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DeniseR

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I was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and came upon this corner lot with all these blowmolds in it!...I took a few pictures. My partner says these are "ornaments" that go on some big tree downtown. Guess they were getting them out and ready to go. It was sure nice seeing them up close (well as close as I could get). They're not the best pictures (I was using my phone) but I hope you still enjoy them...

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Yes I would love to have those...they go for close to $200 a pop...

Looks like to me...they are on garlands that would be strung across the road and have the ornament hanging from it...or something like that...

They are huge...I like like over 40 inches tall...

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I was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and came upon this corner lot with all these blowmolds in it!...I took a few pictures. My partner says these are "ornaments" that go on some big tree downtown. Guess they were getting them out and ready to go. It was sure nice seeing them up close (well as close as I could get). They're not the best pictures (I was using my phone) but I hope you still enjoy them...

Denise,

We have one of those "ornaments". They are still being sold by GP Designs LLC and they call it a "Scintillo". If I recall correctly, years ago the company name was General Plastics. They are 44" tall and are still offered in both red and white. Jen is right about the price, in 2005 they sold for $175 each. We purchased ours a few years ago. from Tim Ewing

Mel

EDIT: Uh-oh, Looks like the price for the scintillos has changed a bit since 2005 and Jen was a bit low....

http://gpdesigns.biz/accessories.htm

Mel

Edited by Mel Fischer

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I love those, Denise, thanks for posting the pictures. We saw those ornaments and others made by GP Designs at Bronner's last year. They are just gorgeous.

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Denise, thanks for sharing those pictures. And Mel, thank you for that link and info. I would like to have one of those in my collection.

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I live 32 miles from GP Designs in Marion, IN. I love this place. This is a big Christmas factory. They manufacture some pretty neat Christmas decorations.

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Denise,

Those molds go on a giant tree that is on the side of a building downtown. the tree is about 10 stories high. i know a few of the people that put up the tree and have been trying to get a few of those ornaments, but so far no luck.

bob

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I just so happened to be driving through downtown this morning and snapped a quick pic of the tree on the corner of the building, sorry fo the quality it is from my phone

bob

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I just so happened to be driving through downtown this morning and snapped a quick pic of the tree on the corner of the building, sorry fo the quality it is from my phone

bob

Oh Cool! Thanks Bob. I'll have to get down there and see it.

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