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The Best Collectible Buildings & Accessories

Last updated on November 15, 2021
Collectible Buildings & Accessories

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Our Picks For The Top Collectible Buildings & Accessories

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Key Takeaway
 Top Pick

Department 56 A Christmas Carol Accounting House Collectible Building

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Department 56

A Christmas Carol Accounting House Collectible Building

If you love the movie "A Christmas Carol," you won't want to miss this collectible buildings and accessories set. It's a replica of Scrooge & Marley's Counting House. All of the amazing details shine at night when you plug the house in and turn on the lights.

Overall Take

A Truly Unique PieceThis collectible buildings and accessories set is handcrafted and hand-painted.

 Runner Up

Department 56 Snowy Evergreen Collectible Buildings & Accessories

Department 56

Snowy Evergreen Collectible Buildings & Accessories

Whether you have a Christmas town or railroad set up, you'll want to grab this collectible buildings and accessories set. It includes 10 trees and shrubs in sizes ranging from 1.25 to 11.5 inches. All of the greenery is frosted to give the appearance of a snowfall.

Overall Take

Budget-Friendly OptionSince this collectible buildings and accessories set has an affordable price tag, you'll be able to purchase a few extra displays.

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Department 56 Porcelain Tavern Collectible Building

Department 56

Porcelain Tavern Collectible Building

This 6.5-inch tall illuminated porcelain wine and spirits shop is as charming as can be. You’ll love having this beautifully detailed Victorian England-style collectible as part of your colorful seasonal display.

Overall Take

Timeless; Lights UpAdd some historical flavor to your miniature collectible buildings and accessories with this lovely literary piece.

 Strong Contender

ZornRC LED Lit Collectible Holiday Village & Accessories


LED Lit Collectible Holiday Village & Accessories

This collectible buildings and accessories' lightweight village set features four houses, four trees, a Santa Claus, two couples, a street lamp and a spare battery box. It's made of lightweight resin for display indoors and will look great on your table this holiday season.

Overall Take

Cute Little CottagesThis light-up holiday village set makes for the perfect mantelpiece or tabletop decor item.

Buying Guide

Some people collect, organize and display items as a hobby. This pastime, which has attracted many different types of people for eons, can comprise basically anything from antiques and stamps to comic books and Beanie Babies.

While some collectors obtain things to sell them later for profit, others simply collect for the love of what they are keeping. And although the value of some items increases as time goes on, the value of others does not. Miniature buildings usually fall into the latter category. Some brands will increase in value over time, though, so do your research first if this hobby interests you.

Companies often create lifelike ceramic architectural pieces in painstaking detail that you can buy in individual pieces or sets. Collectors, on the other hand, love taking the time to seek out new, interesting pieces to add to their collections. You can create whole villages and town scenes over time!

Collectible building sets are often produced with different themes, such as different seasons. Some people prefer the ones that can be lit up for the holidays.

What to Look For

    • When buying collectible buildings that light up, see what kind of bulbs they use and keep a few extra on hand.
    • You can buy one house at a time and slowly build up your own little village.
    • Figurines are a great option to add some life to your miniature building collection.
    • Make sure to store your miniatures properly for a longer life. One good option is to wrap them up in cloth and carefully place them in storage containers. Place these in closets or other secure storage spots inside your home that children and pets won’t be able to access.
    • Always remove lightbulbs before storing your collectibles.
    • Your collectible buildings do best in consistent temperatures and humidity, so keep them out of attics and basements.
    • Also, make sure to keep these collectibles out of direct sunlight.

More to Explore

Department 56 is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company that has made miniature buildings since 1975. In 1996, the brand brought in $134 million in sales but is no longer doing those kinds of numbers.

Because it releases products and then retires them, Department 56’s buildings can become valuable. For example, its 1985 “Dickens Village Mill” was limited to just 2,500 pieces made. This little building, a large light-up wooden mill on snow-covered ground with double doors, a slate roof and small windows, is said to be exceedingly rare. As a result, in 2020, it was selling for more than $800. However, if you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for this hobby, which can be expensive anyway, the brand has also come out with more recent, similar products.

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