We did a series on Christmas collectibles last June, but somehow I missed one of the most interesting collectibles. Jo Boroff, my sister’s mother-in-law, has a house full of the Byers Choice Carolers, and she continues to collect them each year. What makes these figurines, with their mouths permanently open in song, so special?
This video, which features the history of Carol Byers’ journey from hobbyist to entrepreneur to a family-owned corporation, is inspirational. Throughout the video, the viewer is treated to a close-up of the crafting process. Unlike other collectibles turned out on an assembly line, these dolls are designed and assembled by artisans, each with his/her own stamp of creativity.
The video also highlights the family’s contributions to charity and the community around them. It was enough for me to think I need to start collecting these figurines, but at $60 – $100 each, I’d have to think long and hard about the series I would collect–many of the figures are limited to 100 figurines. The figurine pictured here is “Baboushka.” I thought Jeremy would appreciate the Russian influence. This link will take you to the website and the 2013 collection.
The most exciting discovery? The factory (with a museum and free tour) is only 2 hrs and 38 minutes from my doorstep, in Bucks County, PA. I see a field trip in my near future.
The narration of the video concludes with, “The spirit of Christmas is something the Byers’ family specializes in, and they practice it 365 days a year.” With that attitude, The Yule Log ought to consider investing.