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Brandon

For Sale: Santa Runway Lights (New)

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I have for sale a brand new set of Santa runway lights w/ lighted "Santa Land Here" sign. The original box fell apart in storage so I put them in a new box, still have part of the box though. Now is your chance to own a set of these hard to find runway lights.

$200 + shipping

PM if interested, thanks.

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Brandon, I have a gentleman here in Wichita Kansas that has built the north pole in the lot next to his house. He decorates every year and invites the kids to come into the north pole and talk to him about what they want for Christmas. He is an older man with alot of dated decorations but still tastefull and fun to look at. He does have a full size sled and and 8 reindeer which are big enough for the kids to ride. I told him about your runway lights and he thought those had to be the coolest thing he had ever seen. Since he is a non-profit and all the toys he gives away to every kid he see's is donated, he is definately on limited funds. He's not asking for a hand-out, but he is willing to offer 100.00. Below is his web site if you want to take a look at what he does.

Thanks

Mark

http://www.clausinc.org

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wow, did not know they sold for that much.  going to take a little better care of my set.

 

if we only had 20/20 hindsight. best I remember I bought these after Christmas for $9.95, wish I had bought more...

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I think you forgot one 9.  In 2006 they cost 99.95 before Christmas.  It might of been a different price after Christmas but I don't think they discounted them 90.00 unless it was a trerrible product.  As hot as these are I'm not sure that was the case.  Anyway you look at it, it was worth the 200.00 I spent on them.  Thanks again Brandon

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I think you forgot one 9.  In 2006 they cost 99.95 before Christmas.  It might of been a different price after Christmas but I don't think they discounted them 90.00 unless it was a trerrible product.  As hot as these are I'm not sure that was the case.  Anyway you look at it, it was worth the 200.00 I spent on them.  Thanks again Brandon

 

Ah now we now where we have to go steal them from :D JK enjoy them!

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