Austin, TX, February 28, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Beacon's Glow Collectibles, an online gift and collectibles retail store specializing in dolls, teddy bears, and collectible figurines (http://www.beaconsglow.com), is now an authorized Department 56 Village retailer.
History of Department 56
Way back in 1971, an elderly St. Louis potter, who created and sold ceramic items that he had made in his garage. As a demo piece, he brought in a cookie jar shaped like a Victorian house to Bachmann's Florist located in Minneapolis. Ed Bazinet, a giftware buyer for Bachmann's Florist, asked the potter to modify the cookie jar by cutting out the windows and inserting a light so that it could function as a nightlight and additionally glow like a real house. Bazinet was pleased with the potter's outcome and many lighted houses were soon to follow.
Now known as the 'Original Snow Village', which was comprised of 6 different houses, these pieces initially sold for between $150 and $200 and became an instant hit. (Not known to many, Snow Village were originally made of ceramic, not porcelain, and continue to be made of ceramic to this day, just as in the originals.) Production became overwhelming for the St. Louis potter, so Bazinet moved production to Taiwan. This is when the line was aptly named Department 56, the number assigned to this division at Bachmann's Florist.
In 1984, Dicken's Village, and English Villages based on the classic "Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, was introduced. These accessories and houses are made of fine porcelain which lends itself to depicting finer details. Other Village Collections were soon to follow to include:
New England Village
Christmas in the City
Snow Village Halloween
North Pole Village
Disney Parks Village
Snow Frost Village
Downton Abbey (a 2014 debut)
Although Department 56 has produced several thousand different Villages and accessories, they have always enforced high-quality standards. Each and every collectible figurine comes in a protective fitted styrofoam container and a printed cardboard sleeve. On the bottom of each house, Department 56 is sure to include the name of the piece and the year that it was copyrighted. It is interesting to note that these dates are usually the year before their actual introduction. Dept 56 Village pieces are constantly retired at the end of each year which causes even more of a demand by D56 collectors.
Beacon's Glow Collectibles will be initially carrying the following Department 56 Villages but plan on expanding their offerings moving forward:
1. Dicken's Village "A Christmas Carol"
2. Downton Abbey
3. Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Village
4. Original Snow Village (to include Christmas Lane and Christmas Vacation)
5. Original Snow Village Halloween
6. Winter's Frost
They will also be carrying Department 56 replacement parts, and ask that customers contact them if they are unable to track down a certain part.
Many Dept 56 houses and accessories are already in stock and available to order, but the bulk of the 2014 introductions are expected to arrive in June of this year.
About Beacon’s Glow -
Beacon's Glow Collectibles offers both their US and International customers many fine lines of collectibles. Predominant bear and plush animal manufacturers include: Charlie Bears; Steiff Bears, GUND, Boyd's Bears; Bearington and OOAK Minky Bears. Predominant doll manufacturers include: Madame Alexander Dolls; Erika Catellani Dolls, Helen Kish Dolls; Heidi Plusczok Dolls; Brenda’s Reborn Nursery Dolls, Lorella Falconi Dolls and Adora Dolls. They also carry the very popular Jim Shore Figurines, as well as Snowbabies by Department 56.
Browse their site at (http://www.beaconsglow.com/). Collectors of all types will be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of manufacturer's lines and products offered at Beacon's Glow Collectibles.
They also have an impressive pledge to their customers and firmly stand behind it – “All orders are guaranteed to ship by 6:00 p.m. the following business day, (but 80% of orders ship same day).” This is certainly welcome news for collectors of all types.
Beacon’s Glow Collectibles is committed to offering customers a wide variety of collectible dolls, bears, and figurines at competitive prices, as well as exceptional customer service. This company guarantees their customers total satisfaction.
All major credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). Paypal is also accepted as a method of payment as well as personal checks and money orders.
Site security is ensured with Volusion’s SSL Certificate through encryption. The company also respects their customer’s right to privacy, and ensures that it will never be compromised.
Layaway plans are available, and they are willing to work with customers on an individualized basis to find a plan that best suit their needs.