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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.