Putz houses

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Based on a German tradition, these little cardboard houses were often made in Japan and sold in U.S. dime stores from the 1920s through the 1960s. New manufacturers have been inspired by their current popularity, and instructions for creating your own abound online. Value depends on size, condition, and complexity.

Worth: $10 for simple single houses; $25 and up for the ones pictured

Bottle brush trees

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Mass-produced for such dime stores as Kresge and Woolworth, bottle brush trees look great in large, color-sorted groups, as well as in small vignettes or tied to packages. The ones pictured were probably made in Japan during the 1940s and 1950s. Vintage Christmas decorations aren’t the only things in your house that can make you money, check out these other common items that could be valuable.

Worth: $10-$15 and up, depending on size, condition and detail

Hard plastic candy containers

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These fun novelty containers were made by the School House Candy Co., also known as ROSBRO Plastics, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and were sold by the millions in the 1950s and 1960s. Once the candy was gone, the containers could be reused as ornaments.

Worth: $5-$35