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 (USA):
|Village Dickens Village Cottage Mill||06/2019||$1999.00|
|Dickens Village Norman Church 1156 3500||07/2019||$1200.00|
|Dept 56 Halloween Village Houses And||08/2019||$1000.00|
|A Christmas Story Village Happy Holiday||06/2019||$999.99|
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