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Rich in Las Vegas

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I've been watching the local Craigslist and only disappointed as all of the really nice stuff is so far away but today was a good day.  The listing was for a pair of  soldiers for $30 and only about 2 miles away.  When I got there the soldiers were accompanied by a pair of candles and the seller offered all four for $50 so I bought them instantly.  They are General Foam Products and only two years old.  The tag has a manufacturing date of 2016.  It's nice finding them at the local Goodwill outlet store for a dollar each but these are in perfect condition.  He also mentioned he has a Jesus to go along with my Joseph and Mary which would be even better.


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Always nice when your constant search pays off. Especially Craigslist. That thing can be brutal to watch for stuff sometime. I live in a city of just barely 50k people and there's either junk or people who think their stuff is brand new pricing it. I just scored 4 candles in my big haul and two look just like yours.

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1 hour ago, Big J Illinois said:

Aren't the candles made by Empire??

GF bought the molds after empire closed.  The nutcrakers were made by empire at one point too.  In fact, I'd say a good 97% of GF's entire product catalog came from a mold created by an earlier company.  

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That is correct.  I have one Empire candle bought from an eBay seller in Wisconsin a few months ago.  It appears that GFP obliterated the Empire trade mark at the back of the mold and substituted their own name.  The only differences I can see is that the GFP painting is considerably sloppier and the color applied to the Noel is different.  It is green on the GFP blow mold and red on the Empire product.  GFP also didn't bother to paint the holly berries at the base while Empire painted them red too. 

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General Foam bought all the Empire molds in 2001 after Empire filed for bankruptcy and closed their doors.  At the time Empire also had some of the Bayshore, Lidco, Poloron and other company molds that General Foam got.


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