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Several Inflatables For Sale

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I've decided that I'm going to get the 10' Turkey this year, but for me to get that one, unfortunately I have to let a few of my other ones go. They are all in great shape. I've been displaying inflatables for every holiday for the last 11 years, and still have my original 2001 models, so I take great care of mine. I'm keeping those, but I'm selling a few newer ones that are either brand new or only used for 1 or 2 seasons. These have been in storage for the last few years, I cut myself down to only 1 a holiday, so these have just been taking up space. The boxes are a little worn from storage, but the actual inflatables inside them are in great shape. Any broken parts on the used ones have been completley repaired and they are ready to be displayed. I'm hoping the prices are reasonable, if not, message me and hopefully we can figure something out. I have Paypal if anyone would like to pay that way.

I have:

8' Soldier (Used two years) - $30

(A very cold and windy December a few years ago broke some of the clips on the bottom but they have been repaired)


6' Rotating Globe (Used one year) - $35

(Vinyl is a little dirty, just needs to be washed)


8' Mickey Caroler (Used two years) - $45

**Apparently my camera decided to delete the pictures of Mickey. I'll try to get some more soon, but you can see him on the box for now.

8' Animated Helicopter (Brand New) - $75

(Apparently I relocated the original blower for this one sometime between when I bought it and now, so I'm including the one from my 20' snowman, which as you can see, works just as well. If I can find the real one before someone buys it, I will include it instead.)


The Boxes:


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Mickey and Soldier are pending sale.

Rotating Globe and Animated Helicopter are still for sale.

I'm still interested in the Soldier if you don't sell it.

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I have found the original blower that belongs to the helicopter in case that changes anyone's mind.

And anyone who is waiting on shipment info or quotes from me, I still haven't forgotten about it, it's just been really crazy around here, especially with Halloween coming up, so if you could just wait another day or two, I'd really really appreciate it! I'll get to it as soon as I possibly can and I promise you'll have them before Christmas! :)

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I really apologize for anyone who had contacted me previously expressing interest in these inflatables, some personal family problems came up that I had to take care of first and then I ended up forgetting about these after that had all calmed down.  Then when I finally remembered about these over the summer, I had issues with logging back into my account here, so that just pushed it off even more.  Thankfully, I am finally able to get back onto the forums now.  I do still have all of these pieces available if anyone is still interested as well and I am still trying to get rid of these

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