Mom and dad liked to methodically apply each piece of tinsel strand by strand. We kids liked to throw them in clumps until things got out of hand. Those more sophisticated blew them from their palms onto the tree (although this could end in a round of silliness too). Anyway you put it, no tree is complete without the original metallic tinsel of our youth. Hard to come by, it's still around, made in Austria by the original manufacturer for the past 100 years. Each strand is approx. 18". The average 5-6 ft. tree takes 6 packages (depending on personal taste), or one package per 1-2 ft. of tree. Sold in sets of 3.
Heavier than today's tinsel, "Austrian icicles" hang better than tinsel sold in discount stores
Tinsel can be reused perennially
Limited quantities available.
Here's the tinsel you decorated the Christmas tree with as a kid.
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Andrew What happened in 2015????
I have been getting tinsel from the Vermont Country store for three years now. Each year I add more to my tree... Last year (2014) I didn't use two packages, and got a larger tree this year (2015) so decided to order 9 more packages. I was extremely disappointed with the quality, weight, and overall look of the product compared to the years before. It was lighter in weight, and did not hang on the tree as nice as the previous packages. I took pictures I wish I could share to compare this difference, which is huge! It almost looks like strips of light weight aluminum foil whereas the years before it was much heavier and when hung on the tree, effortlessly dangled and twinkled in the lights. I know this isn't Vermont Country Store's fault- and I'd love to work with them to figure out just why this change was made and how we can get the old tinsel back, BUT- as this is real metal tinsel, it's not as good as it was the year(s) before.....
December 16, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5Â by DSW count per package
The product itself is nice. But there are only about 50 strands per package. I was disapointed there were not a lot more. It did not state on the website count per package. Although they waived the shipping charges, at around $40. (I ordered 2 sets of three packs), getting only 300 strands is not enough to cover my tree. I will supplement with the mylar icicles.
November 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Hopestill Blast from the Past
These are the kind we had when I was a child and I much prefer them. They don't stick to you: static is not an issue. One can easily break them in half for use at the top of the tree or on a table top tree. They do not blow around and tangle as you walk by them. You really do need to put them on one at a time but is a pretty easy process. I had 3 20-piece packs and that was plenty for a 6 foot tree. Last - they reflect the lights and are just plain pretty.
December 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mrs. Mo Icicles from the 50's
My husband and I both remember the tinsel we had as kids...the kind our Mothers would make us put on the tree one strand at a time and when she wasn't looking we would throw at our brothers and sisters. The tinsel they sell now in the drugstores is plastic and sticks to everything... even us and the dog. I have been ordering this REAL tinsel for a few years now and our tree looks fabulous. The tinsel drapes beautifully and stays on the tree. We can even re-use it. Thanks, Vermont Country Store!
December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by greasehead42 tinsel in town
When I was a kid we always had the real metal tinsel to drape from the tree branches but it either went out of style or it was deemed too dangerous a product and there was no more "real" tinsel being sold. My oldest sister had a bunch of it that she used on her Christmas trees and when the tree was being taken down she would patiently and painfully remove each strand of tinsel and place it in what was left of the original containers. I dont know if her kids ever saved any of it after she passed. I always remember those days of the real thing and how sometimes a strand would fall across the train set tracks and cause a shower of sparks. I fondly remember those days and wondered if I would ever see anything like tinsel again. Then I opened you latest catalogue and there it was. I had to have some and now I do and as of this writing we are waiting for our tree to arrive from No.Carolina.
Thanks for bringing a real Christmas back to me!
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lynn M I feel like it's the 1950's all over again!
Our family Christmas tree always had tons of metal (lead?) icicles. We received a package of these last year as a gift, and put them on our tree this year. They looked great - what sparkle! We ordered more so our tree next year will look even better!
January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BarbaraA The real stuff!!!
It's the heavy metallic tinsel we had on the tree in Germantown, Ohio. Just exactly what my daughter wanted.
January 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by annedoodle A Christmas Tree Like Long Ago
After hunting for the perfect decoration to complete my quite old artificial tree which is graced with bubble lights from Vermont Country Store from a few years ago, I searched and searched for tinsel to complete the memorable effect. I finally thought to check with Vermont Country Store as I have used them for my other unique, no longer available products, and alas they had it. My family was amazed and wondered where I found the old fashioned trimmings - Vermont Country Store, of course!
January 20, 2014
What Our Customers Are Saying about Our Original Tinsel Set of 3 Packages …
"This tinsel is just like I grew up with. The tree looked beautiful and I plan I purchasing more!" - denise appledorn, chagrin falls, OH
"I have been looking for these for years! They hang beautifully and look just like the old one I used to have as a kid. Thank you, Vermont Country Store!" - judith, pacifica, CA
"Do not discontinue this item. It is fabulous; just like I remember. Hangs beautifully and does not stick to clothing, etc." - Lois Jones, West Valley City, UT
"Do not discontinue this item -- it is like putting some of our best memories on our Christmas tree! Nothing looks like this tinsel. When my friends see my tree, they always notice the "special tinsel" and it prompts yet another time to share wonderful memories." - sue, North Liberty, IN
"I absolutely love this. It is the icing on the cake, as far as Christmas trees are concerned. And unlike the flimsy plastic stuff found in stores, this is the real deal. Please don't ever discontinue it. Or warn me if you do so I can buy up your stock." - Mary, Indianapolis, IN
"I love it; it is heavier than anything you can buy in the other stores. Reminds me of what my family used in the 50s. Not quite as heavy as that, but very close. It makes my tree look like what I remember as a child. - Lorna Spencer, Wilton, ME
"I searched for years for this tinsel... the real deal that makes our tree look fabulous. Reminds me of my childhood... decorating the tree with the tinsel was an art form. My brothers and sisters and I were instructed to handle it carefully and place it on the tree ONE strand at a time! It was a labor of love!" - Barbara Donlon, Hurley, NY