Saturday, March 1, 2014


I know we are headed into spring, but I recently went to an estate sale of a "mouse collector".  She literally had 100's of mice.  I showed you a leprechaun mouse here.  Here is another one, dressed in green.
Most, however, were for Christmas.  Here are just a few in her collection.
Don't you just love his buck tooth!

These are just a sampling  of what she had.  Visit my Etsy shops VintageTinsel and AntiquesGaloreGal for many more.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Ceramic Bisque Mouse Leprechaun

I seem to have started a trend recently with these little ceramic bisque figurines.  I went to an estate sale and found a "mouse collector".  She had hundred's of mice, mostly from the 1970-1980's.   Barely vintage, I know, but so very cute!  35 years old is old enough!  Most were Christmas, but this one is dressed for St. Patrick's Day and I just had to share. 

She dated most as you can see by the last photo. 


Wednesday, December 25, 2013


I found several of these ceramic/porcelain bisque Christmas bells this year.  Bisque porcelain means that it is a ceramic that has been fired but not glazed.  It has a porous nature, unlike china which is non porous  They are often hand painted. The ones I'm posting about  are barely vintage, most are from the late  1980's and early 1990's, but I love them.  Some were in their original boxes and were sold through 7-11 stores.  The pair of angels above are so cute.  They have little chimers inside.
Here are a few of the Santa bells, each has a little chimer like the ones above.      
                                                                                                                                                                  Isn't this little bear the sweetest?

Little bear tea lite holder. 

I have to say, this one with the little Christmas mouse is one of my favorites!  It's made for a taper candle.

This cottage is an ornament, bell and a Christmas lite cover.  There is an opening in the back for the light.

Bear ornament.

Angel ornaments.
 Last, 2 little mice all tucked in, stockings hung with care, dreaming of sugar plums and waiting for Santa!
It would be very simple to start your own collection because there is such a variety and they are easy to find.  Collect just bells or concentrate on the bears and mice!

More info many of these items in my Vintage Tinsel Etsy Shop.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I want to introduce you to my youngest daughters new Etsy shop, Busy Bees Vintage . She just listed these adorable Christmas party invitations.
If you are a dog lover, you will certainly like these as well.
And last, but not least are these snowmen postcards.

All are in original unopened packages!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I just wanted to share a few of the vintage Halloween cards and paper ephemera I just listed in my etsy shop Vintage Tinsel I mean, who could resist this dapper skeleton man? He comes complete with a tiny stone set into his tie!

This is a Halloween party invitation, telling of a "party brewin'.

I love the way the inside information is written, The Witchin' Hour, The Haunted Place and The Host Ghost.

This is a fun way to make your own party invitations. Just print the information on the back of a treat bag and have everyone bring the bag to the party to fill up with candy corn or other candy goodies.

And last, but certainly not the least, a trifold Halloween card that has everything you can imagine! A witch, bat, owl, black cat, spider, full moon and of course, a dark cloudy night. The word Halloween is spelled out in fence posts.

You can visit my etsy shop, Vintage Tinsel for more information. Thanks so much for taking the time to look!

Friday, July 12, 2013


It's hard to believe that 2013 is half over! Just a few weeks and we will be headed into fall and the holiday season. Typically you will find Christmas in July in full force on Etsy. I thought I'd share a couple cards I've come across recently.

This is a large Hallmark card. It has fuzzy flocking. It even has an easel to stand up.
There is one for the dog lover as well. Also a Hallmark card with an easel to stand.

More information on both of these cards in my Vintage Tinsel shop.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I walked past this little cutie a few times before I finally picked it up. It took me a minute to figure out that the flowers were actually forming the face and body of the baby chicken. So cute!
The side profile shows the outline of the body.

Yellow daisies with a brown center make the eyes.

Of course, the egg is cracked and sitting on a bed or bright green grass.

Surrounded by pretty pink spring flowers and Easter Eggs.

Now who could resist this? So kitschy, yet so charming and perfect for a vintage Easter decoration!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Vintage Scenic Christmas Ornaments

I found these ornaments at a estate sale. Made of hard plastic, each has a decal that surrounds the ornament with Christmas scenes on both sides. Very uncommon in my area, I haven't found any more like them. Scenes of Santa Claus feeding the birds, Mr. and Mrs. Snowman ice skating and cityscapes.

Scenes of blue birds, red birds, Christmas bells and greenery!

Scenes of children.

A delightful set of ornaments that will adorn someones Christmas tree for many years to come!

You can find this set in my VintageTinsel etsy shop.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Do you ever stop to think how often the color red is used for holidays? It's used at Christmas, Valentines Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July. In fact, red is used year round!

I just came across this wonderful box of red and white flocked Christmas ornaments, buried in the basement at an estate sale. What a display this Christmas tree must have been!

I found these red heart picks at a recent sale as well. New old stock.