I love these vintage glass ornaments. I guess I started collecting them 4 years ago, when a friend of mine gave me a dozen of them for Christmas. I fell in love with all the different shapes, sizes, and colors of them. Each one is so unique and they're so nostalgic to me.
7 or 8 years ago when we lived in our first house, an elderly neighbor, Bill, gave me a box of glass ornaments that were in his garage, still in the original box. I thanked him and held on to them for awhile, then they got donated to Goodwill. I don't know why I didn't like them then and still regret that I let them go. I guess I'd never seen them before and they looked wierd to me. Bill died last year and when I see these ornaments they also make me remember him and how Grace and I would bake him bread and other goodies and go visit him.
So now, 4 years later I have somehow amassed 44 of these ornaments. I bought 2 dozen at a garage sale in the past couple years and the rest I bought at an antique shop after Christmas a few years ago (they were on sale). So I've probably spent less than $10-15 total. I did see some at a church rummage sale over the summer and meant to go back and get them (not that I need any more, but for the kids when they're older I reasoned...) but I forgot. I know they're out there though and I'm bound to find more.
We ran into a problem with the tree this year. Getting our tree 'late' + not wanting to spend much $$ = no room for all these ornaments AND our regular ornaments (and these always go up high, out of little ones reach). So I came up with this idea and I think it works well and showcases them nicely. There they can sparkle all by themselves and remind me and us of Christmases past and simpler times.