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Extensive collection of Christmas items, one big draw at next Frederick auction | Retail


A massive auction taking place this Saturday could be an ideal stopover for last-minute Christmas gifts, with auctioneer Howard Parzow saying this is one of the biggest lots of Christmas memorabilia ever to come. ‘he had never seen them.

The auction will be held inside Building No.12 at Frederick Fairgrounds at 797 E. Patrick St., and Parzow and others were busy preparing the space on Thursday afternoon. Dozens of tables lined the building, each filled with a section of the massive collection of Christmas items.

Parzow said a significant portion of Saturday’s auction is dedicated to the estate of a family who have amassed thousands of Christmas items.

“What makes it unusual is the amount of Christmas stuff and the quality that this family has collected,” Parzow said. “Finding so much in a home collection is a rarity. “

A pre-Christmas auction has been an annual tradition for Parzow for years, and he said that by picking up this batch of items he knew it would be perfect for this auction. According to him, Saturday’s event could be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for serious collectors of Christmas memorabilia.

Some of the items Parzow expects to be the most wanted are dozens of figurines depicting Santa Claus and other holiday characters made by Vaillancourt Folk Art, a Massachusetts-based trinket maker. Each of their figures is hand painted, which makes them unique – and some sell for hundreds of dollars.

Parzow also highlighted a number of Carolers Byer’s Choice, which often retail for around $ 80, as well as a selection of Santa Claus figurines from the Lynn Haney collection. According to Haney’s public Facebook page, the Texan artist has been making intricately detailed Santas since the late 1980s, and an eBay search shows that many of his figures sell for between $ 200 and $ 400.

The collection is remarkably well-preserved, Parzow said, so he suggested it was a must-have for collectors of these and other artists.

“I’ve been in the auction business for 46 years at Frederick, and it’s a hell of a collection,” he said. “The quality of this stuff is amazing.”

Christmas items won’t be the only thing on display, however; Parzow said that in addition to this large estate of holiday items, goods from several other areas will be sold, including everything from Lionel train sets to horror comics, prayer rugs from Saudi Arabia. to ship’s trunks from the 1700s.

Parzow encouraged those who were considering coming early. While the auction itself begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the doors open an hour earlier. Parzow recommends first-time auction goers to go there when the doors open, bring a notebook to jot down items that interest them, and make a plan of how much they’re willing to spend on them.

With no minimum cost on any of the items, Parzow expects everything to sell out quickly.

Follow Patrick Kernan on Twitter: @PatKernan


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