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Christopher Radko, Ornament and Holiday China Replacement
Christopher Radko, Holiday China and Christmas Ornament replacement.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER RADKO -
It all began with a family calamity: In 1984, Christopher Radko decided that his family’s rusty old Christmas tree stand had served long enough. He replaced the stand and put their 14-foot tree in a gleaming new aluminum model. His family decorated the tree as always, with a treasured collection of over 2,000 mouth-blown, European glass ornaments. As it is for most families, their Christmas tree was a family diary with a story to go with each ornament. One week before Christmas, tragedy struck. The new stand gave way and the tree crashed to the floor, shattering almost every ornament. Many cherished memories and family traditions lay among those broken pieces, heartbroken, Christopher was determined to restore them for his family. Continued below:
- Trying to replace his family’s heirlooms proved to be a daunting task. Ornaments sold in the United States were, at that time, made of plastic and styrofoam, certainly not capable of replacing the handmade treasures his family had collected over generations. The following Spring, while visiting cousins in Poland, Christopher began looking for glass ornaments. While he didn’t find the treasures he was looking for, he did find a man eager to revive the art of his great-grandfather; a tradition once thought to be lost forever.
- Christopher encouraged him to recover antique ornament molds, supplied him with sketches of his own childhood favorites, and for good measure, new designs from his own imagination. Several dozen ornaments were produced for his family, but those ornaments never made it to the family tree. Instead, friends in New York purchased all of them. On his next trip abroad, he brought back more ornaments: many for his family, and some extras, which sold out, as well.
- Christopher realized he had discovered something wonderful! While at his job in the mailroom of a talent agency, he spent his lunch hours going door-to-door to stores in New York City, showing his designs. Georg Jensen, a top of the line jewelry store, was his first retail account. Through hard work Christopher achieved $75,000. in sales by the end of his second year. Now in its 19th year, his company continues to thrive.