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    Chraigslist scores again 11 blow molds for a C note


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    Holiday Christmas blow mold shopping when it is 109 degrees outside.

    Came across another posting on my local CL for 11 Halloween and Christmas blow molds for $100. It was too much to pass up but when I went to contact the owner the contact listing was messed up. Finally Friday I got in contact with the owner. It included 3 Empire Halloween blow molds and 8 Christmas blow molds made by Empire, TPI, GFP and Holiday Innovations. Only one looks beat up and it is the same C67 Santa mold I couldn't identify the maker previously.  It is probably Holiday Innovations based on the lousy paint job and lack of ID. The three TPI Halloween blow molds look almost new. The owner said she could no longer put them out because of thefts in the area where she lives.   That's really sad.  It was in an older part of town.  She had some of them for over two decades.

    TPI nutcracker and Noel plain candle

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    Two snowmen.  One is the model that originally had a broom inserted in the mold (Holiday Innovations) and GFP 078-130400

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    Two Santas - one matches the 31" Santa I was so confused about the maker - probably Holiday Innovaions again due to the poor paint job and the other has GFP on the plate for the light.

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    Three Empire Halloween blow molds  32" Halloween Totem H4680, 34 Ghost H7406, and 22" Ghost 7439

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    Just a note:  If you fill a blow mold with chunks of gravel for ballast, always wash the gravel before you add it.  The two Empire nutcrackers looked a lot nicer after I emptied out the gravel and washed the dirt off the inside of the mold.  I'm sure they will be a lot brighter after I convert them to low-voltage LED lights.

     

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    Just saw this on Atlanta Craigslist. There Halloween blow molds where $$ like eBay:) When I was there a few years ago.  But they have only old Halloween items that are very old in some cases.

     

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