An ad for an antique store in a small-town paper read, "Antiques: The ultimate way to go green!" Well, it's true--it's nice to breathe life back into a piece of furniture, art, or trinket that has already done the "brand-new" thing and is up for round two. Or three! We're especially fond of vintage collections seen in a new light.
Take a look at these decorations, comprised of nothing but ornaments and other Christmas-themed items from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Even the foliage is vintage. The wreath is hung on a vintage window frame! Jump below for another photo.
Here are two Christmas trees chock-full of vintage ornaments. One has a 1950s plastic theme and the larger one behind it has kitchen-themed ornaments.
It took a few years to amass a collection of vintage ornaments this large, and there were specific requirements. But each piece was found at a thrift store for cents on the dollar, and even the ones that are a little run-down get a breath of fresh air when they're grouped with similar objects.
So, as you look for creative holiday decorations, take inventory of any random vintage/antique collections you may have and put 'em to festive use!
Editor's note: We apologize for the sub-par photo quality... but all we had was our trusty iPhone and we just couldn't pass up this great green idea on account of not having a real camera handy!