They are not just ornaments for the Christmas tree or the house. They are reminders of the wonderful memories you shared with your loved ones during the holidays.
With joy in the air and the sound of carolers, Christmas is the season that everyone looks forward to the entire year. It's the time where some of the greatest memories are made, feasting away with your loved ones and laughing away. The only downside to Christmas is that it happens only once a year. And after that, all your favorite decorations have to go back in the box and put away in the attic or the basement.
Every year when you bring out the decorations, they remind you of all the memories you've made over several Christmases. The plastic Santa might remind you of your mother's front porch where you had Christmas pudding. And today, Christmas decorations like those might be worth a lot more than you think.
The ceramic Christmas trees used to make a regular appearance at homes in the 1980s during Christmas. While growing up, you might have seen them at your gran's place or at your aunt's when you would go over for Christmas dinner. Even if they're collecting dust in some corner of the house, know that they know cost a lot more than you think.
“At the holidays everybody wants one because it reminds them of the past," Bob Richter told TODAY Home. On eBay, some of these vintage ceramic Christmas trees have sold for $79. There have also been instances where they were sold for $440 and $649, too. For the people buying it, it could be sort of like buying a piece of their past. "Basically, you’re buying nostalgia. You’re buying the memory,” Richter added.
Bottlebrush trees that you might have lying around somewhere are also fairly popular these days. Some of them were made during the 1940s and 1950s, and are now a sought-after vintage decoration. If they're in good condition, and also depending on the size and how well-maintained they are, they could be worth about $10-$15 and up, according to Reader's Digest.
One of the decorations you may have absolutely loved were the snow globes. They could put you right in the Christmas spirit through the miniature snowy landscapes where Santa's sled would be pulled by reindeers. The black-based ones produced by Austria's Erwin Perzy studio are said to go for $30 to $75 these days, according to Country Living.
From satin baubles to glass baubles, every Christmas tree was always adorned with them and they came in all kinds of designs and sizes. One of the old ones that became a trend in the 1950s were Diorama Style baubles, where a recognizable festive scene or snow-covered landscape would be hollowed out. People still keep a lookout for baubles like these and are willing to buy them for $14.95 on Etsy, according to House Beautiful.
Indented baubles have been around for a very long time and even saw a resurgence in the mid-years of the 20th century. They are now retro decorations that are sold for around $37.50.
Another unique Christmas decoration was the Goose Egg Ornament where, like the diorama style, scenes or characters would be hollowed out. If you have one of these special Christmas must-haves, know that they can sell on Etsy for about $35.00.
Do you remember your mother or your grandfather placing one of these shiny toppers right on top of your Christmas tree? These toppers were huge in the 60s and many continued using them like the final cherry on top of their Christmas Tree. And some of them sell for even $48.00.
So, if you've got any of these collecting dust in some old box in the house, unwrap them once more and remind yourself of the memories you've had with them. They are bits of your childhood and pieces from the most festive season that you loved celebrating.