Thursday, December 04, 2008

Vintage Trees

I thought I might participate in Show & Tell Friday as well as Vintage Thingies Thursday, this week. This will be my first S&T, so I'm not sure if that is kosher. I hope so! I know it's a busy season for all of us, but find some time to visit the other participants in both carnivals, you'll love what they have to show you.This first display is all from the early 1960s. It is a table-top bottle-brush tree that has some flocking and ornaments already attached. For a special effect it has a vintage Santa-head cupcake pick sticking out of the side. It used to have several picks, but as kids we played with them and broke them. Isn't the little dog so funny? He is made of felt. The packages are little jewelry boxes wrapped up all cute. The drunken Santa is felt stuffed with some kind of scrunchy sawdust type stuff. His neck is broken, and he can't stand up anymore, which is why we have to lean him against the wall. These were things my mother bought when she was a secretary. They sat on her desk as a fun little display when people came into the office.This table-top tree is from 1951. My father bought it for his Aunt Gertie, the person from whom I got much of the vintage items I've shared. The base is ceramic and holds a regular 40 watt light bulb. The tree slips on over the bulb. If you enlarge the picture you can see more clearly that there is a star on top and candles on the branches that light up. The other ornaments aren't vintage, they are just miniatures I thought would dress it up, because the light doesn't shine through very brightly any more. I have a teeny-tiny train, each car is about 1.5 inches, that goes around the tree, as well as the wee little nativity scene.Here's my melted plastic popcorn Santa, wishing you a wonderful weekend, as he flies away to visit the Show & Tell Friday folks at There is No Place like home, and the VTT participants who are all listed at ColoradoLady! Remember to join him in his travels!
For all of us vintage lovers, there is a great place called The Vermont Country Store where they have everything retro that you can imagine! Decorations, candy, toys, food, hard to find beauty aids, it's amazing what they've got. Stop by and check it out some time.

40 comments:

Jewelgirl said...

Hi Elizabeth, Love the bottle brush
trees, I actually bought a few this
year but the vintage ones have that
aged look and I like those better!
My Pinocchio is new and is a gift.

Smilingsal said...

I just realized that I could join in here. Almost everything I have for Christmas is vintage! You have such interesting things. I love to read your stories.

Threeundertwo said...

I love these! The drunken Santa has such character. And I'd forgotten about that melted plastic popcorn stuff. I can practically feel it under my fingertips now.

Amy said...

I am so digging your christmas tree stand!

CC said...

You have the sweetest things..however, poor drunken Santa is my favorite. Bless him, he's doing his best and I like him. :). Happy VTT

The Muse said...

Oh you have a puppy like mine! LOL Isn't he the sweetest...? LOL

Ah the days of yesteryear!

marian said...

lovely vintage christmasy thingies :)

Fiona said...

Oh I love them all. Especially the dog!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I like that you added the ornaments to the light tree. So pretty! All of your vintage things are so pretty and I love that you share them with everyone. xxoo

Mildred said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment so I could find your interesting blog. I love your vintage items and enjoy the stories and photos so much.

Melissa said...

I love your trees. Drunk Santa looks like he is admiring the tree. Either that or he is coming out of his dunken stupor and realizing he needs to get his butt in gear.

marybt said...

That first tree is great! I was wondering about the random cupcake pic - thanks for clearing that up!

The little dog is great.

Corgidogmama~ said...

I love retro Christmas.
Your bottlebrush is divine. That drunk Santa reminds me of my ex husband!

mannequin said...

I love that little doggie! Your trees are so pretty Elizabeth. I wish I had saved more things...
My parents had one of those silver trees with the rotating color lamp shining on it! Did yours?

Neabear said...

I love the things you shared today. I don't remember the melted plastic popcorn stuff. I don't remember seeing anything like that. Interesting. Cute though.

Coloradolady said...

Elizabeth, All your vintage treasures were just adorable. I love your little miniature tree. That santa pick is too cute, I was at an estate sale and purchased several of these old Christmas picks for 1.00. My husband thought I had lost my mind...I love them. (I will show them later in the month)
And to your question about do I have room for a tree....absolutely. Always. *smile*
Love your vintage treasures, you always have such cute things.

Oh2122 said...

That plastic Santa slays me!

We had a turkey and a pumpkin too!

Justine said...

Wow, that tree still looks to be in great condition. You and your mom must really know how to pack things up well when the season is over!

Justine :o )

Miri said...

The 60's tree with the "snow" on it so brings back memories-I worked as a secretary/clerk through high school and college and that is a perfect example of an "office" tree

ann said...

WHAT FUN.I HADN'T HEARD OF THIS BEFORE.I'LL HAVE TO GO CK EM ALL OUT.THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME KNOW...ANN

Chooks'r'us said...

The Santa on the pick sticking out of the tree is my favourite - how funny! (the dog is pretty good too though).

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love your vintage decorations. I just goes to show you that everything usually comes full circle!LOL

bj said...

everything is just precious. so many of my ornaments are vintage, too. I love your little trees...

squawmama said...

Oh Elizabeth... Thanks for the memories... I remember the bottle brush Christmas tree and the plastic popcorn decorations... I think my mother bought every one she could find when I was young... Too bad I wasn't smart enough to keep them... Thanks

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Chris said...

I had so many of those popcorn decorations when I first got married, it was so afordable and packed up so easily.

Hugs,
Chris

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

All your vintage Christmas decorations are wonderful--extra special and meaningfull too that they have been passed on to you from family! That's always the best! I especially love the bottlebrush! And the popcorn Santa!--What memories!
Enjoyed my visit!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Deb said...

Hi Elizabeth
Wonderful vintage collectibles. I love the bottlebrush tree and plastic Santa.

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

How fun! Forgot about the melted plastic... ahhh ... memories!
Karla & Karrie

nikkicrumpet said...

I love those popcorn plastic thingies...very cool!

Nanette said...

You blog is great. Wow! Such a collection. Thanks for sharing.

mary beth said...

I love the pictures...now, I am singing "Memories, like the corners of my mind", my family is staring and slowly backing out of the room...hmmmm I wonder why?

Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

I love these old things! Especially the plastic Santa! I used to have a pumpkin-and MAY just have to give in to the desire to have the whole set and do some EBAYing. Thank you for sharing today:) Happy Vintage Christmas!

Royaltouch said...

Thanks for sharing, love the old vintage Christmas things. I have a bunch but have not dug them out yet, hopefully this next week.
Linda

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Elizabeth. You've such wonderful things to share today. That melted popcorn santa made me shriek! I had one like that when I was a little girl and on my wall in my bedroom were two ballerinas, flower the skunk, and one other character I can't remember right now...all made out of the same stuff. how funny!

Linda C said...

I love your vintage decorations! The popcorn plastic Santa brings back memories--my sister had a popcorn Snoopy in her room:)
Thanks for sharing!
Linda C

Susie Homemaker said...

It's so funny sometimes when someone shows something on here and all of a sudden it's like "oh yeah, I forgot all about those things (plastic popcorn wall hangings). Thanks for the fun memory...my sister had a Woodstock!

Blessings,
Susie

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth, I love all your vintage decorations!

Kelli said...

Such fun vintage Christmas decorations! Welcome to show and tell!
~Kelli

Yaya said...

Congrats on being featured blogger!
I've been here before, but I'm searching around. i like how you have your awards at the bottom-nice and organized!

Lisa said...

I love that Christmas tree.