Monday, June 30, 2014

Ornament Review: Christmas Window #11 - Five and Dime Store - 2013 Hallmark Ornament



Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Fun scene with boy facing us
Cons: Window could be better decorated
The Bottom Line:
Window a bit plain
But what this ornament has
Still makes it festive




The Five and Dime Store Has Its Ups and Downs

I guess we do still have Five and Dime Stores in our world today.  They've just been adjusted for inflation and are now the 99 Cents stores.  However, for the 2013 entry in the Christmas Window series, we are going back to the old fashion Five and Dime Store.

Since this entry was released in 2013, it was sculpted by Tammy Haddix and features a boy outside the store.  In the window, we can see a card board cut out of Santa, a small Christmas tree, and a sign advertising free yo-yo's for a visit with Santa.  The boy has obviously already been because he's playing with his yo-yo outside the store.  His dog is also there with his paws up on the window.  The boy is actually facing us instead of looking in the window, which is a change.  He's standing under a window awning that advertises "Five & Dime Store."  On the sides of the window itself we see the prices, which are indeed a nickel or a dime.

When you turn the ornament around, you can see the window from the backside.  There's a better view of the sign as well as cubby holes featuring trucks, balls, rocket ships, and even a box filled with coloring books.  In other words, just the kind of things that would make perfect stocking stuffers for the kids who visit Santa.

My one complaint with this ornament is that, overall, it seems a little plain in the window decorations part.  Yes, there is something Christmassy there, but it feels like it should be better decorated.  There's plenty of brown when you look inside.

On the other hand, the toys inside the store are a festive touch I like, and the boy is obviously have a great time with his yo-yo, judging by the smile on his face.

Like the others in the series, the base of this ornament features the series marker (11 in a Christmas tree), which isn't surprising because it is so flat.  You can follow my example and display them under your Christmas tree or on any mantel or shelf of your choosing.

If you want to go the traditional root and hang it, you'll find the loop on the front of the store's roof.  You'll find that the ornament hangs level.

For my money, the display in the Five and Dime Store could have been better.  Still, this is a fun ornament overall that I will display with the rest of my series for years to come.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Christmas Windows series.

Original Price: $20.00

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