Welcome, festive friends to our “The Best 10 Tips for Christmas Head Vase Collecting Magic.” guide. This treasure trove of expert advice will guide you through the enchanting world of vintage Christmas head vases, manufactures to look for like Relpo, Napco, Lefton, Inarco, secrets when shopping to help you build a stunning collection that exudes holiday charm and nostalgic delight.
Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, these tips will equip you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to make your collection sparkle with festive cheer. So, put on your Santa hat, and let’s dive into the magical realm of Christmas head vase collecting!
As a long-time follower of my blog, you’re aware of my passion for vintage mid-century kitsch, particularly vintage Christmas items! My collection of vintage Christmas head vases and planters began with a charming 1950s Rubens skater girl (pictured above) wearing a vibrant red outfit, gold antlers, and a sleigh full of gifts on candy cane runners. Likely crafted in Japan, where most ceramics were produced, this captivating planter sparked my ever-growing collection.
Today was the annual Spring antique fair in the wine country town of Petaluma. The event is all out doors and features around 180 dealer booths and over 8,000 shoppers!! The fair has something for everyone from estate jewelry, furniture, linens, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, tin toys, Mid-Century Modern, books and a variety of collectibles. The weather called for rain and it sprinkled a bit but all in all the weather was really great; partly sunny, breezy, mid 60s.
We arrived a little after 9:30am and the fair already had a steady flow of shoppers. This is one of my favorite fairs as the dealers usually are friendly, negotiable on their prices and they offer to package up your goodies too.
Below are some pictures of the fair and pictures of the treasures we found. I couldn’t believe when I came upon the antique Majolica oyster plate or the PY Ucagco bluebird wall plaques, the pretty little vintage Christmas headvase, the adorable little boy vintage egg timer, the vintage Bradley pink sea horse wall plaques and even the little Art Deco Golliwog perfume bottle… wow! I still can’t believe my good fortune to find all these treasures!! My husband too scored some mint condition vintage cameras from a collector that has over 500 vintage cameras in his personal collection. I am so thankful to have a husband that enjoys antique fairs and antiquing in general with me as it is a great way to spend time together and really enjoy each other’s company!!
Don’t you just love those colorful figural decorative items from the 1940s-1960s? You know, the post WW II mostly Made in Japan collectibles that decorate our homes today just like they did back in the day? There is a whole collecting genre of vintage measuring spoons and holders. I don’t know why this surprised me as there are pretty much collectors for everything you can think of so measuring spoon holders isn’t that strange at all. Vintage measuring spoon holders are delightfully whimsical and extremely functional still today. You can find vintage measuring spoon holders in various forms of lady head vases, chefs and cooks, flower pots, chickens, roosters and hens, fruits, clowns, bears, owls, frogs, you name it. You can place these functional collectibles on your kitchen counters and stoves and even hang them on your walls. You will find vintage measuring soon holders primarily made from chalkware, ceramic, and plastic. Most are very colorful and highly glazed. You can pick these up at garage sales, thrift shops, flea markets, eBay, and antiques & collectibles stores from $15-$75. Vintage measuring spoon holders are cute, charming, colorful, and functional so why not add one or more to your kitchen!!