Vintage Tablecloths

Sharing vintage tablecloths ~ and other vintage treasures that capture my attention. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Mid-Century Aluminum Tree!

 
 
 
So shiny & bright!
 
 
I love a real tree and nothing beats the smell of fresh pine,
but c'mon, I'm Virginia Retro ~ of course I own a vintage aluminum tree!
(tee hee)
 


Would you really not expect  an accompanying color wheel?
 
The color-wheel is an original, still turning perfectly after 50-60 years!
 
The sweet little handmade tree skirt was found at a local church rummage sale.
 
 
How sweet is this little guy?
 

and this vintage ornie?
It's huge!
 
But my favorite is..........
 

 
The one Mr. Retro & I bought at a craft show in 1980 ~
we were "dating".  Boy does that sound strange!   
Anyway, our first Christmas together.
 
It's one of those dough ornaments, amazingly still intact,
but see how it's darkening at the top of the heads?
 
I still love it and hope to figure out something to do to preserve it
from further deterioration.  Any suggestions?
 
 
Leaving you with a photo of my tablecloth ladder,
which doesn't come close to nicely fitting all my
Christmas tablecloths!
 
 
Linking to:
 
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
 
Happy Rednesday!


 
 
 

29 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, wow, I haven't seen an alum tree in years and years, except for Blogland and Pinterest! Love your vintage tree and ornaments. I went to check on the fig and rosebud, rosebud's still hanging on but the fig is gone! I looked on the ground and did not see it, so I think it was eaten! haha xo

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    1. I had trouble finding one and asked the members of the VTLC (Vintage Tablecloth Lovers Club) if anyone had one for sale. Sure enough, one of the members had one, in the original box, with the original color wheel! She boxed it all up and sent it across the country to me! :)

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  2. We had an aluminum tree when I was a kid. I didn't like them because we couldn't use lights. It's certainly retro though, Pam.

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    1. I go back and forth between this one and a real tree with lights, and love them both!

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  3. Pam, I LOVE your aluminum tree!!! I've been looking for one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg for so long! I'm hoping I'll come across one at a little old lady's garage sale. :)
    I was born in 1980. It made me smile seeing your first ornaments with your hubby. Very sweet!
    -Denise

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    1. I know I'm old Denise, but you were born in 1980? OMG, I feel ancient, LOL!

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  4. I love that tree-my Grandma had one with the color wheel too. Your tableclothes are awesome. Love how you have them displayed on the ladder.

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    1. Thanks so much! Obviously I think vintage tablecloths are awesome too!

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  5. Your tree is wonderful, and I'm totally in love with your tablecloth ladder.

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  6. Hi!! I'm new here, but I love your retro tree!! How tall is it? I have two myself. One is 4' and my darling baby is 2'. Both have vintage colorwheels! There are some pix of the larger tree on my blog. Maybe you'll hop over to take a peek!!!!

    RetroSandie

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    1. Hi & Welcome! I'll definitely come visit. The tree is 6 feet tall. It came with lots of extra branches, so Mr. Retro is thinking of drilling some extra holes in the pole (for next year) so we can make it fuller.

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  7. I love the tree! I've been trying to find one. :-)

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    1. eBay always has them, but sometimes pricey.

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  8. SQuueee! I'm *dying* --that is so stinkin' cool! Yes, real trees are nice and all but that little vintage aluminium is PRICELESS - love it!! :)

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  9. I have 1 too but not an awesome tree skirt like that.

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  10. I love your tree Pam! Aren't they just magical? I bought my first aluminum tree off of Ebay about a month ago. I think I got a good deal for $50 including shipping. And then the other day my sister and mom surprised me with a second tree!
    My sister also gave me one of my x-mas presents early, and it was my first x-mas tablecloth! I'll show it on my blog soon. I'm sure you already have it!
    I LOVE how you have displayed them on the ladder!
    Sorry about the long comment! lol
    Happy Holidays :)
    Erica

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    1. Two of them! Thats fab Erica! Can't wait to see your Christmas tablecloth! Comments can never be too long. :)

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  11. One of my girlfriends and I lived next door to each other for eight years when I was small - she's three years older - and I pretty much learned about life from her. She told me there was no Santa! Anyway, her family had an aluminum tree, I remember it to this day. So fun to see yours!

    I've got quite a few dough ornaments too, most from craft fairs - how wonderful yours, which celebrates your relationship, has lasted. (some of mine have fallen apart and others are fine)

    You lucky, to have so many vintage Christmas cloths! Love them!

    Sally xo

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    1. Mr. Retro grew up with an aluminum tree too. Never in million years would we have had one at my house growing up. We always had a real "Charlie Brown" looking tree!

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  12. Aaaaaaagh! I love that tree (well of course I do. I have one very similar). I am on the lookout for a ladder to display some of my vintage tablecloths from my ever growing collection. It such a cute way to show them off!

    Happy Holidays,

    Erica

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  13. Pam I have a kindred spirit here!!!!!Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I LOVE your tree too ofcourse. I purchased a big color wheel years ago but it was to big for my tree-it was meant for one that is 6'tall. I love the tree shirt, I need a vintage one. Have a super day.
    Ann

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  14. We had one like this for several years. But no longer. Should have kept it based on the price they are now. However, it is hard to keep everything. The old saying, what goes around come around. Seems to be true in this case.

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  15. I love love love your tree! It looks great!

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  16. Okay, do you see my face? Yes, that is the look of envy for that vintage silver tree! I know, it ain't pretty! LOL Great finds! Thank you for sharing at TTF. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. Wow I am also envious of you and the alum tree and the color wheel!! Gorgeous. How fun to have your first ornament from when you were dating! Hugs, Linda

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  18. Love your aluminum tree! Looks very similar to the one I just posted about. I just wish I had one of those colour wheels~ so cool! And your tree skirt is adorable! Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Completely and utterly enchanting!

    I would love an aluminum tree.

    Have a holly jolly day.

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  20. An aluminum tree? that is so awesome! It looks great!

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