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Saturday Sept 17th we will be selling a large number of decorations from blowmolds (all holidays), wireframes and other items.

If you're interested in taking a look before we put items out for the Saturday sale, I will be available (by appointment only) on Thursday Sept. 15th for those interested in coming by to pre-purchase items.

This will be a NO Shipping sale. I have to many items to even put out in my yard and the wife want part of the basement back.

we're located at:

416 Talismon Ct.

Crystal Lake, IL 60012

(847) 736-2131

If you're planning to call please call in the evening between 7-9pm CST.

I have a huge 3D wireframe helicopter covered in lights and ready to hang, several boxes of unopened things such as animated skiing wireframe bears.

I have a collection of over 200+ blowmolds and will be looking at selling 50-75 of these.

I'll put in additional posts as I put together the final list of items I'm selling.

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I have a couple images of it on my website. There is a santa inside of it and the door opens and closes.

Sign_001.jpg you can see it lit up in the display. I put runway lights around it.

House_001.jpg

Picture-099.jpg - Really good picture of it unlit

img_0180.jpg - hung up in my garage using the braided cable that is used for hanging it for display

We don't have mature enough trees to hang it. everything is working on it.

If I could get $50 for it I'd be happy. Its well worth a lot more but I need to minimize. I have so many things I've never put out because I can never get to them.

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Hello again everyone. I'll be selling over 100 blowmolds, wireframes and other items at the sale this coming Saturday. Since there is so much I won't have it all out on display so when you come by just say hello and I can take you into the basement at our home and let you see all the items.

Let me know that you're a member of the site and any blowmold you want to purchase will be $10 each no matter the size, holiday or type.

I have several unique molds that I'm willing to part with. Most of my molds have brand new cords and bulbs in them.

I will still be doing my display, just reducing as I feel like a holiday horder.

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