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VinceL

Retailers in North Carolina

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Hi,

I wanted to introduce myself to the North Carolina group. My wife and I recently moved to Newton. We previously lived in Pennsylvania for 23 years. Over the years, we learned about many wonderful retailers who had a great selection of Christmas decorations in PA and northern NJ.

I have been using LOR controllers for the past few years (up to 56 channels now), and also have a large number of inflatables and some blowmolds.

Well, now we are newbies in NC and don't know about any retailers for Christmas decorations other than the standard big box stores. So, I was wondering if any of you could recommend some good Christmas decoration retailers in NC (preferably in the central and western part of the state). We would really like to find a store that carries a good selection of blowmolds.

Thanks.

VinceL

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Hello VinceL

Welcome to North Carolina.

For blownolds the only real place to get them is from BlowmoldRUS in Kernersville. He has no store just a catalogue and doe business via email. I'll PM you his email address so you can request a catalogue.

Magic Mart carried some last year but I dont know about this Year.

On September 27th we are having the 2nd Annual Carolina Mini Workshop in Charlotte, NC. We would love to have you come join us.

Again Welcome

Carl

Hi,

I wanted to introduce myself to the North Carolina group. My wife and I recently moved to Newton. We previously lived in Pennsylvania for 23 years. Over the years, we learned about many wonderful retailers who had a great selection of Christmas decorations in PA and northern NJ.

I have been using LOR controllers for the past few years (up to 56 channels now), and also have a large number of inflatables and some blowmolds.

Well, now we are newbies in NC and don't know about any retailers for Christmas decorations other than the standard big box stores. So, I was wondering if any of you could recommend some good Christmas decoration retailers in NC (preferably in the central and western part of the state). We would really like to find a store that carries a good selection of blowmolds.

Thanks.

VinceL

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Hi Vince,

Welcome to NC. I grew up in Icard and live in Raleigh now. I started my display last year with 64 channels of LOR. This year I have 224 channels. Just look for the glow on the eastern horizon in December--that will be me.

Blowmoldsrus sells on Ebay. Their stuff is new and reasonable. I found them by searching Ebay for blowmolds within 200 miles of my zipcode. Raleigh has a shop called HolidayLightStore. They have a website too. They sell mostly wireframes. I've been in their showroom which is a hoot to see all of the wireframes lit up. They also sell misc decorations. There is year round Christmas store in the JR complex on I-85 in Burlington. I wasn't impressed, but it was fun to look through. Myrtle Beach, SC has a neat Christmas store in Barefoot Landing called Christmas Mouse. They have a website too. I enjoyed looking through their store. I don't remember blowmolds but there inventory was fun to browse. Calabash, NC has a Christmas store that has a bunch of stuff. I can't remember the store's name but you can't miss it due to Calabash being a couple miles long. Calabash is a great place for seafood.

My wife and I plan to attend to be at the mini in Charlotte too. Maybe we'll see you there.

Al

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