I was slow in coming to love Shiny Brites. It's only been the past few years that I've started buying a few old ones here and there, sorted in little crinkly bags at craft fairs or antique malls. And I've learned that once you start you can't stop! I'm of the school of thought that there cannot be too many ornaments on a Christmas tree, and my "theme" is: no theme! My theme is: put it on the tree! Yesterday I went down to Sellwood (cute little antiques neighborhood of Portland) with Jim and Clementine and my parents and I added some more scratchy imperfectly perfect old Shiny Brites to the collection. As soon as I got them home I realized I'd been way too skimpy and saw a million more places around the house in need of Shiny Brites. So I might go back.