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Big J Illinois

Seen these today while I was out

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I think fleet farm used to sell a lot of 'molds.  I can remember people posting about buying from them.

TED

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No, those look to be the newer ones from General Foam.  The Santa looks to be their #C5280 and the snowman looks to be their #C5170 "Season's Greetings Snowman".  The Santa is shown in those colors in their 2013-2017 catalogs and the snowman is shown in their 2013-2017 catalogs.  The snowman was marked as NEW in their 2013 catalog.

Yes,, we do have those in our collection, we got them a few years ago.

Mel

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10 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

I thought you had to order these online only....seen them while we where out this afternoon,at HD

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Walmart near me has these for around 5 dollars.

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Those "Really Big Lights" are at Home Depot.  Walmart has a similar item (a knockoff of the RBLs) which is just under 6 bucks.  I believe they are $5.96.

TED

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