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BLOG: Christmas planning in July!
Posted by Bob Keller on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:52 AM

In the Community section.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:27 PM

Great blog, Bob!

Read it everyone!  That's an order!  Captain

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:19 PM

Aye aye!  Pirate

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, July 19, 2019 6:13 AM

My lovely wife and I have set up a Christmas layout under the tree, ever since we moved to WV.  We live relatively close to Deep Creek Lake (Oakland, MD), which means we live relatively close to the Christmas Challet.  We love to chech out all the new Dept 56 offerings, and we've purchased quite a few North Pole Village items to go on our layout, over the years. 

For those of you who have the Hogwart's train, D56 has finally came out with buildings and figures in the Harry Potter series. 

Also, the floral stores like JoAnn's and Michael's are starting to stock holiday items, and we are always on the look out for the whimsical sprigs and Lemax lights (they seem to get scooped up first). 

Even at train shows, I'm looking for long ago "retired" North Pole items that can be bought far cheaper than when first released.

So, the search never really stops.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, July 19, 2019 10:11 AM

For Department 56 (and other similar articles) you may want to check out flea markets, antique malls, thrift stores and second-hand shops.

I get the impression the market's dropped for D56.  Where a few years back they were going for exhorbitant prices (collector frenzy, you know) the prices are a lot more reasonable now. 

I picked up a number of D56 "Dickens Village" buildings for under $35 each a few years back, just for under the Christmas tree.  

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Posted by Penny Trains on Friday, July 19, 2019 6:14 PM

Got one done this week....Whistling

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:24 AM

Penny Trains

Got one done this week....Whistling

 

Cool!  Looking forward to seeing it!

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Posted by Rene Schweitzer on Monday, July 22, 2019 8:28 AM

Flintlock76

For Department 56 (and other similar articles) you may want to check out flea markets, antique malls, thrift stores and second-hand shops.

I get the impression the market's dropped for D56.  Where a few years back they were going for exhorbitant prices (collector frenzy, you know) the prices are a lot more reasonable now. 

I picked up a number of D56 "Dickens Village" buildings for under $35 each a few years back, just for under the Christmas tree.  

 

I think the market has dropped for a lot of "collectible" items. I found some D56 figures in a bag at a nearby thrift store yesterday for less than $2! Check those thrift stores--many have Christmas items out year round.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:28 PM

Ah, a woman after my own heart!

Rene's right, thrift stores, second-hand shops, you see one pop in for a look.  You never know, do you?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:38 PM

I don't have any D56 but I do have a schoolhouse and a nice fiber-optic cathedral at my garage sale cheap.  So don't overlook your neighbors either!  Wink

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