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Yep I got a few of them. My paint pealed bad on them. I will have to repaint them eventually.

Brad, your display looks great! I think I'm going to make myself a few of those and not worry about trying to buy any.

Not to hijack this thread, but I'm also kicking myself for not buying the Statue of Liberty mold when we all had the chance..haven't seen them since.

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I know Thomas had/has one and maybe Gilbert Ramos. That is about it. The website on the statue no longer exists. Maybe you could find a Liberty Tax place that would sell it but that is about the only place to find one.

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I know Thomas had/has one and maybe Gilbert Ramos. That is about it. The website on the statue no longer exists. Maybe you could find a Liberty Tax place that would sell it but that is about the only place to find one.

Brad, I looked..so far nothing. I remember when they were available..sigh..I really should have bought one then. But, hope springs eternal, when I least expect it, sometimes a mold I want comes up.

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Yeah that Statue Of Liberty Blowmolds is awsome! i need to find oneof those...ill have to stop at every Liberty Tax Service i see! LOL:giggle: ive never seen that mold in my life! ...Brad, where did you get yours?

There was a website that had them some years ago..its long gone unfortunately.

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off a website that sold promotional stuff for Liberty Tax service.. They could buy it to put up at their location. It had those goofy costumes and everything.

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Brad, your display looked great! I liked how you did that.

Carrie, that is not a bad idea. If you do you're going to have to show us pics. :P

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Brad, your display looked great! I liked how you did that.

Carrie, that is not a bad idea. If you do you're going to have to show us pics. :P

Richard, I have 22 blow molds here that are not mine, that are in for repairs or repaints, 5 came on Monday, 3 more arrived today. When the day comes that I can make these candles for myself, I will share pictures.

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wow sounds like you got a business going. The outside world must think we are all loco.

Yeah, I suppose it does sound like a business..but I don't charge for it other than for supplies.

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Richard, I have 22 blow molds here that are not mine, that are in for repairs or repaints, 5 came on Monday, 3 more arrived today. When the day comes that I can make these candles for myself, I will share pictures.

Wow Carrie! You are busy. And I have yet to get my small ones out to you. :giggle: I think I will hold off though, don't need you getting to bombarded with molds.

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Richard, I have 22 blow molds here that are not mine, that are in for repairs or repaints, 5 came on Monday, 3 more arrived today. When the day comes that I can make these candles for myself, I will share pictures.

I know Carrie wouldn't want me to say this, but I'm going on official record here and telling you all to STOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CARRIE! Why don't you try repairing and repainting your own stuff and let her enjoy her own life?

OK, off the soapbox now. I feel better.

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I know Carrie wouldn't want me to say this, but I'm going on official record here and telling you all to STOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CARRIE! Why don't you try repairing and repainting your own stuff and let her enjoy her own life?

OK, off the soapbox now. I feel better.

Steve, you are so well intentioned..thank you. But in all honesty, I do enjoy doing this for others and sometimes find it a challenge (like Gary's sleigh..that one was a mess and very interesting to fix). To be completely honest, if I didn't want to do it, I wouldn't. I can say no when I have to. :giggle:

You're a peach though..and I know and understand why you said it.

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Steve, you are so well intentioned..thank you. But in all honesty, I do enjoy doing this for others and sometimes find it a challenge (like Gary's sleigh..that one was a mess and very interesting to fix). To be completely honest, if I didn't want to do it, I wouldn't. I can say no when I have to. :giggle:

You're a peach though..and I know and understand why you said it.

I'm just glad you didn't delete my message! Say, are you calling me a fruit?:)

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I'm just glad you didn't delete my message! Say, are you calling me a fruit?:)

A peach is a fruit..they are wonderful..take it anyway you want to. :D

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I know Carrie wouldn't want me to say this, but I'm going on official record here and telling you all to STOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CARRIE! Why don't you try repairing and repainting your own stuff and let her enjoy her own life?

OK, off the soapbox now. I feel better.

Steve, I don't think anybody is taking advantage of Carrie. Everybody knows how well she does on restoring them. I have offer to pay her every single time I ask if she would mind working on a mold of mine. I'm pretty sure she enjoys her life and if she didn't fix or paint molds then her life would not be complete... well maybe it would I don't know. :giggle:

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