Decor: Vintage Christmas ornaments

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Spruce up your tree with decades of charm using vintage ornaments. Giving a home to middle-aged Frostys or bulbous-nosed elves on string isn't just kind to the environment, it's also kind to your budget.

Flower Child (989 N. High St. in the Short North) is like Santa's workshop for vintage ornaments. Hundreds dangle from evergreen boughs throughout the rooms. There's a wide range of styles and prices, and most of the expensive porcelain pieces are in a cabinet near the front of the store. Be sure to ask the staff the story behind any ornament type you select; they probably know it and would love to tell it.

A visit to Heritage Square Antique Mall near Reynoldsburg (1865 Channingway Center Dr.) is worth the short trek on I-70. The sprawling location is a vintage hat- and jewelry-lover's dream store, and there are beloved Christmas Santas, trinkets and toys aplenty. This is the best place to go if you want classic handmade ornaments.

Hit up the Greater Columbus Antique Mall in German Village (1045 S. High St.) for fiberglass selections of various shapes and designs. It requires a bit of a scavenger hunt to find ornaments here, so head to the attic room first to find the best selection.

Other stores to scour include the Powell Liberty Antique Mall (22 N. Liberty St.), and Short North's Funky and Functional (685 N. High St.) and Grandview Mercantile (873 N. High St.).

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