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How to Find European Glass Ornaments for your Christmas Tree
There’s something particularly beautiful about buying European glass ornaments—the attention to detail, the delicate patterns, the understated design. It makes sense—Europe has been celebrating Christmas tree decorations longer than anyone, so they’ve had time to turn ornaments into fine art. But if you’re a collector looking for some beautiful European glass ornaments, where do you go to find them?


It depends on what part of the country you live in, for starters. If you live in the south, particularly in North Texas, you might be familiar with Horchows (and Horchow Finals), a store which sells upscale bedding, furniture, and other home goods for steep discounts. Around the holidays, Horchows extends its collection of European imports to include European ornaments as well, many in lavish golds or silks. If you live in the Boston area, however, Filene’s Basement will be a household name in the world of discounted European clothing, shoes, accessories and yes, Christmas ornaments as well. And New Yorkers will be familiar with Daffy’s, the discount store that sells Italian and British fashions for a third of what they should: they have an entire basement full of decorations and ornaments as soon as Halloween is over


If you’re noticing a trend here, you’re right—stores that tend to deal primarily in selling lavish designer clothing at bargain basement prices usually have lavish European Christmas decorations for sale as well. Christmas ornaments that you would normally only see in London, Paris, or Rome can be found for a fraction of the price. And even more humble glass ornaments from Europe can be found in Ross, Marshall’s, or T.J. Maxx if you look carefully.


But if bargain basement hunting isn’t your style, there are more than enough online websites that sell European Christmas ornaments as well. One of these is Garden Goods, a website (and store) that primarily deals with lawns, gardens, and the outdoors. Every Christmas, Garden Goods stocks many different types of glass European Christmas ornaments, such as glass bird ornaments, glass bulb ornaments, and even glass fruit and vegetable ornaments, like the ones that used to decorate European Christmas trees over a hundred years ago.


Other times, you may want to look up a particular European company’s website directly if you’re looking for rare and one-of-a-kind ornaments. The House of Faberge, for example, sells miniature replicas of their famous Faberge eggs as Christmas ornaments. You can browse through their online catalogue and see what is available, and one your order they will ship your ornaments directly to you. The same goes for the crystal ornaments produced by Ireland’s Waterford Crystal. These are such popular ornaments now that they can be found in practically every online Christmas store nowadays.


As a last ditch attempt, online sites like eBay and Craigslist always have listing for ornaments around Christmastime. A lot of people don’t know the value of European ornaments, so you can get very lucky if you’re willing to spend the time looking through the listings.