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Got all of the ones lit up now the old wireing was really scary ha a lot of broken bulbs and wires later I finally have these running again to there full beauty and only The  9 bell one I added the candle and the berry things to just to make it unique in no way or form is it originally like that , next year I'll be adding led colored bulbs so don't hate on them now I have more plans just trying to display them so I don't really kind if they are one color thanks 

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This is amazing. I would have made the trip up to Syracuse, too, if I had found out about it soon. The pictures from the warehouse look like something you'll never forget. Thanks for helping rescue such great pieces. Enjoy!

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On 12/14/2016 at 8:44 PM, babyantidormi25 said:

Got all of the ones lit up now the old wireing was really scary ha a lot of broken bulbs and wires later I finally have these running again to there full beauty and only The  9 bell one I added the candle and the berry things to just to make it unique in no way or form is it originally like that , next year I'll be adding led colored bulbs so don't hate on them now I have more plans just trying to display them so I don't really kind if they are one color thanks

Congratulations on scoring some of those great old decorations!  This is a good time to buy some of the LED bulbs because there are several of the vendors that have an annual pre-sale this time of year.

TED

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9 hours ago, TED said:

Congratulations on scoring some of those great old decorations!  This is a good time to buy some of the LED bulbs because there are several of the vendors that have an annual pre-sale this time of year.

TED

Do you have any suggestions where to get colored bulbs that are led thanks 

19 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

So where's the pics of the warehouse?

I had to be quick in the building and completely forgot to get any and we where about to have a huge storm so I was only there for a short time 

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I seen the pics, looks eerie, ALOT of history there, the people that made the stuff, the stories, the sounds,smells ect. It would be cool to be there in the days that the company was running. To see it in motion. When did they close the doors there? Does anyone have any contact with any of the emploeyes that worked there? 

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2 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

I seen the pics, looks eerie, ALOT of history there, the people that made the stuff, the stories, the sounds,smells ect. It would be cool to be there in the days that the company was running. To see it in motion. When did they close the doors there? Does anyone have any contact with any of the emploeyes that worked there? 

It smelt kindof gross in spots like old smelly water, almost everything was weathered even inside the building so It must  have sat for along time , I'd say it was really neat bing in the place lots of unsafe feelings , most of the floor was soft but still intact , and I mean tons and tons of broken glass every step had a crunch sound , and so much dirt my hands where black after I got out so much stuff was broken it was so sad to see but it was good that two other people bought like 80 percent of this stuff so it's not all down the drain and they got all the good stuff so it isn't gone so I'm not so heart broken but it would be nice if everything was saved even for parts , and get this the entire buildings contents onlly cost 1000 and at least 1000 things in this place so dang and so much bizzare huge stuff  cool to even see it in real life the Angels where so so cool but sadly broken but al, where taken out of the building , and I got one of the huge plastic candy canes but they where broken and so so fragile idk what to do with it but I'll figure it out, I mean I'm glad I love this stuff I'll always save what I can and light it up and enjoy it like it should be , out society really needs to save history more and not just throw stuff because it's old old is sometimes way way better 

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On 1/4/2017 at 2:58 PM, babyantidormi25 said:

Do you have any suggestions where to get colored bulbs that are led thanks

I don't know what size bulbs you need but they are probably either C7 (candelabra base) or C9 (intermediate base).  There is a choice between the transparent bulbs and the opaque/ceramic style bulbs.  (Not all vendor have the ceramic style bulbs.)  There are also G40 bulbs which are round (the "G" means globe shaped) and have a candelabra base (the same base as a C7 bulb).  I'll put some links below.

Creative Displays C7, C9, and G40 bulbs (this link is for their pre-sale which is only available until January 20):
http://nebula.wsimg.com/fc1e40dc54076ede29273fd465a9df21?AccessKeyId=77720FFC31640B2B4024&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Holiday Light Express C9 bulbs (the transparent type are at the top and the ceramic type are near the bottom):
http://www.holiday-light-express.com/C9.php

Holiday Light Express C7 bulbs (the transparent type are at the top and the ceramic type are near the bottom):
http://www.holiday-light-express.com/C7.php

Action Lighting C7 and C9 LED bulbs:
http://www.actionlighting.com/c7-c9-bulbs/

Action Lighting Globe bulbs:
http://www.actionlighting.com/led-g48-bulbs/
http://www.actionlighting.com/led-g30-bulbs-1/
http://www.actionlighting.com/led-g20-bulbs-1/

TED

 

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