While pulling out the Christmas decorations this year, I've been finding all sorts of stash from our old shop. Stash that I couldn't bear to send to auction when we closed in 2011. They were haphazardly stored in places I knew I would get to eventually. And this year I'm seeing them again for the first time. What fun it has been - little surprises in unexpected places!
In my collection of Christmas notions I found this 1960's Christmas box, gently used and lovingly preserved.
This year it will holds a surprise for a sweet little 1 1/2 year old. I'm sure she will delight in the antics of the little mouse.
When I was growing up, the women in my family always saved the embellishments from the presents & reused them year after year. I never understood why a worthless piece of paper or dime store ribbon was so important. I repeatedly saw the same embellishments year after year - each time a little worse for the wear.
But as I did, it became clear why. Each one began to have a special place in my heart as a little memory of a Christmas past.
One of my favorite things to unearth at estate sales & thrift stores are vintage Christmas papers & adornments. I love the charm they add. And, yes, I save them all.