Excuse me if I celebrate a little, and not just because I found these vintage noisemakers at a church rummage sale for a song.
And these ornaments too, which are appropriate because my celebration does have something to do with ornaments.
In fact, it has everything to do with ornaments. Lots of ornaments. My reason for a happy dance is that I think I'm finally done (well, almost) sorting ornaments. I'm not sure if I'll ever really be done because I have a few more boxes to go through, and if experience is any indicator, I'm bound to find ornaments that seem to go with other ornaments (that I think that I have already sorted). And so, the cycle begins again.
But at this point, I feel confident that I have a good amount that I can photograph and list on Etsy, and that's no small task because this isn't even half of what I have.
Some of the sorting has been easy. Consider these two boxes of ornaments. It's fairly simple to see that blue polka dot goes with blue polka dot, and pink tear drop goes with pink tear drop.
And then I realized that they were in a sub-class: Polish indent with Christmas tree backs.
There were surprises too. I didn't think I had any of the World War II-era bulbs with paper hangers, but I found these two. The paper hangers were the result of restricted use of metals on the homefront during the war. The bulb on the right, which is a Shiny Brite, is clear because bulbs weren't silvered as metal became more scarce.
And speaking of Shiny Brites, here are a few that might have been made by Corning Glass Works. As World War II loomed, the man behind Shiny Brite, a German immigrant named Max Eckhardt, knew he wouldn't be able to import ornaments from Germany, so he asked Corning to make them. In fact, that blue dreidel-shaped bulb in the center is in a 1940s-ish advertisement for Corning Glass ornaments. Again, I didn't even know that I had that ornament.
Credit for my new-found knowledge about Shiny Brite goes to (who else) but Barbara of Oodles. She's written a wonderful story all about the Corning-Shiny Brite connection for the magazine that I edit, Central New York Magazine. It will be in the November/December issue. And, I'm hoping, that by then, I finally have all the ornaments, photographed and listed. Which, if I do, will put me way ahead of where I was last year, when I don't think I started sorting and listing until November.
Who says you can't learn from experience?