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Venetian Santa Claus

Oh, Horchow, how you tempt me every year. How do you manage to come up with new Santas every single year that I want? This new Venetian Santa Claus, inspired by Carnevale di Venezia's opulent costume dress, is so gorgeous it hurts to look at it.

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What's more, Horchow's having a huge sale right now - which means this gorgeous Kris Kringle along with a lot of their Seasonal collection is actually 30% off regular price until tomorrow morning! I do loves me a bargoon.

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Posted: November 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

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Retro Santa trinket boxes

Oh, folks, try as I might I don't always have time to update this blog. I have SO many more Santas to share - ones I've found online, ones I own, ones readers have been sending in. I promise to try and do better this holiday season. :)

With that promise in mind, I share this yummy retro find from Etsy:

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Handmade trinket boxes in pink or turquoise, I am just falling over myself in the sweetness and cuteness of these things. Plus, as you may have guessed, I have a thing for pink Christmas decorations, especially pink Santas. But the turquoise is almost as cute - lucky I can't afford to buy either this year or I'd be stuck on the reins of quite a dilemma!

More posts soon, folks. Bear with me - 2009 was a busy, busy year.

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Posted: November 6, 2009 at 11:02 AM

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Pink Santa. Oh yeah baby.

One of my all-time favorites within my Santa Claus collection is the pink Santa I acquired last year through Etsy (sadly, the maker no longer has an Etsy account, or I'd point you to her).

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His costume is made from soft pink fleece with faux mink trim. Even the bear he's holding is handmade from the same fleece. He's 17 inches tall and about 7 inches wide. I've added a short pink maribou garland wrapped around his base to make him look even puffier, pinker and softer.

He's just gorgeous, and I keep him in my office so I can see him every day.

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Posted: December 13, 2008 at 2:59 PM

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Wicked cool Santa boots

Okay, I've never been tempted to wear a full-out Santa costume - even one for girls - but these Santa boots are to. die. for.

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With a black skirt and a vibrant red turtleneck, oh, the fun I could have with these boots. I totally have a purse to match already (natch).

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Posted: November 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM

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Etsy find: Quilted Santas

Have I mentioned how much I love Etsy? They're a wonderful treasure trove of finds. Last year, I picked up a to-die-for pink Santa cloth figurine (I'll share photos next week) there and frankly there's always something cool and Santa-related there, every time I pay a visit.

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Case in point: a series of lovely quilted Santa wall hangings. My regular readers know I'm not so much into the country/quilted look myself, but I know many of you are, and I think they'd make a great addition to a more countrified holiday home.

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Posted: November 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

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Indian Prince Santa

I've been a fan of the cloth Santas from Horchow for years - every year, they get a delectable lineup of Santa dolls with incredibly lovely costumes.

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This Indian Prince Santa caught my eye this year - it's very unusual, and I don't usually go for culturally-themed Santas, but something about this is captivating. Gorgeous colors, and I love both the elephant under his arm and the big - er - stick, thing, he's holding. What an addition to the collection this would make!

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Posted: November 12, 2008 at 9:27 AM

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Whittled Santas

Carved wood Santas are always a big favorite of mine - I've got an entire sub-collection of them. There's something about the solidity, the organic-ness of wood that makes it just a natural for Santa collectors.

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I recently ran across Whittled Santas, which feature wonderfully simple, iconic carvings of the guy with the big white beard. I'm not a big fan of the ones of Santa holding a fish (I'm not big on sports-themed Santas in general) but his plain Santas are charming, and I love love love the Santas holding Santa toys (sadly, sold out - but hopefully Sandy, the site's main carver, will come out with more this year. Keep 'em peeled!).

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Posted: November 9, 2008 at 9:23 AM

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Krinkles Santa cookie jar

I absolutely adore Krinkles by Patience Brewster. Yes, yes, I know they're so last year (okay, well, several years ago) but I still love them to death. I have a three foot high Krinkles cloth Santa that goes in a place of honor each year.

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This lovely Krinkles Santa cookie jar, though, takes the cake. Me want. (I'm a rabid Santa cookie jar collector.) Plus, this is just such a good DEAL - Amazon's still retailing it for $125, but HomeClick has it on sale for just $45. Sweet.

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Posted: November 8, 2008 at 9:22 AM

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3-tier Santa server

Perhaps it's my fascination with cupcakes, or maybe I'm about to go all 60's retro, but I love love love tiered serving pieces. They're gorgeous - especially with cupcakes on them - and space-saving too, which is always useful. Most importantly, they give height and can make a centerpiece out of yummy baked goods - and how is that a bad thing? Mmmm, chocolate.

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That's why I loved this 3-tier Santa server. It's just so pretty, and would look just so yummy with some Christmas-themed cupcakes stacked on it. Don't you think?

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Posted: November 7, 2008 at 9:20 AM

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Books for a Santa collector, part 1

It's nice to be able to line your bookshelves with Santa-related books, both new and old. For those of us who (like me) only pull out their Santa collections for two months or so of the year, it's a way to be able to "reconnect" with Santa collecting and get your visual Santa fix without dragging out the whole kit. And kaboodle. You know what I mean?

Truth is, most Santa-related books that are really revered by collectors are older books and no longer in print. But that doesn't mean they're not findable - I've tracked down several that you might be interested in.

Santa Dolls & Figurines Price Guide : Antique to Contemporary, Revised Edition
Published in 1994. Back cover reads: "Discover valuable information and prices about numerous Santa collectibles. Images of Santa Claus from around the world and the legends that surround these figures are historically presented. Many fabulous examples of artist Santa figures are also included. A must for every collector of Christmas memorabilia."
Buy from Amazon.com or from eBay


Santa Dolls: A Celebration of Father Christmas Doll Art, Both Antique and Contemporary
Published in 1992. Back cover reads: "Experience old & new Father Christmas dolls crafted in every conceivable & imaginable medium. A sampling of the enormous range of Santa dolls crafted from the past & today by many talented artists. Discover the magic behind the spirit of Santa Claus as each artist shares their story." You can read an excerpt here.
Buy it new or used from Amazon.com


History of Santa Claus Paper Dolls
Published in 1983. Back cover reads: "Immortal saint in history and legend—now a paper doll. Evolution of true Saint Nick to Santa Claus in four dolls, 18 historically accurate costumes. Delightful fun for Christmas, all seasons."
Buy it used from eBay


Dream of Santa: Haddon Sundblom's Advertising Paintings for Christmas, 1932-1964
Published in 1997. This one has been on my personal wish list for years. I absolutely adore Haddon Sunblom's paintings of Santa (he's the man who painted the "Coca-Cola Santa" that we have all grown up with) and this book consistently gets awesome reviews.
Buy it new or used from Amazon.com


Much more in part 2, so stay tuned. :)

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Posted: November 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM

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Folk Art OoAK Santa

I was never personally much into folk art, but I know lots of you love folk art Santas - especially their uniqueness. I recently ran across this lovely one of a kind piece:

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Created by Little Sister's Dolls, he's a lovely 23" high with a really, really cute Santa suit. They also make other seasonal items, if you're looking for more folk art ideas.

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Posted: November 6, 2008 at 9:12 AM

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eBay find: Lynn Haney Santa Claus

I know a lot of our readers are into Lynn Haney collectibles - I just found a hot auction going on for her Snowbound Santa #2219 (from 1999 - now discontinued).

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There are already 9 bidders, and the price is (as of this writing) at $308 USD. See if you can sneak in and pick him up before he's gone!

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Posted: November 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM

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ceramic Santas at Pier One

I love Pier One. I think it's fabulously trendy and horrifyingly common but it's got some great finds, if you pick and choose wisely. And their holiday stuff is ALWAYS fabulous.

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Their ceramic Santas are lovely this year. Maybe at $15 I can justify buying all three? You think? :)

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Posted: November 5, 2008 at 9:15 AM

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now that's a lot of Santas

One of our readers, Michael, sent in some amazing photos of his 4000+ piece Santa collection - I just had to share!

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He also has three rotating Christmas trees with nothing but Santa ornaments. This last photo is of Michael himself, all Santa'd up for the holidays - isn't it adorable?

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Thanks for sharing with us, Michael!

If you're reading this and would like to share photos of your collection, please send them along! Just email them to: angie AT santa collectors DOT com, with a little info on the collection, and I'll be happy to post them!

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Posted: November 5, 2008 at 8:58 AM

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Timmy Woods Santa purses

While most days I'd rather be cooking, surfing, or Santa collecting than trying on Jimmy Choos, I'll admit that I'm occasionally a girl and like pretty designer things.

Especially when one of those pretty designer things ties in with my Santa obsession. I can't begin to tell you how much I covet Timmy Woods Santa Claus handbags, like Santa XV (below):

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If you're drooling over the idea but not a big fan of black, you can also check out the Gemini Santa (oh, YUM), Kris Kringle, and Zany Santa styles - my personal four faves.

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Posted: October 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM

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Saint Nicholas Santa figurine

As I've said before, I'm a BIG fan of St. Nick images. (I think it comes from sharing his day - December 6th is also my birthday.)

Recently, I ran across Mark Roberts' Santas and elves - new to me, though I'm sure some of my readers collect him. His 2008 St Nick figurine is stunning:

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If you're interested in picking up one of these figurines, there's a dealer locator on the web site; unfortunately, it only works for folks in the USA.

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Posted: October 6, 2008 at 8:44 AM

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Santa Claus offset litho print

I have a fondness for Santa art - why should my walls be Santa-free during the holiday season? Plus it's always exciting to see how artists interpret Pere Noel, such as this piece entitled Father Christmas from Dean Morrissey:

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I wish like heck I had found this piece of art when you could still pick up a giclee canvas version for $495 - but hey, the offset litho's better than nothing. :)

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Posted: October 5, 2008 at 7:17 AM

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Santa Claus advent calendar

Oh, I'm just crazy about advent calendars, but I've been looking for a nice one for ages that features Santa Claus. I loved this advent found at Christmas Loft:

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I love that you can just switch the numbers around each day... but I have to admit, it'd be nice to have little cubbyholes to hide chocolate from myself each day of December! Still, this version's a little kinder to my jeans. :)

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Posted: October 4, 2008 at 3:31 PM

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Santa hot cider server

I've really been on a kitchen/serving kick lately with my Santa-ness. Perhaps it's because I already have a pile (and I mean PILE) of figurines? Or perhaps it's just that I find myself thinking: why can't Santa collection pieces be functional? Case in point:

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This adorable Department 56 Santa Hot Cider Server totally caught my eye last week. Now, I know this says it's for hot cider, but I don't see why you couldn't put hot cocoa or my fave: Mexican Hot Chocolate, in there. Mmm, chocolate and Santas - my favorite!

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Posted: September 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

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how to sell a Santa collection

If there's one question I get asked more than any other, it's how or where to sell a Santa collection. Sometimes the question comes from the owners - they no longer are interested in collecting, or they have no space left, or they're moving to a smaller place. Often, though, the question comes from loved ones who either due to death or illness are charged with finding a new home for a collection of Santas.

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The truth is, I'm not sure. While I'm still quite young, I do think about what would happen to my collection and what instructions to put about it in my will. But I did a little preliminary scouting around and found these resources that might help:

11 Ways to Sell Your Collection
How Collectors Can Market and Sell Their Collections Online
What Happens to Your Collection if You Drop Dead. . . . unexpectedly?
How to sell a prized collection
How to sell your doll collection

I'm going to read through these myself, and see if I can't come up with a better set of answers. I'd love to hear from you on this topic - if you're a buyer/appraiser/dealer, how best to get your attention or help? If you're a collector, or a family member... would you be interested in a Santa collectors auction/trade/classifieds area of this site, where you could go to look either for new collectibles or to sell your existing pieces?

Let me know what you think. :)

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Posted: September 8, 2008 at 10:36 AM

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Santa suit kitchen set

Continuing with the kitchen theme... I ran across this little apron and hat set that's perfect for the foodie Santa lover (ahem... like me. Hint hint).

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I'd love it even more if it was a more cherry red (oh, how I love red with hints of blue overtones) with white maribou. Because c'mon. Maribou. Yum.

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Posted: September 4, 2008 at 5:56 PM

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my new kitchen Santa

Well, it's been a deadly long time without a whisper from me... I'll apologise duly, and then tell you I'm back and have lots of Santa stuff to share! First on the "sharesies" list is my first Santa acquisition of the year:

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I've always wanted a blackboard in my kitchen, to post upcoming menus or cute sayings, and now I can combine that love with this adoro standing Santa. He's got lots of red, natch, because as you can see from the photo, I've got lots of red accents in my kitchen. I think he'll be a perfect complement to the kitchen for the holidays.

I have, as you can imagine, an enormous backload of email to go through. I've been so touched that all of you have continued to write in despite my hiatus, sharing Santa collecting stories or news of your new Santa-creating businesses. Thank you!

More Santas soon. Anything specific you want to see/hear/know about? Let me know!

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Posted: August 30, 2008 at 5:10 PM

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santa of snowflake mountain

Delving through Gump's, I found this very "Martha-green" old-world Santa figurine, called Santa of Snowflake Mountain.

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Turns out the Santa is made by Lynn Haney, whose Santas - be they cloth figurines, Limoges boxes or canvas prints - are impressive indeed.

I would have been happy to show you a photo, or even a link, except the people who run Haney's web site don't have the foggiest idea what they're doing, and have deliberately set up the site so that people can't link easily to specific Santas (who still uses FRAMES, in 2005, for Pete's sake?) nor can they post an image of a Santa to their blog, since the photos are all chopped up to prevent all that rampant stealing on the interweb. Of course, what would you expect from a web site that also has a splash screen and no way to email the webmaster? But I digress.

Luckily, you can bypass the stupidity and see most of her collection at Curio Cabinet.

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Posted: September 22, 2005 at 3:22 PM

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amazing santa LE print

Stop everything, hold the presses, I've just found an absolutely delicious new (to me, anyway) piece of art that I'd give my right snaggletooth to get my hands on:

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This piece, entitled Checking It Twice, is the creation of Dean Morrissey (and he has an incredible eye - his other pieces are equally stunning, if not quite so Santa-riffic). Gallery One has both the 500-run s/n paper print (clocking in at $150) and - what Angie wants, dear Santa - the 100-run s/n giclee canvas print for an unspecified sum.

I promised myself that since I'm moving to a new home this fall, that no major Santa purchases are allowed this year - but oh, I cannot tell you how badly I'd love this piece.

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Posted: September 22, 2005 at 11:32 AM

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