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It’s Time to Start Looking for Vintage Christmas Ornaments

I have collected Vintage Christmas ornaments for years. I love vintage ornaments, especially the ones from Shiny Brite. Today I am sharing where you can find these ornaments too.

Shop for Vintage Christmas Ornaments

I love vintage Christmas ornaments. I have collected them for years and they are the perfect Christmas decoration.

I use my vintage glass ornaments in a lot of different ways.  You might recall this table that I set a week ago for the holidays. So many of you commented on the vintage ornaments on the cake stands!


Most of the vintage ornaments I have collected are in traditional Christmas colors. I  love that there are hundreds of designs of these vintage ornaments and the ornaments come in all shapes and sizes.

Vintage Bulbs for Christmas

Not only do I love using vintage ornaments on cake stands and tables, but I often use them to fill the vintage wood boxes I use to hold our Christmas trees.


My favorite vintage ornaments are made by Shiny Brite.

I can tell you a funny thing about these vintage ornaments. I like the Shiny Brite boxes almost as much as the ornaments. It’s true!

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Shiny Brite Ornaments

Shiny Brite ornaments were created just before World War II. Shiny-Brite’s first signature round ornaments, made from beautifully colored glass and painted pastel stripes, were treated as keepsakes.

As far as I am concerned, they are all keepsakes!

Here are a few of my Shiny Brite ornaments from my collection. I love the striped ones. They are by far my favorite.

Shiny Brite Ornaments

I love to use the Shiny Brite boxes as decor over the holidays.

Shiny Bright Boxes

Where to Buy Vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments

So where did I buy my vintage Shiny Brite ornaments? I bought them at flea markets, antique stores, and at my friend Judy’s vintage warehouse at VintageJunktionLA.

Anytime I spy these boxes with white, silver, red, and green ornaments I jump at the chance to buy them  (if they are well priced). I spent hours looking through the warehouse at Judy’s and found so many!

Shiny Brite Vintage Ornaments

If you are interested in finding vintage ornaments, you can also check out this link on Etsy.  Please note that the Shiny Brite ornaments come in different sizes and some come in their original boxes, which is a huge plus! Obviously, these ornaments are fragile so proper shipping is important.

Christmas Ornaments Shiny Brite

Shiny Brite Present Day Ornaments

So, guess what?

Today, Shiny-Brite is recreating the joy and style of a mid-century American Christmas! They have new ornaments for sale at a lot of the major retailers.

West Elm has a partnership with Shiny Brite and these ornaments are my favorite. The colors are fantastic and I love them!

They are also much more reasonably priced than the vintage ones.

West Elm Shiny Brite Decorative Shapes

Click the link above to check availability and price.

Shiny Brite Ornaments

West Elm Shiny-Brite Ball Ornaments

I am so in love with these that I think I might order them!

Shiny Brite Ornaments

West Elm Shiny-Brite Ornaments (Set 20 – 1 1/2″)

These are wonderful too.


Amazon carries a lot of the new Shiny Brite ornaments and you can find them here

Amazon has the Shiny-Brite Christmas ornaments in small sizes (1 1/2″).

Shiny-Brite ornaments

They also come in a medium size (2 1/2″).

Shiny Brite medium sized ornaments

And a large size (3 1/4″).

Shiny-Brite Large Ornaments

I  hope you learned a little bit about vintage Christmas ornaments. If you see any of these Shiny Brites, at a garage sale or vintage flea market, then you might want to consider buying them!

Collection of Vintage Ornaments

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 Vintage Christmas Ornaments

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16 Responses

  1. Just a quick FYI – I’ve recently also seen the present day “Christopher Radko Presents…” version of the Shiny Brite ornaments at TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods. And, of course, vintage ones pop up at estate sales and antique stores and malls, too. Happy hunting, y’all!

  2. Ahh – the memories! 🙂 My mom and grandma had a ton of these when I was growing up. Most of them didn’t make it to my collection, but I have a few. I love the white ones. Thanks as always for the great inspiration and info!

  3. I have seen new ones in stores. Look like vintage, box looks vintage but on closer inspection they are made in China 😥.

  4. Very nice post! I love Shiny Bright ornaments. I love your Christmas trees. Do you have a link where they might be purchased? Thank you.

  5. I love these ornaments! My mom gave me a ton of boxes when I moved out about 35 years ago and I still have a lot of them. It is so nice to see Shiny Brite making these again.
    Loved your post!

  6. The new Shiny Brites are all made in China, including the ones offered by West Elm. I cherish my vintage ornaments and love finding original ones to add to my collection. But, I will never, ever purchase Christmas ornaments or decorations that are Made in China.

  7. Wonderful post, Leslie! I love vintage ornaments, and this was very helpful. You have an amazing collection. Just beautiful.

  8. Your post reminded me of ornaments my mom and dad had our tree when I was a child. I especially remember those bell shaped shiny brights. It brought back some good memories. Thanks for sharing yours, and the sources where to find them!

  9. I love the vintage ones the best! Wonderful sweet memories. I look forward to reading your blogs. I tell my friends about your site. Thank you for sharing with us!

    1. Oh my gosh Linda, thank you so much for sharing my blog with your friends! I love the vintage ornaments also. I love to think about the homes they’ve lived in and how special they have been to others before me 😊 Have a great Friday!

  10. How can you tell Shiny Bright ornaments from others? No box.
    I heard that there is a star on the ornament.
    And vintage from new?

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