Now is the time to re­visit Christ­mas col­lectibles, and also to sell them

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Many of us will be dis­play­ing our col­lec­tion of Christ­mas col­lectibles — both old and new — this hol­i­day season. Per­son­ally, I am go­ing to dis­play a new hol­i­day col­lectible, this Byers Choice Ltd. Caroler in my like­ness, which I ex­pect will be­come a cher­ished hol­i­day col­lectible for my fam­ily as time goes by.

I have many of th­ese pop­u­lar hand-made caroler fig­ures made near my home in Bucks County, Penn­syl­va­nia. An­nu­ally, they make their way onto win­dow sills, shelves and hol­i­day ta­bles as sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tions.

While this is the time to re­visit Christ­mas col­lectibles, it is also the best time to sell off th­ese items. The value for your Christ­mas col­lectibles is high right now and if you are a seller, you can help your­self drive up the market prices by of­fer­ing ob­jects for sale that are sea­son­ally themed for Christ­mas and in good shape. Here are some of the pop­u­lar hol­i­day antiques and col­lectibles.

OR­NA­MENTS

An­tique or­na­ments, pro­duced from circa 1880 to 1940, are highly col­lectible. Since some of the most beau­ti­ful and hand­made or­na­ments were made in that pe­riod of hand-blown glass, th­ese or­na­ments are very dif­fi­cult to find. So, if you dis­cover one en­tan­gled in the gar­land, hold onto it. One an­tique or­na­ment may be val­ued at $100 or more at Christ­mas time.

Start­ing your own hol­i­day or­na­ment col­lec­tion will cost you a pretty penny. Some of the most pop­u­lar or­na­ments are those made af­ter World War II and rep­re­sent ev­ery­thing from as­tro­nauts to ze­bras. While sea­soned col­lec­tors are look­ing for kugels and other glass blown fig­u­ral or­na­ments from Ger­many, new col­lec­tors are es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in vin­tage pieces made in Amer­ica in the 1940s to the 1970s.

HOL­I­DAY VIL­LAGES

Fa­mous minia­ture hol­i­day vil­lage “ar­chi­tec­tural firms” like the McLough­lin Broth­ers and Built-Rite Toys firm sold minia­ture hol­i­day town and vil­lage dis­plays in the early 1900s. A Sears & Roe­buck minia­ture Christ­mas vil­lage would have cost only 69 cents in the mid-1930s.

Af­ter World War II, Bach­mann Broth­ers in­tro­duced the Plas­ticville line of minia­ture build­ings to ac­com­pany model train set ups. Th­ese minia­ture Christ­mas vil­lages com­mand high prices to­day at auc­tion and on­line such as the Bliss Com­pany vil­lage of lith­o­graphed card­board fea­tur­ing a phar­macy, opera house, bank, and post of­fice sold for $16,500 re­cently. That’s big money for some lit­tle card­board houses.

TOYS & GAMES

Ma­jor board game com­pa­nies like Mil­ton Bradley in­tro­duced

games fea­tur­ing Santa in­clud­ing the sea­sonal fa­vorite, The Santa Claus Game. To­day, this hol­i­day game in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion is worth more at Christ­mas time.

When you dec­o­rate or dis­play an­tique trea­sures dur­ing the hol­i­day season, re­mem­ber to con­sider pets, di­rect sun­light, warm fire­place hearths, and new traf­fic pat­terns made by host­ing guests in your home so you re­tain those cher­ished ob­jects in good con­di­tion for years to come. Happy holi­days.

Lori Verder­ame is an au­thor, in­ter­na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist, Ph.D. antiques ap­praiser and award-win­ning ar­ti­facts ex­pert on the His­tory chan­nel’s “The Curse of Oak Is­land.” Dr. Lori ap­praises ob­jects at her na­tion­wide events (www.dr­loriv.com/events) and on her YouTube chan­nel (www.youtube.com/dr­loriv).

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The value of Christ­mas col­lectibles is high right now, and if you are a seller, you can help drive up the market prices by of­fer­ing ob­jects that are sea­son­ally themed and in good shape.

BY LORI VERDER­AME

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