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There are 14 of them and apparently half have light cords and the others do not. They look to be in pretty good condition from pic. 2 candy canes, 2 santas, mrs claus, snowman, angel, north pole sign, and 6 candles. Only down side is it is about an hour drive. Worth $40 and an hour drive one way? I am going to pick them up one way or another, but being new to this I wanted to get some other peoples opinions. Would you? I am picking them up tomorrow morning!

Here is the picture I have of them

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I would say that is a good price. The drive to get them is soley dependant on your desire to decorate. Based on the fact that you posted here you should be saddled up and on the way!

Doug

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HAHA, Thanks I have made all arrangements for pick up. :P I'm pretty excited about these. I am getting close to having enough candles to line the steps on my sidewalk leading to the front door.

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I just noticed, but the north pole sign is on top of a candle base, lol.

But, it does look like the actual North Pole base is right behind the candy cane.

I think it's a good deal, and definitely worth an hour's drive.

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