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
 
 
 



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW Series for 2014

In 2014 we welcome six new series to the Keepsake Ornament line up. Let's take a look!

Tin Toys #1 - Big Top Bear
1795QX9236 - Tom Best
This new series will feature a crafted metal design inspired by antique tin toys.
Big Top Bear is first in the new series and the ball between his feet really turns!

Kringle and Kris #1
1495QX9226 - Kristina Gaughran
The new Kringle and Kris series will feature Santa and his reindeer buddy enjoying holiday activities together. In the first in series, Kringle and Kris are checking their list to find out who has been naughty and nice.
 

Tis the Seasoning #1
1495QX9233 - Rodney Gentry & Sharon Visker
Tis the Seasoning features salt and pepper shakers inspired by the Christmas season. First in the series is a sweet gingerbread boy with a bottle of milk, a perfect combination! You might also be interested in the 2013 Tis the Seasoning - a pre-series complement - featuring a delightful snow-couple. 
 
 Family Game Night #1 Sorry
1595QX9246 - Matt Johnson & Rodney Gentry
Featuring favorite family games that will remind you of family fun - this new series is sure to be a favorite.

Marjolein's Garden #1 - Simple Gifts
1795QX9526 - Julie Forsyth, Designed by Marjolein Bastin
This new series will depict scenes inspired by the work of popular artist, Marjolein Bastin.
 

A Year of Disney Magic #1 - Minnie Has A Ball!
1295QHA1022 - Orville Wilson
Minnie Has A Ball is first in the new "Monthly" series - A Year of Disney Magic.
Beginning in July 2014 a new piece will be available each month featuring different Disney characters depicting seasonal themes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014 Hallmark Keepsake Club Ornaments

The 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club (KOC) ornaments are ....

MEMBERSHIP ORNAMENTS


 
Mice Cream Sundae
2200QXC5078
Kristina Gaughran & Robert Hurlburt
According to Keepsake Artist Kristina Gaughran, "When I sketched out this concept years ago, one of my husband's favorite foods was ice cream. With this ornament, I just wanted to create a fun and whimsical representation of him and his love for it."
 
 
 
 
Christmas Window #12 - Nina's Nook
2200QXC5076
Nina Aubé
In Christmas Window 2014, Keepsake Artist Nina Aubé pays homage to the small, mom and pop craft stores she loved to visit as a child. The ornament features handmade crafts on the counter, including a hanging wreath and a snowman with metallic garland.
 
 
 
Santa's Grandfather Clock
2200QXC5077
Edythe Kegrize
What would a Black Forest cuckoo clock look like if you supersized it into a full-blown grandfather clock, complete with an alpine top designed like a Swiss chalet, pine trees and a few woodland creatures for good measure? Keepsake Artist Edythe Kegrize decided to find out with Santa's Grandfather Clock.
 
 

BONUS RENEWAL ORNAMENTS
 Members have the opportunity to purchase the following bonus ornaments when renewing.


Victorian Dollhouse Repaint
3990QXC5075
Keepsake Artists
This completely re-engineered repaint of the 2013 KOC Event ornament features contributions from the entire Keepsake studio.
 
 
 
Teddy Bear Maker
1990QXC5079
Kristina Gaughran
Inspired by Kristina's son and his beloved furry friend.

CLUB EXCLUSIVE ORNAMENTS
 These limited quantity ornaments will be available at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores available for purchase with your KOC Membership card during the indicated Keepsake events.



Dorothy in the Poppy Fields
Madame Alexander
$24.95 * Debra Nielsen
Second in the Wizard of Oz themed Madame Alexander ornaments.Available for purchase beginning
Ornament Premiere Weekend
July 12-13, 2014
 
 
 
Santas Around the World - France
$17.95 * Edythe Kegrize
A new edition to the very popular Santas Around the World collection. His basket is filled with traditional French foods to pay homage to the French Christmas Eve feast, "le Reveillon."Available for purchase beginning
September 6, 2014
 
 
1949 Mercury Custom
$19.95 * Don Palmiter
Available for purchase beginning
Ornament Debut Weekend
October 4-5, 2014



Douglas J Spruce - Snowtop Lodge
$19.95 * Joanne Eschrich
Douglas J Spruce was originally a 2012 tabletop piece,
he is now offered as an ornament.
Available for purchase beginning
Holiday Open House Weekend





Monday, February 24, 2014

Hallmark Keepsake Celebrations


There's a new line of everyday ornaments from Hallmark Keepsakes in stores now. Keepsake Celebrations include a variety of ornaments that are perfect for gift giving and are available year round. The collection includes 13 ornaments. Each ornament features a "special message" and is dated. Most ornaments in this collection are clearly dated. All ornament boxes for this collection are clearly dated 2014 on the top of the box.
Browse Collection at Hooked on Ornaments



 
Time To Fly
Glass - 3 7/8" H - 1495QHG1223
Artist: Ruth Donikowski
On ornament: "The best is yet to be."
A real feather is inside this glass ornament symbolizing a goal or dream. Dated "2014" on ornament charm. Recommended for any life change event such as graduation, retirement, new career, etc.
 
 
A Mother's Love
Porcelain - 3 5/8" H - 1495QHG1206
Artist: Ruth Donikowski
Porcelain butterfly wings surround a heart that reads "Mother is another word for Love." Dated 2014 on the back. A lovely gift for mom on Mother's Day, her birthday, or any day.
 
 
Anniversary Celebration
Metal - 3 7/8" H - 1795QGO1166
Artist: Edythe Kegrize
Metal bell ornament features a wreath with two red cardinals. Ornament is dated 2014. Includes tokens to personalize the ornament. There are five heart shaped charms that act as the clapper for the bell - blank, 10th, 25th, 40th and 50th.
 
 
 
Our Wedding
Photo Holder - 4" H - 1495QGO1153
Artist: Debra Nielsen
This elegant photo holder can be personalized with your photo and the included stickers.
Personalization sticker reads: Happy Couple__________ Our Wedding Date________
 
 
Baby's First Christmas
Porcelain - 3 1/2" H - 1995QGO1016
Artist: Ruth Donikowski
Porcelain ornament is dated 2014 and reads "Baby's First Christmas."
A lovely gift for a new baby, baby shower or baby's first Christmas. 
 
Baby's First Birthday
Photo holder - 4 1/2" H - 1295QGO1053
Artist: Nina Aube
Insert your photo to personalize this ornament commemorating Baby's First Birthday. Ornament is dated with a small 2014 on the back. A sweet gift for Baby's First Birthday.
 
 
 
Little Hands
Porcelain - 5 1/2" H - 1795QGO1203
Artist: Terri Steiger
This hand print/photo holder ornament makes a lasting memory or your special little one. Ornament is dated 2014. On ornament: "little hands forever in my heart"
A memorable gift for new baby, baby shower, Baby's First Birthday or First Christmas.
 
 
 
New Home
3 3/8" H - 1795QGO1143
Artist: Terri Steiger
Commemorate a new home with this dated 2014 gingerbread house.
 
 
Always Remembered
Porcelain - 5 3/8" H - 1795QGO1146
Artist: Tammy Haddix & Becky Hottel
This seashell shaped ornament cradles a blue heart. On ornament: "Every life leaves something beautiful behind." Ornament charm is dated 2014. A caring gift to celebrate the life of someone special - for bereavement or the anniversary of a loss.
 
 
Season of Faith
Porcelain - 4 5/8" H - 1795QGO1183
Artist: Terri Steiger
Heart shaped porcelain ornament reads: "With Faith all things are possible."
Dated on the bottom of the cross. A lovely gift to celebrate faith - christening, baptism, confirmation, or every day.
 
Graduation
3 5/8" H - 1795QHG1213
Artist: Debra Nielsen
Personalize this photo holder ornament with your graduate's photo. Dated 2014. On ornament: "Life is an adventure. Live it!" Perfect for High School or College graduation.
 
 
Happy Big Birthday
4 3/8" H - 1495QHG1216
Artist: Tom Best
Personalize this birthday ornament with the included stickers to celebrate birthday milestones. Stickers include 0-9, 30, 40, 50, 60
 
Quinceanera
Photo Holder - 3 3/4" H - 1495QHG1226
Artist: Sharon Visker
Personalize this ornament with your photo and the included personalization sticker.
Personalization sticker reads: Nombre __________ Fecha _______
 
 
Display Stand
4" W x 9" H - 1495QHG1233
Display stand for the Keepsake Celebrations collection.
 
 
Expires: March 14, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hallmark Ornaments Sold Out List


I thought we'd take a quick look today at the ornaments that have sold out at the Hallmark warehouses. These are Hallmark ornaments that retailers are no longer able to place new orders for, what's in the stores and on order are basically all there are. You probably want to consider purchasing these items right away if they are on your "wants" list.

Hooked on Ornaments does currently have all of these items in stock. 

 Anniversary Celebration
QXG1895
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Baby's First Birthday
QXG1822
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Crayola, Big Box of 64
QXI2352
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 Football Legends
Marcus Allen - Los Angeles Raiders
QXI2292
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Football Legends
Marcus Allen - Kansas City Chiefs
QXI2285
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Football Legends
Shannon Sharpe - Denver Broncos
QXI2295
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Football Legends
Shannon Sharpe - Baltimore Ravens
QXI2302
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Forty Years Of Memories
QXG1032
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Grandbaby's First Christmas
QXG1975
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Low Rider
QXG1732

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O Hunny Tree
Winnie the Pooh
QXD6085
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One Sweet Gingerbread Boy, Miniature
QXM8522
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 Peanuts Monthly #1 Fun At The Beach
QX9802
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Pirates Of The Caribbean
QXD6022
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Promise Of Peace
QXG1415
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Santa's Magic Bell
QXG1335
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Santa's Magic Cuckoo Clock
QXG1355
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Season's Greetings
QXG1982
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We're Off To See The Wizard
Wizard Of Oz
QFM3922
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