Well, I was going to try to take a couple weeks off from social media and the computer, but I am back in the city now. Which means I am back online. If you are a regular follower of mine then you know we had to come back because of a storm that caused our electricity to go out, which is no fun. Our well is hooked up to an electric pump so when the electricity goes out so does plumbing.
Anyway, I have not really been writing up any new posts and I haven’t been stopping by to visit everyone. I started back on my Christmas book. This is something that is helping put me in a place of peace. With everything that has been going on in this country of mine, a Christmas book makes me happy in those moments where it is just too much to take in. You all know what I am talking about…the hate. Maybe being in a battle state we feel it a bit more then most states. You can not escape the ads, the messages over and over, so intense and so much pressure. It reminds me of that game where someone spins you over and over then they stop and watch as you try to walk. You get so dizzy it takes you awhile to get your ground.
To bring some normalcy to our life, it has been all about Christmas here at Our Little Red House. On Halloween day we all went into town when we were up north. I went shopping for my annual wooden Christmas ornaments I love hunting for. Sadly this year with the virus I have not been able to do this. The church sales, where I usually would find them at, were shut down and cancelled this year of 2020. When the thrift stores finally reopened there were only two little ornaments at those stores that I was able to find. It was a very sad year for my little wooden ornament obsession. And them something amazing happened on Halloween day. I found a treasure chest full of my favorite ornaments from the past and as always they were not repeats.
The day we went shopping it was the perfect Fall day. There were even trick or treaters out getting candy during the day. Kids dressed up in costumes walking around just happy to be outside. There were people fishing at the lake. Everyone out having yard sales in cute little neighborhoods with pumpkins everywhere. It was like something out of a movie. Outside shopping, wearing masks, and keeping our distance are ways we are all getting used to, but we are still able to keep the economy going and that is so important . People get so depressed when they are forced to stay put in one spot. We need sunshine, we need to see other people even if only from a distance. This is what life is all about. Protect our weakest of course, but let us live. We know how to wash up, stay home when sick, practice healthy habits. Locking up anyone is a cruel, cruel thing to do. This will not end well if this is the direction we are headed in. Yeah, I am worried…just my opinion.
First store I stopped at was a little shop where the money they make goes to the animal hospital in town.
There were paintings all over the building of animals, so adorable.
This store was filled with all kinds of collectibles from the past. But I was on the hunt for vintage Christmas decor. I needed some pick me up therapy shopping to get me out of the chaos we all had been putting up with in our state.
I kept walking around and then I came across a little room that was all Christmas and crafts…jackpot.
They had several stockings.
All kinds of mugs and glasses.
And lots of Santas. This was the store I found most of my wooden ornaments in.
The second store I went to also had all kinds of items to decorate with for the holidays.
There was a little wooden table in the back room that I fell in love with. You see, I was already getting distracted. Wasn’t I here for Christmas stuff?
When I walked to the back side to see it’s price I was shocked to see it was $200. It was the perfect size for a small space, just way out of my budget. I just can not see spending that much money on a tiny table. Most of the Christmas items I was picking up were .25 cents to $3 at the most.
Look at this, a dog stocking. Does anyone out there have a black poodle, if so, then this is the perfect gift for them. For one dollar?, wow, all that work, for one dollar.
I loved the little daisies on this trinket box. I think it could be from the 70’s.
There were all kinds of handmade items that reminded me of my Grandma’s crafts from long ago.
I always enjoy looking through the kitchen items.
I find unique storage containers for my craft china cabinet. Who says only cookies can go in a cookie jar?
I also find really pretty gifts for Christmas. I know some people are not really into second hand or vintage but more and more I see people coming over to my side of thinking. So much waste on this planet. Nothing wrong with gifting someone with a green gift. This pearl frame below would be beautiful with a bible verse, encouraging quote or a drawing. Again, who says only photos are allowed in frames. Being creative is the best part when gifting someone with a green gift.
This was turning out to be such a fun day of Christmas shopping. It was very quiet while I shopped because it was done on a weekday. At most of these shops I was the only one in the room. This has been the pattern it seems when ever I do go out once or twice a month to shop now, I always have open spaces and basically the whole stores to myself. I see crowds on local news station here in my city (peaceful protests) but I have been very happy to not be a part of big crowds.
Awww….look at this, I love nativities.
They also had a tree at one of the stores that was filled with artist ornaments that some of the Native Americans made to help make money for the animal hospital.
On the way out of one of the stores was a little booth where some local artist donated their handmade items to sell and make money for meals on wheels. Meals on wheels helps feed senior citizens that are house bound.
I love old prints in frames. My favorite from this bunch was the vase with the flower. Think it was under $20. This would be so pretty in a bedroom. The color blue is so striking.
Here in Arizona there is a lot of art that has to do with the old west like this saloon girl print.
This print reminded me of grandpas out there everywhere. A little girl out on the sea with her grandpa.
Wow, this was a busy chair, but it started to grow on me the more I shopped around this store. Reminds me of Disneyland when I was little. I don’t know why, it just does. I didn’t buy this chair, it doesn’t match my decor and my family would seriously think my chair problem was officially out of control if I brought this home.
But this chair was nice and I liked the wooden bucket that was next to it too.
So guess what I bought?
This Santa for $1. A little lamp from the 70’s-80’s I believe.
A tiny mouse for .25 cents.
A whole basket of wooden ornaments. I will have my yearly post on what I found this year to be posted in December for the blogmas.
This stocking, which I will be filling up with sweet treats, crossword puzzle books and cat themed toys for our neighbors. Stockings are also pretty ways to package gifts for anyone who doesn’t want to use bags or paper.
An adorable gum drop snowman ornament.
A paper angel.
Vintage cake toppers. They used to add all kinds of cute toys to holiday cakes and cupcakes.
A snowman box.
A vintage Christmas coloring book.
A pile of deer.
Three felt Santa’s. These were only .75 cents each.
This handmade angel ornament.
And the last handmade ornament I bought for the year was this little cow that came with it’s own tiny bell tied around it’s neck.
What I regret not buying?. Well not all these items in photos down below. But I still thought about them on the drive back home wondering if I should have bought them. Buyers remorse is something all vintage shoppers deal with when out there on the hunt. Keep scrolling down, there is more to see from this shopping trip.
This mask. I mean, come on, how funny would it be to walk into a store this Christmas wearing a Rudolf face mask. Might of been worth it for the laughs alone.
A beautiful blue angel candle holder. I should have bought it. It would have been so pretty on the dresser by my frames.
Wasn’t sure what these were suppose to end up as. There was nothing to hang them from so they weren’t ornaments. They are really funny looking though, but also a little creepy to be honest.
This boy and girl ceramic set was kind of cute, but again, they did not match my decor. I think they would look cute in a child’s room or a baby nursery as something unique and whimsical.
What a funny looking doll. This would make a great white elephant gift at one of those ugly Christmas sweater parties.
That’s it, is there anything here you would have bought? Whoops, one more thing. While we were driving out of town we got in a little bit of a traffic jam.
A bunch of geese were crossing the road to get to the other side of the lake. It was so cute.
Hope you all enjoyed this shopping trip with me. Christmas is right around the corner. This year we are keeping it very simple and all about memories, our favorite food treats, family, love ones and just thankful for every little gift that God gives us. Please stay safe out there, spread kindness. Love your neighbors and please pray for peace around the world and that my country becomes united because of right now while I write this, we are not.