Friday, April 17, 2015

A House Full Of Stuff: My Vintage Christmas Haul

 Hi Pals! Hope you're all happy and well! :)
This post is about something that happened to me last December, on my birthday of all days! Angie (who's birthday it was also, hee hee) came with me to this fabulous old house. The owners are friends with my uncle, and my uncle asked if I'd be willing to help them go through their old things. They're getting the house ready to sell, and all these things belonged to their parents, who have passed away. *Isn't this vintage wallpaper beautiful?
So my job was to start digging through piles like this, and separate the things that I think are worthy of going into an estate sale, and say what they might be worth.  I really didn't have any intentions of buying anything, or asking to keep things for myself. But you know. lol 
*There ended up being some great things in this dusty pile.

I look absolutely crazy eyed in this pic, and I needed my roots done so bad!!!! But there was this little crawlspace in one of the bedrooms upstairs, and the owner says "Oh, that's just Christmas stuff in there". Say what????

So the owner went back downstairs and had a sandwich, while Angie and I went through the Christmas boxes. When I was done, I offered her a dollar amount that I considered to be the same as any other estate sale I'd go to. But I'm going back over to the house to help her some more, and pay off my debt instead. How's that for a deal?
OK, here's what I came away with!
*lots of pictures, and NOT very good ones. Lighting is just terrible at our house.
 He's my new favorite Santa! Love his blue eyes!
 These mugs were in that pile under the stairs!
 Those are little Christmas carol booklets!
 This guy is big. And I can't wait to finish him with beads and sequins, and put him on a pillow!
 Because I totally needed more vintage ribbon and tinsel. lol
 Apparently if it was sparkly, I took it!
 No words, just love!
 Also under the stairs...unopened Gurleys! And I can cross that little plastic ornament (or is it a gumdrop?) tree off of my "must find list! Also, I love the lavender/turquoise combo in this x-mas corsage!
 My first figural light bulb!
 And I know Laurie (aka Magpie Ethel) finds these all the time, but I never have. So I was thrilled to find a whole card of these foil and glass bead tie-ons!
And more vintage seals...because I was running low. Ha!
So that's that. Now, I can honestly say that if 2015 doesn't bring any vintage Christmas stuff my way, that's just fine by me. I have way more than one girl needs!
I'm going back to help with the house again though! Gotta pay off my debt.
 I'll let you know how that goes. :)
Angie, thank you for going with me to dig through a dusty, old, house on our birthday! I know it was the last thing that you wanted to do, but you did it because it was the first thing that I wanted to do.
Love you- Me



  1. great haul for sure. I love to dig through and see what others have in their stuff.
    a great opportunity

  2. The perfect way to spend your birthday if you ask me! Just be happy that your sister doesn't love vintage as much as you. If Hanna and I did this, fists would have been flying over all that vintage Christmas!

    Oh and by the gals are so pretty!!


  3. so much fun stuff! I love the little santa heads! one of these days Im going to hit the jackpot somewhere... lol!
    have a great weekend!

  4. Oh my goodness! You really did hit the vintage Christmas jackpot! I'm so glad that you were able to share this experience with your sister too. How fun to see a picture of your twin! I' not sure if I've actually seen your sister before. You both are just darling!

  5. A fab way to spend a birthday, with all those happy endorphins kicking in with each new treasure you found, lol. You have a wonderful vintage Christmas collection Erica, sweet! I hope you take lots of photos of the rest of the hidden treasures to share with us. Hugs, Pam

  6. You both look so beautiful! Happy birthday to you both! And what great things you found! Love the boxes and original packages! WOW! Have fun! Hugs, Diane

  7. Lol...I wouldn't want a twin sister, I hate looking in the mirror on a good day! But you are such a pretty pair. I'm hanging with my own sister today...maybe we'll hit a few thrift stores!

  8. I can't even imagine how much fun that would have been! You definitely found some awesome stuff...I want to come help!


  9. Gosh a vintage Christmas haul does not get much better than that..definitely the icing on the birthday cake that day! (gumdrop tree...usually those branches are more a point on the end to pierce a gumdrop. A ornament intended tree has a hook instead)

  10. how cool! you really got some good stuff, i love that blue eyed santa too!

  11. Very sweet photo of you 2 girls! Looks like a great Birthday to me and a dream come true to go thru a home and get "first dibs" on great treasures!
    Good to see a new post from you...been missing you.
    p.s. did you check to see if the Our Soliders packages arrived to NY??? There should have been a tracking number on the receipt.

  12. Oh my goodness, how fun and very exciting!! WOW you really found so many sweet vintage things! Love everything, you lucky girl!! :) Sounds like a really fun way to spend a birthday to me! ;) Such a wonderful picture of you and your sis! So cute you both are!! :) Have a great weekend!!
    xo Holly

  13. You are so funny! I would have had the same look, like I had fallen into a pile of gold! Amazing treasures!

  14. Oh my goodness, bells, santa picks, Gurleys!! What a great find! I would have done a happy dance for sure!!

  15. What a great haul! I love all that you got. You had a vintage loving angel on your shoulder that day! Maggie/Maggie's Lil' Fixins

  16. You found some great vintage Christmas. Gurley candles new in package..major score! Love it all!

  17. Wow! you certainly hit the jackpot. Great finds. And, Yes, I do LOVE that wallpaper. Hugs,

  18. "Just some Christmas stuff." Oh my! :)

  19. Hi Erica! I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. That is one great haul of Christmas stuff - I love everything thing! What a nice birthday present for you!

  21. What a fun treasure hunt and you got some great items!

  22. Wow! What great Christmas finds!!!! Sounds like a fun day and you got to take some great treasure home with you! (Rob)

  23. What great treasures. Sounds like y'all had an awesome time. What a great way to spend your birthday. By the way that is a great picture of y'all.

  24. Oh just love all those little bits and pieces!!!!


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