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How I store a few municipals

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As some of you might have noticed in my previous post,I have a few municipals up against the ceiling in my storage to give me room at floor level.

I also started attaching mounting plates to the ceiling and hanging them that way.It sure saves a ton of room,and since I seem to be getting new ones every year,I need all the room I can make.:rolleyes:

The candle on the left I made.The other 3 classics are refurbs

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As some of you might have noticed in my previous post,I have a few municipals up against the ceiling in my storage to give me room at floor level.

I also started attaching mounting plates to the ceiling and hanging them that way.It sure saves a ton of room,and since I seem to be getting new ones every year,I need all the room I can make.:rolleyes:

The candle on the left I made.The other 3 classics are refurbs

 

Hey Comet,

Did you refurbish those candles yourself?  If so, where did you buy your garland?  By the way, you did an awesome job making the candle on the left.

 

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Sorry if I reposted this picture before.Don't remember.

Allen , I got the candles and garland from Manneco in Missouri.The guy that owns the business is real nice and we have talked a few times about suppliers and the older decorations.He has supplied many cities with decorations.

The candle on the left was pretty simple to make.The hard part is usually the flame.My friend has a huge manufacturing facility,so I went there one saturday and made a few frames.One of these days I'd like to make the triple candle,but I'm running out of room.But I still have plenty of ideas.I'd like a few larger scrolls as well.LOL 

When I put up my stringer this years I'll get some pictures.It's like a street line,but it runs between my house and garage.Not the 40' that is normal for street lines.Probably 30'

If any more collectors are out there,I'd sure like to see some photos,maybe get more ideals.

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