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  1. 5 points
    What's a few dollars more or less when I could have one of the loves of my life to look at when I wake in the morning. Please note, when I said one of the loves of my life I wasn't referring to the first love of my life, possibly the second but not the first. It would be impossible for me to look at the first love of my life when I wake in the morning because she is already up and watching Dr. Phil when I wake in the morning.
  2. 4 points
    Picked up a small addition today. Could never really decide if I wanted this one but what the heck............
  3. 4 points
    Here's the final produst-minus the green stripe
  4. 4 points
    I'm thinking more in the line of PJ's, blanket and bedspread to lead me in my sweet dreams.... Mel
  5. 3 points
    Sad indeed! I have accumulated around 170 or so molds over the years and this is another reason I want to hang onto mine longer now. I made a large display with them and have many of the same types such as drummers. angels, trumpet angels (have 25 of these in different colors) choir people! I want to replace all the C7 incandescent bulbs in them with dimmable C7 LED bulbs in some and pixels in some others but with my back problems I have not set up my display for the last couple of years. I was thinking of selling some stuff but still have the idea that maybe I can set up some things so I hold out hope on a display yet! Now I guess I will have to keep things just so they will not disappear entirely. Especially when I see some molds sitting on the side of the road for pickup by the trash collector! That is sad when many times the molds justs need some TLC and taking care of to bring it up to looking just fine. Times change as do all things I guess and certainly business is business but can be sad to see an era going away.
  6. 2 points
    Wow I think I'll order a couple dozen of these!! You can "SAVE" 14 dollars!!! https://www.walmart.com/ip/General-Foam-Plastics-C6024-Light-Up-Tree-28-in-H-Green/147150664 I might as well pick up 2 or 3 of these swimming pools too: http://www.sears.com/general-foam-plastics-general-foam-plastics-or-gv240/p-SPM17038621207 TED
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    While I know it's halloween, I still wanted to share. It is stamped on the bottom Empire 1969. I got it for 50 cents :-D
  9. 2 points
    Hello! you might have seen me make 2 posts in blow mold and inflatable forums, but in this one i'd just like to say hello and i'm happy to be here!
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    Search one of my threads where I redid most of my blow molds. Oven cleaner! Yep, oven cleaner is where it's at. You can spray it on the mold, come back a few hours later and the paint just falls off. Never any damage to any mold either.
  12. 2 points
    We have a pair of the candles but they are not in their original boxes, they were given to us as a gift by a senior friend a few years ago. We also have a pair of the coach lanterns with their wall brackets in their original boxes, one of the boxes has the year 1957 printed on it. The candles and coach lantern are shown in a 1957 Salt Lake Tribune Skaggs Drug Center newspaper ad
  13. 2 points
    This made me so sad now. I was hopeing to keep colecting alot of the molds that I like but that dosent look like it is going to happen. So does this mean stores like menardswont have GF this season? I hope another company buys them and makes them again but I REALLY dont want them to make them cheaper than they alredy are. Im gonna have to start babying my molds again. I thinking repairs and repaints are in my near future. I have the full size nativity that I got for free last year. It was a kinda old one but now That things price is gonna skyrocket! ( not that I would ever sell it!) Im only a teenager but I have grown up with the blowmolds and vintage decor my parents and grandparents had. I hope the other kids don't lose this tradition and see what we all see in it. Ive got to keep my stuff togeter to pass it on to my kids now lol.
  14. 2 points
    Thanks Mel, for saying what you did. You said the exact things I felt inside, but just didn't want to post them here. Some people may like them but to me they look like ugly flat jello molds. There is nothing magical or happy about them. It's like going to the store to buy a Christmas Tree and coming home with a cardboard print cut-out instead. I do hope the vintage aluminum molds will be saved. Allen Agree 100% with you Donna!
  15. 2 points
    Richard, there may be some interest in the aluminum molds but will there be anyone interested enough to pay a decent price for them. There are some of us that watched what new items GF came out with the past few years and immediately knew we would never add any of them to our collections or displays, especially the flat modernistic ones. Whatever happened to the happy, cheerful holiday blow mold designs that brightened our neighborhoods up until the early 2000's? In my opinion General Foam did their share of bringing their demise in the plastic business by going to the modernistic and LED lighted items out at the expense of the traditional cheerful designs that make people happy. I don't know if GF still has the Beco molds in their inventory or if possibly they don't exist anymore, but if they do I wonder if they had produced some of those like the 30" boy & girl "Angel Singers" or the 30" Choir singers would they have been successful with the stores buying them and what about the 22" ones? I doubt they would have gotten enough orders for the 40" ones though because of the high price they would have to get for them. Possibly they just thought that the younger generations wouldn't have any interest in the happy cheerful designs anymore and only want modernistic boring looking designs in there yards now. I have not taken pictures of our collection of 30" Beco choir and angel singers yet so I can not include links to most of them. http://blow-molded.com/Beco___Angels.html http://blow-molded.com/Beco___Carol_%26_Choir.html Mel
  16. 2 points
    I agree,I would need to find someone to sew...lots of ideas:)
  17. 2 points
    A Christmas Tree Skirt would be nice. What about some fabric lamp shades in the Living Room and Bedroom? I like the PJ idea. Now I need to find someone who can sew.
  18. 2 points
    I'll take a pair of boxers....or 2
  19. 2 points
    Very sad news. I'm so glad I have my molds and will pamper them even more now that this has happened. You can look forward to the price of molds on ebay skyrocketing. Better get what you want from GFP and ebay, while you can still afford it. I wouldn't be surprised, if some China company buys the molds and then redesigns them to put crappy solar lights in them that only last for two hours and gives them that ugly bluish light look. My greatest fear is that the molds will be thrown away or sold to collectors that will never produce them again. I hate saying this, but I feel that we Christmas loving blow molders are a dying breed of people. It is true that there are some new lovers, but the truth is that a large majority of people in our country have been losing the Christmas spirit for many years. Just look at how many neighborhoods and homes are dark at Christmas across our land. Many cities and towns hardly put anything up. These things started a long time ago and just continues to get worse as the years roll on. Most Americans seemed happier and optimistic back in the 1950s, 60's , 70's, & 80's than today. I hope America finds its happiness again someday. No matter what happens, I'll keep putting my stuff up and hope the younger people will see what Christmas was once like in America. I need to just shut up, because talking about this brings me down. To all my fellow Christmas blow molders, I say keep the joy alive in your hearts and on your lawns and never let it die. Now I need to go look at my molds to lift my spirits back up again.
  20. 2 points
    Here's the hand out with the hyperlinks. If the class inspired you to add a vintage element(s) to your display please post some pictures. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or others on Planet Christmas. We'll be glad to help! christmas expo 2017 handout display.doc Here's the link to the thread about how to build a modern Bubble Tree that I talked about in my presentation.
  21. 1 point
    We just moved into our new home and I'm having a difficult time deciding what/how to decorate the front. We have some Limitations: 1-- One set of plugs (two plugs total) only on the front of the house and NONE that work on back of the house. There's one set of plugs in the garage that are used so cannot use those either. Hubby promised to add more before the following Christmas, but it cannot happen by THIS Christmas. That means little or no lights outside. 2-- There are very bright landscaping lights out front. Good because I cannot do bushes/tree lights this year. 3-- tight budget. Spending a lot of money fixing/updating this house (it needed some work) so things will have to be homemade or inexpensive to purchase. I am crafty and have a garage full of power tools, and a teenage son who welds. This is the house (photo taken right before we bought it) First picture I wanted to do a White Christmas/Winter Wonderland thing, but not sure how to execute it... I don't want it to look busy or weird. I found (picture 2) on Pinterest using the ball pit balls and created my own version of making it into SNOW BALLS (we don't get much snow in Texas) See Picture 3 and 4 for my prototypes. Big one is one of those large outdoor plastic ornaments I pulled out of the attic and made into a big snowball... (Still in progress, the big one isn't done yet, just it's first layer) My thought was to put it all over all the bushes (there's A LOT of bushes on this yard). I can make about 125 balls for $30. Hubby-- my own scrooge-- think it will just look like white polka-dots all over the yard and won't look "snowy" from the street. Now I'm worried he is right and wondering if I should just ditch the whole snowball idea? Then-- what else do I do with it? **I could make large snowflakes painted white using wood scraps from the garage (seen all over pinterest) I could put them around the yard and maybe hanging from the large Elm tree. **I could make some reindeer in the yard. (anyone have a good plan to make some?) I can't find any that I like so far.... **I could do some snowmen or something but I haven't found any that I liked. It needs SOMETHING else. Just a bunch of white balls doesn't seem like it would make sense. Any other ideas? I want it pretty but frugal. Would love ideas/inspiration! I can do most things DIY by myself, if that helps. I hope that by the following Christmas we will be able to add lights to the yard and other things.
  22. 1 point
    I am thinking I need to restore this one before Christmas this year!! Needs to be in my living room and look its best!! LOL
  23. 1 point
    If possible post some pics and give us some stats. I think you've come to the right place!
  24. 1 point
    Picked up a small piece for my collection over the weekend.
  25. 1 point
    Get it hot, I use a halogen work light the heat gun or even a hair dryer will work to. You can gently push on the sides and it might pop out but you have a hole there so you could stick something small in there and push it out, once the dent is out the crack may close up and I wouldnt worry about it.
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  27. 1 point
    I THINK there is an old Union sleigh that was sold both with and without a Santa. However they are a pretty scarce item and will probably be cost prohibitive. Two things come to mind as "second best" options. There are wireframe sleighs that might be of a suitable size. Unfortunately they usually (always?) come with all clear lights which I don't think would look good. It might require some light swapping. A better idea might be to make a sleigh out of wood. It wouldn't light up like plastic but if you make it in such a way that most or all of the Santa is visible it could look good. TED
  28. 1 point
    Hi Dchackert, Welcome to the addiction err uh hobby! I would say the cheapest, easiest thing to do would to buy one LOR 16 channel residential controller and 2 or 3 LOR sequences and maybe see about anyone on the LOR forum under sequence sharing section willing to share a 16 or 32 channel sequence with you. The LOR sequences will be done in the 4X4 grouping they talk about on their website. Basically you have groups of 4 similar items. Like they suggest 4 roof sections, 4 upper windows on a two story house, 4 columns and 4 sections of lights on bushes. using this example you have 16 channels. The current LOR sequences are using 64 channels plus RGB elements but don't worry about them being there. If you only have one controller only the first group of 16 channels will be used. A lot of the sharing done As for licensing, if you are going to stay small for two or three years you can use the basic software license. But if you think you will be expanding rapidly (and most all of us do) you may want to go ahead and get the advanced license. No need for pro yet unless you really take off and start venturing into pixels quickly. The other piece of advice for starting small and easy is to put up some static lights that will not be animated and then have your 4 groups of 4 do the animation. Trust me, your family and friends will love the whole sequencing the lights to music thing and visitors will like it two. It's not about how many lights you have and if they dance to the music and it's not about how many channels you have doing the animating. And, it's not even if you did the actual programming/sequencing the lights to the music. What's important is putting smiles on faces, especially children and making life long memories. This is what is told by the great Chuck Smith. What we do is important, it's making life long memories that families will remember and especially children will remember that will grow up and talk about that "one house" that did this cool thing for the community and that house is yours. Christmas is a magical time, the average viewer won't know you are only running 16 channels as opposed to 32. Just doing it and spreading Christmas cheer is what it's all about. Go get a controller, the USB adaptor, software and some sequences and enjoy making people happy without worrying about light count or channel count. Later, Al
  29. 1 point
    Awesome price, I wish I had budget left
  30. 1 point
    WOW!! Excellent job Big J. I can't wait to see them with the green stripe.
  31. 1 point
    Hey Don, we are going to put a green strip between the red and white:):)
  32. 1 point
    It will be interesting to see what GFP has left for inventory when they close their doors. It is my understanding that they have not made much more then customers ordered for several years now and if they didn't get combined orders for a minimum of 1000 pieces they did not make the blow mold. I feel sure it will be much different then when Union Products closed their doors in 2006. they had thousands of blow molds in the warehouse at the time. In 2006\2007 we made three purchases of the UP blow molds, 5and10.com was selling the 40" ones for $10 each with free shipping on orders of $150 or more. We filled in a lot of holes in our collection of UP blow molds because previously we had not done much collecting of those. A lot of the blow molds had stickers with the year they were made on the bottom and there were several from back in the mid to late 1980's which shows that they had been sitting in the warehouse for 15-20 years, I doubt very much that GFP will have many sitting around for that many years. Grand Venture had several thousand blow molds left in their warehouse when they closed also, they sent us an inventory list of what they had at the time but we did not buy and of those, as I recall, someone in the Cayman Islands purchased all of them. Mel
  33. 1 point
    After looking around online the cheapest C9 led retrofits i could find are here. These ones are 5 led non-dimmable clearance price of 13.88 for a 25 pack. They do also offer the 5 led super bright dimmable ones in both faceted and ceramic for under 25 bucks for a 25 pack. Dimmable is important if you are using them with L.O.R. Haven't shopped here yet so don't know what the service is like. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/led-decorative/led-replacement-bulb-c9-w-5-leds-15w/450/
  34. 1 point
    Simple answer is yes. Once word gets around. Knowing some people don't think they are made anymore. eBay prices will triple. They eBay sellers are already watching. Seeing if/when GFP has their warehouse sale. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    Got some small additions to the collection the last couple of days. I already had the metal Poloron candles. They were still in the box with original bulbs and all original packing. One of my favorite pieces overall.
  36. 1 point
    I'd like to see pictures and prices of the C7's and SPT 2 cords.
  37. 1 point
    It makes me glad to see the younger generation, like yourself, share the same love for blow molds that the rest of us do. Don't give up hope yet.
  38. 1 point
    This is so adorable that I wish I knew how to sew! They print it to order and you order the amount of fabric you need. I think I would make kitchen curtains!
  39. 1 point
    Hello and welcome to a wonderful place! The folks here are creative, smart, talented and very helpful!
  40. 1 point
    They do it to try and get around the fees for selling the item. Ebay takes nothing from the 'shipping' costs.
  41. 1 point
    I guess we can beat a dead horse, but, some fool will buy it....
  42. 1 point
    So true, Donna. I too have notice a rise in prices on ebay. Unfortunately, I believe this is just the sad beginning of things to come.
  43. 1 point
    Shame on them....
  44. 1 point
    I can see it now! Mel buys a whole bolt of the material and uses it for wallpaper in the family room.
  45. 1 point
    They should have gone mail order or at least offered that option. I would make their molds available to those who would like them but don't have a local retail option.
  46. 1 point
    Here's the hand out with the hyperlinks. If the class inspired you to add a vintage element(s) to your display please post some pictures. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or others on Planet Christmas. We'll be glad to help! christmas expo 2017 handout Traditional Elements.doc
  47. 1 point
    Works better if you apply from inside out,does not flake off as bad and the air pushes the sealer through the holes not just on top.i stick my hand through the zipper opening and close it around my wrist and spray,the air movement will move it around
  48. 1 point
    Picked up a great Noma Santa.....number 95....mint condition in the original box!
  49. 1 point
    J try Winfield company. They have the plans and also the carbon paper in large sheets.
  50. 1 point
    Well I was hunting for Halloween Candy Pails and having no luck.....but ended up only finding this little guy sitting with some furniture....He is marked Carolina Enterprises 1973 Still has UPC tag and direction sticker on back...he is listed as model 28-1358...don't know much about the xmas molds like I do Halloween...he was a bit dirty but cleaned up he looks almost new...and although the light cord is missing the seal for the light is intact so easy fix...Anyone know anything about him...guess I wonder is he actually that old..or did they Carolina make more recent runs of him..he looks vintage to me...I paid $2.00 plus tax...
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