Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Kristie Barnett's Vintage Deer Bookend Christmas is all about memories, tradition, and nostalgia.  That’s why I love vintage Christmas ornaments.  I have a few from my own childhood, but most I’ve found over the years at estate sales and yard sales for mere pennies.  I love things with a history, even if they are not a part of my own history!  This is a vintage deer bookend that I use in a bookcase throughout the year, but I always put it in a Christmas vignette at this time of year.


You can often find boxes of fun vintage tree ornaments garages and attics at estate sales.  Older neighborhoods yield great finds.  Holiday ornaments are always cheap, cheap, cheap.  You can typically walk away with a box full for no more than a couple of bucks.

vintage christmas ornaments from Hell's Kitchen flea market

If you are looking for a particular type of Christmas ornament, you might also try antique malls, flea markets, and ebay.  These vintage bottle brush trees look fantastic grouped in mass on a mantel.

vintage bottle brush collection via americanharvest

This plastic Santa in his sleigh with reindeer belonged to my mother as a child.  There are a few broken antlers and only 5 reindeer, but they are priceless to me.

Kristie Barnett's vintage santa and reindeer


vintage rudolph reindeer



Growing up, we had a Christmas card box exactly like this one.  It hung in the entrance to our kitchen, and my sisters and I loved to count down the days until Santa’s arrival.  I don’t know what happened to it, but when I found this at an antique mall a few years back I HAD to have it.  Now my kids use it to count down the days and it’s a fun place to keep Christmas cards. Vintage Christmas Mail Box Card Holder



I love these vintage reindeer juice glasses.  Another antique mall find about 10 years back.

Vintage Reindeer Juice Glasses


Again, we had similar Santa mugs as a child.  My nostalgia nudged me to buy these years ago.

Vintage Santa Coffee Mugs


Below are a few of my favorite vintage Christmas tree ornaments.  Some are from my childhood, like the Bert from Sesame Street and a few vintage elves.  Others I’ve collected over the years.

Kristie Barnett's Vintage Drummer OrnamentVintage Bert Sesame Street Christmas ornament

Vintage Angel Christmas Ornament


Vintage Snowman Christmas OrnamentVintage Santa Christmas Ornament

Vintage Nativity Christmas Ornament



Vintage Christmas ElfVintage Christmas Elf Ornament

Vintage Instrument Christmas OrnamentKristie Barnett's Vintage Christmas Elf

Do you have special ornaments from your childhood, or ones that remind you of your childhood?  I’d love hear about your nostalgic memories of Christmas ornaments!

Photo Credits:  The Decorologist (formerly StoneBrook Staging).


  1. Amy

    I enjoyed seeing your vintage ornaments. They remind me of all the oldies from childhood that are in my parent’s attic. I should go rescue them! I do have a few childhood ornaments, incl. a Santa/Mrs Claus made of yarn that my grandfather gave my sister and me back in the 70s. Old ornaments are so much more meaningful than the Hallmark “keepsake” stuff that all looks the same!

  2. Lee

    We have several ornaments that belonged to my grandparents! My kids enjoy hearing the stories about them every year when we unpack them and I enjoy remembering when they used to hang on my grandparents’ tree!

  3. Jennifer Taylor

    Yep, this year I plan to do my tree exclusively in ornaments from my childhood plus vintage ones. Not too many yard sales right now but I will be scouring some of Nashville’s antique stores to find a few more this December. Looking for a vintage tree topper of some kind.

  4. Natalie

    I have a 1978 Hallmark white plastic bulb that has a window scene. Inside the window is a small boy that is ice skating and has “Merry Christmas 1978” scratched in cursive into the ice blue metallic pond. There is a fence in the background with tiny birds and white glitter snow mounds. It left my parents house with me when I moved out. I have always loved this particular ornament.

  5. Dry Scalp Treatment :

    well it is nearing for us to buy some christmas ornaments for the coming christmas;’:

  6. Towel Rails ·

    we will be buying more christmas ornaments these christmas because we like to decorate more ‘~-


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