Collecting Vintage and Antique Christmas Figurines
If you are looking to start or add to a collection of vintage or antique Christmas figurines, then Ebay is the best place to search. Ebay sellers have a wide selection of beautiful and cute vintage Christmas figurines from several past eras.
There are several ways to search for Christmas figurines. I would start your search by using the search term “vintage Christmas figurines” or antique Christmas figurines”, then narrowing down the search from there. You may need to add the year, the figurine that you are searching for, the manufacturer or the material it is made from. Or you can just browse the wonderful selection on Ebay.
Another possibility is to find the best sellers of the figurines you want, then search their stores or their listings. This is an especially good idea if you are familiar with a seller or like what they are selling.
Antique or vintage Christmas figurines add a very comfortable, homey touch to any house during the Christmas holiday season, but even more so if you are decorating in a vintage Christmas theme.
Vintage Christmas Figurines: Angels
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Vintage Christmas Figurines: Wise Men
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Pricing for Vintage Christmas Figurines
Depending on what you are searching for, pricing for vintage Christmas figurines can vary from just a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. It all depends on how collectible, how rare, and how hard to find the figurine might be.
Added to this is the popularity of a specific design or manufacturer, or a certain theme of figurines. For instance, as you search, you will find a lot of choir boy and choir girl Christmas figurines. However, they are made of different materials, from different time periods or eras, by different artists or manufacturers. This will change the value of each figurine. Additionally, some vintage Christmas figurines will look worn out and used, while others will be in mint condition, some in the original box. Obviously, the mint condition items are worth more.
Vintage Christmas Figurines: Santa
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Need Help Searching for Vintage Christmas Decorations?
If you need some help finding what you want, or figuring out where to search or what a fair price is, the vintage Christmas decorations resource books below are a great place to start. You can find these and other price guides on Amazon for a discounted price.
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Christmas Figurines are not Christmas Ornaments
I found it quite interesting while researching these Christmas figurines, that many of the figurine subjects could not be found in Christmas ornaments. For instance, there are a lot more Nativity Scenes or Baby Jesus figurines then there are ornaments. This is also true of choir figurines, carolers, and elves. You can find vintage Christmas ornaments in these shapes, but not nearly as many.
I am not sure why these vintage items are more traditional in one form or the other, but they are, so as you search through for the theme, style, era, and subject you are looking to decorate your vintage Christmas tree, or fireplace mantel, one theme may be better than another. Do some searches in both the vintage and antique Christmas ornament areas, and figurine areas. I am creating separate articles for individual vintage ornament themes, of which some are listed below, however, I may miss some of them.
The vintage and antique figurines section on Ebay also includes some vases, planters, and salt and pepper shakers, but if you really want to look for vintage Christmas salt and pepper shakers, it is best to search under that phrase.
Vintage Christmas Figurines: Caroler
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Many, Many Cute Vintage Christmas Figurines
Vintage Christmas figurines come in several materials, but the most popular is either porcelain, ceramic, or paper mache. Most are fairly lightweight, and come singly, in pairs, or in groupings by theme or subject.
Popular themes for vintage Christmas figurines are animals, Christmas carolers, choir boys, girls, and adults, angels, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the 3 Wise Men. These Christmas themes seem to be repeated over and over throughout the different eras in different styles, and materials.
The real finds are hand painted, signed, or hand blown antique and vintage figurines, but sellers will list any proof of authenticity they have or appraisals for the more expensive items.
Vintage Christmas Figurines: Reindeer
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Religious Vintage Christmas Figurines
Vintage and antique Christmas figurines include some beautifully detailed angel figurines, and some lovely Nativity Scenes, or just figurines with the Baby Jesus. If you collect any of these three religious themes for Christmas, or know someone who does, this is a great time to search for them before they get picked over and snatched up by avid collectors.
These figurines are meant to be displayed on a table or mantel. They are only a few inches tall. You can get all of the measurements and particulars from the individual item pages on Ebay.
Vintage Christmas Figurines: Nativity
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Start a Vintage Collection for Your Child
Starting a collection of vintage Christmas decorations for your child will stand them in good stead when you send them off to college or to live in their own home or apartment. They can take a piece of their home with them.
One of the things that I like best about vintage figurines is that they remind me of people and times that have passed, but have left good memories behind.
Vintage Christmas Figurines: Singing
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