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I REALLY want to incorporate a Nativity next year and want to go with a blow molded set. I see sizes and prices all over the place.

 

My first thought was to go with a full set of the smaller size in order to help bring attention to it. It will be about 30 feet from the street. But that's a lot to store. So maybe a larger holy family would be better?

 

What's a fair price range and place to but then? eBay is all over the place, I'm not looking for collectable antiques are rarity. I do want good quality that will hold up. We get lots of sun.

 

Can anyone help point me in the right direction? Or give advice on sizes that will look good without being overbearing or tacky? My display is all static lights except a few color changing path markers and small things. Nothing synchronized.

 

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47 minutes ago, vette-kid said:

 

I REALLY want to incorporate a Nativity next year and want to go with a blow molded set. I see sizes and prices all over the place.

 

My first thought was to go with a full set of the smaller size in order to help bring attention to it. It will be about 30 feet from the street. But that's a lot to store. So maybe a larger holy family would be better?

 

What's a fair price range and place to but then? eBay is all over the place, I'm not looking for collectable antiques are rarity. I do want good quality that will hold up. We get lots of sun.

 

Can anyone help point me in the right direction? Or give advice on sizes that will look good without being overbearing or tacky? My display is all static lights except a few color changing path markers and small things. Nothing synchronized.

 

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My only advice is steer clear of ebay.  Yes you can rarely get a score, but people seem to think 10 year old nativity sets are worth as much as 50 year old ones.  Try craigslist, flea markets, snd yard sales. Antique and thrift stores are always a good bet too.  As far as price range, it all depends on the manufacturer and style.  There are nativity sets worth 20 dollars a figure, and there are nativity sets worth 100 dollars a figure.  As long as you get the whole holy family for about 50 bucks or less, then it doesn't matter the manufacturer or model, you've probably paid less than what it's worth.

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It probably takes a stroke of good luck to find a set at a reasonable price and the willingness to jump on it if you find one on Craigslist.  A quick check of nationwide CL only shows three nativity set blow molds for sale nationwide and they aren't cheaper than eBay prices.  The big problem is the cost of shipping for eBay.   I came across this nativity set, minus Jesus at the local Goodwill outlet store for 50 cents a pound.  Now all I need is someone to donate Jesus and be lucky enough to be there when it gets put out.  The one below is identical to mine and is on CL in Ohio for $95.  I thought Jesus' coat was a bit pink colored but this one is the same.

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Thank you both. Kinda confirming what I've seen and help set my expectations. Goodwill is a great idea too!

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Certain Walmarts carry the nativity set and the three wisemen set as well.  You may have to call around and see.  Also, local antique shops will carry various sizes.  Through the years when I've stumbled on one in a shop, they usually want $300 and up, but the one's I've seen often include nativity, wisemen, shepards, camel and animals for that price.  That's cheaper than buying individually on Ebay.  The great part is that you've got a full year to find one, so hit the shops as well as craigslist.  Think of it as an adventure!  You're going to have fun!

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For what it's worth, here is where it's going and what the current set up is. The holy family is lit with spots at night, but I don't love it.

Next year I'll wrap the palm with net lights and hang the star up high on it with the Nativity below.

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Even though it is actually a nice, sunny day here in Tulsa, I really can't say what came to mind the second I saw the beautiful grass and palms...got a keep it family friendly.  Let's just say, I'm very jealous.

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There’s a lot of nativity out there and most different sizes. Below are a few I found. One of picture is mine the columns behind the nativity are 14ft apart if that helps. My nativity is general foam it’s very common. Hope this help /good luck. 

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Even though it is actually a nice, sunny day here in Tulsa, I really can't say what came to mind the second I saw the beautiful grass and palms...got a keep it family friendly.  Let's just say, I'm very jealous.
Haha, I don't miss winter!

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We found a full blow mold Nativity set on KSL.com in St George last year and put in in our scaled back display. Wisemen, donkeys, sheep, everything. I was thrilled. Drove all the way from Salt Lake City for a weekend stay just to pick it up.   I had always wanted a nativity and one year I made one out of cut-outs applied to plywood which failed so I was thrilled to have a blow mold set.   This year (after encouragement from our neighbors) we went back to the full LOR display.  But after all of the flashing lights and jazzy sequencing, I couldn't fit the Nativity in to the display. I don't mean that to be a denial of Christ in any way. I just felt that there was no way to tastefully share His story with all of the flash.   I'd be thrilled for someone to share some good ideas on how to do this.  I have seen the Charlie Brown story about Christ a few years back using LOR and blow molds and if I ever run onto the blow molds of CB I am going that route.   Best of luck and please share your continuing story.

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We found a full blow mold Nativity set on KSL.com in St George last year and put in in our scaled back display. Wisemen, donkeys, sheep, everything. I was thrilled. Drove all the way from Salt Lake City for a weekend stay just to pick it up.   I had always wanted a nativity and one year I made one out of cut-outs applied to plywood which failed so I was thrilled to have a blow mold set.   This year (after encouragement from our neighbors) we went back to the full LOR display.  But after all of the flashing lights and jazzy sequencing, I couldn't fit the Nativity in to the display. I don't mean that to be a denial of Christ in any way. I just felt that there was no way to tastefully share His story with all of the flash.   I'd be thrilled for someone to share some good ideas on how to do this.  I have seen the Charlie Brown story about Christ a few years back using LOR and blow molds and if I ever run onto the blow molds of CB I am going that route.   Best of luck and please share your continuing story.
I actually wandered about that. I don't do LOR or anything. But once in a while I get to thinking about it, then I think about my desire for a Nativity and have a hard time during the two together.

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yea, it's a weird scenario. I have thought about doing a sequence in between the other tunes  where the Nativity would be illuminated without music for a few minutes and then turn it off while the other sequences fire.  I guess I want someone else to try it before me.  haha. A fine line between offering respect and humility and celebrating the reason for the season.

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I use the Charle Brown Christmas story and cropped some of non speaking gaps out. I have all lights on when Linus says “lights”. It set to dim and then turn off the lights in the yard and blow molds. Then everything turns on one at a time based on what Linus is saying. It’s less than a two minute run. I have mine set to run Christmas story every 5-7 songs based on time. I been running it for last 5 years. The kids and parents seem to really like it.

I will look on my computer tomorrow and try to add a video of it.

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Also last year I had push button set up so people on the sidewalk could push the set of songs they wanted. It was a big hit with the kids. The only problem was it rained almost every day in December. And the contact on the push buttons when wet had  some voltage drop and MP3 control had issues since the voltage is only 5V and drop made it come back as 3= null reading. This year I just went with speakers on all the time. The round holes in the picture were for the round outdoor speakers. 

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Thanks it changes every year. My manger is a mix of many manufacturers. Three wise men, camels, and Shepard are Santa’s Best. Sheep are life size empire. Nativity is general foam. The Nativity is on a small plate form since it’s a little smaller than the rest. What ever you get just try to match scale and I know it will look great! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

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On 12/16/2018 at 11:43 AM, Rich in Las Vegas said:

It probably takes a stroke of good luck to find a set at a reasonable price and the willingness to jump on it if you find one on Craigslist.  A quick check of nationwide CL only shows three nativity set blow molds for sale nationwide and they aren't cheaper than eBay prices.  The big problem is the cost of shipping for eBay.   I came across this nativity set, minus Jesus at the local Goodwill outlet store for 50 cents a pound.  Now all I need is someone to donate Jesus and be lucky enough to be there when it gets put out.

Bronner's has this one although it's not the right one for that set.

https://www.bronners.com/product/baby-jesus-for-life-size-lighted-plastic-nativity.do

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Thanks for the heads up.  It's $25 with shipping.   Too late for this year so I will consider it for next fall.  In the meantime  I will keep my eye out for local sale including the Goodwill outlet store where things really start showing up in January.  I began collecting last February and LED retrofitting anything that had incandescent lights as part of the display.  This is the first year I had people complement my display and had cars stop for a look.  Of course the real attraction is the plumber that lives four houses away who probably spends a grand each year acquiring new attractions.  I call mine the recycled Christmas display since almost everything is somebody's discards.  They sure do  get rid of nice stuff.  This site has been a real help in considering what and how to display.  Now all I need is to find someone to donate an LOR setup to Goodwill!

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