Since I'm now up to close to 20 Nativity scenes, I've become choosy about bringing another one home, even if it costs only a quarter. Thus, when I spied a Nativity scene with that price tag at a thrift store last week, I hesitated. Yes, it is vintage, but is plastic. None of my other Nativities are, so I wasn't sure how it would look next to them.
But after all, the price was minuscule, so I bought it:
This is about 7" long and about 5" high, and was made in Hong Kong. I'm not sure how old it is, maybe from the 1960's?
I suppose it straddles the line between vintage-tacky and vintage-cool, but I'll lean on the side of the latter! It was the profusion of detailed palm trees that sold me on this piece:
The shepherd seen above shows some wear, as does Joseph, but other than that the Nativity is in fine shape. (tried to take a close-up of the Holy Family but they didn't photograph well).
Happily, this set goes along just fine with a grouping of fair-trade Nativity scenes:
The other Nativities seen in the photo are made of materials like wood, clay, and a nut (the tiny object seen at the base of the plastic Nativity). They are all charming in their own right - but I'm glad I brought home that vintage plastic one!