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Empire 12 piece nativity

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For sale: Empire 12 piece nativity in good condition. $200 plus shipping and Paypal fees. Can deliver to Chicago Christmas Expo to save the cost of shipping. This was donated to our church, but they won't be displaying it and I've been asked to sell it for the church.

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I would appreciate any input on these. Even if you don't have any interest in buying this. Please let me know what you think of the set and if the price is fair.

Thanks,

Scott

 

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57 minutes ago, Don Mcabee said:

the set is perfect and I'm scratching my head on where to put them if the money comes available

 

43 minutes ago, Rotten Pumpkin said:

I think they are priced very well I would love to have them but shipping would kill me.

Thanks for the feedback. I was concerned what the shipping would be too. I was hoping someone going to the expo would want it.

It looks like shipping by USPS or UPS would be $75 to $100 range. That's just a guess. I would need to get it boxed and weighed.

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Seems to me you would want to sell local, lot less trouble for you and the buyer would get a better deal. Doesn't one of your local tv stations and news papers have classified, that would be the way to go.

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1 hour ago, Don Mcabee said:

I just realized that im only about 2 1/2 hrs from Memphis....now my wheels are really turning

Are you traveling? Your home is more like 8 1/2 hours from Memphis.

I will be in Gatlinburg the end of September and that's about 2 1/2 hours from you.

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Yeah we traveling, but its south. thursday we will be headed to daytona for a week and possibly a week in Orlando. We do frequent trips to gatlinburg. For somethin that nice I wouldnt hesitate to drive 8 hrs.....we will finish our other business first and see where Im at money wise.....dont hold me to it. 

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That's a nice set.  It has the halos and it looks like they are not broken.  I notice that the sheep on the left has a much bigger smile than the sheep on the right.  It looks like he's smirking.  What's he up to!??

TED

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11 hours ago, TED said:

That's a nice set.  It has the halos and it looks like they are not broken.  I notice that the sheep on the left has a much bigger smile than the sheep on the right.  It looks like he's smirking.  What's he up to!??

TED

Thanks, they do have the halos and look to be all intact. I don't know what the sheep is up to. 8-)

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