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Robert Frost

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Shiny Brite Day

I have to admit that until my husband brought home these vintage Christmas ornaments from a garage sale, I hadn't thought much about collecting Shiny Brite. Now that I have been doing a bunch of research on them, I am starting to think I'm missing out!











I've decide that because these are plain I will not keep them, but hold out for some of the more decorative ones.  Actually I am more partial to the fancier shaped glass and diorama glass ornaments.  So this batch will be put up for sale in my shop.

















I've learned a few things about Shiny Brite.  The ones after WWII up until about 1960, have the crimped and stamped "Shiny Brite made in USA" on the caps.  I'm still trying to sort out the cap issue on another box that says "Shiny Brite", because the caps are not crimped or stamped.  So many questions!

I don't like to put things in my shop until I have thoroughly investigated their age, history etc.  So there are a couple of boxes that may have to wait until next year before they go up for sale.  This box and contents will be in my Etsy shop for sale today or in the near future.























My husband bought more plain ornaments which I will post later, but a few neat old German and Italian ones were included.  The diorama of the church above is probably from Italy and dates from the 1940's.  I haven't decided whether to sell the diorama ornament yet. 









It was a blustery, cold day yesterday when I was working on this post.  The kitties had been outside for awhile, just enough to get a bit chilly.  They were very happy to get back in the house where it was warm.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle over who got to sleep on the cozy blanket in the corner of my office.  Dot and Guy had a bit of fun. As you see, Guy won!  When I noticed him sleeping there, he looked so cute, I had to get a picture.  He was half asleep when I woke him up for the photo shoot.









I hope you all have a Bright and Shiny day too!
~~~Diane~~~




20 comments:

  1. *sigh* The Christmas decorations of my childhood are now "vintage." As am I, I suppose.

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  2. Diane,
    These colored ornaments are so pretty. I like the fact that they're just plain and simple. That ornament from the 1940's is so special. Looking at these ornaments made me smile and think about my mom because she used to put plain RED glass balls on her tree every year. They were such pretty trees, but it wasn't until I was married and had kids of my own that I started to collect ornaments that were unique and decorative. I miss my mom's old RED Christmas balls, and I've been missing her too. Thank you for the sweet memories.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, I have to admit, I was getting a bit attached to these lovelies as I was photographing them! As I was researching Shiny Brite, I recognized some of the decorated ones as those that were on our tree when I was growing up. Unfortunately they are also gone along with my Mom, so I understand your feelings about this. We do have those sweet memories though.

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  3. They are so beautiful, as are your photographs. I can't wait to get out my Christmas decorations! Is this weekend too early?..

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, coming from you that means so much! If anyone wants to see really lovely photos, visit Candy Pop's blog! By all means, start the Christmas decorating!! Nothing holding you back in the UK! We usually wait till after Thanksgiving, well, most of us!

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  4. Christmas baubles have that magical way of transporting you back to childhood, the glass birds that are popular now, we had them when I was little, I loved them, with the feathered tail and clip on feet, I find them fascinating, and just love them. :)

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  5. Those vintage ornaments were just regular ornaments when I was a kid! Oh my...I'm getting older! Guy is such a beautiful kitty. I just love black cats!

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    1. Guy would like to give you a big hug! And yes, he is a huggable kitty!

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  6. they do look vintage, but in a good way

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    1. Thanks, I think.... what does vintage usually look like? OK, I get it, vintage is not for everyone, except the vintage I collect and sell which is always cute and adorable!!

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  7. Beware of catching the "Shiny Brite Bug"! At first you think "Oh, I don't need to keep the solid colored ones. I can sell those". But pretty soon even the solid colored ones start tempting you! And you find yourself wanting to hang on to them too! After all, they're still Shiny and Brite even without a fancy decoration or indentation on them! Just thought I'd warn you. :)
    Erica

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    1. Thanks for the warning Erica! Your blog always has delicious eye candy and I love visiting to see what you are working on!

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  8. These ornaments look so beautiful! And Guy looks super comfy :)

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  9. Love those ornaments, so pretty, especially that diorama one! I have a few vintage ornaments, but don't use them because my cat Mooby would destroy them. He's way too curious!

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  10. Diane - seeing those ornaments brings back so many childhood memories...when we decorate the tree at my folks we pull a lot of those old type out and place on the tree. It is always sad to see one get broken (which unfortunately happens sometimes). I am not quite in the mood yet but seeing your bright ones is helping me move along :) ! Now can I just curl up with Guy in your cozy corner? Looks like a wonderful place to rest awhile. Have a great day.

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  11. These ornaments are so pretty! I love the colors! Guy is so beautiful! Hugs ;o)

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  12. Those are so neat! I love that retro stuff.

    A kerfuffle, you say? Sounds familiar. :)

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  13. Hi Diane..what a super gorgeous photoshoot..this series is so beautiful and festive and magical..love the backdrop you used .....I love all of these dazzling ornaments...very special we had the same kind growing up and still have some today from parents and grandparents! Beautiful colors...so enchanting!
    Wishing you a wonderful day!
    Victoria
    PS: your cat steals my heart each time!!

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane