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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!


What I’ve Done With Old Christmas Decor


If you have followed my blog, you may remember my last post. I was telling you about my stash of mid century Christmas decor that had somehow taken over my basement (and my life).

I have finally started to get productive down there and now have several things made for the shop, Ebay and my Etsy store.  A few burns, scratches and sore neck muscles later, I have some things done.

Here is a little peek:

I remodeled some sad looking cardboard houses.

I just love this little red suitcase. I picked it up at an estate sale  (full of early 1960’s Barbie/Ken  stuff) and knew it would be great revamped for Christmas since it was lined with that white and silver star paper!


I am IN LOVE with this aqua and pink wreath. It matches my office 🙂 I may end up keeping it.

This red and gold one is Hubbys favorite:

For those who want an 70’s Alpine feel:

50’s red and green:

Angel and Stars:

Some little odds and ends:

I made some little vignettes in these old wooden cutlery boxes:

And just so you won’t think I have been too busy to thrift, what do you think of my mid-century chair?  It was $8 at a Consignment shop where I sell.

I am guessing it was an office/reception room chair. I plan to spray paint the metal black and recover it. I love the legs 🙂

Here is the back:

Does anyone have any idea what this would have been covered in originally? I am guessing some type of vinyl with piping.

Stay tuned for more crafty projects.  I better get back down there. You know it is only 14 weeks until Christmas!