37 comments on “Collecting Shiny Brite Ornaments

  1. I’m a shiny brite fanatic too! I have only used a white tree to showcase my beauties. This year we went with a real tree. They aren’t as pretty on a green tree but I still love each and everyone one! And sometimes the ebay prices are ridiculous, but I can’t help myself. I love the ones with the stenciled snow and chinese lanterns the most. I am lucky to have quite a few clear ones also.

    • Barbette, the lanterns are some of my favs too…actually, ANY of the shapes or stripes I will usually buy instantly (my price is about 1$ each)…but I have been know to spend a little more on truly unique ones…..
      Keep collecting , Sister, the one who dies with the most wins

    • Barbette,
      I was cleaning out some of my mother in laws basement and saw some Shiny Brite ornaments in old looking boxes, I researched a little bit and found that there is a whole group of people that value them as collectibles. These are probably around 1960 and are all gold color (not fancy). I am sure they are not worth trying to sell, but if someone found their own value in them, why should I just throw them out or give them to Goodwill? I have a picture of them but don’t see how to attach it to this comment. Would anyone want them for free? I am in the SanFrancisco bay area and probably wouldn’t want to ship them anywhere. email me directly if anyone is interested.

      • do you still have these if so I would love to have them I can pay for he shipping cost pleaselet me know

    • Yes, and no. Christopher Radko bought the Shiny Brite name in the late 90’s. They hadn’t been rpoduced since 1962, And his company continues to make them in the same styles that were originally produced and added a few designs of his own. So his newer ornaments are like finding vintage ornaments that have never seen the light of day… I have a bunch of new ones too.

    • Hi DEE! Those old ornaments are like crack to me…I have more than I’ll ever need. Glad that you stopped in. Is Oklahoma as frozen as Dallas is right now?

  2. Hello,
    My name is Jenn. I have an affinity for antiques and have been collecting them for a few years now, though I don’t have a specific set of items I always search for.
    My husband and I have just bought our first house and now that we have a son our tree is decorated with 5 generations of ornaments as my parents gave us some from the tree in our house when I was a little kid. Some of my favorite ornaments are from my mother’s childhood. They are clear glass bulbs with colored angel hair on the inside and frosted designs and metallic decorations on the outside. My mother is one of 8 and I have two sisters so I have only a few of these ornaments and would like to add more to my collection. I assume they are Shiny Brite ornaments but I have never found any more like them. Have you ever found any like these? Is it just a matter of being diligent on eBay? Any information you could give me would be much appreciated.
    Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!

    Jenn Lara

    • Hi Jenn, I have seen ornaments with angel hair inside, tinsel too. I wanna say they are more 1960’s than 40’s. So probably not Shiney Brite. But I do think they are American. If that helps. I did a quick Google search and only found plastic ones….keep looking. Christmas ornaments last forever because most people keept them packed up for 11 months a year……

  3. You started an obsession – I saw your tree and I have been collecting my Shiny Brite Ornaments for the past year. The picture of your white tree with ornaments is so beautiful. I have yet to buy a white tree, but I’m thinking that the after Christmas sales may give me a chance to buy one at a good price. However, I’m so confused by all the different white trees for sale!!!! What type did you get? Is it made of PVC – is EVERYTHING made of PVC? Any direction you can give me would be so appreciated. Happy Holidays!!!! Thanks! L

  4. I didn’t realize there was anyone else who collected these shiny brite ornaments until just reading this article! I have ornaments from my grandmother (not from her childhood) also from my parents from our childhood, from our first christmas tree and some I’ve collected over the years. Shiny brite was the box I remembered as a kid and I picked up two boxes at a local department store last year after the holidays. Hurray! I’ll be looking for more. I had also picked up some at the thrift store in a paper egg carton while visiting our daughter in PA. They look like vintage shiny brites too. I’m hooked!!!

  5. My collection started when my parents downsized in the 90’s and I got the ones from my childhood. Ebay has been a Godsend. And every antique store we see when we are traveling gets a good going over. I tried to imagine the white tree and am sure it is beautiful. I just can’t imagine havibg a white tree though. I’m an Iowa girl and of the generation of going to the country to find a tree. Good memories! Now we have a gorgeous 9ft tree and every inch has Shiny Brite on it at Christmas. I only use small white lights and they bring the color out in such a beautiful way. I’ve never counted my ornaments but have too many to display. And I limit it to only 1 or 2 of each style.

  6. Hi ya’all, I just came across a few dozen shiny brites and most of them have animals, giraffes, lions, leopards, and elephants do you have any idea which decade they might be from? They are old and kind of dirty and when I tried to rinse one off all the color went down the drain with the water!! I only did that once!!!

    • Hi Jane….OOOHHHNNNNOOOOO!!!! Don’t “wash” your ornaments. Sometimes, I dust them with a soft feather duster. I can’t say that I have ever seen any Shiny Brites with animals on them. Usually Shiny Brites are stenciled with just one color, (bells, holly leaves or just “Season’s Greetings”)…..yours sound more European than American, but seriously I’m no expert. Hold on to them, and don’t wash anymore.

    • These are indeed Shiny Brites- I have been collecting for awhile. They are usually referred to as “Nursery” themed. They have white stenciled animal outlines such as tigers, elephants, bears, ect. and are on solid colored round forms. They go for a pretty penny online and don’t last long. Hope this helps! :)

  7. Hello everyone! I’m searching for a green teapot ornament for my mother. She had it as a child. It got broken during a move & she’s never been able to find a replacement. If anyone has any info or a place that I might find one (I’ve been searching etsy & eBay) I would appreciate the help. Thanks in advance!

  8. I’m sorting through my boxes of vintage ornaments and noticing what seems to be a mix of ornaments in Shiny Bright boxes. I guess some people were not concerned with putting ornaments back in their original boxes. How can I identify Shiny Brights from others. Do all Shiny Bright have the name and ridged sides? Other markings are: Made in USA, Made in U.S. of A., USA 5 5 5 , and unmarked.

    • Hi Greg, There were a lot of different glass ornaments made in the USA in the past 100 years. Most Shiney Brite are marked…but not all. I rarely find a Shiney Brite box with only Shiney Brites in it. The best way to identify them is to check listings on Ebay. Compare what you have with others that are listed. (Not 100% acurate, but worth a try) Hope this helps.

  9. Hey James thanks for posting this info. – man that wreath you have is awesome – was wondering how you have them attached – I would like to start a wreath of my own and some advice and direction who be appreciated – also ps. Loved the wreath next to the flag – very cool – thanks Mike

    • Hi Mike, all the ornaments are hooked into the chicken wire frme with plain ol’ ornament hooks. Every year it takes several hours to construct….and a few days to take down.

  10. Love, love, love the vintage ornament wreath! It’s even more impressive knowing that you must construct it each year! That is awesome! I started collecting vintage ornaments last year after finding a few bags full at my local Goodwill. The hunt is on!

    • Thanks Vicki. I started collecting the same way…. I found a bag of old ornaments at a Goodwill store. My favorite one is green with a log cabin painted on it.

  11. Hi James! Great blog post…I too am an avid vintage Shiny Brite collector. I have over 500 of them. Question for you…have you ever seen any books that catalog/highlight the ornaments? I’m always curious as to what decade some of the ornaments in my collection are. I can always tell the WWII time ornaments and I look on eBay to see if I can connect my ornaments with certain time periods but it would be great if someone put together a book on the generations of ornaments.

    My favorite is an unsilvered round ornament that is pink on top and bluish on the bottom and has stars and the moons on it. I’ve had it since I was a kid.

    I live in a suburb of Cleveland and fortunately we have 2 awesome vintage stores that are filled with Shiny Brites and various other vintage Christmas décor.

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog today!

    Have a Shiny Brite Christmas!

    • Hi Michelle, So glad that you found me too. I wish I did have a book on Shiny Brites, there has to be one out there somewhere. I can sort of tell the age of a few. To be honest, I think I have more European glass ornaments. My family is Polish, and I remember my Grandparents tree covered in them as a small child. Don’t we always gravitate to happy memories?

      Did you check out my wreath covered in them? Just finished installing it last weekend.

      Happy Holidays to you and yours, and have a Brite Christmas too,

      James

      • Hi James…

        Ah yes … Our memories of Christmas’ past really makes collecting even more special!

        I saw the picture of your wreath…it is amazing and absolutely breath taking. You are so talented!!

        How long did it take you to assemble your wreath? How many ornaments are on it?

        We hang our ornaments on garland above all of our windows.

        We have too bouncy deaf white Boxer dogs (rescues) that we need so we n Ed to keep them out of their reach!!

        Wishing you a most happy and festive Christmas season!!

        Michelle

    • Hi Michelle

      Do you happen to live near Lakewood by chance? I will be there in a couple of weeks for business and am looking for a store to increase my wife’s collection of Shiny Brite ornaments. She started getting serious collecting over the past year and our tree is beautiful this year. But one can never have too many shiny brites!

      Thanks to all for the information on these fun little ornaments!

      Andy

      • Hi Andy.

        Yes! I live about 15 minutes away from Lakewood!

        There are 2 stores you must go to on your trip…Flower Child on Clifton Blvd. (www.flowerchildvintage.com) and just a little more east of Lakewood in Cleveland (not downtown) is a store called Sweet Lorain (www.sweetlorain.com).

        Their Web sites are not up-to-date with their Christmas merchandise, but trust me … They both have huge inventories of Shiny Brites!

        You’ll have to post a message back and let me know how you make out!

        Depending on when you’ll be here, I would suggest calling ahead to see if they still have their Christmas stuff out.

        Safe travels and have Shiny and Brite Christmas!!

      • PS…I should have asked where you and your wife live. And I’m sure you know about all of the Shiny Brites you can find on EBay and Etsy. Some of the sellers will drop their prices after Christmas :)

        Happy shopping!

  12. I’ve been decorating my tree with the ornaments that my parents owned when I was a child for the past 21 years. The boxes are labelled Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments – A Shiny-Brite Product on the side. Most of the boxes reference the Max Eckardt and Sons, Inc. New York City and patents 2,717,115 2,717,116-2,775,391 Other Patents Pending printed in the U.S.A. on the bottom. I also have some larger Shiny Brite ornaments whose boxes have the same logo and typeface on the sides, but on the ends of the box are the words Made in Western Germany and on the bottom of the box is Ges.Gesch.No. 1867382 German Patents applied for The numbers are in a font where there is a line through the leg of the seven. The metal collar on the ornament is stamped Shiny Brite Made in U.S.A.
    Since Western Germany is referenced these are obviously post 1945 ornaments, I’m guessing these larger globes were maybe a size that Corning couldn’t make? These are solild color with a script Merry Christmas and a snow scene with Chalet houses.

    I’m curious because you made a statement that Shiny Brite was all made in the USA, unless maybe the printing refers to the box only.

    On a different note one of the boxes of 5 round 1 3/4 size ornaments has a price tag still on it from a store named Grand-Way price is 24 cents. Another newer box I have has a price tag from J.M. Fields ( I would guess this was the Parsippany, NJ store in my hometown) these were labelled shiny brite Christmas Ornaments one dozen Finest Quality Glass American Made style 2154 price is 99 cents.

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