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End of the Year Kitschmas Deals


I hope everyone is having a Happy New Year and recovering from all the planning, shopping, baking, hosting, eating, crafting, wrapping, shipping, decorating and travelling. Just typing all that makes me tired.

While my life was a whirlwind of activity those last few months of 2016, I did manage to sneak into the thrift stores a few times. Since I am trying to simplify my life/ home and keep less, only a few things will stay and the rest will either be used for crafting or listed in my Etsy shop.

With shipping costs always increasing and everyone’s budgets getting tighter, bargains are getting hard to come by. I try to hit shops when they are having a clearance or on “special deal” days.

My local Salvation Army Thrift Store marks items down frequently. I was able to get in there the week before Christmas and all of the holiday items were 50% off.

I got this great set of 22 Houze Happy Holiday glasses.


And this little set of ornaments made from toothpicks and vintage Christmas cards. They were hidden in a decorative soap box. It pays to dig!


This poor Santa card holder was laying among the heaps of messy piles


I also found ornaments.


And more ornaments.


Knitted stockings, tile trivets and more Kitschy goodness


The day after Christmas yielded another haul.  A small shop in a town nearby advertised that they were having 75% off vintage Christmas. I bought so much that I had to make 2 trips to get it all home. A good problem to have, no?


Blow molds, light up wall hangings and 22 boxes of glass ornaments. Yeah, I know.



Those huge pink ornaments are the biggest I have ever seen. They are as big as grapefruits.


This large cardboard Santa Claus toy chest is just so cool. I am not sure of it’s intended use? Possibly a box to hold “give away toys” that sat next to Santa at a department store or other venue? What ever it is I know I can find a use for it.


I also purchased this box of unused vintage cards online to send out next year. I just love the sweet graphics and the huge box!


Now I have to find the energy to take down all of my own decor and go though all of this stuff, organize it, pack some away and work on getting what remains listed to sell. Hopefully I will be done in time for next years Christmas shopping season!

I hope you were able to find some deals this season as well.

I will post a few photos of my Christmas decor soon; I did get a few new things.

Happy New Year!


The Thrift Store Chair and More Kitschmas


We are FINALLY finished decorating for Christmas. I think.

I have a hard time stopping. I just want Kitschmas greatness all over the house!

I seem to have a fondness (bordering on obsession) with shadow boxes. This is one of 2 in the main bath:

This window in that bathroom was one of the selling features of this home for me. I just love to decorate that wide marble ledge:

Here is another shadowbox in the basement. Also one of a pair:

This wooden Santa, his sleigh and reindeer have been in Hubbys family since the 50’s. It fits perfect on the basement coffee table. This is the first year for the aluminum tree 🙂

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I stole this idea  from someone else’s Mid-Century blog. I made these from assorted sized dowel rods. I think they add a little something cool to the kitchen:

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Here are the new pulls on the fireplace built ins. I got these mid-century gems  on Etsy for $3 each 🙂

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How about these Kitschy Christmas Cards? These were bought on Ebay and at an estate sale this past summer. I cannot wait to sit by that aluminum tree and address them:

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A few months ago I showed you a $7 chair from the thrift store;  not too impressive, huh?

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Well here it is NOW!

Doesn’t it look great in the living room? I had the fabric left over from another project and just reversed it. I then spray painted the arms and legs with paint I already had. My total cost for this extra seating was less than $60.

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I reworked a large wreath that I had at the farmhouse for the front porch. Instead of lights it is illuminated by a spot light:

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This vintage bookcase is now a pretend bar cabinet near the entry. The mirror and lamp are IKEA.

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Here is the finished fireplace wall in the living room:

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I  hope everyone is having a great Christmas season so far.

I cannot wait to start wrapping. I will have to show you some of my vintage wrapping paper hoard next time.

Stay tuned!