After Christmas, I hate putting packing away the tree, the ornaments, and all of the decorations. Fortunately, I’ve found a way to think Christmas all year around: collect antique Christmas ornaments. Many people might be unaware of exactly where you can find reasonably priced antique Christmas ornaments at a great price. Antique stores, while they are a lot of fun to frequent, can be very expensive. Below are some great alternatives.
1. Garage sales, yard sales, and tag sales!
When people clean out there basement or attic, they usually find old Christmas ornaments. If they are not into antiques or are disposing of their Grandmother’s things, you might come across a treasure-trove to add to your collection for almost nothing (under $10).
The thing with garage sailing (as we call it here in Michigan) is you have to keep at it. You are undoubtedly going to run into some that have nothing much to offer. At others, you could find much more than you ever bargained for. That is what makes it so fun, and a great hobby. Here in Bay City, garage sale season starts in May and ends in October, giving your plenty of time to find what your after.
2. Consignment shops and second-hand stores.
These stores usually have some very interesting items, and in my experience, they usually have a stock of Christmas items all year long. If you happen to come across a store that doesn’t take “seasonal” items all year long, find another that will. That way, you don’t have to wait until the fall to add to your antique Christmas ornament collection.
3. Help your elderly relatives clean and organize.
I’ve had quite a bit of luck with this particular idea. Last fall, I helped my paternal Grandma clean out her store room. As a result, we came across a bunch of old Christmas ornaments that belonged to her Mother. I would have never guessed that she had any left as she had given my Mom most of her old ornaments years ago. My Mom has collected antiques for years and treasures them. The ornaments we did find were divided up between my cousin, my sister, and myself. I ended up with a handful of beautiful ornaments for my trouble, and had first pick too.
4. Let your relatives know that you collect antique Christmas ornaments.
Get the message out! That way, at Christmas time and your birthday, you may get some beautiful additions to your collection. Somewhere along the way, the message got out in my family, and one of my Aunts included some beautiful antique ornaments in my gift.
5. Always be on the lookout!
You never know when and where they’ll turn up. Get creative and be picky. Try collecting ornaments with a certain look or from a certain time period. There is such a wide variety to choose from now. It is your customization that makes the collection special. You won’t regret it, and your collection will grace your tree for years and years to come. Someday, you can then pass your collection on to a loved one that cherishes them as much as you do.