Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Shopping

I need to make this a brief post, as I have guests arriving for a few days very shortly; but I just wanted to share with you the treasures that I came home with from the Flea market on Sunday.
There was a particular stand there that I found completely incredible and nostalgic. The stall holder had bought the entire contents of a shop in Malta. Amazingly all of the stock dated from the 1950's and 60's and included masses of Christmas decorations, tiny cracker toys, haberdashery, hair accessories and beauty products.
To be able to buy just a small selection of these completely unused items, made my day! It is always surprising how small prices soon add up, so I had to restrain myself! - But I am chuffed with my purchases. Which included all of the above and these tiny ribbon rosettes, perfect for my handmade dolls.....
Wonderfully 'Shabby Chic' tiny paper baubles......
These Chinese paper lanterns in pastel shades....
And some tiny kitsch plastic baskets which will be the perfect accessory for fairy folk!
The beautiful antique cream lace came from Sue.
The sparkly jewelery pieces are a Christmas present, which I may place inside the little pink silk lined basket .

And finally I was over-the-moon to discover over 100 vintage glass Christmas decorations.

I'm not quite ready to decorate the house for the festive season, so have stored them in my painted chest of drawers - I have to keep going and having a sneaky-peek every now and then!!

Now that's the kind of Christmas shopping I DO enjoy!


  1. Hello,
    I have been admiring your blog since I found it about a week ago, and I have to say this entry is my favorite so far. Everything you found is so very beautiful! You are a very lucky lady. Enjoy!

  2. My jaw has dropped to the floor! What a treasure trove! Everything is amazing, and unused... WOW! I can't even begin to choose a favorite amongst the bunch!

    Well, if I don't receive a plane ticket to England under my Christmas tree, I'll just have to buy one myself. I've waited long enough to return! =) (Hubby and I used to visit every year... sigh.)

  3. that's the only kind of enjoyable Christmas shopping! How lovely

  4. Oh how gorgeous Nikki.. I dream of items like these!
    I am so glad you had a successful day as the weather was so awful and this must have been the silver lining you wished for!

  5. OH-MY-GOODNESS! What wonderful finds - the Christmas baubles are just up my street! Wish I could have been there!

  6. Hi Niki

    It's at times like this I wonder why I'm selling and not joining you buying at the Giant Flea. Wherever did you find all those goodies? I whizzed round all the stalls (or so I thought - must have missed some) and saw none of that.

    Totally green with envy, but I know you'll do it all far more justice than I would!!

    Thanks for the mention!

    Sue xx

  7. Wow love those Christmas baubles, I adore vintage Christmas decs, what a lucky find. I've decorated my tree using my small collection of vintage decs, it looks so pretty and I'm on the lookout for more for next year!

  8. Anonymous11:57 pm

    oh niki, why did you have to do this to me? I just love these treasures! Are those pearl buttons? They are gorgeous, I have been looking for some of those for ages! and those little lanterns are incredible too. I am seriously green!

  9. Anonymous3:46 am

    Holy cow...what a wonderful treasure trove! One of my fantasies is to discover a warehouse of dime store stock from the 40s-60s! Looks like you came close to that. :) I bet your dolls are gonna love it, too.

  10. Oh Niki, those are some fantastic finds, you must have thought you'd stumbled into heaven! Absolutely beautiful!

  11. You know that's what I like about you Niki, ever the good scout:)))

    Where's that lady with the maltese stash gone I want some of those lanterns!!! - aren't the pink lanterns just rolling around in clover gorgeous LOL ..... oh and the baubles - Niki that must surely make up for all your woes this winter ...well it made me smile:))

    best wishes Ginny

  12. Oh my gosh, your vintage finds literally took my breath away!! Amazing! I keep going over every single picture because I can't get enough of such beauty! Those lanterns are to die for!

  13. Wow,
    You hit the ornament jackpot.
    I love those little tiny ones.
    Thanks for sharing,

  14. Wow, look at these wonderful vintage Christmas treasures. Your blog is so inspiring. Karen

  15. wow! wow! wow! you hit the jackpot. i would have been jumpin' up and down doing a happy dance - lol! look at all of those vintage treasures... debbie =)

  16. I am SO jealous! What a find!! You lucky, lucky girl you!
    I think you've had your Chrismas come already! LOL
    God bless.

  17. They were definitely meant for you, so lucky!! What a beautiful collection, my jaw dropped as well!!

  18. holy smokes!!!
    i can't believe how many great things you go in one place. cha ching.
    and those ornaments, wowza, i would mak a wreath or mirror.

  19. ack! where have i been all this time that i missed out on all your glorious finds?? (working and spending time with family and friends)

    wow...I just know it! The UK has the best stuff.:)
    xo Lidy

  20. Anonymous6:00 am

    Ohhhh my goooodnesssss!!!! These pink and blue lanterns are to die for!!!! Sooooo sweeet!! You lucky duck!!

    xoox Jenny


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