By Karen Parr-Moody
On the heels of its Holiday Open House on Nov. 20, GasLamp Antiques and Decorating Mall is now full of seasonal items. In addition to the always amazing selection of antiques and collectibles, many vendors have decorating their booths with seasonal décor. Here, a glimpse at what is on display:
Just in time for Christmas, here comes Santa Claus in the form of a large figure from Booth B-2028 (photo, right, $275). Dating to the 1950s, the jolly old man is in excellent condition, with a molded plastic face, cotton suit, and shiny black boots and belt. Perfect for sitting by the fireplace, or for placing under a covered porch. Booth B-2028 1950s Santa.
As always, interior designer Jason Parker Counce’s booth is simply teeming with seasonal goodies. There are original Holiday "Folk Art" Santas, snowmen, angels, and elves, along with all manner of vintage finds. His one-of-a-kind ornaments feature elves and Santas on snowballs. And then there are the one-of-a-kind snowmen, as seen in the photo, left, trimmed in vintage adornments and covered in mica snowflakes ($65, Booth B-309).
This flirty little reindeer, right, will look great with any holiday décor. She has “I Dream Of Jeannie” eyes, and a bit of a flirty look. This vintage cutie has a “made in Japan” tag, and it is very much in the style of Japanese Christmas décor from days gone by ($12, Booth B-115). Of course, what Christmas would be complete without fabulous, vintage ornaments. There are a number of these scattered through the malls. The ones here are sold separately and range in price from $4 to $4.95.
Have a Technicolor Christmas with this complete “tree pack” set, left, in the original box, from Paragon Glassworks, Inc., from Lewiston, Maine. These mercury glass ornaments were originally sold to decorate “your aluminum tree” back during the ‘50s and ‘60s. What an assortment! For $250 at Jason Parker Counce Designs, Booth B-309.
These are the classic, figural Santa head mugs (right). They were made in Japan for Brinn’s of Pittsburgh, an upscale department store that began operations in the 1950s. Cups like these, in good condition, are hard to find. Here, you have a choice: Get a Santa with one eye open, or with one eye closed in a wink! For $15 each, at HomeGoods, Booth B-311.
Ho, ho, ho! The vintage Santa sign, left, is an unusual piece found by antiques dealer Chris Freeman ($75; B-109). Made out of metal, his hat, beard and mustache are painted on. These vintage Santa surely captures the joy and magic of an old fashioned Christmas, and would look fabulous hung on someone’s front door.
A bounty of ornaments simply dazzle against the dark green tree in Booth B-219 at right. A close up photo reveals just a few of the many ornaments, which range in price from $4 to $6. There are crocheted ornaments, St. Nicholas figurines, lace snowflakes, hand-painted mercury glass, and even aPutz style house.
At Booth W-420, guests can witness the glamour of a White Christmas by perusing the color palettes of white and silver (below, left). This vintage, painted vanity ($280) has been dressed up with silver mesh bows ($10), gold nests ($3), miniature pitchers ($5), and pearl candle rings ($6).