Monday, December 7, 2015

Thrifty Acres: Another Nativity Scene

Hello! I have a small Nativity collection. It consists of a Fontanini (an Italian company) set and a variety of smaller Nativities that were either gifts, handcrafted by me or found as secondhand. 

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!

1 comment:

  1. I love this new nativity set! How cool! I think all the palm trees would've sold me on it too!