Does anyone else love vintage Christmas stuff?

(54 Posts)
ICameOnTheJitney Sun 03-Nov-13 12:45:52

I have a big collection of vintage and antique Christmas decorations and have this year bought some unused vintage Christmas wrapping paper too!

I just LOVE the stuff! I just mentioned it on another thread and thought I'd see if there were any other MNrs who are like me!

My childhood was a 70s one and I love the things from then but any era prior to that will do just fine aswell! look at this

Isildur Sun 03-Nov-13 14:10:53

Me! I love it. Luckily my husband is on board, so I can distribute 'vintage' tat liberally about the house from December 1 onwards.

The wrapping paper in your link brings back memories, my mother used to buy it at about 10 sheets for 15p at a market stall.

I still hanker after a sheet of wafer thin black wrapping paper
(was meant to be the night sky) with little red Santas, and snow on it. There might have been chimneys too.

I was talking to people about getting the boxes of decorations out each year when we were small, and the Christmassy smell they'd have. My mother said it was probably a mixture of cigarette smoke and deflated balloons. blush grin

HouseAtreides Sun 03-Nov-13 14:17:52

I LOVE my old/vintage stuff. Some of the paper garlands are more sellotape than tissue and a couple have sadly had to be binned. I wouldn't be without them at Christmas though! Big paper concertina decorations including a colossal multicoloured ball that I have to hang from a hook as it's so heavy smile
The smell of old tinsel is nothing like new tinsel. I can smell it now!

givemeaclue Sun 03-Nov-13 14:24:15

That paper was always so thin!

I have a green tinsel and cardboard santa hanging decoration that was sent to me by Nanan for my first christmas in 1984. it goes up EVERY year, it's not christmas without it hanging from the ceiling

Marne Sun 03-Nov-13 14:26:35

I love it too (though I was a child in the 80's), I have bought some vintage paper chains and I have the big paper balls to hang up. I have been looking for vintage wrapping paper but its hard to find sad.

MrsTwgtwf Sun 03-Nov-13 14:40:36

I've been buying it on ebay. blush Gorgeous.

Suzietwo Sun 03-Nov-13 16:01:21

I absolutely love it. The designs are beautiful. But.... I also know it's partly nostalgia and I don't want to inflict my own on the kids, if you see what I mean.

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 03-Nov-13 16:10:13

I know what you mean Suzie so I try to strike a balance...I buy some modern papers too....my DC like Disney crap stuff. I mean, my Mum never inflicted original 1940s papers on me when I was a kid in the 70s! grin (though I'd have loved it!)

raisah Sun 03-Nov-13 16:10:43

I love vintage stuff and going round markets looking for quirky objects to personalise my IKEA house!

There are some good pages on facebook selling vintage stuff. Kitty Wainwright is a good one, I cant link from my phone.

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 03-Nov-13 16:11:54

Isildur Yes! I remember that paper too! Sigh...I keep looking! Also know exactly what you mean about that smell and I reckon your Mum was right! grin

normaleggy Sun 03-Nov-13 16:56:29

I always buy the 20 sheets for £1 wrapping paper from market stalls, I love using it for the kids sacks. It looks fabulous and really takes me back to my childhood Christmas'.

Marne Sun 03-Nov-13 17:11:09

I love the sheets of paper, much better than buying a roll and all your presents looking the same. I do try and buy paper that matches the colours on my tree, last year we did red and white but this year we are going for vintage (real tree and lots of red, green and tinsel). I make my own bunting using vintage fabrics and this year I have made cushion covers.

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sun 03-Nov-13 19:02:15

yes love that. Ikea has some great stuff too.
www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00253790/

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 03-Nov-13 20:24:51

Ooh that's lovely House!! My sister is going to Ikea soon and asked me to tell her anything I'd like her to pick up! That's on my list now!

dementedma Sun 03-Nov-13 21:53:38

I love vintage lights and decorations.
I know dad has some in the attic - tin figures, foil decorations. Buggered if I can find them though

Trumpton Sun 03-Nov-13 22:02:13

DH has the Christmas lights that his father bought to drape around his cot when he was 6 months old. He is 62 now !
They are very fragile and I use them on the mantle piece garland and only for an hour or so each evening.
Little coloured bobbly bells.
DH's father died in 1972 and its a lovely link to his past for us.

I have loads of wrapping paper exactly like that keep meaning to stick it on eBay..may just do it as a job lot collection only 99p and see what happens reckon I have about 50 sheets! I have in past purchased vintage Christmas and postcards and framed to give as pressies. Also have a lovely vintage tablecloth.

magentastardust Sun 03-Nov-13 23:37:11

now I had that candle print paper sheets and the cats to cover my school project jotters in 1987/1988 so it was still around then!

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 03-Nov-13 23:38:38

Smelly PM me and I'll have the lot! Name your price! Or...at least let me know when you ebay it. Otherwise...I.m in for business!

magentastardust Sun 03-Nov-13 23:42:41

I also have a lovely book you would love from late 70's (although think it may have been a reprint of an earlier book-maybe as early as 50's)-It was called The animals-Merry xmas by Richard Scarry-have a google on google images- Lovely illustrations -brings back lovely memories reading it to my dc's.

MomentForLife Sun 03-Nov-13 23:48:18

My Nan always uses the sheets of different wrapping paper, I love that the presents all look different.

An older neighbour of mine has a tree with about 50 years worth of decorations from different eras, it's a proper family tree, not a matchy tree and it looks fab every year.

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 03-Nov-13 23:52:48

I always admire those.piles of matching gifts but just cant do it myself...as a kid I admired all the various wrapping papers so much it was a huge part of the pleasure...and still is! smile

MomentForLife Mon 04-Nov-13 00:00:50

I have to say I always get excited to see Nans presents, the lack of matching paper/cards/tags is what give them that true Christmas feeling. I match mine due to lack of imagination but might try different this year.

There are lots of lovely Christmas postcards on eBay at moment ...just had a peep. I will left you all know if I ever get round to sticking gtge stuff on eBay but wouldn't hold out much hope as they've been in the spare room for at least two years! The paper reminds me of when I was little in the eighties so yes must have been still around then makes me reminisce about Two Ronnies Crimbo special oh I love mumsnet , should be in bed but chatting about Christmas instead.

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