My most recent purchase of super-cheap Christmas ornaments made me think it was time to take stock. Literally. I had no idea how many ornaments I had, how many I really wanted or needed, or even where I had put all of them. I found this slick ornament calculator that tells you, based on the size of your tree, how many ornaments you need. It said I needed 160.
I thought it was a pretty safe bet that I had 160, since there were 46 in the boxes I just got. What I wanted to do, though, was put every ornament I owned in a big pile, and pick out the ones I liked best for our tree. Like most collectors, I think I've reached that point where I don't want to keep every ornament I find. I want to pick and choose.
Which turned out to be a little more daunting than I thought. This is what the dining room looked like halfway through. And I'm sorry I didn't take more photos, but really, it was overwhelming. My mom helped me sort. We're guessing there were about 500. And after a few hours, we had them divided up into what to keep and what to sell. (And a few for a giveaway in November.)
And so in the interests of simplicity, here's one from the new batch. Pink stripes and mica. It's a keeper.