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I will be making a trip to the southern states in Apr/May and am looking for two items to pick up while I am there.

The first is the giant bulb light ornaments as in the attached picture. I have checked Collections etc and they are sold out. Where else can I purchase this item? The second is some LED flood lights, looking for red and green and any help would be really appreciated.

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Here is the picture,

That's exactly what I was thinking of. I use them around the base of our Mega Tree. Our neighbor took them off the stakes and hung them on his privacy fence. I think those would be hard to find this time of the year. :(

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They are hard to find and the one site that sells them, Collections etc. ran out before Christmas and do not have a re-stocking date and the rep I spoke with said they might not carry them again.....Grrrr. I checked Ebay and am on the constant hunt for these.

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Mernards also carried them. You might want to check with them. The next time I go I'll check and see if they have any and will sell them to me.

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Well Doug, I am still looking for them....another thing I need to purchase is 2 red and 2 green LED floodlights. Any ideas or suggestions?

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