Friday, November 26, 2010

Getting Out The 1950's Atomic Ranch House Christmas Ornaments

This is one of my prized possessions. Oh no, 1950's Atomic Ranch House lady never finds any Jackson Pollocks at thrift stores, but around here, finding anything good in the vintage department is rare.

So when I found this sno-glob string of lights in a fantastic original box about 10 years ago, I was jumping for joy! Did I grab the loose string of lights being sold with it, and replace a couple standard Christmas bulbs with the original sno glob one's right there in the thrift store? Oh yes I did! (Someone had mixed and matched bulbs, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from making them right again before I bought them).

By the way, when my friend Vintage Christine mentioned having to tear off price stickers, I thought of this very box. It has one of those awful Salvation Army price stickers stuck on the front of the box. You know, the kind made with adhesive much like super glue?

Well, a little trick I learned on how to remove stickers from paper and cardboard: Gently heat the sticker with a blow dryer, and carefully peel the sticker off. It worked!!!!

Make sure to remove anything heat-sensitive from boxes before heating. But that little trick has saved many a fine box!

More 1950's and vintage ornaments bought in thrift shops over the years. I have several boxes of it.

Some boxes are so badly tapped, it doesn't pay to mess with them, I simply use the ornaments... But, they were cheap.

Here is the story of how I got my 1950's tinsel tree (top branch removed because it's too tall!):

When 1950's Atomic Ranch House lady was 8 years old, she discovered the joys of yard sales. I was coming back from a friends house and passed a yard sale. I looked around, with only 25 cents in my pocket, and spotted the tinsel Christmas tree.

Now remember, they were not popular at the time, in fact, they were considered out of date (much like that 1990s fake Christmas tree is now).

The man only wanted a quarter, so I grabbed up the two big boxes and carried them home, proudly proclaiming to my Mom: "We will never have to buy another Christmas tree again!"

Mom was a good sport, and though I am sure she hated this tree at the time, (remember, it's like bringing home that awful fake 1990's tree), we put it up that Christmas and decorated it. Gee Mom was cool.

Now, I had not gotten the tree out in many years. so this year I brought it out... Both boxes...

And realized, much to my surprise, there was a reason there was another tinsel Christmas tree pole floating around in the hall closet all these years: I have TWO tinsel trees!

I totally forget I had two! I need a base for the other one, but that nice man at that yard sale, decades ago, sold me both, for a quarter!

So, that's the story of how I got my tinsel trees. Long, long before anyone thought they were "cool" again. =D

Mom started working again in the 1970's, and she loved Christmas, so she bought a lot of things back then. And while she was not religious, she loved to buy religious things like Creches and Mary statues and angels. She simply loved them.

So, in her honor, of course, I saved a lot of her 70's Christmas stuff. I set up her larger Creche, with the three Wise Men. She did buy very nice things.

Think it's sacrilegious to have my atomic tripod boomerang ashtrays with them? lol...

(Remember, you can click on images to see them bigger!)

And I keep the "pink room", bedroom #1, containing a lot of her stuff and the more fragile vintage and antique stuff closed off from Chris. So of course he always wants to go in there. I mean, it's always closed, so it HAS to be special, right?

And yesterday he snuck in there...

Blending in with all the stuffed cats on the bed, he jumped right up there with the big white Mama cat, and started to knead his toesies on her soft fur, then cuddled up with her and her three kittens. New friends!

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, here's to decorating for Christmas!!