I love a good vintage Santa.
I love this one in particular because he brings back old Christmas memories.
My mom has one just like this little felted guy.
I'm pretty sure my dad found him at someone's curb.
He was elevated to a new status on our TV at Christmas.
I picked up mine in an antique store with a box of vintage Christmas goodies
maybe two years ago.
I've seen this little elfin Santa in other antique shops marked as high as $100.
He only stands about two inches tall.
Here he is with a slightly taller Santa from Occupied Japan.
(There were also some celluloids, ornaments, German composites,
papier mache items, and other old delights in the box).
Who couldn't love that face?
Or the tinged brown beard?
This one comes with glittered transportation.
How did I acquire the box?
Be kind to the people selling.
This particular person had another offer from an antique dealer.
He turned down her higher offer
because he knew she would just turn around and sell them again.
He offered me the whole box for just a fraction of her original offer.
He just wanted someone to appreciate them as much as he did.
AND honor the fact that he spent a long time collecting his pieces.
And, most importantly, he wanted little kids to see them again at Christmas,
not be holed up in someone's fancy store display case.
(Even if they're TV toppers).
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