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You remember. When you walked into Wal-Mart, or Kmart, or Sears, and a hoard of TPI Angels were taking up a whole rack. When you saw Winnie, and Mickey, and Goofy, yet just didn't have room in your car that year, for them to join your display. When you walked into Frank's; a place where your blow mold dreams really did come true, and passed the isle with the TPI Nutcrackers, and the Union gingerbread collection.

Sure there have been some posts over the years including pictures of merchandise found during the blow mold boom. But the nostalgia always haunts us.

So what pictures of these places' molds could you share?

(And responding with "none" falls under the category of snide remarks)

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You remember. When you walked into Wal-Mart, or Kmart, or Sears, and a hoard of TPI Angels were taking up a whole rack. When you saw Winnie, and Mickey, and Goofy, yet just didn't have room in your car that year, for them to join your display. When you walked into Frank's; a place where your blow mold dreams really did come true, and passed the isle with the TPI Nutcrackers, and the Union gingerbread collection.

Sure there have been some posts over the years including pictures of merchandise found during the blow mold boom. But the nostalgia always haunts us.

So what pictures of these places' molds could you share?

(And responding with "none" falls under the category of snide remarks)

I would also love to see any pictures of the glory days, especially when it is so painful to me that I started collecting when they were first starting to fade out!

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OH dont be so doom and gloom! It could be time for a come back for molds!! As I've noted in other threads I've seen more molds in displays than ever here in TN. AND the Kmarts have all sold out of molds. How many places could you order molds ONLINE in the "glory days"?? American sales and Seasonal are full suppliers. Home depot carried a good selection of molds. Menards carried a VERY good selection of molds. Garden ridge, Mayo, and English gardens nurserys carried a good selection, some even from a new maker! General foam has won the rights to produce Peanuts molds again!!! I've pledged to buy atleast 2 new molds every year that I can find some, seems I've surpassed that by a long shot this year! See I use a different theory about molds. I buy the new ones and use them. When I find the old ones I use them inside to preserve them.

Hmmmmm... As bad as some say the new molds paint looks I'd bet a dollar against a donut that the folks driving by to see our displays COULD care less if its a GF or an Empire lol

Be honest and say, would we all be crazy about molds if you could find them in every store you walked into? If every display you saw had molds in it? If Goofy and Snoopy were as widely seen as bumpy or the waving santa? I'd think not : )

Jim

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OH dont be so doom and gloom! It could be time for a come back for molds!! As I've noted in other threads I've seen more molds in displays than ever here in TN. AND the Kmarts have all sold out of molds. How many places could you order molds ONLINE in the "glory days"?? American sales and Seasonal are full suppliers. Home depot carried a good selection of molds. Menards carried a VERY good selection of molds. Garden ridge, Mayo, and English gardens nurserys carried a good selection, some even from a new maker! General foam has won the rights to produce Peanuts molds again!!! I've pledged to buy atleast 2 new molds every year that I can find some, seems I've surpassed that by a long shot this year! See I use a different theory about molds. I buy the new ones and use them. When I find the old ones I use them inside to preserve them.

Hmmmmm... As bad as some say the new molds paint looks I'd bet a dollar against a donut that the folks driving by to see our displays COULD care less if its a GF or an Empire lol

Be honest and say, would we all be crazy about molds if you could find them in every store you walked into? If every display you saw had molds in it? If Goofy and Snoopy were as widely seen as bumpy or the waving santa? I'd think not : )

Jim

I know they might be coming back, but only while being maunfactered by General Foam. It's just depressing that the companies like TPI and Santa's Best that have gone out of business will never return with their exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail, because I really can't stand how little attetntion to detail GF pays....

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I can't tell you personaly how it's going in Tenessee, but in NY, blow molds are rarely seen. Friends and neighbors who in the past, have had a number of toy soldiers, and many popular, or even hard to find molds, have not displayed them in the last few years. This has become an unsettling trend. My own grandparents were begging me to keep their Union Santa and Snowman, as they didn't feel it was useful to them. It seems 3D wire frames and LED lights (not even inflatables!) have encouraged many people to lose the molds, and opt for these instead. The Wal-Marts in the area only have a few penguins, and as I've mentioned in other threads, the Frank's that was just 5 minutes away from me closed 5 years ago, and it was a huge supplier of Union molds. Harrow's closed down 10 years ago, and many of the family owned nurseries, who used to sell molds haven't been and aren't doing so. The future for blow molds does seem bleak.....on the east coast.

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Pictures of Menards stock, this year. As of two weeks ago, there were only few blow molds left. They are probably sold out by now.

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Last two photos. I have similar pictures from American Sale this year. In the Chicagoland area, blow molds are definitely making a come back. At least this year they are. They were available at other retailers as well.. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

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Last two photos. I have similar pictures from American Sale this year. In the Chicagoland area, blow molds are definitely making a come back. At least this year they are. They were available at other retailers as well.. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

How was American Sale on molds this year? I wanted to go get the snowman with the wreath if they still had some. I'd like to see the pictures too if you could post them.

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I ordered 3 out of the 4 elves from their site; their pricing is about $10 less than other sites too. Then again, that's minus the light bulb.

Some pics:

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And yes the toy soldiers, candles, and lamposts are only $10 ;)

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How was American Sale on molds this year? I wanted to go get the snowman with the wreath if they still had some. I'd like to see the pictures too if you could post them.

Here you go, Matt :)

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The last one..quality on all of these is less than perfect, I took them with my phone :)

"First to fall over if the atmosphere is less than perfect, your sensibility is shaken by the slightest defect" - name that tune; no googling!

Sorry, song lyrics are constantly going through my head. Hey, Carrie, what is that Santa head in the left background of the final photo? Some kind of light cover? Is it plastic? I only made it to their outlet this year and didn't have time to hit one of their regular retail stores.

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I live in Northern Alabama and blow molds are pretty rare. If you do see them, they are usually an old mold in front of the house of any empty-nester...I almost never see the newer molds. Perhaps nostalgia will have them come back eventually (waiting for a version to appear in a Sharper Image catalog "''''genuine replica of the decorations you loved as a child!!..Now with energy efficient lighting and ecco-friendly paint...only $195!!". One of these days, I'm going to put together a display that has a large blow-mold snowman standing next to a wireframe snowman next to a "holograph" snowman next to a snowman inflatable with a sign overhead that says "The Evolution of the Common Snowman"...

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I ordered 3 out of the 4 elves from their site; their pricing is about $10 less than other sites too. Then again, that's minus the light bulb.

Some pics:

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And yes the toy soldiers, candles, and lamposts are only $10 ;)

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Can somebody tell me what website this is from, and maybe a link? Because is those elves are only between $20 and $25, I's buy them in a heartbeat because the only place around here I can buy them is a Christmas specialty store about an hour away that sells them for $40 to $50!

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"First to fall over if the atmosphere is less than perfect, your sensibility is shaken by the slightest defect" - name that tune; no googling!

Sorry, song lyrics are constantly going through my head. Hey, Carrie, what is that Santa head in the left background of the final photo? Some kind of light cover? Is it plastic? I only made it to their outlet this year and didn't have time to hit one of their regular retail stores.

Canary in a Coal mine by the Police..

Hoyt, it is a lamp post cover. I think you were by my house and may have seen the snowman cover on my lamp post out front. The Santa head was made by the same company. It is plastic and the face is screen printed on it. To be honest, I wasn't impressed with it at all so I took a pass on buying one.

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Sweet mother of...they have the life-size nativity! Do you happen to know what they were asking for that?

EDIT: Never mind. It occurred to me to check the website. : )

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I live in Northern Alabama and blow molds are pretty rare. If you do see them, they are usually an old mold in front of the house of any empty-nester...I almost never see the newer molds. Perhaps nostalgia will have them come back eventually (waiting for a version to appear in a Sharper Image catalog "''''genuine replica of the decorations you loved as a child!!..Now with energy efficient lighting and ecco-friendly paint...only $195!!". One of these days, I'm going to put together a display that has a large blow-mold snowman standing next to a wireframe snowman next to a "holograph" snowman next to a snowman inflatable with a sign overhead that says "The Evolution of the Common Snowman"...

Whoa; great idea!

Canary in a Coal mine by the Police..

Hoyt, it is a lamp post cover. I think you were by my house and may have seen the snowman cover on my lamp post out front. The Santa head was made by the same company. It is plastic and the face is screen printed on it. To be honest, I wasn't impressed with it at all so I took a pass on buying one.

Correct! I like your snowman lamppost, so I'm surprised that the Santa isn't just as good. I will need to replace at least one of my Santas on the garage lights (sconces?) next year, so I'm looking for something different. I have considered cutting out the backs of one or more "extra" Santa head BMs to use because I think they'll resemble the Drainage light cover I already have. I'd like all four to be different, but about the same size.

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