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17 Thanksgiving Decorations We Wish Would Return

Take a stroll down memory lane and have a look at vintage Thanksgiving decorations we wish would make a comeback.

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Turkey Frills

Youve seen them on the end of turkey legs in cartoons for years, but what the heck are they doing there? Well, theyre purely ornamental and are there to cover any exposed bone of the turkey.

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Postcards

Postcards aren’t necessarily decorations, but a vintage one like this can be displayed during the holidays.

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Vintage Looks

People used to send each other postcards on Thanksgiving as a way to say they were thinking of them on the day. Now, those vintage postcards look great around the house for Thanksgiving.

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Turkey Salt and Pepper Shakers

The holidays are the only time you can trot out special dining objects like these salt and pepper shakers. It’ll become a quick discussion item at the table and maybe become one of those items the kids will cringe at seeing initially but will grow to love.

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Turkey Toy

This old wind-up, walking turkey toy is a super cool vintage decoration. Try to keep this turkey on the table and find out if any of the antiques in your attic are worth a fortune.

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Turn of the Century Postcard

This postcard is nearly 100 years old. It was sent in 1919 and it’s a whimsy Thanksgiving greeting.

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Harvest-centric Celebration

This postcard from 1913 works perfectly as a decoration option and it veers from the traditional Thanksgiving fare. Of course, there is still corn but it’s neat to see how the holiday focused on harvests a little more in the past. Harvest season might have passed but these are some awesome vegetables you can grow in pots.

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Enjoy Everything You Eat …

And be thankful for it, is the message on this postcard from 1913. It’s a little more of a bucolic scene as opposed to the highly commercialized sights of Thanksgiving leading into the deals of Black Friday. Steer away from Black Friday nightmares by doing these 15 things instead.

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Good Wishes

This 1908 greeting card paints a pretty picture of a humble Thanksgiving.

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Happy Turkey Day

Sure, it’s a hokey but it’s not as bad as a giant inflatable turkey in your yard. A cartoon turkey outside your home is better than having one inside the home.

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Harvest Cornucopia Centerpiece

A centerpiece is still special for Thanksgiving and few things beat a classic harvest cornucopia centerpiece. Just as soon as you’re done decorating for one holiday, you’ll have to get ready for the next. Here’s 14 amazing DIY decor ideas for Christmas.

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Turkey Table Topper

This little turkey would fit in perfect on nearly any Thanksgiving table. If you like kitsch, then check out these lawn ornaments you should add to your home.

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Pilgrim Candles

These vintage candles were originally priced for 15 cents and they’d be a pretty cute addition to any Thanksgiving decorating idea.

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Gurley Thanksgiving Candles

These turkeys might look a little garish but vintage decorations like these are hard to find.

You can make your own beeswax candles that look great in glass yogurt jars.

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Honeycomb Turkey and Pumpkins

They might have been a pain to keep in pristine condition but for many these honeycomb decorations were a staple of their childhood.

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Postcard Gift Boxes

These boxes might not have the original postcards but they could become part of a great crafting project for Thanksgiving. Imagine the decorating items you could make.

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Pilgrim John and Turkey

These vintage candles from Gurley are pretty neat finds on eBay. Not that you’d want to light vintage candles, but make sure you’re careful with candles and know how to prevent home fires.