This year, though, I decided to forego the big purchase and try to keep some of the money in savings in case something weird comes up (and with a house built in 1939, something almost always does). I couldn't resist spending some of it, though, on little odds and ends that are making me exceedingly happy.
First, I found these pretty little vintage lustreware fish and bubbles, which are right at home with my vintage mermaid plaque collection on the dining room wall. They're wonderfully sparkly. I already had a set of 3 of these in blue, and it's nice to also have the pink.
These jolly little fellows are vintage ceramic gnomes that I placed right smack in the center of my gnome garden. They weren't expensive at all, but I have to confess that right now, they're my favorite gnomes of all.
I have a total jones for Norcrest bluebirds and owls, and I've collected the ceramic figurines for a while now. Recently I came across two wonderful sets of vintage ceramic bluebird wall plaques, and I absolutely can't wait to get them hung in the living room. I got a really good deal on both sets. This is the one I like best.
So, yeah, I really do love vintage 1950s ceramic ... stuff. And as always, I firmly believe that volume is a good thing when it comes to almost any collectible. Why have 3 bluebirds fluttering on the wall when you can have 6 instead? When it comes to quirky decor (or what some uninformed, ignorant individuals might term "clutter," gasp!), less is less and more is always MORE. Believe it.