Our Department 56 diva has begun setting up the new village pieces for 2012. I thought I’d offer a sneak peek at what she has been up to, starting with Snow Village. Please don’t tell her I did this, because I know she’s not totally finished yet and she may try to hide my beloved camera from me for this!
(It helps to have some terrific artists on staff for the backgrounds.)
We know that some of you keep your villages on display all year round, too, not just at Christmas. If you’ve had fun with a particular display, share your tips with us and the rest of our readers. It’s amazing how creative you can be with these lighted houses and accessories. I’m a fan of the tall bookcase with houses interspersed among books and other collectibles on the shelves.
We’re planning to film a brief video demonstration of each village collection (brief, ha! Have you ever gotten that girl started talking about all she knows about D56?!) to offer to our viewers in a few weeks. If there’s something in particular you’d like to know more about, leave your request in the comments and we will put it on the production list. She’s promised to share some designer secrets that you can easily do at home. Then you can send us your own village pics for our customer scrapbook (over on Facebook).
And speaking of Department 56, the date has been set for our artist signing this year – Scott Enter will visit the store on Saturday, November 3rd, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. We’ll also have our Secondary Market tent sale for retired pieces on Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3-4th. If you’d like to rent a table and bring your collection to sell, call Teresa Hughes at 800-445-3396, extension 148. There is still space available right now.
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
P.S. Remember, please don’t tell her that I showed you these pictures – but feel free to steal any of our ideas!