Join me today for thrifted goodies volume 5, the Christmas edition!
It’s time again for another thrifting adventure! I’ve been busy this month hunting for vintage Christmas pieces to use in my home this season but it’s actually not been as successful as I had hoped. However, the items I have found are amazing and are going to look so lovely all styled for the holidays! Again, I’m being pretty choosy about what I decide to buy because my decor stash is getting too large. I’ve really had to pair down and be super intentional about what stays and what doesn’t. My hope is that this thrifted goodies volume 5 will be an encouragement for you as you start to deck your halls!
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My friend MaryJo from the blog Master”PIECES” Of My Life will be joining me every month for this series going forward! She enjoys thrifting just as much as I do, so together we will be combining our love of the hunt and sharing our finds with you all. I’m thrilled to have her here and I hope you will enjoy seeing her treasures too!
MaryJo’s post this week is about a collection that makes me weak in the knees, which is vintage transferware! She is sharing her thrifted green transferware and I’m just obsessed! Head on over to her blog to find out her tips for thrifting these beloved pieces and see how she is decorating with them for Christmas.
Thrifted Goodies Volume 5- Christmas Edition
Milk Glass Candle Bowl
The first piece I’m sharing today came from one of my favorite antique malls. Whenever hubby and I go fishing down in Southern Minnesota, we always stop at it. I was very happy to see all the vintage Christmas in many of the booths!
Anyways, you all know by now that I have been collecting vintage milk glass for a few years. I only pick up milk glass that either has the hobnail pattern on it, has a wavy or curvy edge and that is marked on the bottom OR has the ‘ring of fire’ present within the glass.
This bowl caught my eye right away in a booth just packed with milk glass! I thought it was just a normal bowl but when I picked it up, I noticed all of the little holes made for candles to sit. How cool is that?! It is extremely heavy and marked ‘Fenton’ on the bottom.
I’m SO excited because this is my very first piece of Fenton glass in my collection…I usually only find Anchor Hocking! I paid $10 for it which is a very fair price for what it is.
This piece isn’t ‘Christmas’ per se but I adore using my milk glass for holiday decorating. My friend Lora just wrote a whole blog post about using collections for Christmas decorating and I couldn’t agree with her more.
By simply adding berries, pinecones, ribbon, or greenery to any type of vintage collection, especially milk glass, you have instant Christmas decor!
Amber Glass Fairy Light
This magical piece came from the antique mall as well. I’ve seen fairy lights before and have always thought they were super cool. If you are not familiar with vintage fairy lights, it’s basically a glass vessel where the top portion comes off so you can put a candle or a small string of lights.
This one spoke to me as soon as I saw it. The amber glass is etched in such a beautiful way and knew instantly how pretty it would look sitting on the mantel for the upcoming holidays. It does have a small chip on the inside but you can’t even see it so I don’t mind. For only $5.00, you bet this came home with us!
You guys, it gives off the most incredible glow at night and is so cozy! I need to get a tea light for it but for now battery powered string lights will do. This is the perfect piece of decor to use now all the way through winter and am so grateful that we get to enjoy it.
Green and White Vintage Plates
These pretty vintage plates were found at my favorite thrift store for $1.00 each! They were stacked on top of each other, like they were just waiting for me. When I saw them on the shelf, I immediately thought of styling them into Christmas vignettes.
This one with the green stripes is ‘Buffalo’ china. I’ve been starting to see more of this specific pattern come up for sale, especially online. I just think the green paired with the cream is perfect for Christmas.
The next plate is a little more ‘Christmas-y’. Look at the pretty little wreaths around the sides! I just think this one is so stinkin’ cute and the most excellent size for using in holiday displays. I’ve never come across anything quite like it before.
There was an older lady looking at the dishes too and we got talking about what we were seeing. She asked me what I was going to do with my plates to which I replied “I’m going to decorate with them for Christmas!” She acted like that was the best idea that she’s ever heard!
This beautiful brass bell came from the antique mall as well. I really did well there that day! I’ve been looking for vintage bells to use for Christmas decor this season but haven’t found anything within my price range. This single bell, which was $7.00, is a super unique shape and has the prettiest patina to it.
I’m not sure where this one will end up yet as far as Christmas decorating goes. I may put it in a basket display that I’m going to be making but it also may very well end up on my painted cabinet as part of a Christmas vignette.
Red Vintage Book
The last find that I’m sharing today is a vintage home decor book that I paid $4.00 for. I look for larger books like these often because they are inexpensive and versatile decorating pieces.
My tip for finding these is to look in the ‘home’ section of the books and pull the sleeve off to reveal the cover. Many times, you will find a really pretty linen book with a beautiful color hidden underneath the sleeve!
The red color on this book is so perfect for Christmas, enabling me to display and use it in a variety of ways! Books are helpful for adding height to displays, for added color, or for use as a background, like in the back of a basket for example.
May this thrifted goodies volume 5 be a starting point for your Christmas decorating this year. I will be sharing a full Christmas home tour in a few weeks so you can see each of these pieces in context as decor pieces. Know that you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on new holiday decor this season. By using thrifted decor mixed with Christmas decor that you already have, you can create a warm, cozy, and inviting home. Be encouraged to find peace in simplicity this season.
Again, we welcome MaryJo to this thrifting series! Don’t forget to check out her thrifting post as well…you might learn something brand new from her blog!
Let me know in the comments below if you have found anything special while out thrifting or if there is anything in particular that you are searching for. I would love to know what others are interested in!
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