Halloween is over, so it is time for Christmas, yes? Okay, maybe it is a tad early. But I am in the holiday mood because we celebrated the start of the season at Brandywine View Antiques last night with a Holiday Preview Party. This is my first Christmas selling at the shop, so it was nice to see it all decked out with garland, trees and festive decor. Oh - and wine.
In preparation for this weekend, I've been on the hunt for Christmas decor to sell at the shop.
A few weeks ago, I met a man named Greg who was helping out at his friend's yard sale. His friend had already sold most of her vintage Christmas ornaments before I arrived, but Greg told me that he had more back at his house. I set up a meeting a few days later and went to his house to check out the Christmas booty. I wouldn't normally go to a stranger's house to buy antiques, but he seemed normal. But, as my friend Gloria said to me last night, "People thought Jeffrey Dahmer seemed normal, Colleen".
I suppose that by writing about this, I have opened up the possibility that any strange man could lure me into his sex dungeon by merely mentioning that he has Shiny Brites in his basement.
Lucky for me, Greg was totally normal. He is an eBay seller with a beautiful home and a lovely wife and LOTS of vintage Christmas ornaments. And mercury glass garland. And Christmas tree toppers. He kept bringing out box after box of Christmas goodies which he sold to me at a great price. And he didn't chop me up into little pieces, which is always a plus.
Instead of putting price tags on every ornament, I grouped some by color and placed them in glass jars that I've found over the years at yard sales and thrift stores.
I set aside about fifty of them to sell individually. I piled them in an old red tool caddy and a glass candy canister, whose metal lid I spray-painted red. I also added a few to my aluminum Silver Glow Christmas tree.
I filled two huge pickle jars with blue/gold and green/red color combinations:
Our room at Brandywine View is stacked to the ceiling with great finds!
We filled an antique toy chest with vintage games and toys:
I brought my Hermes 8 typewriter to the shop last week, and added a note to Santa. It must have brought back memories for someone, because it was sold when I went to the Holiday Preview Party at the shop last night. Yay!
This is my sister Erin's find: a huge vintage remote-controlled model airplane. It is made of balsa wood and has the original Enya engine. With a little fiddling, it could be flying again. Or hanging in a boy's bedroom.
I love the way these old bulbs look in wine bottles. They are perfect to use during a holiday party, when you don't really need a cork because the wine isn't going to last very long. Or, like last night, when your neighbors come over and stay at your house until 1:30am and drink all of your wine. And then at 3am, your son comes barging into your bedroom and pukes all over your bathroom wall. Yeah - these bulbs are perfect for those kind of nights.
And now, for the holiday finale, here is a homemade planter-turned-lamp decorated with tiny colored bulbs that I found at an estate sale. I only bought this so I could blog about it. Which, from a financial standpoint, is not very logical.
The man who sold it to me said that his father made it. He drilled each hole into the plastic planter and added a light bulb and plug. It hung in their family room all year long. They had a matching lamp that they opted to keep.
I think Jeffrey Dahmer had a similar lamp hanging in his house. Rumor has it that the cops were more disturbed by this lamp than the head in his freezer.