When it comes to purchasing a vintage item that provokes nostalgia, there is often no limit to the amount of money that will be spent. For some, it may be all sentimental and for others, it may be more material but we know that people are willing to drop a tidy sum for those items when they are found.
These items may differ from one season to the next but at this moment, the old-fashioned ceramic Christmas trees are in demand. They were often seen in the 60s and 70s and they became a popular Christmas tradition. Those trees are also something that buyers are willing to pay top dollar for when they are found.
Do you remember seeing these in your home or your grandmother’s home when you were a child? They typically are taller than 1 foot and would be found on mantles, tabletops and windowsills. There were also some smaller varieties available as well.
These vintage items are now being posted on eBay, Etsy, and similar websites and they may be priced in the hundreds. There was even one that sold on eBay for $650 recently! Even handmade ceramic Christmas trees that were made in ceramics classes are also being sold for good money.
A number of varieties are available, including the Evergreen variety that is somewhat plain and the snow-covered variety that may also include Christmas bulbs. One of the features about the ceramic Christmas trees that made them unique is that the lights actually lit. There were some that could play music but all of them had the ability to find their way back to that position, one Christmas after another. Perhaps that is why people are so willing to spend money on these items, because they remind them of the happiness surrounding those early Christmas memories.
If you happen to have one of these ceramic Christmas trees and are interested in selling it, Bob Richter, a design expert says that you should strike while the iron is hot. He wrote the book A Very Vintage Christmas and collects nostalgic items and antiques.
A number of these Christmas trees were recently sold by Richter and they fetched between $100-$200. The market is hot for these items so now is the time to sell them, rather than waiting for other times of the year when they may not be so popular.
Richter feels that the best way to sell these is to list them on eBay or a similar site for a short amount of time, with 3 days being a good jumping off point. The headline could read something, such as “Get it in Time for Christmas.” You can sell some for $30 and others for hundreds of dollars but if they spin or play music, they will sell for more.
To maximize the sale, make sure that you take good photos, that the tree is in excellent condition and your listing should be accurate. That being said, if you are in the market to buy one of these items, be aware that imposters do exist.
These retro ceramic Christmas trees are being sold through Amazon, Target, and Urban Outfitters. It makes it easy for some people to post a newer tree and say it is older.
If you are only interested in the look of the tree, you can just buy a newer one. If you already own a tree, you may want to keep it to pass it down from one generation to the next. The holidays are all about tradition, and people tend to be sentimental over these items.