With snow sweetly coating downtown Staunton with its pretty frosting it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. That’s especially true for our vendors, who have added some lovely antique and vintage Christmas decoration to their booths for you to discover and buy.
So I thought I’d offer you some ideas for giving your holiday decor an added vintage touch — and that old world feel — with 3 of the hottest ideas for vintage Christmas decor.
1. Tinselly Tree
It may not be a Red Rider Leg Lamp à la A Christmas Story, but a tree made all of tinsel is about as true blue vintage Christmas as you can get. It’s tacky, synthetic, colorful, kitschy, and festive — what’s not to like?
And one of our vendors has a green one including all its original packaging — what a score!
2. Vintage Ornaments
Sprinkled throughout our 10 thousand square feet of antique and vintage retail space are plenty of vintage holiday ornaments to adorn your home with the Christmas mood.
Whether you prefer German-style wooden ornaments depicting all kinds of animals, people, and folksy ideas, or you go more in for retro X-Mas balls with glitter and goofiness, or even if you like the rustic burlap bows and more homespun feel, we’ve really got it all.
Most ornaments are sized right for Christmas trees, but we’ve got plenty that fit in nicely on wreaths, drape from a door knob, can be added to swags or wound around bannisters, and even those just small enough to become additions to Christmas stockings and packages.
You’ll have a blast simply browsing this huge collection so come on in for some throwback fun!
3. Tabletop Decor
I know you have so much fun decorating the tree and wreaths and the door but I also know that when it comes to table settings, mantle tops, book shelves and other places to squirrel away holiday-themed knickknacks, you can’t go wrong with adding an antique or vintage touch.
Among our many, many holiday finds at the shop you’ll discover creches, angels of all kinds — wood, brass, porcelain, fabric — towering wooden nutcrackers, holiday-themed place settings, table runners, table cloths, and holiday napkins, ceramic Christmas village houses, big bows and glitzy bling, plastic lawn Santas, snowmen, vintage cookie and biscuit tins, and so, so much more.
So if you’ve got a soft spot for that “instant ancestors” look, and love the admiring question, “Wow, where did you get that?” (and we give you full permission to confide that it’s us or pretend it’s from old Aunt Melba), then you will definitely want to grab a friend, mom, or the kids, and make a downtown cocoa date and then swing by to walk down memory lane.
You’re bound to find something you love at a price that’s just right and make the memento an heirloom to last through many more generations.
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center