Adding to your holiday décor can be an exciting adventure, and estate sales in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Olympia usually feature beautiful displays of vintage holiday collectibles. Here are three of our favorite vintage holiday collectibles that are worth collecting.
Christmas Tree Spode
Christmas Tree Spode, which was introduced in 1938, includes ornaments, dinnerware, glassware, bakeware and more. The pattern was created with a US buyer in mind, and it is one of the most popular and well-recognized Spode patterns.
It’s recognizable pattern and demand make it worth collecting. When looking for the next piece to add to your collection, we recommend you look for full sets and older pieces that are still in good condition.
If you’re just getting started, we recommend you look for dinner plates and a few pieces of bakeware. And a cookie plate for Santa’s cookies would be a great addition, too.
Christopher Radko Ornaments
Christopher Radko ornaments made their debut in 1985 when 1000s of Radko’s vintage heirloom ornaments were destroyed when his Christmas tree fell over.
This loss sent him searching for replacements, and when he simply couldn’t find ornaments of the same quality and charm, he teamed up with a Polish glass blower to create his own. His first year, he created 60 ornaments. To date, the company has produced more than fifteen million ornaments since 1985.
These beautiful, vintage-style ornaments are made in Europe and take seven days to complete. And with some of the retired ornaments selling for 25 times their original price, these ornaments are worth collecting.
Byers Choice Carolers
Byers Choice Carolers are beautiful, hand-crafted figurines made by the Byers family. It all started in the 1960s when Joyce Byers wanted Christmas decorations that were warmer and more personal than the 1960s décor.
Inspired by her love of Christmas carolers, she hand-crafted carolers for herself and as gifts for friends and neighbors. Soon, her creations were in nearly a dozen stores, but were still made in her dining room.
During the economic downturn of 1978, Joyce’s husband, who worked in the hard-hit construction industry, helped grow his wife’s business and the company hired their first employee and expanded into the garage.
Today, the Byers family still oversees their now 80+ employees from their workshop in Pennsylvania. The carolers are still handcrafted by their many stylists, giving each individual doll its own unique and whimsical feel.
Because the figurines are hand-crafted, and many are limited to 100 in production, and with some carolers from the late 70s going for more than $600, Byers Choice Carolers are worth collecting.
Looking to add to your holiday collection? Check out our upcoming estate sales here.