Collecting Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – The Best Tips

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Today’s post is about the most famous reindeer of all –  Rudolph. The reindeer with the shiny red nose that leads Santa Claus on his sleigh ride around the world in just one night. Rudolph has been sharing his charm with us all since 1939. It wasn’t too long after, that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer would become a part of Christmas for families all over the world. If you are interested in collecting Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer then keep reading for the best tips!!

Welcome to the 2021 vintage Christmas collecting series. This is our second post in our series for 2021. Our first post is all about Holt Howard Starry Eyed Santa and you can find it here. If you’d like to review our 2020 six-part guide you can find that here and learn about vintage Christmas collectibles from the 1950s-1960s.

Rudolph was created by Robert L. May, who worked as a copywriter for the Montgomery Ward department store chain and published the story in a brochure for promotional purposes in 1939. The store began preparing for Christmas almost one year earlier when they hired May to write a Christmas story that could be purchased by customers.

Christmas giftware, decorations, and ceramics were at their peak of cuteness (my opinion) in the 1950s-1960s. And it was George Zolton Lefton who founded the Lefton China Company in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois and produced many items from dinnerware sets to Christmas decorations and everything in between and, that includes the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer set.

Lefton’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer set includes:

  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer bowl
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer mug
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer salt and pepper shakers
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer planter (Rudolph’s nose lights up)
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Pumpkin Patch, Apples and Antiques Too

We are having a heat wave with temperatures in the mid 90s, talk about a late summer here in Sonoma County!! On the way to work we pass this amazing country harvest stand and they have filled it with pumpkins, squashes and apples and I believe they grow these on their farm. The site is really spectacular. I am looking forward to an open-house/parking lot sale at the local antique multi-dealer mall in town ‘Antique Society’ that is happening this coming weekend so I will certainly post some pics up about that. There have been lots of church sales advertised and coming up are the Christmas Bazaar’s I keep seeing signs for so I hope to get a chance to stop by and see what there is. I have been finding lots and lots of vintage Christmas decorations and figurines by Napco, Holt Howard, and Lefton and hope to one day have a room in my house that I can keep decked out for the holidays all year long as the magic of these vintage Christmas decorations just keeps me smiling, I love them!!  How about you all? Are you ready for Halloween and then of course the Holidays are right around the corner.


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Vintage 1950s Christmas Candy Cane Figurines


I am loving these cute vintage Christmas figurines that have a “candy cane” theme.  Many of these are made in Japan by the great manufacturers of the era like Napco, Norcrest, Lefton Wales, Inarco, Kriess, Holt Howard, Relco, Replo, Ucago, and Commadore.  These vintage candy cane themed figurines and decorations are increasing in value each year and a couple years ago you could pick them up for $25-$40 dollars and today they can go over $200, especially the Lefton Christmas kids riding on a candy cane. Keeping my eyes open for one!!

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Same Old Same Old

Visited a couple antique shops and thrift stores this past weekend down in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square area it was the “same old same old” stuff I saw when I first moved down here almost six months ago. Kinda disapointing as this is exactly the time of year that I am out searching for vintage 1940s-1960s Chirstmas items like tablecloths, Napco and Lefton Christmas figurines and mercury glass ornaments and found nothing. Ok, in all honesty I did see a 1950s old Christmas tree stand (pictured). I still had a really good time as the day was gorgeous (I am starting to understand why people love California) and my husband was so sweet and came with me and in one shop the booth owner really took a liking to him and wouldn’t let him leave as he had so much to “talk” about regarding old post cards. Hope you all had a fun weekend and found some great stuff!! Click on the pics to enlarge.