9 places to find aluminum Christmas trees — vintage and reproduction

retro Aluminum-Christmas TreeWith the holiday season fast approaching, it won’t be long before it is time to put up the decorations. Other than a live Christmas tree, a retro aluminum tree — like reader BusyBhive’s tree, above, from our uploader Tinselmania: 73 vintage aluminum Christmas trees — is one of the most authentically vintage ways to decorate for the holidays. Golly, do we love our aluminum Christmas trees! Unless you are lucky enough to have one that’s been in the family for years, you’ll have to do a little searching to locate one of these tinsel beauties. I’ve scoured the internet and racked my brain to bring you this list of 9 places to find vintage and reproduction aluminum Christmas trees to add a little — no, a lotta! — sparkle to your holiday decor.

Please note, my list only includes real aluminum trees – not tinsel ones or ones made from plastic with some sort of tinsel coating.

1960s-pom-pom-treeAbove: Reader MrsErinD’s retro 60′s aluminum tree.

Where to find new reproduction aluminum Christmas trees

Yuletide-Expressions-Aluminum Christmas trees1. Yuletide Expressions — drats, now out of business:

This seems to be the best place online to find new reproduction aluminum Christmas trees. But you better act quickly. I emailed the company asking for more information and the sad story is — they have stopped production of these fantastic reproduction aluminum trees at their plant in Cooperstown, North Dakota. They will be selling off their remaining stock and once it is gone — it’s gone forever.

There are two styles — the classic aluminum Christmas trees and slimline aluminum Christmas trees — which are each available in several sizes from four- to nine-feet tall. Yuletide Expressions also offers replacement parts for their trees and color wheels to help you achieve the complete retro holiday experience. Another fun treat –they seem to have found a vintage Alcoa guide to decorating your aluminum Christmas tree <– and they have made it available as a handy downloadable guide.

Yuletide Expressions trees are also available through their resellers — Oak Tree Vintage and Elements Gifts and Decor — two more places to look for the remaining stock of these aluminum trees.

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2. Amazon

On Amazon, I could find just one Genuine Aluminum Christmas tree available (shown above). It is less expensive than any offered by Yuletide Expressions, but note, the reviews are mixed about the quality of this tree. I also can’t find anything in the description or reviews about where this tree is made.

Where to find authentic vintage aluminum Christmas trees

Alexander-Girard-ornaments3. Ebay

There are — of course — a wealth of vintage aluminum Christmas trees to be had on Ebay. Many different styles, heights, colors and branch types — For example: Vintage Pom Poms, like reader Drew’s above, are hot hotter hottest. While there are still some bargains to be had on Ebay, be prepared to shell out some of the green stuff — some vintage trees can fetch several hundred dollars at auction.

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4. Etsy

A variety of vintage aluminum trees can also be found on etsy.com, and you bypass the frustrations of an auction. Once again, sizes, colors, styles and price points vary widely.Above: Reader modshawn found his gorgeous vintage hunka metal on etsy.

 

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The hunt: Estate sales, yard sales, vintage shops, Craigslist & “Mom’s attic”

I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing blogger Uncle Atom probably got his aluminum Christmas tree (above) from one of these sources. There are some real deals to be had on vintage aluminum Christmas trees — most likely you will find the best deals available when you are on the prowl at estate sales, yard sales, vintage shops, craigslist and everybody’s favorite — family attics and basements. The best time to do your aluminum tree hunting in the off season — when prices aren’t driven up by holiday demand and folks are doing their annual house purges.

Pam adds that, while she generally does not go to estate sales early (because she has way more than “enough” stuff already, if you are on the hunt specifically for vintage Christmas, this might be a reason to get up early, grab a cuppa and get in line. Conversely, though, in the dead of summer, when folks just aren’t in the holiday mood, she often sees vintage Christmas decorations still available in the final hours of the sale at half-price, or better. Throw everything in a big box and ask very very nicely, “How much?” and you might be surprised by the price you are quoted to take the stuff off the estate sale organizer’s hands.

No matter where you find your vintage (or new) aluminum Christmas tree — REMEMBER — these types of trees were not made for electric lights. Remember: NOELNO Electric Lights on aluminum Christmas trees.

Readers — Do you have an aluminum Christmas tree?
Where did you find yours?

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Comments

  1. John Taylor says

    Hey I am going to purchase a LED Color Party Bulb for mine in a bit and I found them at the Home Depot. I hope this helps. jt

  2. Dawn says

    I purchased mine OFF season on Ebay for 50 bucks. It wasnt spectacular but it was nice enough. I will get another nicer one some day but for now it will do. I looked for a looooong time and I found the prices were MUCH more reasonable (Of coruse!) over the summer.

  3. Angela says

    After an unsuccessful vintage search last year (couldn’t find anything in my price range that was in good or better condition), I picked up a new aluminum tree from craig’s list. It’s gllooooorrrrrrrrrious. And for ten bucks, I can overlook the fact it’s not “original.” ;)

  4. Eleanor Joy says

    I bought an awesome 6′ aluminum reproduction from eBay seller “pointonepremiums” for just $60! Shipping was free!

  5. Nancy says

    I bought a tree and color wheel at auction a few years ago. The wheel is great, and is why I bid on the lot. The “tree” is basically branches with pom poms, poorly stored, rather crushed. Anyone know of a way to “fluff” these? I’m on the verge of just tossing them, but thought I’d check first.

  6. Soozie Bea says

    My mum had a green and silver and my grandma had a silver. They always seemed so sophisticated – like the song Silver Bells.

    I’d given up and bought an optic fibre and tinsel one two years ago.

    I still dream of the Silver Bells Trees.

    :-)

  7. VICKI CARTER says

    I have looked all summer for one and not one to had so far at an Estate sale.I’m beginning to wonder if the runners of the Estate Sales are buying them up.We had one when I was younger and I want a very special Christmas this year for my family.My husband is ill and can no longer help me,this may be my last year to really decorate .I wanted a Christmas my grandchildren would never forget at granny’s house.But it is getting late into the year.sigh..EBAY ends up too pricy for me.

  8. Ramona Dahl says

    HEB Grocery in Texas has small tabletop silver trees for $3.50 each. I think it is a great deal, as I am unable to find full size. I plan to make a tree skirt and put my shiny brite ornaments on it.

  9. Adee Jo says

    I found my treasure at an Estate Sale..I went for the Shiny Brite
    ornaments and found a beautiful vintage tree for $10.00 ..Also grabbled
    one of the HEB small silvers for smaller Shiny Brite ornaments.
    (thanks for the tip Ramona)

  10. Kathryn Lynne says

    I went to an estate sale. The adult kids were selling off their folks stuff. I looked up in the rafters in the garage and noticed some boxes. I pointed them out to the daughter, as I didn’t want them to overlook something important to them and she told me “Oh thats Mom’s old Christmas crap. I didn’t get it down, because there’s nothing worth selling”. I offered her $5 for everything and hauled home 5 boxes to go through. I nearly had a heart attack. One 5ft aluminum tree. boxes and boxes of shiny brite and european ornaments, noma bubble lights etc. everything in original packaging.
    So so so glad I asked.

  11. Carla Marie says

    Did anyone’s parents have a aluminum Christmas Tree stand; along with the color wheel that played a few Christmas Songs? We did..1964 or 1965…I’m looking …thx everyone

  12. Pauline says

    I just bought a aluminum tree at an auction. The branches are silver and blue. It was made by US Silver Tree Co. Scranton PA. Can anyone tell me about this tree. It is 4 1/2 Ft.

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