To kids growing up in the Boston area in the 60's, the Christmas season was highlighted by
an annual pilgrimage into the city. We would get dressed up and take the train to see the lights on Boston Common and tour the huge, animated Enchanted Village display in the upper story of the Jordan Marsh store. Christmas shopping in the city, seeing Santa and getting an ice cream at the old Bailey's Ice Cream Parlour made for memorable finishing touches on those beloved, special days
of pre-Christmas anticipation.
It's hard to replicate the thrill of childhood joys from simpler times. When you find a place that gives you something close to that sense of innocence, it's easy to return. That sense of delight is precisely why I began to treat myself to a vintage holiday item each year at Heaven on Earth Antiques, a tiny antique shop in the heart of the town of Sherborn. Owner, Sarah Noss creates a detailed holiday extravaganza that takes me back to some of the sweetest moments of childhood wonder.
It's an adult version of the Enchanted Village!
She goes all out and loads every surface with darling vintage vignettes that range from old and rare Victorian to fun and funky Mid-Century atomics. My personal favorites change every year, but the scandanavian woodens and elves are especially dear. Partly due to my heritage and partly because I believe this is where Santa REALLY comes from!
Sarah is very knowledgeable about vintage and antique Christmas. I've learned a lot by following her around the shop and listening as she talks about the treasures within!
These two pine cone elves come from two different places: the one on the left is the more familiar one that has become popular and collectible in recent years (thank you, Martha Stewart) - I believe this one was made in Japan, The one on the right, however, is from Italy and hard to find.
Another weakness of mine: vintage angels. Naturally, they abound in Heaven on Earth!
I might need to go back and get her. Look at the light in her torso!
Gorgeous vintage holiday graphics.
Unique His and Hers decorative felt gloves.
Wonderful Vintage Classic Ornaments .... which I buy to create ...
... heirloom glass ornament wreaths: this one is currently on sale at the shop. It is covered in aged pastel ornaments and features a rare, vintage purple printed ball (about 8 o'clock). Sarah began carrying my wreaths a few years ago.
Last season, she began carrying some of my holiday spun cotton pieces. The angel on the tree (left) and Wish Fairy (right) are currently for sale!
A family of deer.
That ceramic tree everyone had in their homes in the 70's!