News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - We have contracted a new client who is offering her Retired/Department 56 Cottages-Buildings and Accessories to be sold. The Cottages-Buildings are all from the Heritage Village Collection/Dickens Village Series. Most of them have issue dates of the 1980s and were retired in the early 1990s.
Here is the wonderfull story about how this Minnesota collectibles company came to be:
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. The rest is history.
Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Department 56 has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for there hand-crafted lighted villages, Snowbabies™ figurines and extensive lines of holiday and home decorative products.
The concept of THE HERITAGE VILLAGE COLLECTION was developed. The first release was The Dicken's Village Series, a collection of seven nostalgic shops and a church. All designed to capture the spirit of Christmas in Victorian England.
These are truly collectibles that you and your family will enjoy for a lifetime.