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 Dept 56 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|DEPARTMENT 56 A CHRISTMAS STORY LARGE||07/2021||$ 1 874.98|
|Department 56 Williamsburg Village||07/2021||$ 760.56|
|Dept 56 Halloween Village Spider House||07/2021||$ 1 464.88|
|Department 56 Christmas Vacation Clark S||06/2021||$ 1 324.25|
|Dept 56 Disney Park Village Series||07/2021||$ 1 171.89|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||09/2021||-.--|