Department 56 offers figurines, lighted houses and ornaments from its Village, Snowbabies and Possible Dreams collections for sale on the Retirements page of its website, as of 2015. The company offers a limited number of retired items; once the items sell out, they are gone forever.
After Department 56 retires a piece, it breaks the mold for the piece, ensuring the end of the item’s production. The company typically announces retirements toward the end of each production year and offers downloadable retirement lists for each collection. In addition, it offers a complete list of retired Department 56 pieces from current and previous years under its History Lists tab, downloadable in PDF format.