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FAQ - Frequently Asked QuestionsThe most frequent question I receive is how did I get started collection D56. Here is the official response:
My mom always had a Christmas village, and I was intrigued by it. My brother and I used to help her set up the village every year. In December 1994 at age 11, I decided to start my own village. Ashbury Inn was my first purchase. Having financial assistance from my parents and especially my grandmother, the collection started growing VERY fast. After just a few years, I was able to catch up with most of the retired pieces. Up until this past year, I purchased every new introduction. Since I recently ran out of display room, I now collect only the pieces that I really like or are part of the Historic Landmark collection. The rest is history.
What is my favorite piece?
My first piece was the Ashbury Inn. It is definitely one of my favorites from the early pieces as is Crowntree Inn and Pegotty's Seaside Cottage. From the newer pieces I really like the Horse and Hounds Pub, Ramsford Palace, Tower Bridge of London, and pieces with interior scenes/animation.
What pieces DON'T you own??
I have the entire Dickens Village Collection that was produced between 1984-2004, both houses and accessories, except for the Dickens Village Mill. I will probably own that one day when the price is right! I also own the entire Merry Maker Monks Collection, Disney Parks Village, and Little Town of Bethlehem Village.
Do I buy/sell entire collections?
No, I do not buy or sell entire collections. Please contact one of the secondary retailers from my links page. You may also list your pieces for sale on my free bulletin board service. Please don't ask me to help sell your collection.
Dickens Village 25th AnniversaryThe year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Dickens Village collection. D56 is starting the celebration early by introducing TWO special anniversary pieces in Fall 2008. Here are the new pieces:
I predict that we will see the other six pieces from the original seven introduced next year!
2009 New Introductions
three exclusive Department 56 accessories are event pieces
is a list of the known exclusive and early releases for 2008.
2008 Early Releases:
To locate one of these specialty dealers, please visit the D56 AUTHORIZED DEALER LINK PAGE. Each dealer has Gold/Silver Key, Club 56, and Canadian status designated next to their store's name for easy reference.
|Common D56 Abbreviations|
|D56, Dept. 56 = Department
AV = Alpine Village
AL = Alpine Village
CIC = Christmas In The City
XC = Christmas In The City
DV = Dickens' Village
DPV = Disney Parks Village
NEV = New England Village
NE = New England Village
NV = New England Village
NP = North Pole
NPW = North Pole Woods
HV = Heritage Village
LTOB = Little Town of Bethlehem
HL = Holy Land
|VLG = Heritage Village Accessories
VLG = General Village Accessories
GenAcc = General Accessories
SBV = Seasons Bay Village
SV = Snow Village
SVH = Snow Village Halloween
CPH = Cross Product HalloweenSB = Snowbabies
SBN = Snowbunnies
ATTH = All Through the House
MM = Merry Makers
WS = Winter Silhouette
not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." -Charles Dickens
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!
It was for April 1999. I could not have done it without your support! Thanks so much!
Matt's Dept. 56 Display Showcase
Since you can't visit to my actual displays, I'd like to show them to you here. These galleries were updated in early 2004 to reflect 2003's displays. I also included a link to previous displays' galleries.
Here is the Dept. 56 events calendar section. If you know of any Dept. 56 related event not listed here, please let me know. The page has finally been updated with 2009 and 2010 events!
Department 56 History Lists
Since I had so many people requesting History Lists of D56 Products on my website, I decided to add them. I have History Lists of EVERY D56 EXCLUSIVE PIECE, Villages, Snowbabies, Snowbunnies, Merry Makers, and several other misc. lines! I hope you will enjoy the History Lists! I finally updated the lists 5/15/02.
Department 56 News Archives
is the section of my D56 web site that I refer to as the "OLD" NEWS ROOM. This is where older Dept. 56
info, including exclusives and early intros, will be archived.
Brand new info will always be posted here on my main page and then later
Dept. 56 Marketplace
|My personal website is just
that, personal. In an effort to help SUPPORT my website and keep
it a viable Department 56 Collectors' resource, I decided to join several
D56 related Affiliate Programs. Please at least visit the Department 56 Marketplace link to view their products.
This is not a random listing of vendors. In fact I have personally
dealt with everyone I represent. I won't recommend a product unless
I feel they are a reliable vendor. Featured products include:
Looking for an authorized D56 Dealer????? Check out the newly updated D56 Dealer Links Page complete with dealer classifications (Club56, key status, etc.). Please support these dealers since they support what you see here! My current dealers include:
Click here to view the Department 56 Dealer Links Page!
I would like to add new vendors and products to my listing of D56 Marketplace Vendors and Authorized D56 Dealers. Please email me for more details.
Tribute to Dept. 56 Easter Animals
During the Easter season I thought I would do an Easter page, but with Dept. 56! This page tells about the different Easter animals D56 has created through the years. I have pictures of almost all of them. There is also a complete history list. I hope you will enjoy this new feature to my D56 Extravaganza! It has been updated with the 2004 pieces!
Department 56 Cross Word Puzzle
How about a little break? Try this Dickens Cross Word Puzzle.
This is the Village Newsgroups, Newsletters,
and Chats section of my website. I hope you find it helpful.
Department 56 Display Guide
The "Village Display Guide" is a collaborative effort on the part of Department 56 collectors across the Internet. In the three categories of the guide you will find "Display Tips" to enhance any display. You will also want to check out the "Display Ideas" section for great concept designs and other ideas you may have never thought of before. And for those really serious about their display, we have a "How To" section for in-depth instructions to fulfill you creative display needs. Please check it out and post some of your own ideas!!
This is an online Department 56 Bulletin Board! It is here for YOU. Please feel free to post anything you have related to D56 here. Classified are also permitted.
Department 56 Links
Are you looking for other Dept. 56 web sites? Well, look no further! I have the LARGEST listing of Dept. 56 sites on the entire Internet. These listings are better than any search engine. I have one entire page full of just retailers. Check out the new updated D56 Dealer Links Page complete with dealer classifications (Club56, key, etc.). The mail page has links to collector's sites, secondary dealers, info sources, D56 clubs, gatherings, and even auctions! I hope you will find what you want to see. I can almost guarantee it will be there! Please let me know if you have, or know of a site, not in my listings. I am MORE than happy to add it to my collection!
The additional info can be found by clicking here.
|I belong to a local Department 56 collectors club
called the "Department 56 Dreamers". We are one of the three D56
collectors clubs in West Virginia. If you are interested in joining
our club, please let me know. We have a meeting the third Sunday of
every even month. Make sure you visit their website by clicking on
the logo below.
If you would like to see if there is a D56 club near you checkout the:
|Please take a moment to sign and visit my guestbook! I'm interested in your thoughts about my D56 web site! A lot of time and effort has been put into it, so please send me some feedback!|
|1997 RETIREMENT LIST||198 INTRODUCTIONS|
|1998 MID-YEAR INTRODUCTIONS||1998 RETIREMENT LIST|
|1999 INTRODUCTIONS||1999 MID-YEAR INTRODUCTIONS|
|1999 RETIREMENTS||2000 Introductions|
|2000 MID-YEAR INTRODUCTIONS||2000 Retirements!|
|2001 Introductions||2001 Mid Year Releases|
|2001 Mid Year Retirements||2001 Village and Snowbabies Retirements|
|2002 New Releases||2002 Snowbunny Retirements|
|2002 Mid Year Intros||2002 Retirements|
|2003 New Introductions
||2003 Mid Year
|2004 Snowbunny Retirements
||2004 New Intros|
|2004 Mid Year Release||2004 Retirements|
|2005 New Intros||2005 Mid Year Releases|
|2005 Snowbunny Retirements||2005 Retirements|
|2006 New Intros||2006 Mid Year Releases|
|2006 Retirements||2007 New Intros|
|2007 Mid Year Releases||2007 Retirements|
|2008 New Intros||2008 Mid Year Releases|
||2009 New Intros
|2009 Mid Year Releases
Well, that concludes my main Department 56 page. I hope that you enjoyed your visit! I enjoy showing off my collection. I am ALWAYS looking for more info to add to my web pages. If you have a story, tip, "Great Find", or anything else, please let me know. I'm more than happy to add it. PLEASE explore the other sections of my Department 56 Extravaganza. I hope you take a look! Thanks!
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