When it comes to Christmas ornaments, vintage is the way to go. Vintage ornaments have a classic look that never seems to go out of style. They are currently all the rage in holiday décor.
But shopping vintage isn’t easy. It can be difficult to determine which items are truly vintage and which are not. You must also be careful about the item’s condition.
So how can you tell which vintage items you should be buying? Here are a few helpful tips.
Look for Brand Names
There are a few iconic holiday décor brands that are known for producing great vintage ornaments. Shiny Bright is among the most popular. You can search for the brand online or look for it at thrift stores.
The condition of a vintage ornament is something you want to be careful about. While a patina can add to the charm, you must make sure they are not broken or badly damaged. Damage can be especially hard to look for for when shopping online. Ask a lot of questions and request additional photos before making your purchase.
How to Identify Vintage Ornaments
It’s important to look for certain characteristics to ensure your item is truly vintage. These include:
• Look and Aesthetic: Most vintage ornaments will have a patina. They won’t be as shiny as modern décor. And because most are mouthblown, the shape often isn’t symmetrical.
• Materials: Most vintage holiday ornaments are made of mercury glass or a similar, mouthblown thin glass. Some have tinsel or glitter added. They might also feature mica to replicate snow.
• Shape: Common vintage ornament shapes include balls, balloons, teardrops, clip-on candles, mushrooms, pinecones, and birds. If the ornament is shaped like something unusual like a cupcake or hot dog, it’s probably not vintage.
• The Cap: The cap is the most tell-tale feature of a vintage ornament. Most vintage ornaments will have a silver metal cap on the top where the hook attaches. The metal won’t always be shiny. It may be stamped with its country of origin such as West Germany or Czechoslovakia.
Where to Buy Vintage Ornaments
Vintage ornaments can be found at thrift stores or online. Some popular online vintage ornament sellers include:
Store Vintage Items Carefully
Store vintage items carefully by wrapping them in a sturdy paper, placing them in watertight bins and putting the bins in a cool, dry place.
Vintage ornaments add a classic sense of style to your holiday décor. Now that you know how to shop for them, you can be sure you are getting terrific items. What do you look for when you’re vintage shopping for the perfect pieces?