One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow. All evening, the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked. Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings.
Department 56 began as part of Bachman's, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis. Bachman's used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift imports division was, you guessed it, 56.
Now headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Department 56 has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for our hand-crafted lighted villages, Dept 56 snowbabies figures and extensive lines of holiday & home decorative items.
What's your Department 56 worth? Here are some recently sold items.
|Retired A Great Grinchy Trick Dept 56 Dr Seuss...||03/2021||$900.00|
|Department 56 Christmas In City Flatiron Building...||02/2021||$700.00|
|Morgue Sale Halloween Department 56 Village...||03/2021||$580.00|
|Morgue Sale Halloween Department 56 Village...||04/2021||$535.00|
|Rare Retired Dept 56 Radio City Music Hall...||03/2021||$549.00|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||05/2021||$-.--|