Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hallmark Berry Sweet Bears

So over the past couple of weeks we've been getting quite a few calls asking about the Hallmark Keepsake Berry Sweet Bears. These adorable bears were issued in "Chocolate" and "Vanilla".

The "Chocolate" Berry Sweet Bear was given away as a Register To Win prize during the 2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere. Each participating store received one of the Chocolate bear to award as a prize. That means there are approximately 3500 of this item in existence.

The "Vanilla" Berry Sweet Bear will be given away as a Register To Win prize during the 2010 Hallmark Artists On Tour signing events that will be held in 16 different locations across the United States August 7 - October 16. (Click here for more information.) The "Vanilla" bear is "repaint" or "colorway" of the "Chocolate" bear. We are hearing that a number of this item will be given away at each signing, but the production numbers will still be very small for this item. We also aren't exactly sure what a "number" might be, definitely sounds like more than one; but does that mean 5, 10, 20? No, one knows at this point.

I took a look at ebay to see how the values are fairing for the Keepsake Ornament Premiere "Chocolate" bear. It looks like the Chocolate bear is averaging auction prices of $150 - $175. That's pretty sweet.
There have been a number of people calling about whether or not we will have either of the bears in the future. You can never tell. It is highly possible, but we have no way of knowing when that may be.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hallmark Packaging Going Green

The 2010 Hallmark Ornament Premiere was last weekend, July 10th and 11th. You may have noticed that something looked a little different while perusing the display of new 2010 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments.

It seems that Hallmark has made a couple of little changes that can make a big change for our environment. The first and most noticable change is that the ornament box size has been reduced. You'll find that the boxes this year are smaller than what most collectors are accustomed to seeing. In general we have found that ornament size hasn't decreased, only the "wiggle" room inside the box.

Here are a couple of nice comparison photos showing the ornaments and boxes of this years ornaments compared to last year's ornaments and boxes. Note again that ornament size is the same, only the extra space inside the box has decreased.
You'll find the second change when you open the box and look inside. Last year there were a handful of ornaments that were wrapped in tissue paper instead of the "normal" bubble wrap or plastic insert. This year when you get your ornaments home you will find that the majority of the 2010 Hallmark Keepsakes feature the tissue paper interior packaging.

Of course tissue paper interior packaging is not new to Keepsakes, during the early 90s most of the ornaments were packaged with tissue paper. Although its almost impossible to get the ornament wrapped back up to its original state, paper (especially recycled) is much kinder on the environment than plastic.

What are your thoughts on the new packaging? We'd love to hear your opinions.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere

It's that time of year again. For most people July means summer vacation, trips to the pool, and lots of sunshine and heat. For Hallmark Collectors, July means Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere. This weekend, July 10-11, you will find most of us at our local Hallmark Gold Crown stores bright and early. Most Gold Crown stores will open early for the event.

Ornament Premiere gives Hallmark ornament collectors their first "hands on" look at the new ornaments and there are often festivities planned by local clubs. You won't want to miss the Ornament Premiere featured ornaments either ...
As a member of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club (KOC) you are eligible to purchase the porcelain Siren Barbie Doll ornament. If you make a minumum purchase of $7.95 you are also eligible for the Smiling Soldier ornament just for showing your KOC membership card.

There are four register to win ornaments this year. Each store will be receiving one of each of the four designs, this means that the production size on these ornaments is approximately 3500 each.
Plane Crazy - Lando Calrissian - Run Toto Run - Lady Cardinal

Ten Terrific Years - Princess Tiana - B.H. Bugg - O Christmas Chipmunks

Pony for Christmas - Snow Many Penguins

There are quite a few "Limited Quantity" Special Edition ornaments this year, but a couple of them really stand out as MUST haves. We have heard that numbers available in each store will be more than last year, but they will still definitely be LIMITED. So if you see one you like, you better get to your local store early.

As always, we encourage everyone to have a fun time at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores this weekend. If you're not able to find one of the special Premiere ornaments, Hooked on Ornaments normally carries them on our website at www.hookedonornaments.com