This weeks Friday Find is one of my favorite things to decorate with this time of year, vintage glass ornaments!
I had been searching for an ornament that was on my husbands tree growing up with shamrocks on it. My son broke it a few years ago and I thought it would be a nice surprise for my hubby to have it on the tree Christmas morning. This time of year I really enjoy holiday bazaars. After having lunch with friends Friday I stumbled upon one of those magical signs, “Holiday Bazaar Today”, in I flew. It was mainly craft vendors and then over in the corner was a table filled with old ornament boxes, yippee. I purchased several and then asked about the shamrock design, the woman pulled out her iPad and showed me a picture of the very ornament I was searching for from her inventory at home, score!!
Here it is, the sweet shamrock ornament from my husband’s childhood and my fabulous Friday Find.
These original treasures were imported from Europe and then beginning with the British Blockade of 1939, no further ornaments were imported until after World War II. The Corning Glass Company in New York began producing ornaments in 1939 when they converted a light bulb making machine to one that made ornaments, they became the prime manufacturer of American ornaments. Today, you can visit the Corning Museum and make your very own ornaments. My brother Art took his family there a couple of years ago and said is it was a highlight of their trip.
Here are some ideas for incorporating these vintage glass treasures into your holiday decor. Simply placed in bowls or containers combined with other vintage items like bottle brush trees (adore these), wreathes and of course your Christmas tree. I found a unique company in my research called Forever Vintage Rentals, they actually rent vintage treasures for weddings and receptions creating beautiful arrangements. I have also found some unique vintage finds at Vintage Tinsel on Esty, one of my favs and for vintage inspiration I enjoy reading Very Merry Vintage Style.
Happy hunting friends, tell me about your favorite vintage treasures and ornaments, I would love to hear from you!