Go to Flee markets to find a Antique
Walking through our local antique store several years ago, I came
upon the most exquisite antique Christmas decoration that I had
ever seen. I frequent antique stores fairly often, usually just for
browsing. Every once in a while something catches my eye that I
absolutely must have. This antique Christmas decoration was one of
those items. The cost for this antique Christmas decoration was
only $20 and I scooped the tiny angel up and proudly took her home.
After I cleaned her up somewhat, very delicately, it revealed a
tiny angel sitting on top of a gold ornament with elegant filigree
surrounding it. I assumed that there had once been a small bell
inside of the ornament but that had long since been lost. After
doing a bit of research, I discovered that she most likely dated
back to the early 1900's. I was enthralled. She was gently placed
on top of our family Christmas tree when the time came.
Often times, treasures such as the antique Christmas decoration
that I found can be found in antique stores or at auctions. I've
even found some simple treasures at flea markets. You simply have
to have patience and a keen eye for them. Of course, everyone sees
something different in antiques. What I find to be breathtaking,
someone else may find to be appalling. It is all in the eyes of the
beholder. But, I knew that I had found something very special in my
angel antique Christmas decoration. After doing more research, I
found that it was valued at approximately $150. Not only had I been
lucky enough to find such an antique Christmas decoration, but I
had gotten a real bargain on it as well.
The reason that I am drawn to antique Christmas decorations is
because of the elegance of the years gone by. More time and
elegance was placed on holiday decor many years ago. People took
the time to make decorations by hand and make each one differently.
Today, decorations are produced in factories and many households
across the world have the exact same decorations. Previous time
periods didn't have the luxury of factories. Everything was
different and made with care. When things were made in that manner,
the elegance was always obvious. It still is. With the antique
Christmas decoration that I'd managed to find, you could tell that
someone had put quite a bit of time and energy into making it. The
etchings were perfect and the sense was that someone had put quite
a bit of time into creating it. When finding such a treasured
antique Christmas decoration, it is almost as if you are keeping
that time period and that creator alive in a sense. The memories
and the story of that antique Christmas decoration
continue to live on when it is seen at the top of my family's
Christmas tree. Take some time to walk through an antique store.
See if anything catches your attention. Perhaps you will be
fortunate enough to find an antique Christmas decoration like I
did. Or something even better.