the priceless collection

It all started when I declared early November that I was pulling all things Christmas from the attic and going through each and everything with the goal to decrease my Christmas crap by 75%.

I have 20+ years of Christmas collecting, 7 moves including a 3 year storage unit, and the uncanny ability to block a mess out of my mind if it is in the attic.

It is the perfect storm for a special holiday edition of Hoarders.

Christmas Decor stored in Holly's attic

Yep.  That is it.


It took weeks to go through everything with help.  I was excited to put up the tree and a few accessories and return less than 25% of the boxes to a very roomy attic.

In the process of the sorting, I came across our Liberty Falls Village.

Liberty Falls cottage

Well, due to rapid growth it might be re-classified as Liberty Falls City.

Blog-Stedman and I started collecting Liberty Falls cottages right after we were married.  They were featured at large department stores one a week for 5-6 weeks leading up to Christmas.  They were $5 a piece and we he made sure that we didn’t miss a week…in years.

Liberty Falls collection

I know you are looking at that and saying to yourself,

Holly, that is pretty impressive, but those are only the early years of Liberty Falls Collectibles!   But what about:

  • the 57 single boxed cottages
  • the 22 double & exciting triple boxed cottages often with bonus pewter people!
  • 22 boxes of pewter people and animals
  • 2 books
  • 2 village scene mats

Oh!  ya, I have those too…

Liberty Falls Village collection

It is a massive Liberty Falls collection that has been taking up storage space for over 15 years.

I haven’t put them out at Christmas since 1995.  It is just too overwhelming.

I approached blog-Stedman with the idea of finding a new home for the collection.  He was surprisingly receptive and went off to do a little research.  He came back a few minutes later and said that he had found websites where the houses were listed for $15 – 30 each!

Holy crap.  Our kids are going to a fancy college!

Libery Falls caroling Scene

It would be much easier for us if we could find a buyer for all of them at the same time so blog-Stedman went back to the computer to see if people were selling Liberty Falls lots on eBay.

He came back a few minutes later and said that what people were BUYING them.

They were buying them at $1 – $3 a house.

What!  We PAID $5 a house close to 20 years ago!  Don’t these people see the value in our collection?

But then he went on to say that he had come across a rare season that we had missed…

and it was priced very reasonably.

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About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

She can also be found at Business 2 Blogger, on Twitter as @QuirkyMommaSite or @Texasholly, but her favorite place to hang out is on Google +.