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Looks like someone has Noel blow mold c88 for sale on eBay.

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Also elf but I don’t know type or maker?

 

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They have a lot for sale. Noticed owl pumpkin and others.

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I would guess 20lbs per side. It Could be heavier if the back of mold is solid. 

Attached is a picture for height. I looked up aluminum bar 6.2x2x2=2lbs

the owl pumpkin is around 14” tall and about 11-9” diameter 

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Ordered a smiley gourd pumpkin (drainage) and it came with a Farley cord. Did Farley every make this or was it just missing the cord and the person had a Farley cord?

 

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Another Craigslist find! 

Down the street from office. Empire 22” tombstone set with original metal pins.

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Craigslist has been kind to me! Some of the items I got I am not sure who made them? It a set of Noel candles with non-fused plug see pictures below. Also I got a Santa with empire stamp on it but can’t find one that matches on blow molded. Any help would be appreciated.

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Looks like the guy who sold me several GF Christmas blow molds has one more for sale.   Listed for $25.  The ones I bought still had the original Kmart tags on them.    I could have bought this one too but I already have enough snowmen.

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2 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

TPI candles?

I check both bottoms neither is stamped with and thing. I was thinking TPI marked most of there items. But maybe not?

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A couple of nice TPI blow molds showed up this morning on our local CL.  They are probably more than I would spend on them though.   Dates given are 1988 to 2003 and match the dates shown on blow-molded.

TPI bear 30”   $80

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TPI Santa with reindeer 41”  $70

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TPI blue nutcracker 38” $50

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More interesting blow molds that show up on CL in the "extended area" listing.  Too bad they are about a two hour drive away.  They have been there for 21 days.  The seller has a pair of 19" Empire elves and a penguin in front of an igloo.  I could find a reference for the elves but not for the penguin.  Asking prices for either is $45   The elves are missing the black snow shovels part of the original Empire display.  BTW, the three local blow molds shown in my previous post have not sold yet.  There are quite a few high priced blow molds in the extended list.  The third picture is of a GF nativity set with an asking price of $500.

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