The sign that hung outside the store...

The sign that hung outside the store...
All Things Vintage, Re-purposed, Junked and Treasured!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas is Near....

Are you trying to find all your favorite Christmas decorations like I am? And maybe finding some new  "old" decorations to fill in the holes? Me too! 

Again... Craigslist and thrift stores to the rescue!

I had an old sled I picked up "in my travels" years ago.

 I happen to find another one for cheap on Craigslist, and it wasn't  far from my house to pick it up.

I love decorating them. I had an old Christmas Bazaar sale wreath I got some 15 plus years ago, and after freshening it up a bit, it was hung on the the first sled.




 The "new" second sled was purchased for $20.00 from a man in his 60's, and is a German sled. He had it when he was a kid. 

 On the same weekend I got that sled, I bought an antique oak Icebox ( I will show later!) and asked the gal if she had any other things for sale...I am so glad I asked. 

She had a bucket of antique treasures, one of which was  old ice skates. Just what I wanted for the German sled! I bought the bucket and everything in it for $30.00, the skates alone were worth that!







My husband says he loves the over the top crazy decorating I have been doing, on my shoestring budget of course.

Since my father was in the typewriter industry, they are special to me and my family. He was with Royal, so we always prefer Royal, but this very old Corona was one that my mother had as one of her vintage finds. Perfect for Christmas decorating, I must say!




I picked up this early vintage  Royal typewriter at an Antique mall in Cashmere Washington ( home of Aplets and Cotlets) about 10 years ago, these old typewriters are getting more expensive now that others are collecting them. I think I paid $35.00 then. My daughter has several Royal's as well.







I took the doors off my old hutch, and just made it a Christmas display of it's own...


I repurposed an old wood window with a thrift store wreath for a wall in my dining room..




And an elf took up residence in my old wood dough bowl in my kitchen bay window...




So, these are just some bits and pieces of my decorating, as I get ready for our Christmas Eve family party next week.



A wee elf enjoying the view from the fireplace mantel.



My mantel has candles, old clocks, trees, owls, and my mom's jewel tree...I need to fill in the loose areas, where  beads and pins have fallen off over the years.



My tree is bursting with vintage and favorite decorations.




 I hope you and your families are warm and safe as we approach Christmas, and remember "The Reason for the Season"!

11 comments:

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I love it all, but think the typewriter is my favorite! And such a great family connection!

Andrea said...

LOVE your decor, very whimsical and festive!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Beautiful!

must love junk said...

Oh, I LOVE all of your holiday decor-wonderful pics! And Elenore is a doll!! :)
Susan

Linda said...

How lucky you and Elenore are to have each other! She is absolutely precious! And, I have always wanted a vintage typewriter. Yours is lovely. Enjoyed your post.
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Jen @ Girl in the Garage said...

The vintage Christmas decor is so beautiful! You rarely find things like that in stores anymore. I had a vintage red typewriter (not sure of the brand) when I was a teenager and I've been bugging my mom to dig it out of the attic so I can cherish it again. ;)

Homa Style said...

Love your Christmas treasures. It's so sweet that you are carrying on your mother's store name with your blog. What a wonderful tribute.

Maureen said...

Oh your decor is just beautiful, and your new assistant editor is most precious...

A huge smile crossed my face when your uber-cute header scrolled into view!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Your Christmas decor is so pretty and festive. But, your new assistant stole the show. She is soooo cute. Thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Wishing you a Happy New Year! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

vicki said...

Oh my -- your Christmas decorations are stunning! I love that old sled~

I just finished adding your blog to the draft post for my Grow Your blog party - so you are all set!! Remember thedate is January 19! See you there!!

Vicki

Acorn to Oak said...

I just got your comment on my blog about our new kitten and how she looks like your Eleanore. You're right...they look very similar. And, I have to say....I love the name you gave her. It's so cute!