When it comes to Xmas decoration, a vintage ceramic Christmas tree with lights is the cream of the crop. These little trees are highly decorative, collectible beyond a reason of doubt, can light up, but sometimes are hard to come by. On the other end of the buyer’s spectrum, people love vintage Xmas products, but getting them isn’t always so easy. In this short blog post, I’ll be showing you a few known and some lesser-known locations, sites and methods for getting your hands on vintage or at least vintage looking ceramic Xmas trees.
A small caveat before we go any further
The word vintage, retro or old-fashioned gets thrown around a lot when it comes to Xmas decorations, clothes, furniture and other products. My idea of an item that is vintage relates something that is old, high quality and has a lot of character. Here’s a definition I got from Google for the word “vintage.”
Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind.
The way I see it is that unless the ceramic Christmas tree you purchase through any of the methods I mention below is second hand and at least a few years old, preferably before the year 2000, it won’t be vintage. If it says it’s vintage, well, then it might come from a ceramic tree mold that was used in the late 90’s or of a vintage type of design. Don’t get confused when buying one or be surprised when one arrives at your front door brand new and not with any dust on it.
Amazon & eBay
There is a reason why I’ve mentioned Amazon and eBay as number one on the list. From my shopping perspective, these two sites are some of the most accessible websites to buy ceramic Xmas trees from. Most sellers go where the customers hang out, and a lot of them hang out at these sites. I wouldn’t bargain on finding any real vintage trees at Amazon, but on eBay, you might be surprised.
On eBay, I’ve seen the selection of ceramic decorative products to be a bit bigger than Amazon containing a lot more second hand and small-time sellers. Amazon is a much more trustworthy source with better shipping, and that’s why my ceramic tree guide (see the review section in the menu) is based solely on products from them.
People sell all kinds of second hand and sometimes even new products on classified sites. I wouldn’t be amazed if you would find a massive selection of Christmas decorative items for sale on your local classifieds website. Some of the most popular options include Craigslist, Kijiji, and Backpage. Check out this beautiful tree for sale on Craigslist:
Thrift shop & Estate sales
If you’re a lover of vintage products, thrift shops, and estate sales are probably like your second home. I remember being dragged to similar second-hand types of events with my mom when I was a little kid, but hating every second of it. Little did I know all the awesome collectibles that were hanging around there just waiting to find a home. If you have some of these shops and events in your area be sure to visit them and you might just see a classic 1960’s ceramic Xmas tree with a rich history.
A few weeks ago I was trying to promote my ceramic Xmas decoration guide and discovered a bunch of Xmas Facebook groups full of members posting decoration ideas, selling products, handing out tips and more. Naturally, I shared my guide, and besides getting great responses, many people commented saying that they own 10’s if not even more of these trees.
The chances are that they would be willing to sell some of them to you. All you would have to do is join the group, which is very easy, and make a post saying that you’re in the market for vintage ceramic decorations. If you are struggling to find Facebook groups, just search for any group related to Xmas. If that doesn’t work, joining a general town-based Facebook group might also do the trick.
Friends and family
Once upon a time going to ceramic classes and making a tree was all the rage. You would be amazed at how many people own one, including your family members. If you have living relatives, who are past the age of 50 they might be willing to give you one of their ceramic creations. I wouldn’t hurt to ask.