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Finally Got It All Down...

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Finally got everything all down and put away yesterday.  What a chore lol.  How is everyone else coming?  I left a couple blow molds down because I am going to try my hand at repainting this spring, so hopefully that goes the way I want it to :-)

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i'm hoping my scheduale allows me to work on it this week. this will be the latest i have had to wait to put it away. weather has been unhelpful.

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Yeah we had alot of snow here, and it was in the -20's for a few days, then all of a sudden we had rain and in the upper 40's, so I had 2 good days and was able to get everything down and put away.  I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get a chance to get it down before spring lol.

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I got everything down, but moved most of it to the back yard to organize it before put it up.. I am finding I am out of TOTES... grrr so there is still Christmas Stuff in the back yard and wife is not really happy about that.. Plus still picking up stuff from others after Christmas.. You guys have it rough compared to me but since we don't see snow but about 1x a year.. the wet cold very high windows for me are just as unbearable. 

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I took my display down about 10 days ago before the ice storms hit the area.  Everything got put away except the 300+ blow molds.  I store them every year in my attic.  I hope to have those put away by the end of this week.  They are currently in my garage and my workshop. 

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i got everything on the lawn down on 1/1 because we got a blizzard the next day and i went to Disney for a week and a half.  I'm back now and want to take the stuff off the house and get it all over with but its pouring!  I'm either getting wet or waiting another day.  :unsure:

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Yeah we had alot of snow here, and it was in the -20's for a few days, then all of a sudden we had rain and in the upper 40's, so I had 2 good days and was able to get everything down and put away.  I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get a chance to get it down before spring lol.

we had those nice days and I had to work. im sure when im off work it will be bad out again.

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Took all mine down last weekend, with a little help it took about 8 hours total. Odd to see my yard empty and nothing hanging on my house

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I admire those of you who can pull down your stuff in two days.  I wish more of mine was a simple unplug and throw in a container.  Those darn tree wraps and megas take forever!

I'm calling it now... I bet I have at least something still up when March comes around.

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I admire those of you who can pull down your stuff in two days.  I wish more of mine was a simple unplug and throw in a container.  Those darn tree wraps and megas take forever!

I'm calling it now... I bet I have at least something still up when March comes around.

 

 

That's OK, we admire you while they are up :)

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By comparison to other displays  (25,000) my display is pretty small but almost all of it is down now.  Started taking stuff down New Year's day.  Then parts of 2 Saturdays following.  I have one tree that was wrapped that I haven't touched yet but it is not really noticeable.   By this time every year, I'm just tired of messing with it and want to forget it. It's almost a all in the totes now and in the garage.  Some of it is stacked and some of the stacks have already fallen down   LOL! 

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