Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vintage Ornaments and Boxes

I love vintage ornaments and I love their boxes just about as much.  Could it be the muted colors and interesting graphics?  Or the see-through tops with bright sparkling colors inside?
It has to be all of the above, plus the excitement of the season when they get to come out of hibernation.

A Shiny Brite display room in New York?  I wonder if it's still there....be still my heart!

Grade A eggs or ornaments?

Nine out of ten white bulbs are still in the box.

Made in Occupied Japan and a bargain at 75 cents.

An even better bargain at 19 cents.

The long box of neatly packed mini ornaments belonged to my aunt; it reminds me of a box of See's Candies.

Aren't they sweet?  A few of them have some paint missing, but others look like they've never left the box.

There's nothing special about this large ordinary cardboard box except for the contents. Santa has settled down for a long winter's nap.....

.....while visions of Shiny Brites dance in on his head.

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33 comments:

  1. The boxes really are part of the treasures! They bring back so many memories.

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  2. Betsy you know I love my vintage ornaments and I think the boxes are almost as special. Love your box of 'See's candy' ornaments! Hugs, Linda

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  3. I just purchased my first shiny brights at 50 cents a box and I am so looking for more! They are so festive!!

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  4. Betsy,
    WOW!!! Just look at all those wonderful vintage ornaments (I love the boxes too). Thanks for sharing at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. LOVE vintage ornaments. I am working on my own collection! I scored a large box at an auction a few years back, and that's what got me started.

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  6. Betsy, I love vintage ornaments, and you have some really special ones. I used to find Shiny Brites all the time, but they are getting harder to find!

    Carol

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  7. Just beautiful, Betsy!!! I wonder what happended to all of my aunt's Christmas collection . . . :(

    xoxo

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  8. when i was little, I couldn't care less about all the Shiny Brites on our tree, let alone all the boxes dutifully stored in the attic each year....NOW, I covet them!! Guess we're all trying to recapture our youth a little, with bits and tatters that remind us of 'the good old days'.

    The way time fades the bright reds and greens to yummy, tomato-y red and soft spruce-y green is magical.

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  9. Wow! What a wonderful collection of vintage ornaments! I agree - sometimes the container is as much a treasure as its contents.

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  10. What a beautiful collection of ornaments.Yes the boxes are just as special as the ornaments themselves!
    xx
    Anne

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  11. Full disclosure... I have been known to buy empty ornament boxes. You know, I have noticed a lot of us seems to be of a similar age. Do you think it could be something they used to put in those cherry cordial candies or maybe the pasturized/processed cheese food? Oh wait, I will buy those empty boxes, too...

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  12. I've always loved the graphics on those old boxes.

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  13. Glorious colors...love your collection!

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  14. I love the old Christmas balls...they just make me feel good all over! I think the old thrift store I go to has been dumping the balls in a big rubbermaid container and THROWING away the boxes though! Very sad! But I still go by there every chance I get and 'dig'! lol

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  15. Love, love, love them all! I grew up with them and I collect them, too. Shiny Brites are my favorites. Your minis are precious!

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  16. Oh I love it! I recognize some familiar friends that I have myself in those boxes! Beautiful!Thanks for sharing your beauties!

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  17. Oh my gosh I love these -- especially that long box of the tiny ones! Do you display these in the boxes? I'm asking because I just bought two boxes on Etsy this year and I don't want to display the ornaments without the boxes.

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  18. Your collection is very impressive and beautiful!

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  19. I just love vintage ornaments, and find their boxes to have their own charm too. I can't believe you found some from occupied Japan, wow. The colors and patterns are so much prettier then new.

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  20. Oh dear, love love them Betsy. I almost did not see Santa nuzzled down in there. Happy Christmas, Olive

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  21. I love this post and I love Shiny Bright ornaments! I went to the Christkindle Market in Chicago last night, and the glass ornaments were dazzling. I will be posting about it soon. I am your newest follower!

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  22. Betsy, You have an amazing collection. Love your photos!!!! I have some and sold some on my Etsy. Following your blog now. Follow me too. I postedhttp://www.sewsweetvintage.com/search/label/Let%20it%20Snow
    and http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/12/impossibly-sweet-ikea-and-trujoy-gluten.html to The Vintage Farm House. Stop by. Merry Christmas

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  23. Hi Betsy! I never appreciated those classic and vintaqge boxed, not until I read this post. You really have the talent to amaze me and make me appreciate those things.

    And those Christmas balls, could I say that you have a Christmas Balls Porn here LOL

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  24. Be still my heart, too, Betsy! The mini ornaments are SO wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my ideas house post!

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  25. They are like candy, just love these, I went all white this year, didn't get out the oldies, what a treasure you have!

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  26. very , very gorgeous!!! Love it!! How do you display them in your home for Christmas?

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  27. Is this the grown-up version of playing with the boxes things came in on Christmas morning? :-) I too am an empty-box-buyer although I prefer them looking like yours, filled with ornaments. Your aunt's collection is wonderful & perfectly arranged in it's soft, snowy nest.

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  28. Betsy,
    your collection is fabulous! They are my favorites and the boxes are just as special! I've also collected them for years and have gotten some amazing deals which makes it even more fun!
    Rebecca

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  29. OLA BETSY,SEU BLOG É BONITO E INSPIRADOR,JÁ VOU FICAR POR AQUI.BOA SEMANA.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

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