December 1, 2015

Reliving my childhood

I recently stopped at one of my favorite mission thrift stores and spotted a long box on the floor marked Toymaster cardboard electric fireplace.
Could it really be the same fireplace that I remember from childhood photos?( Christmas 1970).
The $20 price was an absolute steal (especially after I see how much they go for on ebay).  
Not knowing if all the pieces were there, I decided to take my chances and purchase it.
As you can see, it's pretty darn fantastic. I'm totally reliving my childhood with this faux fireplace. 

 My mom even gave me the felted sequin Santa that you see on the fireplace back in 1970.

Have yourself a very merry vintage Christmas!  Happy December!

24 comments:

Addie Talley, Photographer said...

What?! that's the coolest!

Lynn said...

We had one of those fireplaces too! Very cool:@)

Corey Moortgat said...

So, so cute!! How amazing that you had one as a kid, and especially that you now have the same Santa to sit on top!!

ThrifterSisters said...

I absolutely love this! Reliving your childhood with vintage Christmas is the perfect way to do it!

Happy Holidays!

Erica

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing find! You are definitely the envy of all your blog buddies now! And how neat to have a photo of the one you had when you were little. What precious memories! Have FUN! Hugs, Diane

Pam Kessler said...

We had one of those too! I'm so excited for you! Is this going to the a-frame or taking a place of honor at your house?

Jboo said...

Always wished we had one of those growing up! So cute!! Love it!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I love that it is a nod to your growing up years. I have one that I put up in the basement (if I have enough time). I sold two this year at my shows. They are not easy to find!
enjoy....

White Lace and Promises said...

I always wanted one of those! I love it!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Kim, how fabulous! It was kismet you found it. I can't believe what pristine condition it is in. Love the green Christmas topper. Your childhood photos are great. :)

Nellie said...

How fantastic! That fireplace is a real find! Enjoy! xo Nellie

Beth said...

I bought one of these last year for $4 but I had no use for it since my home had a fireplace so I sold it. Now I have a new home with no fireplace and wish I still had it. I love having a fireplace to hang stockings.

NanaDiana said...

UNBELIEVABLE, Kim! I remember those and that is a fantastic buy. I am so glad that YOU got it because I know how much you love things like that. Perfect!!!! xo Diana

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Kim , I have been looking for one for years because it was one of the most vivid memory of my childhood traditions. I'm so happy that you found one and now you get to start a new tradition with your girls. Merry Christmas!

Patti said...

Oh, I am sooooo happy you got this fireplace! It's perfect for you. And the felt Santa piece is adorable! One of the best parts of Christmas is remembering my childhood too. We had a fireplace like that when I was verey little. My parent's just spoiled us with Santa love! Happy decorating!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How wonderful that you found a tangible item from your childhood. I have never seen one of these before but it goes beyond cute. It is magical.

Lynne said...

Worth every "penny!"
Love the " back then" photo . . .
And your "new" faux fireplace . . .
Do you think we will have skating and shoveling weather this year???

Margaret said...

Oh how wonderful! Finds like that are priceless! Maggie

Donna said...

How fun, Kim! I don't remember those. And how neat your mom gave you the very santa that resided on your fireplace when you were little:)

E said...

Oh wow I noticed the pic on your header and loved it then saw the post, what a find ! How special to have such a sweet bit of your past and its in such great condition ! Meant to be :) E

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Kim, that is great! So glad you found it! And that your Mom gave you the Santa to go along with it! How precious!
Enjoy it!
GIna

craftyles said...

Kim, you find the best stuff! That is awesome, especially since you have the photos of you to go with it. It is absolutely adorable!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kim,
OMG!! I love this. We had no room for the fireplace so I had my Mom buy the brick paper and wrapped my toy chest in it and pretended it was a fire place when I was a kid!!

I am going to be catching up on your Christmas posts.....
Hugs,
Deb

Lindsey Mckenzie said...

I love that you saw something that you once had in your childhood and purchased it. That is totally something i would do in hopes that my children would remember it and love it nearly as much I did after they grew up. Not to mention childhood memories from Christmas or the holidays are the best ones.

Lindsey Mckenzie @ Buchanan Fire And OutDoor