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hello, I live in them Netherlands and I just love to watch christmas decorations on american store websites, now I was wondering, I saw a santa's sleight on ebay with the reindeer and it said it is vintage. now i am on the site of the home depot and it has exactly the same sleight. how's that possible?

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hello, I live in them Netherlands and I just love to watch christmas decorations on american store websites, now I was wondering, I saw a santa's sleight on ebay with the reindeer and it said it is vintage. now i am on the site of the home depot and it has exactly the same sleight. how's that possible?

 

There are 2 possibilities that I can think of.  Some items have been made for a very long time and are still being made so that could be the case.  Another possibility is that the seller made incorrect assumptions about the item and it is not as old as they think.

 

I think some people use the term "vintage" very loosely on eBay.

 

That is certainly true!

 

TED

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Its either that or they are using the term vintage as the era and not the age.  eg Santa's coat; it is usually red and at waist length, but the vintage style is very dark red and knee length. 

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The older ones were made by Empire and the newer ones by General Foam. Maybe Mel knows the timeframe from which Empire produced them and when General Foam took over.

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The set with the reindeer with that style of antlers was first shown in Empire's 1990 catalog and they referred to it as being a "New Look" due to the antlers.  The latest reference that I have to the Empire set is from 1997, JC Penney had it in their Christmas catalog that year.  It is not in the Empire 1998-2000 catalogs.  General Foam first had it in their 2001 catalog and it is in their current 2013 catalog.

 

The first reference that I have to the Santa and sleigh is from the 1974 Empire catalog, the reindeer in that set had different antlers.  I lean towards this set being made before 1974 because it does not show it as being new in that years catalog.

 

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Its either that or they are using the term vintage as the era and not the age.  eg Santa's coat; it is usually red and at waist length, but the vintage style is very dark red and knee length. 

 

I hadn't thought of that so thank you for pointing it out.  I would hope that the seller would say "vintage style" or "vintage color" (or something similar) in that case and not just use the word vintage.  On eBay I tend to think of vintage as being defined by the eBay catagories such as "Christmas: Vintage (pre-1946)."

 

TED

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