Over the years, the decoration of Christmas has changed, but if you think back to the late 60s or early 70s, you may remember a ceramic Christmas tree with flashing lights hanging on the mantle or tabletop. Some of these trees even play music.
“Everyone who took a ceramics class and celebrated Christmas made one of these trees,” vintage lifestyle expert Bob Richter told TODAY Home. “People put them on top of the television, back when the TV was a piece of furniture.”
Once Outdated, Now Nostalgic
By the 1980s, ceramic Christmas trees were outdated, but now they are nostalgic.
People were crazy about these old ceramic Christmas trees and even paid hundreds of dollars for the old-fashioned version on eBay.One of these trees was sold for $100, the other was sold for $149, and the other tree was even said to be sold for $218! If you are approaching a holiday, you may even have to pay a higher price.
If you happen to own an old ceramic tree and it is not a nostalgic item, then you might just want to get some extra cash through online sales.
Richter said it’s best to stick to it until the end of December.
“The truth of the matter is, they’re not incredibly valuable at other times of the year,” he said.
Richter is the author of “A Very Vintage Christmas” and he recommends a three day listing on eBay with an incentive title, such as ‘Get in time for Christmas’.
Old-fashioned ceramic trees may eventually earn around $100 depending on their condition. Richter remembers that some of them sold for $200 last year.
Make More Money If You’ve Music Tree
If you have a music tree, or a big or small tree, then you might make more money. Just make sure you post beautiful pictures of these items.
“People don’t like buying something that’s being held by a hand that has dirty fingernails or if there’s a mess in the background,” he said.
For those who are interested in selling these trees, you may want to buy some when demand is low and then flip them for profit.
They Are Buying Memory From Their Childhood
“I buy holiday items off-season in July when you’re sweating at a flea market because you can get those trees for $10 and $20,” he said. “But at this time of the year, everybody wants one. So even at flea markets, the prices are much higher.”
According to Richter, trees are sold more frequently because people tend to have nostalgia for trees from childhood.
“At the holidays everybody wants one because it reminds them of the past. And it’s a recent thing within the past couple of years,” he said. “Everybody’s like, ‘Oh, my mom had this, my aunt had this, so I want one.’ … Basically, you’re buying nostalgia. You’re buying the memory.”
Richter also mentioned that you might want to stick to them for emotional reasons.
“The truth of the matter is, I think it’s great to turn them into cash, and it’s also great to bring them down and plug them in and use them, and tell a story of your grandmother or your aunt or your mother or whoever it was who had them in the first place, because I think that’s the true value,” he said. “It has emotional value, and that has gossamer wings.”