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The Art of Buying Old Christmas Ornaments

There's no reason to rush out to the store to purchase Christmas ornaments. If you want something that is a little different from the latest ideas to decorate your tree this year, consider purchasing some old Christmas tree ornaments. Not only will your tree have a new look, but you also have the chance to find some really interesting ornaments. Here are some ideas on how to buy old Christmas tree ornaments from several different outlets.

Where Should I Look?

Make a list of possible venues for purchasing old Christmas tree ornaments. Your list may include such options as estate sales, yard sales, flea markets, and online auction sites. Knowing where to look for old ornaments will help you prepare for the next factor you need to define.

What Do I Need?

Identify the type of ornaments you want to purchase. Perhaps you want to look for whimsical ornaments that resemble children's toys. Another possibility would be hand made ornaments. Maybe you have visions of acquiring enough gold or silver ornaments to create a monochromatic look for your tree this year. Having some idea of what type of Christmas ornaments you want to acquire will speed up your search considerably.

How Much Can I Spend?

Set a budget for purchasing the old ornaments and stick to it. Unless you are independently wealthy, chances are you cannot afford to make purchases without checking the price tag. Establishing a limit on your spending will help you decide if a given ornament is worth the price.

Determine standards for your purchases. Do you want to buy old Christmas ornaments that can be used as is, or are you willing to make purchases that may require some cleaning or repair. The answer to this question will also help to give your search a little more focus.

Be patient with your search. Because it is possible to purchase ornaments all year long, you do not have to buy a huge amount of ornaments at one time. Enjoy hitting yard sales and other venues on weekends and gradually build your collection as you go.


Check local classified ads in the newspaper for multiple family yard sales. If a phone number is included, call in advance and ask if old Christmas ornaments are among the items offered for sale. Don't purchase anything that you are not a hundred percent sure you will enjoy. Part of the fun of buying old Christmas ornaments is that there are always more to be found later on.

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CoralLevang wrote on December 16, 2015, 11:44 AM

During the summers, I find that there are many getting rid of Christmas decorations.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 16, 2015, 5:06 PM

Goodwill store and also Pinterest. Folks on Pinterest like to pin vintage stuff and folks who donate to Goodwill give away a lot of great old stuff!