How to buy vintage holiday decorations.

Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas decorations. These are my top 10 tips!

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Receiving generic, duplicate, or generally unnecessary Christmas gifts is an unavoidable part of life. Throwing useless gifts away seems wasteful, but storing them eats up precious storage space. Donating them to charity is always a great option, but turning them into something better is a worthwhile task that can also be a lot of fun. Here are some easy ways to put your unwanted gifts to good use.

1. Return

For safety reasons, most charity shops are unable to accept electrical items, perfume, and perishable goods. If you know the store where that automatic hotdog maker or pop celebrity fragrance was purchased, try returning it even if you don’t have a gift receipt.

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If you’re tired of using the same Christmas decorations every year, then it’s time to think outside the old ornament box. To freshen up the look of your tree or holiday spaces, turn to your favorite pastime or profession for inspiration. We’ll show you how to use old trinkets, knick-knacks, collectibles, or the tools of your trade to add style and personality to your usual holiday decorating tradition.

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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm returns to dazzle us once again. He pulled out all the stops on this jaw-dropping creation.

We began our Design Council series many weeks ago with Michael’s super-pretty vintage golden Christmas tree. His design received so many compliments that we couldn’t resist inviting Michael to work his magic again. In his blog post, “A Colorful Christmas Tree Treetopia Hump Day Giveaway,” Michael takes a Treetopia Slim Spruce Christmas Tree and transforms it into a stunning spectacle of color and cheer.

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This Christmas, go for something fun and unique with a TV show-themed holiday décor. Dress up your tree with these charming attention-grabbers.

Doctor Who

Have a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey Christmas with “Doctor Who”-inspired holiday décor. Doctor Who’s police box  time machine, which he calls the TARDIS, looks fabulous as a tree topper on a white tree with navy blue trimmings.

If you prefer to use a traditional evergreen, hand-painted glass ornaments of the TARDIS and the Daleks (the Doctor’s foes) work just perfectly!


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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

We kick off our series with the elegant work of Michael Wurm, Jr. from Inspired by Charm.

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