Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 October Ornament Debut Limited Quantity Ornaments

The 2014 October Ornament Debut is right around the corner. Visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown store to find out details on any special plans they might have for the event.

 
October Ornament Debut Weekend
is October 4-5


Remember  the Limited Quantity ornaments from the last few years have truly been limited quantities. Some ornaments sell out rather quickly. If you miss your favorite locally, be sure to check with us at Hooked on Ornaments. (Here's a link to our 2014 Special Editions page)


 
 Jack's Peculiar Pet
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
1495QXE3713 * Sharon Visker * 3 5/8" H



Jasmine & Rajah
Disney's Precious Moments
2495QXE3716 * Porcelain * 3" H
 
Bane
Batman The Dark Knight Rises
1495QXE3736 * 4 1/4" H
 

Lionel Pennsylvania Torpedo Repaint
1995QXE3746 * Die-Cast Metal * 3 1/2" W
 
White Chocolate Moose Repaint
1295QXE3773 * Tracy Larsen * 3 3/4" H
 

Very Merry Christmas Fairy Repaint
Fairy Messengers
1295QXE3783 * Kristina Gaughran * 3 5/8"
 
GI Joe 50th Anniversary
1995QXE3786 * 4 3/8" H


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lights! Camera! Action!


The cameras were rolling at Hooked on Ornaments last week as Nicki Pierce, company owner was interviewed for a film on Ornament Collecting.

 
"The filming made me nervous...stressssssful!" reports Nicki,
"But, I was happy to participate and look forward to seeing the resulting film clip".
 

 This photo of Nicki and Adam the film producer was taken during the set up of the equipment. Stay tuned....we'll post the clip once we have it!

Happy Collecting!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Don Palmiter Kiddie Car Signing


 
We wanted to share this signing opportunity for collectors in the Kansas City area.
Should be LOTS of fun for all!
 
Amy’s Hallmark at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., will host a Kiddie Car Classics Artist Signing event, featuring Don Palmiter, on Sept. 6, 2014.Don Palmiter will be at Crown Center to meet Kiddie Car Classics collectors, sign pieces from their collections and share a little about his work. The details for the day are listed below and included on the attached poster.
Kiddie Car Classics Signing EventFeaturing Don Palmiter

Date: Sept. 6, 2014Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm & 1:00-3:00 pm
 
What: Bring your favorite Kiddie Car Classics and have them signed by Don. He’s excited to see some of your favorites and will share a little about his creative process. On Sept. 6, as part of Amy’s Hallmark’s Grand Re-Opening festivities, we’ll also be selling a limited selection of Kiddie Car Classics from our private collection.
 
Don will sign two Kiddie Car Classics per collector during times posted above. If time permits, collectors can rejoin the signing line to get an additional two pieces signed.
Where:Amy’s HallmarkCrown Center2450 Grand BlvdKansas City, MO 64108816-283-0459
 
 
Hooked on Ornaments is offering a coupon for
50% off all in stock Kiddie Car Classics Collection
valid through Sunday, Sept 7th.
Our in stock Kiddie Cars are already SALE priced -
so there are some UNBELIEVABLE BARGAINS available.
(Coupon valid for Kiddie Car Classics Collection only; NOT valid for ornaments.)
 
Hallmark Kiddie Car Classics Collection at Hooked on Hallmark
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hooked on Ornaments - Media Spotlight

Nicki Pierce, owner of Hooked on Ornaments was interviewed recently regarding the Football Legends series and the new Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Hallmark Keepsake ornament. Aaron Rodgers is 20th in the Football Legends series that highlights outstanding NFL Football players.

 


Here's a link to the article in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel by Paul Gores.
http://www.jsonline.com/business/new-aaron-rodgers-ornament-excites-wisconsin-businesses-b99327315z1-271526131.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Up Close and In Person

Now that the July Premiere has passed and the July release ornaments are on the shelves at your local Hallmark stores, we've had a chance to see the ornaments in person and there are a few things that might be worth mentioning about a few of the ornaments.

Missing "Series Symbol"
As you probably know Hallmark Keepsake series ornaments have a little Christmas tree symbol with a number inside on the ornament that indicates which number in the series the ornament represents. There are three series ornaments for 2014 that do NOT have the series symbol on the ornaments. The ornament packaging indicates that the ornament is "X in the Series" on the top of the box; but the symbol is not present on the ornaments.

The ornaments affected are:

  • Nostalgic Houses and Shops #31 Andy's Cars
 
  • Classic American Car #24 1970 Buick GSX

  •  Marjolein's Garden #1 Simple Gifts


Not As Pictured
Through the years we have found a number of ornaments that didn't quite match up to the ornament pictured on the ornament box. What happens is the photography for the ornament packaging is usually done with an ornament prototype. That prototype may be changed before the ornament goes into production or changes might be made during production or it may be just a difference caused by the manufacturing process.

We have had several collectors contact us regarding the 2014 Mary's Angel indicating the ornament in the box doesn't quite match the ornament on the packaging. If you look closely, you might be able to see the difference.
 

 


The angel that was produced has her tongue sticking out just a bit as she concentrates on getting her artwork just right. I personally find this completely endearing and I think it gives us a glimpse at this little angel's personality!


 
 

Odds and Ends
We noticed during testing that the sound for Great White Menace does not seem as loud as we are used to hearing from the Hallmark Magic ornaments. So if you get one that you think should be louder, rest assured this is how the sound is on this particular ornament.



Our pic for don't miss it? Be sure to check out Woodstock on the pipe organ in the Hark! Music Fills the Air ornament - he moves to the music!
 
 
 
Until next time,
Happy Collecting!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 Hallmark Ornament Premiere Limited Editions

Ornament Premiere is just a weekend away! We can hardly wait for the July 12-13 Ornament Premiere.

Here's a brief look at this year's Limited Quantity Ornament Premiere Exclusives. Be sure to get to your local Hallmark Gold Crown store early, these ornaments really are LIMITED QUANTITY and usually sell out pretty quickly.

Who You Callin' "Chicken"?
Foghorn Leghorn - LOONEY TUNES
By Jake Angell - Retail $14.95
 
 


Scarlett's White Dress75th Anniversary - Gone With The Wind
Porcelain - Retail $22.95
 
 
 

Pony For ChristmasRepaint version of the 2013 #16 Pony for Christmas
By Linda Sickman - Retail $14.95
 
 

VinaSTAR TREK
By Valerie Shanks - Retail $14.95
 
 

High-Flying HeroDisney The Rocketeer
By Robert Chad - Retail $14.95
 
 

Kisses For Kacey
By Kristina Gaughran - Retail $12.95
 
 

Toymaker Santa15th Anniversary
By Ken Crow - Retail $17.95
 
 
 

A Chris Mouse ChristmasAttaches to light string for optional lighting effect.
By Anita Marra Rogers - Retail $14.95
 
 

Winged WonderComplements the Beauty of Birds Series
By Edythe Kegrize - Retail $17.95

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hooked on Ornaments In the News

Press Room & Media
 
Hooked on Ornaments in the News
We were delighted to be featured in the Kansas City Star 913 section.
 
 
Ornament business spreads holidays all year round

06/10/2014 12:10 PM
 
Nicki Pierce loves Christmas ornaments. She remembers the first Hallmark ornament she bought in 1981 called “Topsy-Turvy Tunes” featuring a little possum hanging upside down. The Johnson County woman soon was hooked on collecting ornaments.
“I learned you could go back and purchase a past ornament you may have missed,” said Pierce. “I became more interested in the secondary market and how you could find them.”
After years of collecting, Pierce opened her own business in 1996 called Hooked on Ornaments. The Olathe-based business specializes in re-selling the tree decorations from the Hallmark Collection.
Hooked on Ornaments has more than 100,000 pieces in its inventory with ornaments being sold only through its website. Pierce has a total of five full-time employees and some part-time help in the holiday season. The ornaments, the majority of which are Hallmark designs, range in price from a few dollars up to $1,000; Pierce said the ornaments seldom cost more than $300.

Q: Where do you get the ornaments?
Pierce does all of the purchasing for Hooked on Ornaments extensive inventory.
“I buy direct from manufacturers and collectors or I buy out competitors,” she said. “We don’t buy directly from Hallmark because they won’t sell directly to us.”
Pierce does buying year ‘round to keep her inventory up to date. The company sells a few additional items “that complement and fit in with the Hallmark ornaments we collect,” Pierce said. Products include items from Overland Park-based Demdaco.

Q: Isn’t yours a seasonal business?
The busiest time of year is October through the holidays, she said, so she and her two sons started a second business, Big Time Cruisers.
“They sell bicycles that are fun, with wide tires and retro styles,” Pierce said. The business is based in the same building as Hooked on Ornaments, and its sales are primarily through the Internet.
“But they are getting more walk-in business,” she said. The sons are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the bicycle business.
“This is a way to bring in more cash during the off season and keep employees,” Pierce said.

Q: How did you get started?
Pierce started the ornament business from her home. She outsourced her website to a woman who was a fellow collector but who lived out of state.
“We started a relationship in the beginning that continues today,” Pierce said,
Over time, Pierce reached out to the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center for advice.
Eight years ago, the business had grown so much that Pierce decided it was time to move it out of her home. Hooked on Ornaments first landed in space at 92nd Street and Quiviria Road. Just two years ago, Pierce decided to move again.
“We were able to purchase a warehouse space in Olathe with 9,000 square feet,” she said.
Customers seldom visit the warehouse with the exception of a twice a year sale to refresh inventory.
Hooked on Ornaments has increased its sales every year, but Pierce said there is more competition than ever for business.
“Ebay is a huge factor,” she said. “There are a lot of sellers that do what we do on a smaller scale.”

Q: How do you compete?
“We offer extremely good customer service,” Pierce said. Hooked on Ornaments provides its customer photos of the items as well as video if it is a moveable ornament. Each item has a detailed description.
“We compete by offering a rewards program where they get points with their purchases, special sales, gift wrap, gifts with purchases and free shipping with a minimum purchase,” she said. “We also have ‘Top Ten Reasons’ to buy from us on our website.”
Orders for ornaments have come from all over the world, said Pierce, including “remote countries and islands in the South Pacific we have to look up.” The company does a considerable amount of business with customers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
“Being Internet only makes the whole world your customers, and that’s what has allowed us to grow,” she said.

Q: After almost two decades in the ornament business, are there still challenges?
“Keeping up with the ever-changing technology and the decline of collectibles,” Pierce said. “The Internet has driven the price of collectibles down, but we’ve been lucky that people still like ornaments.”
Pierce also works hard to keep her overhead costs down.
“We’re always looking for better ways to do things,” she said.
Pierce doesn’t collect ornaments the same way she did before her business but says: “I continue to love the ornaments. I used to decorate to the hilt during the holidays but I don’t now. There isn’t time. I get to enjoy them 365 days a year.”
Pierce likes the customer contact, as well.
“I enjoy the people who collect ornaments,” she said. “It’s a really fun thing. They buy something they really want and that has meaning to them.” Original Article from Kansas City Star

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article515182/Ornament-business-spreads-holidays-all-year-round.html#storylink=cpy
 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article515182/Ornament-business-spreads-holidays-all-year-round.html#storylink=cpy