We’ve been trying to keep our space at Exit 55 Antiques (Fergus Falls, MN) full of Christmas items — but they are selling so fast! Yes, the vintage reindeer are practically flying out of the shop, but we do have a pair of the vintage or retro plush reindeer stuffed with sawdust.

vintage retro sawdust stuffed reindeer plush

And there are a few flocked reindeer ornaments, hiding among the other vintage ornaments. Many of them are made in Japan kitschy pieces. (Sorry, the elf has sold already too. Gotta act fast on this stuff!)

vintage kitschy christmas ornaments fair oaks antiques

Speaking of kitschy made in Japan Christmas ornaments, how fabulous are these made from paper & pipe-cleaners? And not just any pipe-cleaners, many are made with chenille pipecleaners!

vintage santa and angels ornaments japan chenille pipe cleaners

vintage paper foil pipecleaner drummer christmas ornament

If you love the Christmas kitsch, you might love these Three Wise Men ornaments. (Hubby is not a fan or I would keep them!)

kitschy retro three wise men ornaments

Not everything is an ornament. Check out this fabulous pair of vintage salt and pepper shakers. Don’t these angles look like Fisher Price people? While their heads and wings are plastic, the shakers themselves are glass.

kitschy retro vintage angel salt and pep shakers

Speaking of things hubby is not a fan of… How about this large vintage handmade caroler? I love her turquoise, wide-wale corduroy coat trimmed in white “fur”! (Hubby is just not a fan of 60s’ kitsch like I am. *sigh*)

kitschy retro vintage handmade caroler large turquoise

Here’s a trio of mid-century modern felt carolers — just like this single singer in our Etsy shop! (See what’s left of our Christmas items at Etsy!)

mid-centruy mod vintage felt caroler set

Our vintage rubber-faced or masked Santa sold just days after we brought it in — but don’t worry! We’ve taken some photos and made Santa available on everything from postage stamps and pillows to cards and mugs. I am especially fond of the napkins that look like a Polaroid photo of Mr. Claus. …My sister says I am creepy!)

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And we have more vintage masked Santas too!

vintage retro masked stuffed santa claus doll

This one is especially great. Not only does he hold a bottle brush tree, but when you plug him in, the light in Santa Claus’ hand lights up!

kitschy rubber-faced masked stuffed santa bottle brush tree light

Not everything is kitschy, however. Look at this antique cast iron Christmas tree stand!

Hubby and I work at the shop on Sunday (December 7th). Who knows what we will bring in then? Stop in & see! If you can’t make it, keep an eye on our Facebook page for photographic updates. And if you see something you want to buy, let us know & we can make arrangements to ship it to you.

PS The shop’s official Facebook page is Pasttime Collectibles & Antiques.

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I’ve been busy writing a lot of eBay Guidesmy most recent one was inspired by this vintage Christmas tree stand my folks have for sale. I just knew it should be reborn and repurposed as a decorative piece! Other cool ideas and inspiration in that post comes from Laurel of Chipping With Charm. Her site is a real treat to visit!

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Because we have the window to decorate and display at Antiques On Broadway, I feel like we share a lot of those photos — but don’t share enough photos of our space at Exit 55 Antiques. So here’s a few photos to rectify that.

This photo of our booth shows our nice (if we do say so ourselves!) holiday display. Among the findings, a vintage wooden sled, one of those fabulous vintage framed Christmas trees made from vintage costume jewelry, vintage Christmas cookbooks (featuring several from the Otter Tail Power Company), more of those old primitive yet industrial cream separators to use as candle holders (soooo cool with ribbon wound through them and set on the mantel; change the ribbons to match the season!), and a festive soda pop bottle collection all decked-out for the holidays.

fair oaks antiques christmas display

We also have a shelf in a case in the antique shop and there you’ll find these antique German clips which held candles on the tree, circa 1920. Candles are not as safe as electric lights, of course, so we advocate other ways to use and display these antique metal Christmas tree clips here.

fair oaks antiques german christmas tree candle clips

Also in our space at the Minnesota antique mall is a antique washstand displaying collectibles with a holiday theme — check it out!

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A few weeks ago, we changed our window display at Antiques On Broadway (from the back to school theme) to reflect the seasonal changes. Now the window features items to create a vintage and nostalgic holiday season, with a heavy emphasis on the kitchen, cooking, and baking. (Because no matter which holidays you celebrate, food is a part of it!)

vintage kitchen window fair oaks antiques

Our case there also received a holiday touch, including the holiday centerpiece made from an old wooden drawer.

rustic holiday centerpiece

At Exit 55 Antiques, we’ve brought in a lot of vintage holiday Christmas ornaments. Some decorate the little tree in our booth space; lots more can be found in our case display too. (Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more as well!)

vintage ornaments from fair oaks antiques

In other news…

We continue to update at Inherited Values and Deanna’s been writing about “odd” collectibles (Part One, Part Two) for Collector Perspectives.

We no longer have a permanent Milwaukee location; so watch for lots of mid-century modern to hit our Etsy shop!

vintage and retro christmas ornaments on tree

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