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jasonquick

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The post says "The back side of the santa/sleigh piece is cracked, but you wouldn't even notice" No kidding - How could you with all that pink going on???? A Travesty... :eek:

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That person ought to be brought up on ugliness charges! That's pitiful! I guess someone was going for a psychedilic 1960's Christmas... Crazy!

Here's a pic from the auction for when that page is taken down.

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That's really bad

I would buy it if it was close

Simply to repaint it so it would not exist in that state any more

The deer woudl be nice

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Hmmmmm looks like hot pink lol That would go in my yard quite well lol Kidding Looks like that would be a fun repaint for me ????? Darn its too far away :(

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hey brad i watched that dude in your avatar last night . i take it was an old show but it was VERY funny!! on the pink sleigh id take it in a heart beat. nothing some stripper and some paint couldnt fix : )

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That looks horrible:eek::eek::eek::eek: I just have one question for that person, WHY??????:confused::confused::confused:

Maybe the person is a Code Pink member.

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The infamous Pepto Bismal Santa and reindeer..

Its in Minneapolis, I wonder if John Sr. has seen this? If its not HIS I bet he'd be loving it!

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I couldn't resist. I bought it.

It'll be a warm weather, summertime project to restore to it's original look for next year. It does have damage on the back side of Santa in need of repair also. I'll need a lot of tips for this, since this is something that I've never tackled before.

There is a "Rest of the Story" along with pictures that I'll share later tonight that are pretty cute.

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This is the "Rest of the Story" regarding the Hot Pink Santa, Sleigh, and Reindeer.

Last night I purchase, from a wonderful young Minneapolis woman, this Hot Pink Poloron set. The woman is a graphics designer by profession. Last year, for a customer, she put together a window display with Hot Pink being the color of choice.

She too had purchased this set from a craigslist ad. She took pictures of her project and was kind enough to share them with me so that I may eventually attempt to restore the pieces to their original look. I had to cringe a little as I looked at the pictures for the first time.

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Oh my, that is such a shame to do that to such nice old Poloron pieces. I wish you the very best in restoring them to their original condition. Please post pictures when you do!

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And the other two pictures of the "Before" look of the Hot Pink Santa and Reindeer.

GAHH! They look like they were in great shape, too!

Wonder if you can get that hot pink paint off w/o ruining the original?

Jason

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are the runners on that backwards?? kinda looks odd. but then again ive never seen a real sleigh to judge it by lol that i paid attention to : )

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