Sorting through this year's accumulation of Christmas ornaments is a job that's gotta be done, but as jobs go, it's not a bad one.
And compared to last year's event, it was a pretty easy one. Despite how it might look right now, this year was mediocre at best for Christmas ornaments. Last year was an over-the-top fabulous one, so I'm probably a little spoiled.
Like buttons, ornaments always look so much better when they're all organized and grouped together.
Here are some lovely old Shiny Brites with sparkling mica.
I found this pile of fresh boxes of ornaments at a yard sale a few years ago (I actually pinched myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming) and I cannot decide whether to keep them or sell them. There aren't too many things over the years that I've later regretted selling, but there are a few, and these I might.
I'd have trouble parting with these, too, except I already have some - great big hand-painted flowered ornaments from Poland.
More handpainted ornaments from Poland. At one of the local antique stores the other day, I found a bowlful of ornaments just like this, marked $8 each. That's not what annoyed me. What annoyed me was that each tag was carefully marked "German ornament, $8," when anyone could clearly see they were not German. I was kind of beyond annoyed - more like offended. I actually considered taking one of the ornaments to the checkout and demanding a correction. Fortunately, my inner voice whispered to stop acting like an insane person, and I did. I let it go. It's possible that I take Christmas ornaments a little too seriously.
Oh, and these, wonderful war-era ornaments that don't have the customary silvering inside. (You can read more about those here - it's the same link as above.) f you look carefully at the bright pink bulb and the lantern-shaped one, you can see a sprig of tinsel inside.
I have a lot more pictures to take, and then I've got to list these. Most of them will be on eBay starting this week - probably Thursday - and I've got some fun stuff for Etsy, too. I wish listing ornaments were as much fun as buying them.