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Don Mcabee

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Don Mcabee last won the day on April 15 2017

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About Don Mcabee

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    charlie brown christmas
  • Location
    gaffney SC USA
  • Biography
    new to competition lighting, need supplies and support
  • Interests
    Holiday decoration for my kids and the neighborhood kids
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    just getting off the ground

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  1. GFP Closing

    no kidding, like I said in other posts I'm sure each piece had a story to tell, I would love to hear the news that the plant had been bought and will resume production, this might end some of the Down spirits that have followed the closing
  2. Merging of new P.C.

    I gotta read up on this, im a user of both platforms, but Big j is right, alot of drama goes on there....
  3. In search of...

    Hey guys, Im kicking around the idea of adding a few molds to the "neighbors yard" part of my display. Already knowing that molds and mold prices are kinda up in the air right now with GF closing, I still want to ask if anyone has....the price....ship to SC 29341 one or both of the following Carolers...(I refer to them as the Dickens carolers because of their clothes...blue coat..top hat etc Santa Train with tender car Condition is not....tooooooo important, I plan to refinish them....Let me know through PM or right here Thanks !!!!
  4. Poloron mechanical total restoration

    YEAH NICK!!!! Where the heck ya been? I even lost you on Facebook (i pretty much lost all my fb contacts...stupid samsung)
  5. Craigs List and Ebay

    I would be so bold as to say after all the tires have been kicked and no takers, he will listen to offers. In the above post where 5k was offered, he might rethink taking that offer once he sees that 15k is a bit too steep. But Im with Big J, I hope someone follows his posts and keeps us updated. It will be interesting to see if he gets a 15k taker or not.
  6. GFP Closing

    trust me I have seen Detroit and it's tragic as well, I think gf closing got next to me like my wife said, it's close to home and Christmas related. Hopefully a new business will grow in that building soon and get everyone back on track.
  7. Craigs List and Ebay

    heck yeah Big J, buy this lot, I need all of those grand venture deer!!!
  8. Youtube, and Light o rama forums are gonna be your best friend
  9. GFP Closing

    such a sad article, although I am a huge fan of blow molds and pretty much any plastic based product they produced, I'm an even bigger fan of American jobs. One point in the article stated that the Mexico plant had found a buyer and most of the employees have been called back, its tragic that a buyer could not be found for this plant and those guys get called back, new products developed, raises, 401k, etc. I wonder if the primary investors were tired of loss? tired of holding stock? Made the money they wanted? was the plant in poor condition, machinery out of date with little or no replacement parts available? We may never know, but what we do know is (as the article states) over a hundred employees are wondering what to do, how to pay the bills, etc. Like I stated above I'm a huge fan of blow molds, I love them for most any holiday, They have a "old time" feel to them and I reflect on my grandparents decorations from days gone by. Let us not forget the people who lost their way of life with this closing, pray for their guidance through difficult times (if any should arise from this) and even though it sounds silly, or childish, look at all of your vast mold collection (or small one like mine) and take this into consideration, someone, paid their rent making that candle, someone bought their first car making that Nativity set, someone bought groceries making the camel that you are so proud of. Not sure about you guys but each and every piece in my collection has a story to tell, that I didn't hear before, and what I took for granted with the "I'll just buy another one" attitude, just got a little more sacred to me. Im sure there will be an out pour of new molds from various companies in the near future, and that's great....but they most likely wont have American blood, sweat and tears embedded in each and every one of them. Well, I have ranted long enough, my wife says I let the closing get to me because it happened a few states over and because Christmas was involved. Thanks for reading...Don
  10. Blow mold Nativity Custom Paint Job?

    How many can I send you to paint for me lol!!!
  11. Flying sleigh and reindeer

    even though mine are not suspended very high off the ground, I used tomato cages (painted flat black) and at night they look like jolly old st nick is taking off. I cut the cages to stagger the height...
  12. Where to sell new Christmas light sets ??

    Agreed, pics and details have proven to be a big selling point
  13. GFP Closing

    yes, you can sell your collection for a million bucks, just remember that more buyers are attracted to your listing if you offer FREE SHIPPING!!!! LOL