If you or your family members have any old ornaments lying around the house, it might be worth taking a good look at them – because they could just end up adding a hefty sum to your bank account. A particular line of $15 collectible porcelain statues from Precious Moments have sparked something of a frenzy of selling and buying activity on eBay, with some of the rarer pieces being valued at up to $2,000. The company first released the 21-piece collection of ornaments in 1979 – and the first piece from the line, a statue of a little girl giving away free puppies entitled God Loveth a Cheerful Giver, is currently the most valuable of the lot, according to a spokesperson for Woolvey Antiques and Collectibles. Antiques expert Paul Burton told Today that the God Loveth a Cheerful Giver ornament has previously been valued at more than $2,000 – however they are currently only raking in around $350 on eBay at the moment. Even if you can’t get $2,000 for the ornament however, you’ll still be able to sell it for close to $500 – a huge leap in price from the $15 is originally retailed for. But if you don’t happen to have that one handy, fear not, because God Loveth a Cheerful Giver is just one small part of the company’s original 21 porcelain ornaments. Another popular collectible from the retailer is their Silent Knight musical figurine which plays the Christmas classic Silent Night, and was made in 1981. The ornament was originally priced at $45, and is now selling on eBay for $199. Woolvey Antiques and Collectibles website features a specific guide for identifying and valuing Precious Moments collectibles. The most important things to look for when checking to see if an ornament is worth anything is the model number and the production year mark, according to the guide. Checking for a signature on the ornament is also important, as those with Precious Moments founder Sam Butcher’s signature will be the most valuable. The gift-ware company, that was founded by artist Sam, 79, in the 1970s, is known for its ornaments, figurines and collectible items.
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