Some Vintage Christmas Eye Candy

Yesterday we walked through the Volo Antique Mall.  I love looking at vintage Christmas decorations (and non Christmas things too).  I’m at the age where things from my childhood are considered vintage (ha, I guess I’m vintage too), so I will often see something that sparks a childhood memory.

This antique mall that has been around since 1991, but has grown since then.  There is also an auto museum and military museum on this site.  One of the structures that house antiques and collectibles was built in the 1800s and was used as a dairy barn.  It has multiple levels with the milk house room being on an upper level, but has a door leading to the outdoors.  I think it is due to the grading of the land or the hills around the barn.  The highest level feels like you’re in a hayloft and is so narrow that it only has room for one dealer.

Ghost Lab did a little video which is on You Tube.  You can see more of the old barn here on You Tube.  No, we didn’t see any ghosts while we were there yesterday.

Here are some photos I took of Christmas items that caught my eye.  I also took pictures of non Christmas items, but will have to put those into another post as there are too many for one post.

Do any of these things spark a memory with you?

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My dad’s father had a Borden’s milk truck business in the 1960s.  I used to peek inside his truck when we would visit him in Chicago.  He would often have those small packages of Brach’s butterscotch candies sitting on the dashboard and I would help myself to one.  I hope he didn’t mind.

volo antique mall 515This is the same nativity set that I have which is from my mom’s parents although my set isn’t in such good shape.  My set has been well loved (and probably played with by grandchildren).  This reminds me that we still have our nativity to set up.volo antique mall 518

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I need help with these three elves (or whatever they are).  My mom had one who was wearing a green velvet jacket and playing one of those instruments.  I seem to remember that she got it at one of those parties (like a Tupperware party), but I was very young and don’t remember anything else.  Does anyone remember anything about them?volo antique mall 523

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volo antique mall 539I don’t need a punch bowl, but this one made out of green carnival glass was beautiful.

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We bought nothing, which is unusual, instead, I wanted to bring things here to sell.  I still have cartons of boxed Barbie dolls.  If I wait 10 more years they will be vintage too.

Bye for now!  Hope you’re have a very nice “Christmas Eve Eve”.  I made that up, sorry.

14 thoughts on “Some Vintage Christmas Eye Candy

  1. Catherine

    I would have loved to walk in this place!
    I love vintage Christmas balls! They look like those I had when I was a little girl!
    This year, Cookie broke some.
    Thank you for your photos!
    Have a good day!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Catherine,
      Do you have antique malls in France? They can be found in many towns here in the U.S. It’s a way to recycle, so they are a good thing. I’m sorry Cookie broke some of your ornaments, they are so delicate. I’m glad you enjoyed my photos. I’ll do another post with my other photos from this day after Christmas. Merry Christmas, Catherine.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi daniellajoe (Daniella?),
      I’m glad you enjoyed my photos. It’s always fun to see things we once had years ago, or even things that remind us of those days gone by. The memories they can bring back… Merry Christmas to you, too!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you, Jane!
      Isn’t that green glass the most beautiful carnival glass! I didn’t even look at the price, but each piece is marked individually, so I’ll bet it was pricey. Happy holidays to you!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Pennie,
      I’ve never taken so many photos there before. It helps to remember things; after about an hour of looking at things my brain get overloaded and stops seeing, so the photos helped bring it all back. I’m glad you enjoyed visiting the antique mall with me, Pennie.

  2. Joy

    Love all the vintage! Some of the same are on our tree. Wow, the prices! We don’t have a Cookie to break ours, but better be a bit more careful I guess.
    Think you should reconsider the green punch bowl and cups. Fill the bowl with vintage bulbs and fill the cups with chocolate mousse. I see cups used as dessert dishes all the time now. They are a lovely shade of green.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy,
      I didn’t think of repurposing the punch bowl, but you are right. Hmmm… maybe I’ll go back…
      These ornaments probably cost a few cents back when they were made. They sure are fragile and most have probably gotten broken which would set today’s prices of vintage ornaments.

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