Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ornament Review: Tannenbaum's Department Store - Keepsake Corner #1 - 2017 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Fun store with a lighted window
Cons: Size is different from the official series
The Bottom Line:
Series compliment
Twist as front window lights up
It’s nostalgic fun

Light Adds to the Fun Visit to This Department Store

Hallmark has two popular and long running series, and they regularly produce extra things to compliment both series.  It only makes sense to create things their collectors won’t be able to resist, right?  This year, they are releasing four buildings they’ve dubbed Keepsake Korners, which compliments the Nostalgic Home and Shops series.  These four ornaments start off with Tannenbaum’s Department Store.

This is a two story building made from gray bricks.  It does have purple and gold on the door, the roof, and between floors.  Unlike the official Nostalgic Home and Shops buildings, this one isn’t open in the back.  However, you can see stuff through the window.  Right up front, we have a fire truck, a rocking horse, and a Christmas tree.  Painted on the back wall, we can see a scene of a little boy sitting on Santa’s lap, sharing what he wants for Christmas, and more children waiting in line for their turns.

I love ornaments that light up when connected to a light string, and this ornament is one of those.  You don’t have to connect it to a light, but it does help make the scene in the window easier to see.  It also provides a glow in the upstairs windows.  We can’t see anything in them, but it is fun to see them glow.

Each ornament in this series contains a nod to another popular Hallmark series.  The rocking horse harkens back to the first in the Rocking Horse series from 1981.  I’m still new enough to Hallmark ornaments that I don’t recognize the fire truck, so if it references another popular ornament, I don’t know what it is.  But it also might just be a fun toy in the window.

Since this is a building, it sits level, so if you want to add it to the display with the rest of the town, you can easily do that.  This building is a little bigger than the official ornaments in the Nostalgic Homes and Shops series, so keep that in mind before you buy.

It’s no surprise that this ornament hangs straight.  It is a building with the loop in the middle of the roof, after all.

You can count me as one of those who bought Tannenbaum’s Department Store since I have the Nostalgic Homes and Shops series.  But I’m glad I did because it is a fun twist on the series.

Fans of this ornament will enjoy the official Nostalgic Homes and Shops ornaments.

Original Price: $15.95

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