The New Year is a time of celebration, fresh starts, and nostalgia for sweet memories of bygone days. Surround yourself with a piece of the vintage past this New Year with a vintage collectible from Ruby Lane. We have your collectible vintage idea guide right here for creative and warm ambiance, and a festive feel this New Year. Our shops are brimming with New Year’s magic!
A Whimsical Vintage Tasha Tudor Coffee Table Book: No one can do holidays like Tasha Tudor. Illustrated with her ethereal, autobiographical watercolors, this book includes wonderful ways to celebrate the holidays, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Not everyday is a holiday in this book, but almost. Tasha Tudor lived a simple life in Vermont and is known for her charming, feel-good illustrations. She measured time by cups of tea, and lived at her own pace. She is the perfect person to get to know in the coming year.
Vintage Little Black Dress: This is the kind of little black dress we might see Della Street wear on a New Year’s Eve date with Perry Mason. These dresses exude simplicity synced with sophistication. They have their own bling!
Vintage New Year’s Decorations: They shimmer with metallic glitz, noisemakers, streamers, party hats, all the iconic New Year’s must have artifacts, just waiting for their big night. These date from the mid 20th century, and have rung in nearly 50 New Year’s Days. It would be fun to scatter them around a table set with vintage 60s china and silver. A video of Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976) could play in the background.
Unique New Year’s Jewelry: This unusual brooch in gold would be gorgeous pinned to a velvet evening bag, worn to a New Year’s Eve dinner that features shrimp scampi and champagne.The wings move and tremble, and would fly just as happily on the lapel of an evening jacket, the wrist of a white evening glove, or the shoulder of a silk and beaded gown. The little fly looks an awful lot like an antique Dresden fly ornament. Several of these pins, or a collection of gold pins from the same era attached to a broad, black velvet ribbon would look wonderful hanging from a window sill or curtain rod.
Vintage Recipes for New Year’s Eve: This little vintage cookbook has color illustrations and over 900 recipes, with menu suggestions in each chapter as well as hints for holiday decorating and table centerpieces. It is 286 pages long. New Year’s Eve is a time for nostalgia and Auld Lang Syne as we remember not only the past year, but the years before that. What better way to reflect on old times than with the vintage recipes for snacks and party food you can find in this vintage cookbook.
Vintage New Year’s Post Cards: Chromolithography made it possible for anyone to own a charming piece of Victorian art for pennies. The greeting card industry ran with it, and so did the advertising industry, which produced wonderful, highly collectible trade cards and post cards. Their products may have been advertised, but their beautiful images like this Baby New Year are the real focus of attention. Imagine a garland of these circling a shiny, silver aluminum Christmas Tree, hung with gold and silver stars and moons. Underneath, a large bottle of champagne chilling in its own silver vessel, contrasted with a vintage piece of “cloth of gold”, neat vintage lame fabric turned table cloth. Cheers!!
Baby Dolls: Baby New Year was born in Ancient Greece, when an infant was paraded around in a basket to welcome the New Year. There were popular engravings depicting Baby New Year in the arms of Father Time, and Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Baby New Year created another holiday cultural icon. A grouping of baby dolls, Kewpies, cherubs, By-Lo Babies, Dream Babies, character babies, Dydee Babies, Frozen Charlies and other baby and toddler dolls grouped together would make a great New Year’s display. They could wear little felt top hats, hold party favors, silver rattles and carry silver and gold lamè blankies.
Whiting and Davis Glamour: Whiting Davis also made stunning silver mesh evening bags with rhinestone studded clasps. They make wonderful accessories for a night out on the town, or a tasteful display for New Year’s Eve décor. They would be displayed among Waterford and other lead crystal glasses, dishes, and sculptures filled with vintage gold and silver mercury glass balls and garlands of various sizes. They could be left partially open, and vintage white milliner’s flowers and silk orchids and lilies could spill out. Antique dolls and mannequins dressed in winter white might also hold a Whiting Davis bag or two for effect. The vintage Whiting and Davis gold scarves on Ruby Lane AMAZE!!
Traditional Etrennes New Year’s Games: The tradition of Etrennes, or New Year’s Gifts, has produced amazing gifts of dolls, toys, and games for the New Year’s. A large Etrennes poster featuring these gifts used to adorn the wall of Monica’s and Rachel’s apartment in Friends. In many Spanish speaking countries, and in Greece, gifts are exchanged on New Year’s Eve, in honor of the Magi. This lottery game is typical of the pastimes enjoyed on New Year’s. Vintage board games of all sorts might be exchanged, then played on New Year’s Day. Antique and vintage doll dressing and sewing sets, and dolls with wardrobes would be a lot of fun to share with collectors. Vintage Polly Pockets, PeeWees, Dolly Darlings, Liddle Kiddles, and similar dolls with accessories are fun ways to introduce kids to collecting, along with a copy of Shari Lewis’ wonderful book, Things Kids Collect. Coins, especially collector’s coins, are fun little gifts to hide in old and vintage ornaments and candy boxes that open. Hang them amid the branches of the Christmas Tree for kids to find during New Year’s Eve when the TV shows, countdowns, and ball games might be too much for them!
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