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  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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Elaine F

Actually Found Blow Molds In Florida! :)

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I spotted a craigslist ad that had the text "Christmas decorations" and "large figures".  Could it be?  Blow molds for sale in Florida?!  They were having a garage sale, starting at 8am on a Friday.  Got there at 8:10am, and couldn't believe my eyes!  I got all these blow molds for $10!!!!!  In Florida, I consider that a gold mine!  And to top it off, she said in 2 weeks (that's this Friday), she's going to have all the blow mold pumpkins from her attic in her second garage sale!  She said she has a ton of them!  Eeeeek!  I can't wait!

 

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woohoo!!! Nice haul indeed! I love the Snowman!

I've been trying to build my snowman village, and that was one I didn't have!

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i guess the east coast is a way better place to get blow molds I have like 3 of that snowman but there are a lot i still need i guess its just the luck of what you find

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now that Ive looked at it again thats a different looking soldier too its the hat i dont believe I have seen that one

 That soldier was made by TPI

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now that Ive looked at it again thats a different looking soldier too its the hat i dont believe I have seen that one

 

 

 That soldier was made by TPI

 

Yes, he's a TPI soldier, and he's so cute.  Wish I had more of him.

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Wow! That was an incredible deal! Those angels can go for quite a bit on ebay. Congrats!

Yeah, she's in great shape, just a little dirty, and of course, she has a small hole in her head from the eye bolt. My parents have the typical Empire blow mold nativity with a few extra pieces, like a shepherd boy.  And my mom is big into angels, mostly knick-knacks.  I think I might give them the angel, she'll look nice in their display.

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I got all these blow molds for $10!!!!! 

 

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

TED

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