Saturday, 10 January 2015

Goodbye Christmas!

My Christmas tree 2014
Hi and welcome to my new blog. I've been collecting vintage stuff since I discovered the Sunday flea market in Brighton nearly thirty years ago. I like anything that smells of nostalgia: old tools, books, pictures, china and brown furniture. My areas of interest stretch from late Georgian to mid 20th century. I've had some lucky finds over the years. I love nothing better than scouring junk and charity shops or visiting broccantes on my travels.

My obsession with 'old junk' does not go down too well with my mates at the gym so I've tended to keep it under the radar. Recently, though, I've been meeting more and more guys who are getting into vintage so I thought I should start sharing my passion online.  And so to my first post -

THE DAY OF THE THREE WISE MEN

For me Christmas ends on the 6th of January, Epiphany, or as the Spanish call it, the feast of los Reyos Magos. This is a big day in lots of countries. Children in Italy get a visit from La Befana, the kind witch who will fill their stockings with gifts if they've been good all year or a lump of coal in their shoe if they haven't. In Spain, blokes dressed as the three wise men lead a parade around the village.  It ends in the main square where gifts are given out and there is a firework display.

On the 7th I take down my Christmas tree, carefully wrapping my vintage baubles in tissue. I've been hoarding these for many years, often buying whole bags of decorations in summer for less than a pound. They're usually filled with rubbish tinsel and plastic tat but there is always one or two gems to add to my collection.  I've got so many now I'd put up two trees if I had a bigger house. Sadly these baubles tend to be rather expensive now. They charge up to £20 for a boxed set in vintage shops.

Here are some pictures of my collection before it was stowed away for another year.

These are some of my smallest baubles.

I find warm colours show up the best against the dark green of the tree.

Most of these were bought at a car boot sale in Bingley. The two Santas come from Spain.


These were made in Poland but were originally sold in Boots.




Most of these birds were bought on a day trip to Bruges.

Goodbye until the 8th December!


9 comments:

  1. Love your old baubles! I even have some to match handed down from my grandparents :)

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    1. You're a woman of taste, Mary. Hang on to them, they are so collectable nowadays.

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  2. Lovely pictures! The day after Epiphany - that's decorations-down day for me too. Definitely not what seems to be the new "down the day after Boxing Day" approach. Horrible!

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    1. Sad that people take down their decorations on Boxing Day. I try to make Christmas last as long as possible.

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  3. Lovely collection! Your tree must be beautiful...You're clearly a lot younger than me if you are still collecting things(other than tree decorations, I mean). After some years, you run out of space, find things need dusting and ask people to give you gifts you can use up. ;-) But enjoy for now!

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    1. Hi Sue. Thanks for your comment and for following. I can't help collecting. House is getting quite crammed but I have a handy basement where I can store things. I tend to rotate my collections and I use most of it anyway. I do love it when people give me edible presents though.

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  4. Lovely! Still have a few childhood baubles that come out every year, but your collection is fab! I so don't understand people who say they're doing a 'themed' gtree - all white, or all red or something. Not the point at all!!!!!!

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  5. I think themed Xmas trees are a recent fad, Moira. Started off in shop windows and shopping malls and has now sadly spread to private homes. I wonder what people who have them do with last year's baubles. Some of them are prohibitively expensive.

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  6. après exellent, félicitations
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