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JLP22

Looking For General Foam/beco 5 Ft Santa Blow Mold

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Hi everyone...

I'm looking for this big guy, got any leads? selling one? Let me know :)

He has sentimental value to my family. :wub:

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Well he is a great mold to find. I got one this year myself and I am amazed how large he is. I see your from Chicago from your profile yes? I have a friend there and we often buy alot of blow mold from craigslist Chicago. I see a couple of these on there each year. There was just one on there last week for very cheap I think 15.00 do I just checked again but he has since been deleted off the site. I will keep an eye out for you and let you know.

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got mine for 10.00 at an antique mall in the same condition as the one in the pic. i should have also gotten the complete poloron life size nativity, the said i buy the santa take the nativity free. but did not have enough room in the car. im still slapin my self for that.

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There is one on Ebay right now that I put in an offer on...it's in fantastic condition.

I wish I was one of those people who found it at a yard sale or CL for like 20 bucks....ohh :(

He is such an awesome blow mold

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got mine for 10.00 at an antique mall in the same condition as the one in the pic. i should have also gotten the complete poloron life size nativity, the said i buy the santa take the nativity free. but did not have enough room in the car. im still slapin my self for that.

You're lucky! And that sucks about the nativity :( Hopefully you bought a bigger car for times just like those :P

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Pf just keep looking and you will find one.. I found a brand new one never been displayed for 5 bucks!! took me almost 3 years to find it though : )

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I dont think the new ones cost that much??? The mayo garden centers here usually get a few every Christmas. Last I remember they had him for 99.. or was that 199 ??

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I got mine for $40 on Craigslist. The seller said it was in "Great" condition but there was a big dent with cracks down each side under one of his hands and the socket mount (GF Knob) was missing and it was hanging from a piece of tie wire inside AND his plug was cut off and replaced with one of those huge orange and yellow grounded replacement plugs they sell at the hardware store... so it wasn't technically in "Great" condition but I got him anyways since they go for almost twice as much new. Despite all that, I love him, he's a great piece! I was able to fix most of the problems, so he's fine now and actually plan to repaint him sometime soon now after seeing AF Nut's restoration job on his. I actually go by two of them that have been sitting on the side of someone's house every morning for about a week or so now and am seriously debating whether or not to ring their bell and ask if they're going in the garbage because I need at least one more for another display I'm doing... Has anyone ever done that before? Asking random people if they're pitching/willing to sell a mold they have out?

Hope you're able to find one, I'll let you know if I come across any more!

By the way, where specifically in Illinois are you, I'm actually in Des Plaines.

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I'm in Wheaton, so not to far from you! I have one that I am feeling out and am waiting for better pictures...he's 70.00 and from the pics I saw he's worth it...I'll post if and when I get them :)

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