Large Dangling Christmas Ornament Brooch | Pot Metal 1960s Dime Store Holiday Pin in Original Box | Mid Century Christmas


At the back of an overstuffed second hand store in southwestern Colorado, I spied a dusty small box under a pile of unrelated stuff. As I unearthed it, I discovered this “dime store” ornament pin in its original box from the l960s.

“Five and Dimes,” like Woolworth’s, were in many small town when I was growing up, and I quickly recognized this delightful, unused brooch, as the same type of Christmas jewelry I’d see when shopping with my mom as a kid. The pins were often made of pot metal, coated and sparkly on top to look like the expensive stuff. They were housed in festive boxes with plastic tops so you could easily see them. This is one of those Christmas pins from that l960s era.

The pin looks like it’s never been out of the box (except for this photo shoot), and both are in very good to excellent vintage condition for their 50+ years of existence. That doesn’t mean “perfect” since its been sitting around some dark place for years, but it’s close to how it would have looked five decades ago at that dime store. The box is a decorated cardboard with a slip on plastic top and has no marks or tears.

The ornament brooch is large, measuring 2.25 in length and 1.25 in width. It is also quite substantial in feel, i.e. on the heavier side. It would be perfect on a coat, blazer, or jacket.

The pin is made of a gold tone coating over a base metal. The glossy enamel and the styling of the faux large rhinestones make it look festive and vintage all at the same time. The pin and clasp are strong and secure; the colors bright.

This lovely dime store Christmas pin adds charm to any vintage lover or Christmas lover’s collection. The pictures offer greater perspective on the vintage condition and festive styling of this mid century holiday brooch.

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