Ceramic Christmas trees may be worth a lot of money


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The ceramic Christmas tree sitting on your shelf may be worth a lot of money.

The trees were a hot item in the '60s and '70s before losing their popularity in the '80s. But now, it seems they're making a comeback.

“Everyone who took a ceramics class and celebrated Christmas made one of these trees,” vintage lifestyle expert Bob Richter told TODAY Home. “People put them on top of the television, back when the TV was a piece of furniture.”

The vintage ceramic trees have been selling for a lot more than what consumers paid for them. On sites like eBay some trees have sold for between $79 and $650, Today reported.

Richter said if you plan on selling yours, now is the time.

“The truth of the matter is, they’re not incredibly valuable at other times of the year," he told Today.

Richter said that the younger generation is who is making the ceramic trees valuable again.

“At the holidays everybody wants one because it reminds them of the past. And it’s a recent thing within the past couple of years,” he said. “Everybody’s like, ‘Oh, my mom had this, my aunt had this, so I want one.’ … Basically, you’re buying nostalgia. You’re buying the memory.”