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Municipal Decorations for sale

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OK, Fellow P.C. Members……  Here’s the deal.   I have had two different interested parties wanting to purchase “the whole package” of items that I have for sale so I was hesitant about selling off individual pieces.  Well, neither deal has ever been finalized so I am offering everything directly to you first.  Craigslist and e-Bay will just need to wait.  Most everything is large / commercial and will need local pick-up.  I’m in Westland, Michigan – about 15 minutes from the Canton Ikea Store - That seems to be the landmark everyone knows…  LOL

Here is the list:

3-Demintional Fiberglass Stars in 24” & 44” sizes.  These are not just for Christmas!  Just repaint them, from the gold, with a primer and they become ‘old rusty stars’ to hang on the barn, or add some small stars and stripes and they are ready to go for an Americana theme.  Even go green & white in honor of your kid who is a theater major at that Eastern school whose colors are green & white….. He is, after all, the STAR of the show!  J

Those 6 foot long curtain light bars with the strings of mini white lights.  They are incandescent bulbs.

14” x 9’ commercial green garland.  These are heavy duty ones and some do have white mini lights, but I do not know the condition of them so not selling them as lighted.  I did use the ‘light keeper’ and got a bunch of them working.

I do also have some of the same garland that has been lighted with 200 red/green super bright LED’s as well.

Beautiful 56” green/metallic green garland two sided wreaths.  Once they get fluffed back up they are outstanding.  See the pics of my house to see how I used mine for both Halloween and Christmas.

9 foot long 4” gold ball garland – 30 ornaments per string.  Bronner’s still carries them @ $150

Same 9’ garland with 8” and 4” alternating ornaments.     In honest disclosure – some ornaments do have scuff marks.  But nothing that would be noticed from 10’ away.

LED Pre-Lit Commercial Trees – Solid Color, 1ea RED, GREEN, WHITE in both 5’ and 7’ sizes.  I believe that they have 500 and 700 lights respectively.

Also same trees – unlit.

A custom made humongous glittered gold star.  It was used as a “Santa’s Mailbox” This piece stands just over 4-1/2’ tall and 24” deep.

Giant 36” flower pots of silk poinsettias – The same kind are being sold on e-bay now for $390.

Styrofoam Glitter Stars that are 12” across and 2” thick.  Colors are PURPLE / TEAL  (I did sell some they planned to paint red)  Some are a little dirty and damaged as they had not been properly stored.

54” Municipal Street Pole Wreaths.   These have the 3 candles & Red Vinyl Bow.  The bows could use replacement/refurbishment.  In addition to the candles, they are wired up with 60 c-7 lights and have clear bulbs – but I’m not gonna say every bulb is working… LOL  I’ve switched mine over to LED anyways.

10’ Rocking Horse.  Another custom piece.  I was told he cost $3200 new.  He does need a little minor repair and (I think) a fresh coat of paint for a better color theme.

I also have 4 custom display boxes that are 30” high x 48” wide x 33” deep.  They also have an ‘insert’ that creates a top tier and the opening on the top a bit smaller.  They are glittered so much they would fit right in on the set of “The Price Is Right”   Gold Glitter and White Stars on the sides, Gold on top and White for the ‘insert’ piece.  My thought for these was to be used for planters of “Stars and Rockets and Flags” shooting out of them for an “Explosive, Independence Day display”.  That way you get to use them for two different holidays.  They could even be used as a Toys-For-Tots drop box.

Now the important part – Prices are each:

(30) 24” Fiberglass Star;   $40  

(30) 42” Fiberglass Star;   $75

(20) Light Bars;  $50

(40) Garland – unlit;  $30

(24) Garland – LED lights;  $45

(3) 2 Sided Wreath;  $250

(30) 4” Gold Ball 9’ Garland;  $25

(12} & 8” Gold Ball 9’ Garland;  $30

(1 each color) Pre-lit Trees;  5’-  $225       

(1 each color) Pre-lit Trees;  7’ - $375

(4) Unlit Trees;   5’  - $100      

(1) Unlit Trees;  7’  -  $175

(1) Gold Star Mailbox;  $500

(2) Giant Poinsettia Plant;  $150

(120) 12” Styrofoam Star;  $3

(20) Municipal Street Wreath;  $100

(1) Rocking Horse;  $1500

(4) Glitter Display Box;  $350

Pictures:    I have added several pics.  Tried to show the Green Garland with both white incans and red/green LED’s.   The light bars and Poinsettia Plant are stock photos.  The giant star has an inset to show the ‘mail’ door.  The one of the Rocking Horse is the top only, the “Rocker” is in the back of Mom’s garage and I wasn’t able to pull him out for assembly. Please, feel free to ask questions

WLND-DAVID

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Always loved your display. Thought it was a classic look that was just neat. Why are you selling everything off?

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