From the Desk of Ms. Lit Town

Learning from the Master

Learning from the Master

Recently I had the tremendous pleasure of asking Village artist Barbara Lund a few questions about her long career at Department 56 which dates back to about 1989. As many of you know, Barbara was the daughter of our Heritage Village architect, Neilan Lund. Barbara worked alongside her father for many years as the Village gained in popularity and more designs were needed each introduction period. Neilan passed away in 2009 and Barbara took over without even the slightest notice...
on July 15, 2019
Department 56 Charity Auction - Ronald McDonald House

Department 56 Charity Auction - Ronald McDonald House

One of the company flags that would have flown over our previous Headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. We have never before offered one of our company flags to our fans or the public. Be the first to own an official, never before used, Department 56 flag! The brand new flag is 12' (144") wide by 8' (96") Feet high. Ornamentation is the official company logo with proper ® in black on white material. Sewn ornamentation is on both the front...
on June 03, 2019
New Licensed Pieces in 2019

New Licensed Pieces in 2019

It seems that the licensed pieces are appealing to many of our younger collectors these days. They all love Harry Potter which continues to be a global phenomenon with millions of books sold over the last 2 decades. This year we added the “Astronomy Tower” (6003327) to nestle against the “Great Hall & Tower” 6002311) introduced in July, 2018 creating the gorgeous centerpiece of the Hogwarts “kingdom”. And like with the first piece, the detail that Village artist Paul Lundberg...
on March 22, 2019
Things Remembered Announces Sale Agreement with Enesco

Things Remembered Announces Sale Agreement with Enesco

Things Remembered Announces Sale Agreement with Enesco Things Remembered will continue to operate as the leading omnichannel retailer of personalized merchandise with an optimized store fleet and strong momentum in its direct business CLEVELAND, OH February 6, 2019 – Things Remembered, Inc., the leading omnichannel retailer of personalized gifts and merchandise, announced today it has executed an agreement to sell most of its business to Enesco, LLC (Enesco®), a global leader in the giftware, home décor, and accessories industries. Enesco...
on February 06, 2019
Halloween: Did You Know?

Halloween: Did You Know?

Halloween as a celebration is second only to Christmas and seems to be enjoyed more by adults as time goes on. While children have always been fond of dressing up in silly, strange or spooky costumes, adults enjoy getting in on this typically American holiday planning outdoor decorations, hosting parties and setting up Halloween Village displays of all sizes. Halloween emigrated to the US in the 1800s along with the thousands of Europeans who flocked into our country in the...
on October 29, 2018
The History of Snow Village Hallowen

The History of Snow Village Hallowen

When the Snow Village Halloween was introduced in 1998, we were trying to answer thousands of requests from collectors who loved this holiday where adults and children alike could get a little silly, dress up and go a little crazy, if only for an evening. Collectors were also looking for another holiday where they could create a little Village or tabletop vignette. We knew that Halloween was growing in popularity, with more inside and outside decorating, parties and antics galore!...
on October 22, 2018
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