Supersize me, Santa: Vintage Main Street Christmas decorations from a small Georgia town

vintage-downtown-christmas-decorationsIt isn’t quite Halloween yet, but a healthy supply of vintage Christmas decor can already be found on ebay. Our latest discovery: these vintage Main Street pole-mount Christmas decorations from sellers John and Mark (chefbryant0000) (*affiliate link). These tinsel-covered trees and candles were likely saved from certain dumpster doom after being replaced by a small town in Georgia. Each one is a piece of mid century downtown culture, and with a little refurbishing, any one of them would be a welcome holiday addition to a deck or porch.

mid-century-city-christmas-decorFrom the ebay listing:

We have about 35 of these cool old lighted Christmas decorations that are very large and heavy, about 7-8′ tall each and about 25 pounds each. They are from a small Georgia town that bought new ones, and no longer wanted to use them. They deserve a good new home!

mid-century-tinsel-decorationThey are all in need of some refurbishing, replacement of light bulbs, add new color fringe, etc. I have seen a few that a friend purchased and renovated and they look awesome! They are located in Monroe, Georgia, and cannot be shipped without pretty hefty expense (previous estimates put it around $300) so you should buy a bunch. Contact us for info regarding the various styles that we have and how and where to pick them up or arrange for them to be shipped. We will take a best offer for multiple purchases or to take them all. Please note that the one that looks like a snowflake is no longer available.

vintage-light-pole-ChristmasI asked the sellers if they could provide any more information about the history of these large scale decorations. They replied:

These are from a small town outside of Atlanta which recently redeveloped its Main Street and no longer wanted to use them. We rescued them before they would have ended up in a landfill.

retro-christmas-tree-decorThey are large lights made of a heavy metal. Some are over 6 feet tall. I believe we have about 40 left. A man from Kentucky is coming down in a couple of weeks to purchase several. The lights are located in Monroe, Georgia, where I currently have some booths at two antique shops.

vintage-candle-christmas-decorationMy partner and I collect vintage Christmas items and have re-done a couple of these lights with new LED lights and they look great when lit. They were a nice added addition to our vintage Christmas collection which will be going up soon. Complete with a vintage Santa, sleigh and nine reindeer on the roof.

vintage-tinsel-decorationMega thanks to ebay sellers John and Mark for allowing us to share these photos here on the blog and for saving these pieces of history to share with us all.

  1. Jim T. says:

    I love these old decorations! The small New England town I am from use to have the candles (like the single ones pictured), angels with trumpets, and wreaths with a cluster of blinking bells in the center up on the telephone poles. A few sites do have them readily available, should the ones in the article no longer be available. Here’s a link to the candles.



    They are quite tall, heavy, and expensive! But for so many people who have memories of these types of holiday decorations, they are SO worth it! I am considering getting a few of the smaller pole mounted decorations from one of the sites I mentioned. If I do, I will be hanging them up on my balcony. I can’t wait to see how many people recognize and remember them from their own pasts! You may be able to put a price on the decorations (or “luminaries” as they’re called in the business), but the memories they represent really are priceless for so many people (myself included!). Happy holidays!

  2. Judi (Ware) Hurst says:

    Tucker, Georgia, my home town! Sure would love to have a couple of these. Oh, the memories they produce. I can still see them all lit up in my mind’s eye, Christmas personified!

  3. nina462 says:

    How nice that they saved them. I know, here in Kalamazoo, MI – a family saved the vintage decorations as well….and once in a while the city will ‘borrow’ put them back up. I sent pictures a couple years ago when they were last up for the holiday.

  4. Melanie says:

    LOL! Love these “vintage” Crhistmas decorations. The little town where I live still uses decorations that look just like these. I live on Main Street but unfortunately, there aren’t enough decorations to get quite as far as my house (I’m the last house in town). Wish I had a pocket full of money. I’d buy half a dozen of these!

  5. Rebecca Madison WI says:

    John and Mark, thank you so much for saving these. I have fond memories of these types of lights as well. I see on ebay you are from Tucker, GA. I lived there in the late 60’s! Best of luck with finding good homes for these. They are really cool!

    1. John Wermuth says:

      Thanks Rebecca. Tucker has changed. We now have a new Main Street, all cleaned up but no longer a need for these cool lights. They now use small Christmas wreaths which don’t have the same vintage look as these lights.

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