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MattKat

Union Traditional Santa For Sale (or Trade)

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It kills me to do it, but I think I'm going to have to let go of at least one of my Traditional Santas.

He's in brand new condition, he's never been outside. It still has the original instructions wrapped around the cord, which has neven been untied. Almost flawless paint job, VERY few scratches and almost no spots of overspray. The paint is evenly applied, no dark spots. He's got the realistic push-in eyes that Union used on a few of their other pieces, they're not painted on. There's no scratches on the bottom either. He's got a nice big base sculped on to fill with sand to keep him from tipping if you decide to put him outside. If you want more pictures, let me know, I'd be glad to take some more.

I was looking to get $150 for him. I am looking for more Easter molds to build on my teeny Easter display, so if there's anyone local that would like to trade for some of those, I'm open to offers. :) Trades probably have to be local because I don't know how to go about making a long-distance trade, but if you can figure something out, let me know. I was going to use the money for that display anyways, lol. :) He's really cool, I hope he finds a good home!

EDIT: I can't figure out how to upload pictures on the new forums, can someone help me with that? The pictures are almost like 1/2 of a "for sale" post! hahaha :)

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To upload pictures you need to click on the picture frame icon located above the reply box.If you have the picture already on another site ie: facebook,myspace etc. you would right click your picture,copy the url from there & paste in the pop up box. Make sure the http:// is highlighted to disappear when you put your url code. Your picture would be large like mine below versus the little thumbnail image that others use.

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Good Luck on Your sale!

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Ok, I tried a bunch of things to upload them directly to the forum, but they're not working... so I made a Flickr account! Finally I get some pictures up here for those of you who might be interested to look at before you decide. I know how annoying for sale posts are without pictures, but now this one has some! :lol: Here's the entire set for the Santa:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157626179655843/

EDIT: Never mind! Flickr made a slideshow thingy out of the set when I pasted the link into the post! You should be able to go the individual pictures on the website through that show thing if you want to.

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Did you get my pm?

Yes I did, I just wanted to get the pictures up first so you could see it before I responded.

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Yes I did, I just wanted to get the pictures up first so you could see it before I responded.

Thank you!

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