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Christmas ornaments- Please help settle a debate

A family member of mine makes handmade Christmas tree ornaments and is considering selling them at a craft fair this year and she and I were talking the other day about Christmas ornaments, things like homemade versus store bought, trends etc and the conversation turned to the price of ornaments. She has been taking care of an elderly parent for quite a few years and really hasn't had a chance to do any shopping for Christmas stuff in a very long time. She was horrified when I said a single ornament in stores can be 5-6 dollars even when they are on sale and have been marked down, sometimes significantly. She insisted that I had to be mistaken because no one would pay that for an ornament of any kind and it turned into a debate about consumerism and the economy. So I thought who better to ask to settle the debate than people who love Christmas and know the ornament market.

When you are shopping for new ornaments what would you consider a normal price range? What is the top level that you would think would be worth it to spend on an ornament? Does handmade matter in price versus "store bought"?

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It all depends on the person, we all have our own ideas when it comes to Christmas ornaments. If I like said ornament that is $10, it would be well worth it, but that same ornament to someone else may not be worth 2 cents to them. Homemade ornaments are the same thing, if they have a meaning to someone it will be worth more, than someone who doesn't have a feeling for it. Hallmark sells ornaments that I have bought for $25, but Walmart has had ornaments for $2.97 that I have liked just as much. It is all about the individual who is buying them.
If you like the glass ball ornaments they will run you between $5-$20 for a box of 8-12, you like themed ornaments like the Elvis ornaments at Kmart those will run you $6-$15. Or basic ornaments could run you anywhere from $.97-$10 at places like Walmart. It is all over the board. Handmade ornaments have more of a sentimental value to family members, but may sell well at craft fairs, flea markets, etc.

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The ornament market is highly collectible. The garden variety ornaments you see everywhere average, I would say, about $5-$10. In specialty Christmas shops you'll see ornaments run the gamut from a couple of bucks to around $100, depending upon what it is. Most classic collectibles are priced around $20-$30.

It just depends upon what the ornament is made of, what the history of it is, etc.

The Christopher Radko stuff and others made of blown glass are almost all imported from Germany, Italy and Asia. You can get the Thomas Kinkade stuff for anywhere from $25 to $250, on average.

Then there's the market for vintage stuff -- simple ornaments made or marketed in Christmases past and those can run into the thousands.

So it is really all over the place.

As for the argument about which is better or more preferred, well, that's completely subjective.

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I agree with the previous posters. Totally depends on the person and what is valuable to them. The ornaments I have purchased have run the mill from $2 - $25 each. As someone that shops at craft fairs on a regular basis during the holidays, I can tell you that many of the handmade ornaments at booths run from $8-$15 depending on how detailed and intensive the work is.
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I think it also depends on how many ornaments you're looking to buy.

The first year that I had my own Christmas tree I was practically starting from scratch so I had to buy the cheaper colored ball ornaments to fill it out. Now, since it's been a long time and I have collected ornaments here and there, I am mainly looking for one special ornament each year. So when thinking of only buying one, I can afford to spend a little more money on it.
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A family member of mine makes handmade Christmas tree ornaments and is considering selling them at a craft fair this year
May I ask what kind of ornaments she makes? This certainly would affect an assessment of a reasonable price. Your family member needs to factor in several things: she has investment in materials, in her time (even if it's a labor of love, her time is worth something), in transporting the goods to the fair, and in whatever fee the craft fair is likely charging her to set up shop.

I went to a large local craft fair a few weeks ago, and a lady there was selling very ornate figural ornaments she made using Wonder bread, glue, and acrylic paint. At first I thought she made them out of polymer clay (Sculpey), but she went on to describe the unusual and more affordable way she makes them. They were very nice, but the tags gave prices of $40 up to over $100 for the larger ones. When I visibly balked at the price, she said they are "collectibles" and each one is unique. I guess it's all in the marketing, but I didn't purchase any.
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Like others here have said, Christmas ornaments are so many different prices. If we're going to a holiday party, and want to bring the hostess a gift, I usually go to the hallmark store and buy a nice ornament for $15.00. We've bought cute ornaments for our tree for as little as $1.00, and up. This is the first year, my husband and I aren't buying a Hallmark ornament for eachother. it has been our tradition to do so since since before we were married, but we have so many now and it has to stop sometime. WE may still find something we like at the Christmas Tree shop, but if we don't it's no big deal.
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I agree with the other posters here. This is a personal choice, and like Gingermel posted my 1st Christmas I bought the cheapest ornaments and made some from tin-foil and cardboard (I still have a few). As the years have pasted I have added to my collection but in all different price ranges, if I like it that is what matters to me.

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I agree with the others... I have purchased $25 ornament from Hallmark and the $1.97 ornaments for Wal-Mart. But I have ornaments that my son made or that I made when I was in elementary school. It just depends on who, what, when, where, why...
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I have not bought Ornaments that are more important than 6 Euros....it is not that I dont want to....I just couldn´t....in the christmas speciality store in Heidelberg, there are plenty of ornaments that are highter than 25 euros....and some for 100 or 200 euros......true...it always depends on the person and what it means to em or the personal taste.....I have bought very cheap ornaments....the cutest ones....and also see ones for 30 euros that are so so beautiful...I just cant afford to buy it
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