No Time like the Present: Repurposing Christmas Decorations


It may be a new year, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to salvage from the old one! In fact, a thrifty shopper can find some great deals out there, if she's fleet-footed, discerning, and plans ahead. So today I thought I'd show you a few of the post-Christmas sale finds I'd gotten in non-thrift stores, to squirrel away for the next holiday season-- and to repurpose for everyday decor!

One thing I'd become fascinated with in the past few years were glass tree-topper style decorations. So, with markdowns of up to 75% off in stores like Michaels and Target, now was really the time to get them...


I went with silver, because they reminded me most of the old mercury Christmas ornaments. The little forest above was accumulated from a couple of different stores.

I couldn't resist this cloche tree. The Victorians were so big on displaying things under these domes, so this somehow seemed just right at home in my house...


Here are a couple of purple and silver tree-topper-type stars from Tarjjjjay...


Then at K-Mart, I picked up this richly-done tree skirt for my bedroom. That room has a lot of Eastern/Indian influence in it, so I think this will go around my faux potted palm which I decorate with ornaments...


I also got a number of post-Christmas bottle brush trees, which otherwise would have been entirely too pricey for me... I love their vintage look, but I don't see why such small items need to be so costly.


And my friend Scoobie let me take photos of her discounted angel and Christmas stocking in icy blue and brown. She'd had her eye on these before Christmas, and was pleased to find them so on sale after the holiday...

But it's always good to remember that Christmas decor doesn't always have to be used for Christmas. In fact, more and more there are interesting items for Christmas that work really well in a Victorian home, year-round, or repurposed for other holidays.

For instance, these pretty crystalline glass flowers, intended to decorate a tree or wreath, look lovely in a vase, long after Christmas...


And choose wisely, and some Christmas decor works equally well for Valentine's Day! Like this tree from Target. Intended for Christmas, the circular metallic leaves will be just as appropriate for the holiday o' hearts...


In fact, I was seeing things already in the stores very similar to this, only without the Christmas label. Why not reuse and repurpose?

Depending on your color scheme, so many Christmas items can be used for other things throughout the year....

  • Plain red tablecloths and placemats from Christmas work equally well at Valentine's Day or the Fourth of July, depending on what other colors you pair them with.
  • Candles can be used at any time!
  • Having trouble finding hunter green? Not at Christmas! Throws, pillows, handtowels-- even curtains-- become easier to find in specific colors around the holidays.
  • And don't forget, you can use that green for St. Patrick's Day, as well!

Yes, it always helps to think flexibly when you hit the post-Christmas sales. I'm particularly fond of textiles from this time of year, because things tend to be made in more luxurious fabrics-- velvets, jacquards, brocades and tapestries-- which say Christmas to some, but Victoriana to me!

Ah, as the Christmas decorations come down, the house suddenly seems so empty... And that's why I'll be getting started soon on my Valentine's Day mantle and tablescape. I did this last year, and it really helped to wash away the winter "blahs." It gave me something cheerful to look at until the trees began to bud and the grass began to green.

You can see the box of decorations just waiting to find their place...


Of course, I'll keep you all in the loop on how that comes along!!


And otherwise I hope to see you this coming Wednesday, when take a peek and what's in this week's Treasure Box!

16 comments:

Down Comforter said...

So many great finds!!! I especially love the mercury glass items :)

Da Old Man said...

Your decorating is like a full time job. It sure puts my efforts to shame. Though, how much effort is it for me to put out one of those dopey holiday flags?

Great post, as usual.

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Down Comforter- Thanks! I'm pretty excited about them myself. :) They'll be a treat for next year, once I've put them away and forgotten about them.

Da Old Man- Hey, I bet your neighbors come to wait for the next holiday flag! It's probably tradition.

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Beautiful finds and creations!

Melanie said...

Great finds. Too early to be thinking about Valentine's day though.

Sweet Somethings by Lois said...

Lucky you Jenn!
Don't you just love it when you find things at a great price? Lucky Scoobie....getting something that she saw before Christmas on sale after and being able to sweep it up into her arms.
I just love the glass tree toppers.
I think that the silver colour shows off the contours of each piece better than a gold colour would.
Lois

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Delilah- Thanks!

Melanie- Nah, it gets so empty-looking, I don't mind having the Valentine's Day stuff up early. It's cheery to me.

Lois- I liked the silver over the gold myself. It just seemed more timeless somehow. And yes, these post-Christmas sales are great-- plus it's like a big surprise all over again when Christmas comes and I've forgotten what I bought and put away!

Andrea said...

So pretty! I find myself looking for the most expensive Christmas cards and paper AFTER Christmas, because I refuse to pay the original prices. I'm like you Jenn, I love the rich fabrics!!
Your Valentine decorating will give me the boost I need. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do to your cozy nest!!

chyna said...

I actually bought stuff for my wedding at those after-Christmas sales. No my colors weren't red and green but honestly who cares if the unity candle is peppermint scented? I think we got flowers too for the bouquets.

Contessa Kris said...

I love all the silver tree toppers! What beautiful decorations they will be all grouped together next year. I'm anxious to see your valentine decorations. I need to put some up this year. What is it about going straight to valentine decorating? I guess there are no holidays to celebrate in January. I do love Valentines too. I've been making some things this week for it! Glad I found your blog.

Ms. A said...

I have to say that I use tree toppers and a way to hide things. You can stash valuables under them -- or things you don't want others to find. I don't like to keep all of my jewelry in one place, in case someone breaks in -- I don't want them to find my stuff that easily!

Those fancy tree skirts make charming capes for little girls too!

I always think of TSR when I go back to the stores after Christmas and see all the decor items marked down...

Let's remember that all the blue and white and red and white stuff can be part of the decor on the fourth of July!

goodwillnne said...

I linked to this post in our entry yesterday! Thanks for the great ideas!

Michelle, Goodwill of Northern New England

www.goodwillnne.org/blog

Lana Gramlich said...

I LOVE those glass flowers. So pretty!

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Let's remember that all the blue and white and red and white stuff can be part of the decor on the fourth of July!

niartist said...

I too shop for bargains after Christmas, and it's funny, I have those crystalline flowers!!! I put them in my peacock tree, which I plan on putting up on the blog pretty soon. Hope you can come by and check it out! :)