What to Collect Now
Nicole McCay shares her top tips for what’s trending.
• Japanese Santa Claus figurines: Rosy-cheeked and bright-eyed, these papier-mâché dolls bring Christmas cheer wherever they go. “They make me smile with their quirky faces and little hands clutching their pipe-cleaner trees,” antiquer Nicole McCay says.
• German putz sheep: These little decorative sheep with wooly bodies and stick-thin
legs are full of Old World personality.
• German wax angels: Treasured by collectors and families alike, rare décor made from wax is often handed down as an heirloom through generations. But there are also modern imitations. If the wax stays creamy and opaque in the light, it’s a real antique; modern wax ornaments will turn translucent.
• Antique ornaments: From gorgeous and intricate glass-blown bulbs to simple
pipe-cleaner creations, Christmas tree ornaments are never out of style.
• Vintage bottlebrush trees: A classic in the pipe-cleaner family, bottlebrush trees
are a darling addition to Midcentury Modern-inspired style.
ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH. One of homeownerNicole McCay’s favorite Christmas pieces—a vintage sleigh she found at a local yard sale for only $75—finds its home next to her Christmas tree, along with part of her vintage suitcase collection. On the tree, ornaments collected over the years enhance the room’s nostalgic appeal. An antique birdcage by the window is dressed with a simple wreath.