The town was tawdry in its preparations--and knew it; but half sincere in its enthusiasm--and knew it.
The few ornaments were new, and not at all dusty or dingy or tawdry.
The effect of this was certainly incongruous, not to say tawdry.
The fire was the really great adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.
The fire was the only adornment; all else was cheap, ...