. . . went shopping for vintage ornaments and found these pretty ones to decorate Darlington House's Christmas tree . . . next year.
Yesterday was a snowy day in the Hudson River Valley, so, rather than brave the drive up to Darlington House after work in less-than-pleasant conditions, we decided to spend the night in the city and take in the current exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and drive up to the house today under more salubrious circumstances.
On our way up we stopped at a three-level-barn-of-an-antiques-group "shoppe" that was having a post-Christmas 50% off sale of holiday decorations, and we picked up the vintage ornaments you see here to add to our collection. For eight dollars. That's right: eight dollars! Of course we had to search through the center's decidedly mixed offerings to come up with this selection, pawing through piles of hideous ornaments to assemble this assortment of lovelies. So it took some work. But what a pretty group of ornaments we found!
Some of Reggie's readers mistakenly believe that he only frequents carriage trade purveyors of the highest quality that only stock expensive goods and merchandise. Not so—he loves a good bargain, and he is quite happy to search amongst the dross to find one, particularly when it comes to pretty vintage Christmas ornaments. He recommends that his readers shop high and low—as he does—when decorating their houses for the holiday. And once Christmas has come and gone, bargains are to be had!
Now is the time to visit your local antiques malls and group "shoppes" to buy vintage ornaments to decorate your tree next year. Not only will you be rewarded with steep discounts versus what you would have to pay in the days leading up to Christmas, but you can also set the stage for ridding your house—once and for all—of the odious Retail Red that Reggie so abhors.
Photograph By Boy Fenwick