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MattKat

10 Foot Turkey?

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I haven't been in this side of the forums for a looooonngggg time! The blowmolders sucked me in following many years with the inflatables a while ago lol. After I was converted to plastic, I didn't buy an inflatable for quite some time and only put up one, at the most, for each holiday on the isolated strip on the other side of the driveway... That is until a few years ago when I bought my 20' Snowman. I had told myself "no more!" but that one was just too cool to pass up, and it's been a neighborhood favorite ever since!

So here I am a few years later and I think I've found another one: The 10 Foot Turkey. I just saw him online at yardinflatables.com and the bug bit me again. I already have the 8' standing pilgrim turkey that I usually plop dead center in the lawn every year for a nice, simple display, but I think he's about to get bumped to the other side of the driveway so I can put this beast in his place this year. It sounds like Yard Inflatables and their Inflatable Greetings line has a great reputation, so I have no problem ordering from them, I just wanted to know if anyone else has already bought one of these turkeys and could post some pictures & opinions about theirs before I get mine. Originally I was going to get their Pilgrim pair, but then I saw this one and noticed that it was actually cheaper, so I think I'll go with him instead. Any thoughts?

http://www.yardinflatables.com/Inflatable-10-Turkey_p_1175.html

**Oh, and when I was at the peak of my inflatable collecting obsession was when abrubtly stopped, so I have a few new and 1-season-used inflatables that have been in storage since, and am probably going to be selling off of anyone is interested.

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Yeah, actually I did. I had a few defects on mine, but the seller was good about it and we were able to work something out. I also had to add a few new loops for tethers because I'm a little picky about that stuff. The main pair was placed in the neck, and I believe that's the worst place to put them, other than on the head, because if you put any tension on them, the neck crumples down and the head tilts. I also had several put around the bottom so it doesn't rotate. But again, that's just me. I am also looking into adding a scarf like the Gemmy versions have so I'll be sure to post that if I get around to it this year as well. If you're not majorly OCD about everything like I am, and there are no major defects in the craftsmanship, then you should be good to go right out of the box. I'd highly reccomend it, it's much larger than the 6' version. The seller is also a pleasure to work with, I will definitely consider ordering from them next time I need an inflatable.

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