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Good News/Possible Bad News from Menards

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I just got back from Menards and their blow molds were already marked down 40% (that's the good news). The prices were:

Painted Nativity: 26.99

Marble Nativity: 29.99 (doesn't make sense, these should be cheaper than the painted set)

Shepherd and Lamb: 20.99

Wisemen: 47.99

Extra Lamb: 5.99

Donkey: 8.99

Cow: 8.99

Stable: 29.99

Santa: 14.99

Snowman: 17.33

Gingerbread: 11.99

Now the bad news is the prices were marked with a red tag, which indicates clearance. There was no end date as to when these items were going off sale like there normally is. To me that indicates they're not selling well and Menards wants to get rid of them. It's not even December and they're already blowing them out. Doesn't look good for next year.

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There is not a Menards within 300 miles of me and I don't like the sound of that. It's just that in the past I've always looked forward to hearing what they had. Another post said that Garden Ridge didn't even carry them this year.

Here's my good news I had three given to me yesterday, a snowman /red scarf' one of the muli color penguins, and a grand venture santa (toy sack is green,has soldier in it) yes I said given, freebie, no charge.

glenn

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glenn wrote:

Another post said that Garden Ridge didn't even carry them this year.

None so far at the G.R. here. I imagine they got discouraged. In 2004 they stocked Grand Venture blowmolds. Obviously they couldn't get them again for 2005 since Grand Venture discontinued their holiday items. I was impressed when they stocked Union Products blowmolds instead for 2005. Since their blowmolds were stocked rather late I suspect that they did not know about Grand Venture until then tried to order. Of course I don't know for sure. Since Union went out of business they obviously couldn't buy from them for 2006. I was hoping they would switch to Gen Foam but I can see where they might just give up.

TED

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Bill Weis wrote:

I just got back from Menards and their blow molds were already marked down 40% (that's the good news).

Do they have a lot left? How many of those snowmen were there?

TED

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Went to a Menards in IL on Friday. The snowmen were selling well, the nativities were just stuck in place. I agree with Bill, a bad sign from Menards. If you look at the dramatic decrease of molds from 04 to 05, and then another smaller decrease from 05 to 06...elimination looks to be soon. They seem more focused on wireframes and holographic these days.

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TED wrote:

Bill Weis wrote:

Do they have a lot left? How many of those snowmen were there?

TED

Ted,

The store I was at had about a half dozen, but all of them had a lot of paint missing from the hats, which is typical for Drainage.

Bill.

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Gene Pyle wrote:

Went to a Menards in IL on Friday. The snowmen were selling well, the nativities were just stuck in place. I agree with Bill, a bad sign from Menards. If you look at the dramatic decrease of molds from 04 to 05, and then another smaller decrease from 05 to 06...elimination looks to be soon. They seem more focused on wireframes and holographic these days.

You make a very valid point but let me offer a more optomistic view. Several new sources have turned up this year (Kmart and Kroger for example). I already see a bunch of blowmolds out in people's displays here. I havea few thoughs/opinions. First I have always said that the holographic stuff is justa fad and won't be around long. They've only been out a couple years. I think the stores have overestimated their popularity in their eagerness to find the "next big thing". Second, I think that blowmolds may well be making a comeback. As I said I'm seeing more of them being displayed. Hopefully the stores will catch on. It may start with independant stores like the pool store that Carrie posted about.

TED

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Bill Weis wrote:

I just got back from Menards and their blow molds were already marked down 40% (that's the good news).

Now the bad news is the prices were marked with a red tag, which indicates clearance. There was no end date as to when these items were going off sale like there normally is. To me that indicates they're not selling well and Menards wants to get rid of them. It's not even December and they're already blowing them out. Doesn't look good for next year.

I visited 3 different Menards stores today and it's not only the blow molds that have red tag pricing. All the artificial trees, wireframes, ropelight snowflakes and holographic items had clearance tags also. So it would appear that it's not only blow molds, but most of the outdoor items are being cleared out.

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Just returned from Menards...all blow molds were sold out (even the displays). Many other items were gone as well. Seasonal Closeout signs on many items. TED...I am optimistic blow molds will make a comeback as well...with movies like Deck the Halls, and the USPS commercial they are being advertised to people. These independent stores are doing very well selling these items, I know a couple of places in the STL area that ordered several molds, and as of this past weekend they were mostly sold out.

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maybe it's me but i noticed in the past 3yrs stores have started decorating as early as endsept for christmas. It would appear to me that the stores holiday merchandise schedule is earlierto move xmas product out quicker and spring stuff in

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Which Donkey is it, the old Empire mold? By the way, are there two color variations of that mold--one gray and one brown? Someone was selling a brown one on Ebay. I can never get my gray one to light right. It always looks unlit because of the dark paint job it has.

Steve

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Steve,

Yes it's the old Empire mold. This did come in brown at one point. The cow and the donkey were the same color for awhile. I saw the brown donkey on ebay recently and was surprised it didn't sell for more than it did (I don't remember how much it went for, I just know it wasn't very much). I wish Empire had made this mold bigger because it's far too small in comparison to the other figures.

Bill.

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We have just had a Menard's open here in St. Joseph, MO during the later part of October. The blowmolds you mentioned were in last Sunday's ad flyer in our local paper (you should be able to view ad on Menard's website.) All outdoor christmas decorations were advertised at 40% off thru 12-09-06. Yes, they were marked with red tags, but I took this to mean that the item was on sale. P.S. I spoke to the assistant general manager of the local store and found out that they can check their other stores for blowmolds that may be stocked in one store but not another. He did a search for me and was able to tell me several other Menard's locations that had the General Foam Santa train engine and tender cars and the General Foam Santa in sleigh and reindeer that was previously made by Empire. P.P.S. The gingerbread blowmold was from Farley and had a TPI light cord.

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