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Rare Christmas Lanterns Find.....

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Yes they are super rare. I'm not sure on the manufacturer because they are fixed to a board right now but in the near future I will be removing the board to find out the manufacturer and year. They are less than 4 foot tall.

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Well, lets just say that my pair of lanterns are in way better shape than those. I bought them from another collector that has been gradually selling off (Thanks Mike). Ebay is a rip off (in my opinion). People want some crazy prices for stuff.

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Congratulations on getting a great pair of Dapol Oil Lamps. Dapol called that one an "Oil Lamp" and it was their catalog #D2730. We were fortunate in that my sister in Spokane found ours in a Good Will store a few years ago for a real steal of a price.

http://blow-molded.com/Dapol___Lamps.html

Mel

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Thanks for posting the link to the blow-molded.com catalog, Mel. That lamp is gorgeous!

And, I agree, people get crazy with their asking prices on eBay. Unfortunately for me, that's where most of my collection has come from. Don't find them very often down here in the sunshine state. :(

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You are welcome Elaine, we also have the same situation with buying blow molds, eBay is close to the only option for us. I have seen quite a few on eBay over the past year or so that I would.love to add to our collection but have passed on them because I felt that they were overpriced. I pay what they are worth to me and pass on the rest. We are fortunate though in having started collecting them enough years ago when prices were lower and shipping was a lot lower and we were able to build the collection that we have and now I add some now and then when the price looks right to me.

Mel

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I pay what they are worth to me and pass on the rest. We are fortunate though in having started collecting them enough years ago when prices were lower and shipping was a lot lower and we were able to build the collection that we have and now I add some now and then when the price looks right to me.

Mel

I'm the same way. There has been some that I've seen that I love, but the person selling thinks that they are filled with gold so I pass. I love blow molds but I will not pay tons for them, and that goes for selling too. The bad part for me is that I just started collecting about a year and a half ago. So garage sales and craigslist are my friends.

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I bought my GF nativity (holy family and wisemen) about 18 years ago. But that was it, until I got the bug about 4 years ago. Sure wish that bug had bitten me way back with the nativity!

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