Question: Besides collecting ornaments, which you recently wrote about, isn't there a collector's market in other Christmas items as well? For example, I have a collection of Santa dolls going back 50 years.--N.W.
Answer: Christmas collectibles go well beyond ornaments. They range from books and buttons to candle holders and signs to expensive Nativity sets hand-carved many decades ago.
For example, a dealer told us that a Santa Claus wood carving recently sold at a flea market for about $20. The carving was said to have been executed in Pennsylvania a couple of decades ago and could fall into a folk art classification.
The problem is that unless you recognize the artist or style of the carving, it's difficult to identify in terms of origin and, in turn, next to impossible to evaluate in terms of placing a price on the object.