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Dept 56 "stuff"?

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I started collecting the "A Christmas Story" Dept. 56 series last year (best Christmas movie EVER!). It's my first and only Dept. 56 set, and right now all I have are buildings and accessory pieces - no snow, no trees, no bushes, no benches, no streets...you get the picture.

I know I could go to any place that sells Dept. 56 "stuff" and spend a fortune on enough material to cover the space of about a dozen buildings and 2 dozen or so accessory pieces - IS there anywhere, either in chain stores or online, where I can get the stuff cheaper? I tend to run "obsessive completist" flavor and therefore would only want Dept 56 brand. Can anyone point the way? Thanks!

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Most stores that sell Dept 56 are supposed to sell at MSRP pricing. I have found stores going out of business that sell at a great discount. Also after Christmas some stores can and will sell retired pieces at discounted pricing. Lenox outlets also sell retired pieces at a discounted price since Dept 56 owns Lenox. Hope you can find some deals. I also hooked up at a collectible store a few years ago which set me up for a 20% discount on anything I purchased since I did get a lot. Talk to some managers or in my case, the owner of the store. Good luck.

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Welp, that's a good start. Thanks for the advice!

Anyone else?

What about eBay? Anyone know if prices for stuff (remember, I mean trees, fences, etc - not buildings) tend to go higher, lower or about the same?

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Welp, that's a good start. Thanks for the advice!

Anyone else?

What about eBay? Anyone know if prices for stuff (remember, I mean trees, fences, etc - not buildings) tend to go higher, lower or about the same?

Its been my experience on Ebay that accessories ususally sell cheaper then in stores. Lots of times buildings do also. Especially if the seller dosen't know what they have.

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Cool beans, thanks!

Of course with postage the way it is, eBay may not be such a bargain, but at least knowing that it COULD be will get me to start looking there more.

Thank-you!

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If you're just looking for "stuff" to go with the Dept 56 Houses, I'd try to steer away from the Dept 56 only concept.

I'm a huge Dept 56, I only buy their buildings and accesories. But for trees and bushes many of the Lemax ones are just as good, for alot cheaper. Some of the Lemax trees are a little cheapy, or too gaudy, but some of them are pretty good as filler.

My favorite trees are the fibre optic trees by Lemax. They're green everygreens with white twinkling fibre optics in them . They don't make them anymore, but I had an eBay search saved for "Lemax (fiber,fibre)" after a month or so, I had enough to really fill out the village. Usually sellers would list multiple trees at the same time, so I could really save on shipping. Also keep an eye out for trees by Santa's Best on eBay. They're the same as Lemax, but tend to sell for cheaper.

Here's a section of my village. Half the trees and bushes in it are Lemax. I even have a hard time picking out which are which.

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I was at Marshalls (TJ Maxx also!) today, and got an animated Dept. 56 village for 24.99 and it had been $75.00. They are a great place this time of year, to get villages at usually 50-75% off retail.

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Cool beans. OK maybe I won't be quite the completist, if going with Lemax will be that much cheaper. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

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