Shiny Brites

So…. wanna see my holiday pride and joy… A little peak at my Shiny Brite Collection?

I thought you’d never ask.

What is a Shiny Brite?  Only the most fabulous of all vintage Christmas ornaments.  A mon avis. 

Shiny Brites!

Even Wikipedia knows about them for goodness sake.  Though I am a craaaaaaaazy history buff it’s not the history that get’s me… it’s that craaaaaaaazy shine…

and more importantly… the HUNT.

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Yes.  It’s the adrenaline rush of finding that worn cardboard box on the back table of a garage sale or even better… a whole pile of worn out boxes in the back corners of a church rummage sale ran by little ol’ ladies who think their Shiny Brites are out of fashion and ready for the trash bin.  I get positively giddy when I see a pile of them… it’s so rare these days.   But I’ll barrel thru the thickest of rummage sale crowds (dragging my five hoodlums behind me) in order to snatch up that dusty cardboard box before anyone else can.  Don’t get in my way.

Shiny Brites

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I’m totally biased.  I can’t think of a more lovely ornament than a round, patinad, fragile,  Shiny Brite.  I inevitably loose a few each year to crashing to the floor and in just breaks my heart.  They are so hard to find.  In fact, it’s been years since I’ve found any.


Sure there are new ones here and there.  But those aren’t for me.  I want that discolored glass and the story that goes with the find.

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I hope your tree is up, I hope it’s decorated and is lovely to your eyes.

We are celebrating the cookbook arrival here this week (get yours HERE!) and the color and excitement of our tree reflect the joy in our hearts.  It’s been a trying month for us as a family but we have much, much, much to be thankful for.

At those rummage sales next year I’ll be dragging six little hoodlums behind me to get to those Shiny Brites!