Handmade Vintage Christmas Kitsch

I sell on eBay, and as a seller, I am constantly on the lookout for things to resell.  I sell mostly secondhand, and that includes a lot of holiday items and vintage items.  Recently I was at a local flea market, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, one of the largest around here in the Bay Area, and came across a vendor who had a bunch of holiday stuff set out, mostly Halloween and some Christmas. Among his Christmas items was this handmade, kitschy looking piece:

handmade Christmas snow scene diorama tree base front

It looked like some kind of dioramic snow scene, complete with mini figures.  Handwritten on the bottom was, “Feather tree made for Sue 1967 from Mother to Sue.”  It’s as old as me!

vintage Christmas snow scene diorama tree base inscription

I asked the seller what it was, and he told me that it was originally a base for a mini Christmas tree.  The seller had purchased all these handmade Christmas items from this woman who had made them as gifts, but apparently had never given them to the intended recipients.  Now whether she had a falling out with the individuals on her gift list, or had a change of heart and decided to keep everything for herself, we’ll never know, but this piece was one of many she made.

vintage Christmas snow scene diorama tree base_  top

You can tell she spent a lot of time on it, from collecting all the little doodads to gluing them all together.

vintage Christmas snow scene diorama tree base_side 1

What’s so funny is that there are multiple Santas – at least three – scattered here and there, among all the other figures, including a soldier, horses, reindeer, a snowman, teddy bears, a drum set, stuffed stocking, houses, etc – even a potted toadstool – lol!  Apparently, you can never have enough Santas :0)

vintage Christmas snow scene diorama tree base back

Random bits all glued together to create something endearingly kitschy and homey at the same time.  I can see the lady who created this sitting at the kitchen table with glue all over her fingers and perhaps some Christmas music playing in the background, all warm and cozy with the snow falling outside, working patiently on her daughter’s gift.

vintage Christmas snow scene diorama tree base side 2

I guess that’s why I’m drawn to things like this – things that tell a story.  There’s a story behind the creation and the story that the piece is designed to tell.  The fact that it was lovingly made by individual human hands makes it all the more charming.

You can see this piece of Christmas kitsch in my eBay store.

Do you like shopping at flea markets and rummage sales?  What wacky, weird, or nostalgic hidden treasures have you found lately?  Please share in the comments.

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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2 Responses to Handmade Vintage Christmas Kitsch

  1. Cynthia October 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I have made cards, and gifts and forgotten to give them to people. There really is a story here. Everyone has a story. I like this one.

    • Serena October 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      Glad to know you’re not a hoarder, Cynthia – only forgetful 😉

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