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A Very Vintage Christmas

Andy-Williams-Christmas-Album“It’s the MOST won-der-ful time…of the year!”

I just love this season- it’s a chance to hit pause and spend time with family and friends, but also for the opportunity to add fun bits of vintage flair all around the house.

Whether I’m listening to my favorite Bing Crosby Christmas album, unpacking childhood ornaments to hang on the tree or watching “White Christmas” I can’t help but feel nostalgic – and what better way to feed my nostalgia than with vintage decor.  This season is chock-full of fun and creative ways to add vintage into your celebrations without spending a ton of (much needed gift-giving) money or time.

If you’re worried your vintage vibe is more kitch than hip, here are a few quick and easy vintage items that will help you begin you thinking in the right direction. Get inspired by choosing a vintage item you would like to incorporate into your decor this year:

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  • Vintage or retro decorations (an obvious one there!)
  • Vintage Christmas-related photos (they don’t even have to be your own!)
  • Vintage Christmas cards
  • Vintage Christmas-themed books, sheet music or illustrations
  • Vintage Christmas record albums
  • Vintage containers, plates, bowls, canisters or tins (perfect for holding Christmas candy, cards, pinecones, ornaments, etc.)
  • use Vintage letters to spell out holiday greetings

Still stumped? Check out some of the items I’ve used around my own home to give it a vintage vibe, and a few simple tips to get you going. They’re so easy, you could spend just a few moments and create a really charming vintage vignette of your very own.

Tip #1 – Display a collection. The more the merrier! I can’t stop collecting Vintage Santa figurines. Perhaps you have another collection such as vintage cards, elves, reindeer or bells. Whatever your collectable, group them together for maximum effect:

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Tip #2 – Use vintage plates, bowls or another container (we love the use of milkglass – which is very “in” right now – and the white really sets off the colorful items inside) to hold a handful of small objects (try peppermints, ornaments, vintage christmas lights, etc.):

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Tip #3 – Pull out vintage Christmas books, records, sheet music or greeting cards and display them on existing bookshelves, desks and dressers. Below, we used a gorgeous vintage magazine rack to display our favorite Christmas records and album covers. And, if you already own classic vintage items such as a record player or typewriter, what a great opportunity to put them to use in their original function. Place a vintage Christmas record on the turntable or place a vintage Christmas card visibly on the typewriter.

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Tip #4 – Use everyday twine, paper and red or green pen and bring your walls to life with a charmingly rustic banner. Another variation: the twine could be strung across the tops of windows to hang your favorite vintage ornaments.

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Tip #5 – Rearrange letters to form Christmas or winter-themed expressions (we used Scrabble letters and the accompanying stand for display, but you could also use vintage letterpress, magnetic letters, etc.)

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Check out our Pinterest page for more great ideas of Vintage Christmas decor under the board titled, “A Very Vintage Christmas” or browse our curated Etsy Treasury lists featuring vintage items available for purchase by our favorite vintage vendors.

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Wishing you all a Very Vintage Christmas and a Hipster New Year!

~ the entire staff at Vidalia’s Vintage

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