5 years ago

    Super Cool! Thanks for sharing. There are some adorable pieces featured here!

  • myposhpicks

    myposhpicks from PoshPicksBoutique said 5 years ago

    I love learning the stories behind vintage items. I remember the Putz houses in my grandmother's home during the holidays. Thanks for the backstory!

  • silkstory

    Zita from silkstory said 5 years ago

    I love vintage! Thank you for sharing!

  • chaoticdesignn

    Chaotic Design from chaoticdesignn said 5 years ago

    very nice

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts from unflappableproducts said 5 years ago

    This is one of my favorite articles! Such great information on how the holiday is celebrated around the world and the meaning of the decorations. I once purchased the most adorable vontage troll on an Etsy shop-it is my favorite vintage purchase!

  • charlynw

    Charlyn from charlynw said 5 years ago

    Loooove this so much!!! Thank you for this post! :) <3

  • septembersun58

    Jan from HipCatRetroVintage said 5 years ago

    There's nothing better than a vintage Christmas! Love this <3


    DLKLEES from DebsPickerSouL said 5 years ago

    I personally can't think of a better way to decorate; thanks for finding all these wonderful Vintage Christmas items! :)

  • creativeladybug22

    Lourdes Williams from Itsafamilyaffairtoo said 5 years ago

    Love it! GREAT job! So Nostalgic!!! xoxoxo

  • BlingThings

    Ellie Page from BlingThings said 5 years ago

    Love the old vintage handmade wood Christmas elves I have several in my shop check them out Ellie

  • ludmilabilik

    Luda Bilik from LudasPreciousDesigns said 5 years ago

    A very beautiful shop.Gorgeous.

  • oneofakindvintage1

    Luz Spears from OneofakindVintage1 said 5 years ago

    Love this article! And the items

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    Maria from StyleGraphicDesign said 5 years ago

    Lovely finds:)

  • MiddleCoast

    Katie Anne from MiddleCoast said 5 years ago

    Love this! And love seeing Tomte's!! The other year I taught a wonderfully fun art project to kids about Tomte. Great story with it too :)

  • toffeeflower

    Mel Sax from GlamGirlRetro said 5 years ago

    Great nostalgia, items featured are delightful.


    VINTAGE NOW from ESTATENOW said 5 years ago

    Awesome and unique idea..

  • JoleneGaranzhaPrints

    Jolene Garanzha from JoleneGaranzha said 5 years ago

    Wonderful. Looking forward to watching this shop.


    Maria Smirlis from HARAHDESIGNS said 5 years ago


  • mad4modvintage

    mad4modvintage from mad4modvintage said 5 years ago

    I love vintage Nostalgia, Our family has a vintage elf on the shelf.

  • devmuktijewels

    Devmukti jewels from DevmuktiJewels said 5 years ago

    WOW! So beautiful! I love mercury glass ornaments but had no idea about the history. Love love love the wreath!

  • ESteve1988

    Emily Steve said 5 years ago

    I'm just loving the ideas in photos. Just waiting for Christmas to come soon so I can shop more gifts and can make some at my own. Usually I shop with CouponerStore.Com but this time I'll add my own creations too.

  • BoyntonBoys

    AMR DBR from BoyntonBoys said 4 years ago

    Love this - great items. I have some great photos of Vintage Christmas Decorations on my Facebook page

  • foofoogal54

    foofoogal54 from GracefulVtgClothing said 4 years ago

    Oh my stars. I live for vintage Christmas collectibles. Every year I decorate with cute figurines and buy one or two special ones. Love this feature.

  • photosbyaileen

    Aileen Maroney from PhotosbyAileen said 3 years ago

    Intriguing vintage items, especially the tomte. ! I collect Swedish tomte and loved learning more about them!

  • candeelady

    Terry Candee from SecondChanceChicken said 1 year ago

    WOW a lesson for me today! I found a vintage wooden ornament last year. It's a shoe house with a little man standing on the balcony. I called him Santa or an elf. Now I have it right, he's a tomte! Thanks and I've always love those pyramids but never bought one. The size I want costs some dough!

  • mitziwvalderrabano

    Mitzi W Valderrabano said 1 year ago

    Nice article. I love putz houses and always wondered where the name came from. Now , if I only had time to do a couple of them in time for Christmas...

  • RandMhandmade

    Renee from RandMhandmade said 1 year ago

    Love being reminded of all the vintage Christmas items. Thank you for sharing : )

  • bvysgqdo

    bluewine studio from bluewinestudio said 1 year ago

    Christmas is coming... Love these beautiful vintage collection! Thank you for sharing!: )

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 1 year ago

    Love the article!

  • leasatticspace

    leasatticspace from LeasAtticSpace said 1 year ago

    I love vintage holiday collectibles! They remind me of Christmases past and Holiday Traditions; warm, cozy feelings and smells. Incorporating those memories into today's new trends helps me balance my world. Thank you for the refreshing and informative article! Lea

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 1 year ago

    Aweee, It's so great to see vintage featured. Terrific selections, comforting and true ~!~

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 1 year ago

    Just so precious and cute! Christmas memories revisited!

  • ysib9ldx

    Kelly from CedarMillStudio said 1 year ago

    Great collection, brings back memories!

  • Lanimoon7

    Leilani Hirakawa from Lanikawastudio said 1 year ago

    Vintage is always good... they are so adorable!!!

  • nsyaaoyf

    Elena Golovina from DressEmbroideredRU said 1 year ago

    Wonderful gizmos! This is a fairy tale!

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 1 year ago

    Vintage holiday collectibles bring such happy memories to me and to many. Thank you for highlighting the history behind some. Among the many great Etsy vintage sellers shoppers can find vintage Christmas treasures from their childhood, from the 1800s to the 1980s. Thanks again - a wonderful post!

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 1 year ago

    These are all such fun ways to decorate for Christmas! Something for everyone here :)

  • cuteexpressions123

    Cutie Expressions from CutieExpressions said 1 year ago

    Adorable ornaments! Love them all! Thanks for sharing :)

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 1 year ago

    Awe, the magic of vintage decors!

  • FireHorseTextiles

    Julia K Walton from JuliaKWalton said 1 year ago

    What an adorable trip down memory lane! I particularly love the vintage glass ornaments - gorgeous! :o)

  • ufcndfbs

    Poupée Decorative from PoupeeDecorative said 1 year ago

    So many cute items to make the holidays special!

  • SallysVintageKitchen

    Sally from SallysVintageKitchen said 1 year ago

    Great article! Lovely collection. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to everyone!

  • NaomiLevitin

    Naomi Levitin from NaomiLevitin said 1 year ago

    Anything vintage adds such a warm, cozy touch. Thanks for sharing these finds!

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