Believe it or not, we love most things antique or vintage. No really, we do. In particular, we love antique Christmas ornaments. There is something legit, nostalgic and interesting about these little suckers. The colours; the textures; the shapes. We love them. However, what we don’t love are the prices. A set in their original box can run you up to $8/piece or approximately $95/dozen. Yes, we have (shamefully) paid that before.
C gets his love of antiques from his family, in particular his mother and grandmother. A few years ago I was telling C’s mother (Mama Jane) about our love of antique Christmas ornaments – she has quite a collection herself. She listened quietly and said she would keep her eyes and ears open for some. A few weeks later a “surprise” showed up in the mail from Mama Jane. Taking our love of antique ornaments under advisement she was able to secure C’s grandparents entire collection of antique Christmas ornaments – talk about legit! This collection is in pristine condition with many boxes having their price tags still on them (Stedmans, $ 0.10). What treasures to receive; our first year of having a “real” tree and it was covered in inherited Christmas ornaments that have a special place in C’s heart.
Now, after having such a vast collection, our pursuit of them in shops was less so. However, we still look, pick up and discuss. A few weeks ago we went to a local craft and artisan fair and we hit the mother-load of antique and vintage ornaments. We have NEVER seen so many in one place. Wow. It was a Friday night and the fair ended on Sunday. The table belonged to a husband and wife duo and the wife announced to us “He is not taking a single one of these back home with him so if you boys want to come back here on Sunday evening we will give you a smokin’ deal”. You don’t have to tell us twice.
When we went back on Sunday evening the husband wasn’t there, but the wife asked us to wait. She told us if he wasn’t back by a certain time she would make us a deal. Well, he didn’t come back so we started making deals. However, in the middle of our deal-makin’, out of nowhere, he appeared. He looked at us, then he looked at his wife, then he looked back at us and said “You can have this whole God damned table for $x”. OMG! Deal of a lifetime.
C countered with a price and he said “Don’t be an asshole. Go to the ATM, get the money and get these fucking ornaments out of here. This is 20 God damned years of collecting and I am done. Sell these fuckers on Ebay and make a fortune”. OMG. So C went to the ATM and now the collection of four large boxes of antique/vintage Christmas ornaments are now ours. All shapes and sizes, colours and textures. One of the boxes was so large it had to go in the front seat while C sat in the back. #shoppingproblems
So now we have an enormous collection of antique Christmas ornaments. What will we do with them, you ask? Well, we just bought a 7ft white Christmas tree that comes prelit with 500 lights. It will need some ornaments along with our “real” tree in the living room. Merry Christmas to us. Oh, and if you are interested in some of these “God damned” ornaments, let us know and I am sure we could work something out. We will not, however, be selling “the fuckers” on Ebay.