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The Best Collectible Buildings & Accessories - 2021

Last updated on September 13, 2021
Collectible Buildings & Accessories

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Our Picks For The Top Collectible Buildings & Accessories

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  Best Classic

Department 56 Wine & Spirits Dickens’ Village Collectible Building

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Department 56

Wine & Spirits Dickens' Village Collectible Building

Overall Take

Timeless; Lights UpAdd some historical flavor to your miniature building collection with this lovely literary piece.

  Runner Up

Department 56 Lit Ceramic Easter Village Collectible Building & Accessories

Department 56

Lit Ceramic Easter Village Collectible Building & Accessories

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Vibrant Springtime MiniatureAdd this beautifully lighted house to your decorating plan for spring this year.

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ZornRC LED Lit Collectible Holiday Village & Accessories

ZornRC

LED Lit Collectible Holiday Village & Accessories

Overall Take

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

  Strong Contender

Department 56 Dickens’ Village Music House Colllectible Building

Department 56

Dickens' Village Music House Colllectible Building

Overall Take

For Music-Lovers EverywhereThis Victorian-inspired instrument store display is sure to attract the eye of music-lovers everywhere.

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Guide written by Danielle Smyth
Last updated on September 13, 2021

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.

The Best Collectible Buildings & Accessories

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  Best Classic

Department 56 Wine & Spirits Dickens’ Village Collectible Building

Part of the Dickens Village collection by Department 56, 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.

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  Runner Up

Department 56 Lit Ceramic Easter Village Collectible Building & Accessories

This lovely light-up 7-inch “Sweets House” features a pretty pink home with a chocolate-colored roof, two bunnies at the door, a decorated tree, two homeowners and Peep-style rabbits. This house will become a cherished part of your yearly springtime decor.

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ZornRC LED Lit Collectible Holiday Village & Accessories

ZornRC’s 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.

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  Strong Contender

Department 56 Dickens’ Village Music House Colllectible Building

Music lovers of all ages will be drawn to the illuminated, hand-crafted Dickens Village Stringed Instruments House, which is made from porcelain with amazing details like a violin-shaped sign and an attached workbench. This Victorian-style piece is 7.25 inches high.

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Our Collectible Building & Accessories 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.

DWYM Fun Fact

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.

The Collectible Building & Accessories Tips and Advice

    • 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.