I’m in the midst of decorating my house for Christmas and I have worked hard to get everything organized by room. Several years ago, I took a week in January and sorted and labeled all my decorations to make it easier each year.
The largest box in my collection is the one that holds my “It’s a Wonderful Life” village. This Frank Capra movie is one of my all time favorites and when I found the village at Walgreens many years ago, I was so excited. In fact, I was a little late to the village collection party it would seem. There had been several buildings already out in previous years from what I gathered. They were made by Enesco. I started my search and eventually accumulated 7 of the buildings from Bedford Falls including, Gowers Drug Store, The Bijoux theatre, Ma Bailey’s home, Bedford Falls Trust and Savings Bank, the high school, the church and of course, the Sycamore House.
I also managed to find Ernie Bishop’s yellow cab. Other IAWF items are in ornament form including Martini’s bar. I also found the Mark Twain book that Clarence was reading, the Bedford Falls sign, and the movie poster in porcelain. Two unique ornaments are the televisions I discovered displaying a scene from the movie – one with George Bailey and Mary Hatch singing Buffalo Gals and the other when George is running through town in the snow after he wishes to be alive again. Centering all of these ornaments on greenery I put over my bakers rack display is a Hallmark ornament with Mary, George and Zuzu representing the iconic scene when the famous words are spoken by Zuzu – “every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings!” The ornament also has a little bell on the bottom.
I’ve looked for additional pieces over the years and some are pretty sky-high online! I also discovered that Target had an IAWF village too but I never saw that one in the stores. I would love to add a few more items I’ve seen to my village but right now I love the way the display looks every year on my kitchen bakers rack.
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? – Clarence Oddbody