Vintage Ornament Obsession

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!


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  • Casey

    I love the sparse tree with tons of decorations!!

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      So do I Casey, so sweet and simple. I wish everything was like that LOL.

  • Kate

    I have beautiful mercury glass birds that I cherish from a Great-Aunt. I love vintage Christmas ornaments too.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Kate I would love to see these, birds are a favorite of mine and they sound fabulous!

  • Vanessa

    I love vintage mercury glass ornaments. What a great stash you have. : )

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      My parents are antique dealers so that comes in handy and they love to collect everything LOL

  • Shirley Robinson

    The vintage ornaments are lovely! I’ve been to the Corning Museum of Glass several times and highly recommend it!

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      We were thinking of stopping there this summer thanks for letting me know. Vintage ornaments are so Christmas, I love it.


    Oh my! When I was little I was so excited to see my mom & dad take those shiny and sparkling ornaments out the box. Wasn’t able to touch them until I got older!!!!! Now I have my own and some of theirs…

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Dorothy thank you for sharing your story, love it.

  • Cindy

    I have a 100 year old mercury glass ornament from I believe Germany. It was my grandfathers. I hang it on my tree every year I’m wondering its value. Maybe I should have it in a display box so it doesn’t accidentally get broken

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Cindy I love the idea of displaying the ornaments in a display box but save a few for the tree. I’m sure you grew up with seeing them on the tree. Merry Christmas.

  • Cathy Wolfram

    Cindy I love the idea of displaying the ornaments in a display box but save a few for the tree. I’m sure you grew up with seeing them on the tree. Merry Christmas.

  • Ingrid from Vintage Victoria

    Cathy I have that shamrock ornament in my shop if you need a back up LOL

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Sold! Can you email me your information I would love another one.