Vintage Christmas Decorations Worth A Merry And Bright Payday
Don't purge those old Christmas decorations quite yet; they might be worth a lot more money than the few cents they would go for at a garage sale! From old-school plastic Santa Clause blow molds to glass figurines of carolers, vintage Christmas decorations are selling online for hundreds of dollars.
'Tis the season to get merry and bright and, perhaps, a little richer by selling some of these vintage decorations!
Toy Soldier Blow Molds: $1,794
For those who have Toy Soldier Blow Molds lying around but don't see a need to put them on their front lawn, they're a gold mine! Depending on how many are in the set, people can be looking at over $1,000 if they find a buyer.
On eBay, 26 working vintage toy soldiers are listed for $1,794.
The Fisherman Nutcracker From Steinbach: $353
A limited edition release, people are looking at a nice payday if they happen to have The Fisherman Nutcracker from Steinbach lying around. Wood carved with a fishing pole and fish accessory, this nutcracker is being sold for $353 on eBay.
If a person is lucky enough to have a signed nutcracker, it can go for even more!
Pink Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree: $5,000
Straight out of the 1960s, the Pink Aluminum Christmas Tree by Evergleam was featured in the second edition of the Evergleam Christmas catalog. Standing six feet tall, this tree features 55 glittering pink branches and is the perfect addition to any holiday decor.
On eBay, this pink tree is listed for a whopping $5,000.
Santa And Mrs. Claus Blow Molds: $250
A classic vintage Christmas decoration is the set of Santa and Mrs. Claus blow molds by General Foam and Don FeatherStone, respectively. Standing 39-inches tall, these two molds make great lawn ornaments during the holiday season, especially considering they light up when plugged in.
If they're gathering dust and not being used, though, there are sets listed for $250.
Spun Cotton Heubach Boy Christmas Ornament: $420
When it comes to purging old Christmas ornaments, it might be difficult to discern which are worth some money and which are worth a spot in the garbage. The Spun Cotton Heubach Boy ornament is one of the former!
This handspun cotton antique ornament is listed for $420 on eBay.
Vintage Victorian Angel Tree Topper: $859
Mostly everyone puts something on top of their Christmas tree, have it be a star or an angel. This vintage Victorian-era angel, made of wax, glass beads, and a silk dressing, is one of the pricier tree toppers out there!
On eBay, this angel is listed for a whopping $895.
Paper Mache Mr. and Mrs. Claus Circa 1940: $525
A rare find that will give someone a nice payday if they have this set in their home, this paper mache set of Mr. and Mrs. Claus is listed for $525 on eBay.
Handmade, this set is an antique from the 1940s, stands 18-inches tall, and is a Christmas decoration collector's dream find.
Ceramic Volcano Christmas Tree: $600
Straight out of the 1970s, this Ceramic Volcano Christmas Tree might be out of style, but it is still worth a whole lot of money.
Made of white ceramic with a large star on the top and dove-shaped lights that illuminate a lovely orange when plugged in, this Christmas decoration is listed for $600 on eBay.
Ceramic Letter To Santa: $1,200
An authentic Goebel Hummel figurine can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on how rare it is. The Letter to Santa figurine, for example, is listed for a whopping $1,200.
The figurine depicts a schoolgirl putting a letter into a mailbox with her wooden sleigh underneath her.
Bradford Celestial Star Tree Topper: $200 - $600
A rare item indeed, the Bradford Celestial Star tree topper might not be everyone's style, but it can be sold for a nice chunk of change. Made in the 1950s, this star has a "stained glass" star pattern that actually rotates, creating a pseudo-light show.
On eBay, this item is listed anywhere between $200 and $600.
Christmas Shopper Figurine Holding A Wreath: $135
Made by Relco back in the 1950s, the Christmas Shopper Girl Figurine Holding Green Wreath is a collector's dream and would, most likely, be an easy sell.
Wearing a cute Christmas dress and bonnet adorned with holy and holding a holiday wreath, this figurine is on Etsy and selling for $135, with buyers leaving reviews such as, "Awesome Relco Christmas girl! This one completed my set."
Christmas Boy Girl Santa Vintage Planter: $239
If anyone has this HF Co, Japan, Christmas Boy Girl Santa Vintage Planter in their home and is not using it, maybe think about selling it. Standing four inches tall, this vintage planter is from the 1950s and is the perfect size for a lovely Christmas plant.
On Etsy, this planter is listed for $239.
Department 56 Gingerbread House: $175
Why deal with the sticky candy and building a house when there is this beautiful Department 56 Gingerbread House in play? A company built by friends who wanted country folk to know what it was like to live in a cottage in the forest, this ceramic house is now worth a pretty penny.
On eBay, this particular gingerbread house is listed for $175.
Dickens Village Mill: $1,250
Inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens, the Dickens Village Mill by Department 56 is a very rare find. A beautiful piece, there were only 2,500 of these pieces made by the company back in the 1980s.
Due to the minimal number of Village Mills out in the world, this piece can sell for up to $1,250.
Christmas Vacation Griswold Holiday House: $340
One classic film many families watch during Christmas is Christmas Vacation. This particular Department 56 ceramic home pays homage to the Griswald family with this beautiful replica of their holiday home, complete with garlands, a wreath, and a whole lot of lights!
On eBay, the Department 56 National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Griswold Holiday House is listed for $340.
A Christmas Story Town Tree: $625
Created by Department 56, the Christmas Story Village Lighted Hammond Town Tree is a classic holiday decoration. This rare find features working lights for a festive touch and a silver star on top.
Since it is a rare decoration, the asking price is pretty heft. On eBay, this Christmas Tree is listed for $625.
The Christmas Pageant Peanuts Nativity Scene: $179.95
The Christmas Pageant Peanuts Nativity Scene by Lenox is a seven-piece set, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock, and a Christmas Tree to tie it all together.
Made of porcelain and beautifully painted with mute colors, a brand-new Peanuts Nativity scene can go for as much as $179.95.
Waving Santa And Reindeer Blow Mold: $2,400
Made by Empire back in 1970, the waving Santa on a sleigh with two of his reindeer blow mold is beyond rare, as it was only sold for one season with the company. This blow mold is different from others in the fact that Santa can actually wave!
A hefty payday for those who have this decoration sitting around, it is listed for $2,400 on eBay.
Peanuts Snoopy Santa Christmas Blow Mold: $299
This classic Peanuts Snoopy Santa Christmas Blow Mold will never go out of style. A great lawn ornament, Snoopy is in the Christmas spirit, standing three feet tall and dressed as Santa Claus, and holding a green bag. At night, this blow mold lights up when plugged in.
On eBay, this particular blow mold is listed for $299.
Christmas Shopper Girl: $100 - $250
The Norcrest Christmas Shopper Girl is a classic glass figurine. The lovely girl is wearing a red dress with a muff feather hat and is holding a present up to her head.
This is one of those items collectors would be eager to get their hands on, especially if it is not being displayed! On eBay, figurines from the Norcrest Shopper Girl collection as listed anywhere between $100 and $250.
Sylvania Santa's Train: $234
In the 1990s, it was hard to drive down the streets of suburbia without seeing a few of these trains in the passing yards. Made by Sylvania, Santa's Train has rotating lights, making it appear that the train is actually moving along the lawn.
A rare find, this particular set is listed on eBay for $234.
Department 56 Todd and Margo Jogging: $850
While Department 56 is known for its ceramic homes, they decided to make figurines of Todd and Margo jogging from Christmas Vacation after the success of their replica of the movie's house.
Even without the house and other figurines from the set, Todd and Margo are still listed for $850.
Solid Brass Deer: $1,150
Solid brass deer really never go out of style. It might be one of the reasons people are willing to pay top dollar for this vintage decor. Depending on how many are in a person's stock, these large deer can range anywhere between $400 to over $1,000.
A set of two in pristine condition is listed on eBay for $1,150.
Life-Size Blow Mold Nativity Scene: $3,000
Whether they're vintage or new, blow molds always seem to be decorating someone's lawn during the holiday season. This life-size nativity set by General Foam is a classic, with the tallest figure standing at five feet.
Since the company went out of business in 2018, their blow molds have skyrocketed in price. This entire 11-piece set created in 1995, for example, is listed for $3,000 on eBay.
"A Great Grinchy Trick" Figurine: $1,200
A classic Christmas character, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch makes for one outstanding decoration during the holidays. The specific piece, "A Great Grinchy Trick" by Department 56, is a rare find and is worth a nice chunk of change if a person is thinking about selling it.
On eBay, this figurine is listed for $1,200.
Brass Sleigh Bells On A Leather Strap: $249
Nothing says "Santa is on his way" quite like sleigh bells! Attached to a weathered 78-inch leather strap, this strap has 30 brass sleigh bells that work like a charm.
Instead of allowing them to collect dust in the basement or attic, this eBay seller listed these vintage sleigh bells for a whopping $249.
Christmas Vacation Boss Shirley's House: $2,799
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Boss Shirley's House decoration from Department 56 is a rare find. The Platinum Key Special Edition was created in 2015 and is now worth a whole lot of money.
The house is a mini replica of the Shirley's mansion, complete with working holiday lights. On eBay, this Department 56 piece sold for just under $3,000.
Bethlehem Village: $375
The 19-piece Bethlehem Holy Family Scene Nativity by Grandeur Noel is a beautiful hand-painted set that is worth a nice chunk of money. From trees and ponds to farmers and large homes that actually light up, this is definitely a statement decoration.
On eBay, a 19-piece set is listed for $375.
Atlantic Mold Ceramic Christmas Tree: $688
Created by Atlantic Mold back in the 1970s, this beautiful ceramic Christmas tree stands close to 25-inches tall, thanks to the large star on top. The unique part of this decoration, though, is the bow light detailing.
This vintage piece is not cheap, either, with people selling theirs for up to $688.
Camel Blow Mold: $245
Due to the fact that General Foam went out of business back in 2018, these products, such as the camel blow mold, can go for a hefty price. The large 42-inch camel is a great lawn decoration and is a rare find.
On eBay, this piece runs for about $245.