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  1. 2017 Display from Minnesota

    Here's my display for 2017. Some molds are part of the show and some are not.
  2. 2017 Display

    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  3. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    Yesterday I went to my local Menards to see what sort of blow mold selection they had this year. As I assumed, not many GFP ones because of them going out of business, but to my surprise, the had a Cado/Union Santa, Snowman, Mrs. Claus, and Noel Candle! I'm going to try to get the Santa and the snowman this year at least. Are they at any one else's local Menards? I do feel sad GFP is closing next year, But i'm glad they'll have Cado ones. what do you think about Cado/Union?
  4. Hello everyone. I was wondering if any of you might be able to help me in my endeavor to expand my smaller sized nativity display. I already know where I can get some correctly sized angels, extra Shepherds and Josephs to stand in for shepherds, but what I would really like is to add a camel for my three Magi. But I am almost 100% certain that no company has ever produced a blow mold camel to go with this size nativity. Most of the figures are around 18" tall ( and a couple around 23") so just adding in the camel for the medium sized nativity you see around most places would look kinda off. As you can see by someone else display in one of the attached images. So would any of you know of a camel from any source that I might be able to use? Maybe not even a blow mold, but perhaps something I could make match the other figures through some creativity. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
  5. Sleigh blow mold WITHOUT Santa?

    About 2 yrs ago, I restored 2 reindeer and a Santa that my parents purchased in the late 70's. I'm wondering if there are any sleigh blow molds out there that do not have Santa in them? Hoping to be approx. 4' long. Thanks in advance!
  6. Yard Sale finds, info help

    Found these yesterday at 2 different yard sales (first blow molds I have ever found at yard sales) The Christmas lot was $19 for all, and the Halloween pumpkin was $1. Does anyone have any info on the candles, and a close up pic so I can attempt to restore? The red base says Empire with a BIG E, they are very brittle on the tops of the lamps. I would like to restore and use in my neighborhood project. Any help would be great. Thanks Don
  7. Unknown Lamps ?

    I foolishly passed up on these lamps at a yard sale last week for reasons I'm not sure about. Possibly because they had a TPI pumpkin post that I was more interested in. I'm seriously still kicking myself for making a decision like that. Anyways I managed to get a picture of them and I'm not quite sure who made them. The plugs on them were very old so most likely 70s-80s. I'm guessing they might possibly be very early TPI or IPL since I'm in Canada. Any help would be awesome. I know Mel has a talent for figuring these things out. I definitely will get them if I see them again.
  8. Giant C9 blow mold bulbs

    Thought I would share, Walmart has the general Foam C9 bulbs for $20 each, they have a small battery operated led (have not tested, gonna scrap any way) They are surprisingly sturdy, gonna guess around 30in tall give or take, and have a choice of 4 colors red, blue, yellow, and green. Possible gonna get about 9 more to line my driveway.
  9. I have a nativist that is painted many once beautiful colors but is very faded. I would like to strip all the color off and pair each figure a pearl white. Has anyone tried that?
  10. Blow mold question

    Hi, where do you plug in your blow molds at night outside if you have a lot?
  11. Empire Nativity Blow mold complete set for sale

    Hello everybody. I have a complete Empire blow mold nativity set. Still in great condition. Have been stored in my shed for the last 8 years and not used. My display has gone in a different direction and I don't have room to put it out anymore. The only damage is one leg of the manger is broken. I still have the part and prop it up under it and it holds up just fine. If anybody is interested I am in Orange County CA. Contac me with any questions.
  12. Christmas Lights... check....hundreds of blow molds...check.. vintage Christmas..check..Crazy people who understand your language..check. Join us for the Pacific Northwest Annual All Holiday Swap Meet this Saturday in Port Orchard, WA at Charles Enos's House. There is a Facebook Page just for this event, "Pacific Northwest Annual All Holiday Swap Meet". Information is below.
  13. Easter Bunny Blow Molds

    My daughter and I have been collecting Christmas (and the other Holiday) antiques for several years here in Central Florida. Last summer we found an enormous stash, among them several Don Featherstones (e.g., Bunny pulling basket). Thought we would share some of the fun with the blow mold community. Happy Easter to all those who celebrate! Doc.
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