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Micheleschristmas

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About Micheleschristmas

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Going to get a Christmas tree with my father. I got out of the truck and was walking toward the trees when I spotted Santa. We made eye contact and for some reason I turned around and started running from him. Santa gave chase and caught me, of course I immediately went into hysterics in the parking lot. All the while my dad was laughing harder than I think I had ever heard him laugh before or since that day.
  • Location
    Medford, OR
  • Biography
    Army Veteran, lover of retro/mid century modern holiday decor, yep...BLOW MOLDS!
  • Interests
    Gardening, treasure hunting
  • Occupation
    Analyst
  • About my display
    Just starting, lots of opaque real C9 lights and a small collection of the large blow mold soldiers.

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  1. Introduction

    Hey y'all. Just looked over your discussion and I'm excited and worried at the same time....these decorations are exactly the style I adore. I seem to be attracted to most mid century modern items, anything that reminds me of Christmas as a child with my Grandparents, Father and sister. Everything was bigger and fancier and higher quality (like it would last forever). Maybe that is why I can't resist rescuing all of it I can. I looked up Crystal Valley and was happily surprised to see they are an Oregon company. Although I was born in Los Angeles I grew up in Southern Oregon. I may have to task my sister with some recon missions! I look forward to learning more from everyone. 362 days until Christmas 2016 Michele
  2. My flag pole this year

    Ken, that is beautiful! Where on earth did you get that from?! Michele
  3. Anyone know the value ???

    You're welcome! The way I look at it, when I try to help someone researching blow molds I educate myself as well. I will keep my eyes open for these in the future. Michele
  4. Anyone know the value ???

    Hi Lisa. These are beautiful! I immediately had to research your mystery blow molds...it appears the name was used by Harrill Co and produced from the 1940s-1960s (see link). http://wwwantiquesattic.blogspot.com/2012/10/blow-mold-craze-and-some-history.html?m=1 Neat mention in the following linked article, they produced cigar store Indians as well! http://poolandpatio.about.com/od/decoratingoutdoorspaces/tp/Blow-Mold-Decorations-Brands-and-Manufacturers.htm Here is an active sale of one of the Indians on etsy. https://www.etsy.com/listing/177477604/sale-5000-off-original-price-rare You can also look for information under their acronym AFLCO. Ultimately I didn't find your item but generally speaking it appears their blow molds are not low end of the price scale. Probably due to qualify and rarity. Here is one more link I found that may be helpful. http://www.collectiblesknickknacksplus.com/collectible-plate/alfco.html Best I could do from an iPhone! Yep, it's an obsession! Michele
  5. Department 56 items for sale Houston Craigslist

    Good morning PC Texas! I am a newbie member to PC. My Christmas decoration focus is on blow molds and I am beginning my year ahead treasure hunt for next Christmas. While searching Houston Craigslist this morning I came across this listing for department 56 village pieces. I am not up to speed on values or rarity of these items but thought maybe it was something y'all would be interested in so here is a link and hopefully the pictures will post as well, I won't post all of them... just a sample. I think the price is $200 but may split it up. If anyone comes across blow molds for sale in the Houston area please let me know! http://houston.craigslist.org/clt/5345136823.html
  6. Good morning PC Christmas Villages. I am a newbie member to PC. My Christmas decoration focus is on blow molds and I am beginning my year ahead treasure hunt for next Christmas. While searching Houston Craigslist this morning I came across this listing for department 56 village pieces. I am not up to speed on values or rarity of these items but thought maybe it was something y'all would be interested in so here is a link and hopefully the pictures will post as well, I won't post all of them... just a sample. I think the price is $200 but may split it up. If anyone comes across blow molds for sale in the Houston area please let me know! http://houston.craigslist.org/clt/5345136823.html
  7. Got a few molds 50% off

    Where, what is Fred's? thx, Michele
  8. Vampire Plugs $45 per Hundred

    Could you please explain what these are? I am a newbie to all of this and uber low tech. I only do C9, C7, and net lights with tons of blow molds all with separate plugs that won't string together. I'm hoping this is a set up I can use to avoid an extension cord to every blow mold. I know close to nothing about electrical! thanks for any advice! Michele
  9. Outdoor projected images (not video) on a house

    I was looking for similar (hubby is into high tech vs my vintage stuff), anyway...the reviews I read for these types of devices weren't too impressive. Hopefully they will get better, I would love to project falling snow flakes on the front of my house.
  10. 2015 After Christmas sales

    awesome info, thank you!
  11. HELP! - I need ideas for my house - Trees block front view

    Maybe find some large ornaments that an be lit to hang from the trees (I'm a blow mold addict, I've seen some and will post some pictures when I get home). I would also go up on the rooftop and across the garage door. Maybe find some large ornaments that an be lit to hang from the trees (I'm a blow mold addict, I've seen some and will post some pictures when I get home). I would also go up on the rooftop and across the garage door. My apologies for the typos, iPhone posting isn't easy. Anyway...here is a link with specifications on the blow mold lights I mentioned http://christmaslightscreations.com/light-up-c7-bulb-blow-mold/ plus a couple photos the last photo was posted here at PC (not the exact same product). I didn't realize they were battery powered but I bet you could string them somehow. Hope you had a Merry Christmas, I too was TDY to CA (DLI Monterey, Army) not sure where you are but its for sure there. Are worse places they could send you :-) Michele
  12. HELP! - I need ideas for my house - Trees block front view

    Maybe find some large ornaments that an be lit to hang from the trees (I'm a blow mold addict, I've seen some and will post some pictures when I get home). I would also go up on the rooftop and across the garage door.
  13. Newbie Michele (Blow Mold addict) Intro

    55, it was my honor and pleasure to wear the uniform and serve my fellow countrymen! I am so sorry to hear about your father. The vets from earlier conflict always stay in the forefront of my mind. They are always thanking our generation and consistently tell me we have it harder than they did which I always respectfully disagree with and explain why. They are a humble, honorable group. My fondest memories of Christmas all revolve around my father as well, especially his love/hate relationship with his bubble lights lol. You are blessed to have some of your father's blow molds and I am sure you cherish them. Thank you so much for the information on the sleigh and reindeer. We have a group of two very tall pines on one side of our front yard and another group of three on the other side. Originally I had planned to put the sleigh and reindeer on the roof. I googled how and found this site which has tons of great pictures of flying your Santa sleigh and reindeer. Now I'm pretty sure we will fly them on a cable across the front yard maybe 20-30 feet up. I am posting a picture of the house, let me know what you think. BTW, if you come across any of the reindeer please drop me a line, I have 11 months to track down 7. I'm going to use a different model for Rudolf. Michele Thank you! Great to have you onboard. Good luck decorating.
  14. Newbie Michele (Blow Mold addict) Intro

    Good morning y'all! I have been lurking here for a few days and have finally found the time to introduce myself. From what I have found here so far I am super excited. A little about me: ** I gravitate toward mid century/retro decorations, of course blow molds are at the top of my list. I think the reason for my preferences is the memories of Christmas with my Grandparents on my father's side who did Christmas in a very big fancy way. I remember all my presents came with some sort of special ornament or plastic flower or little bird with feathers on them. (Just found some similar birds at a garden and florist shop I use....discounts have begun). I will post photos as soon as I figure out how. ** My husband and I are both prior service Army, and met in Iraq back in early 2003 (whole separate story). I usually have a military theme Christmas tree. We just moved to a new house and when the tree went up I began hauling out the boxes of ornaments. Unfortunately I discovered I am missing the box with all the military ornaments I've collected from all over the world for the past 15 years. Of course the box with the generic filler ornaments are all accounted for. I haven't been able to hang an ornament yet. The tree is still beautiful with just the lights and the star. I get super attached to my special treasures. ** I have just begun collecting blow molds even though I have been contemplating for the past few (wish I had started back then when prices were lower)! So far I have the new Santa and snowman that Lowes started selling this year, 10 x 30" black hat toy soldiers, 11 x 30" white hat toy soldiers, a short squatty red hatted soldier with yellow rifle and a 38" black hat nutcracker soldier, and two Poloron candles with the pinecone decoration. ** My main passion is outside decorating for Christmas. We have double layer net lights across the front flower beds with the bottom layer flashing. C9 multi color opaque lights on the small trees at the corners of the front beds. Red C9 opaque on the large palm trees flanking the front door (1 strand each, must buy taller ladder)! ** Soldiers are going out today. I plan to create platoons by hat color. ** Most exciting is I found and purchased what I believe is a vintage Santa in his sleigh with one Poloron reindeer. I haven't been able to identify the manufacturer so I will post a picture for the experts. Of course now I'm on the hunt for 7 more Poloron reindeer ugh. i guess I had a lot to say lol...I love Christmas and I'm so happy I found this site. Merry Christmas!!!!!
  15. On my never ending hunt for vintage blow molds!!!

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