I have sort of given up on thrift stores, which have become full of overpriced dollar store crap.
But this time of year, I venture back in, holding out hope that there might be a vintage holiday treasure or two.
With that in mind, I present my thrift shop finds of the season.
There's the Harold Gale Santa, above, which, except for that little scuff on his nose, is in pretty good shape. I didn't know what a Harold Gale Santa was until I looked him up online and learned about Harold Gale, who created these Santa dolls from 1946 to 1988.
More keepers: Santa mugs with rhinestone eyes and a lighted red-roofed plastic church.
A wonderful blown-glass Italian clown ornament that was in a basket of mostly nothing special ornaments. I bought the basket just to get him.
And speaking of baskets, here's another one that I purchased that had a little bit of everything in it.
Red, yellow and lots of gold glitter.
A bunch of bells.
And some hand-painted Polish beauties.
And now about that baby. Remember those strange baby lamps in my last post?
Well, I found a more normal doll with an adorable face at another sale and I brought her home. She's sitting in front of the Christmas tree now and says that this is the best Christmas she has had since 1964.
And looky, no hole in her head! (Mr. VS thinks there's one in mine, however.)
What have you found at the thrifts? Any good vintage?