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  1. i decided to make one last trip to the Goodwill outlet store (surplus items) before Christmas to see what was available. It was good timing because I was able to find two more blow molds for my nativity display - the GFP standing wise man and a cow. The best find was a "Gemmy Lightshow Christmas Lights 6' Projection Lamp Post with Lighted Signs, Electro-Fire". The two blow molds were less than $5 together and the lantern was $13 based upon the weight. The light in the lantern is special. It's an LED assembly that flickers with and orange color. It really does look like a candle flame. W
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  2. I've gotten to the point now where I'm needing to rotate what I put out every year, simply because I'm out of lawn space. I can't really go any closer to the road because of the sidewalk plow, and fear that if I add more on the rest of the lawn it will look too cluttered, so I'm rotating things out every year. For example, I had a (mostly) different set of figures sitting on the wall last year, some of which I used elsewhere, some of which I kept inside. I also used a different Disney set last year. The only new scene entirely this year is the Empire/Alderbrook snowman trio towards the bac
    3 points
  3. I've visited this house many times--an annual tradition! They are the nicest people and have the most amazing collection. Many of their items are older and have seen many winters. Whereas I keep my nicer things inside... they seem to put everything outside. They add more each year... I have a closeup of the reindeer head see below. I asked where he got them but now I forget. Maybe Virginia?
    2 points
  4. Set part of our yard up as a walkthrough for the first time. It included a few homemade animatronics that had been from another display here in town that hadn't seen daylight in over 20 years.
    2 points
  5. I hope the forum stays. Yes, they are not as popular as they once were and that other entities, from Pinterest to Facebook, have all the pizazz of the moment, but forums are where serious discussions take place. The internet needs forums. They are an archive of past discussions, which are just absolutely invaluable libraries of information. I love pizza and a particular pizza forum upped my game in a way that social media never can. Reviewing threads that went back to the early 2000's, their information was still relevant to me. The same with this forum. If someone has a question, c
    2 points
  6. Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have all had a great day. I wanted to share some pictures of my display. Still no where near where most of you are but getting bigger every year. Such a fun hobby. Will be time to take it down soon which stinks. It always goes too fast!! I’ll fix my upside down pictures from my laptop tomorrow!!
    2 points
  7. Found these today in the bins at the local Goodwill surplus store. They were dusty and the bases were separated from the blow molds but they were there. Needed small repairs to the bases and a good cleaning. Lights included but will switch them to 12VDC LED lights for next year. Price was about $2 each. 38" Empire snowman candle 1320 mold date 1971 38" Empire Santa candle 1325-1322 no date on the mold Kudos to blowmolded.com for making it so easy to identify these blow molds!
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  8. Yes besides the lights, you need a controller, software, a way to hold the lights, extension cords. That said, there's a big range of controllers and software depending upon what you want to do. You can go get simple controllers like wLED which has it's own software - but you'll be pretty limited in what you can do. You can go with more formal controllers which some have their own software or you can use something like Vixen3 or xLights for software. I've done a DIY solder board when I got started 10 years ago for dumb strings which worked well and was pretty inexpensive. But I've been us
    1 point
  9. We have been awarded a Beautification Holiday Edition Award from a local community group .Someone entered us in the competition without us knowing and we are grateful. We have hit the big time! Our picture is going to be in our local newspapers. Yes we have two papers and they both come out weekly and have basically the same stuff in both. It's that type of area. This is our first year doing this. 32 channel LOR with all LED. The PC community has been very helpful and I thank you all for taking time to help us that are new to all of this. If you responded to one of my questions or answered som
    1 point
  10. Mel, so happy to hear about updating blow-molded!!! There are multiple pictures that don't show up for me now, but it is a tremendous gift and resource.
    1 point
  11. My neighbor stopped over tonight to tell me they had some plastic carolers in their basement from when they moved in that they wanted to give me. Believe these are around 1960s? Stamped Beco on the back. Happy to add them to the display for next year!
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  12. Has anyone ever seen this? This display is really something, it spans three properties and is an entire topic in itself, but this reindeer head at 7:27 caught my eye. It doesn't appear to be the art style of GP or be made of the materials favored by Crystal Valley. You occasionally see a one-off tabletop blow mold made by a toy manufacturer or something along those lines and discover a previously unheard of company, but that almost never happens on the municipal blow mold scale, as people with the resources to make these things usually did so full time and are fairly well kn
    1 point
  13. Thanks for letting me know it’s odd that it would be that different. I might call them and find out what’s up with high shipping rate.
    1 point
  14. Other option is to pull the old lights out and replace them inside of your figures with new LEDs. I’ve had to do this on a number of my items. It takes awhile but that is ok. You have over 10 months to get it done 😂
    1 point
  15. Didn’t build it. Bought it. It has fiber optics.
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  17. Congrats on winning!
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  18. Hey there. We changed our arches after 12 years to a tunnel. Short video from last year but it'll give you an idea. https://cypressholidays.com/light-video-from-2019
    1 point
  19. I've been storing my blow molds under my deck for the last 25 years without issue. I don't put them in anything.
    1 point
  20. We got a few inches of snow so I took a couple pics of the display.
    1 point
  21. Well despite the huge size I liked the animated flame LED bulbs so I decided to use them. I used the jig saw to widen the mount hole for the bulb to get in.
    1 point
  22. I'm on a wire frame one in book face that's not bad. You can't beat good ole PC for real info. I know there are two other forums Christmas sites similar to PC but that are 98.38484999% animated, dancing, pixels and all that jazz. I know there's plenty of that here but also tons of static help. Heck even stuff on storage is great here.
    1 point
  23. I am new to the Christmas display community and have used PC as a place to learn new stuff each week. A friend sent me some links to some Facebook groups as that is what he frequently uses for ideas and support. So I joined up and did some scrolling through a couple of these groups. I actually posed one question hoping for some suggestions. The responses I got ranged from nasty language to disrespect. I had one helpful suggestion. I will spend my time here from now on. I realize there may be some humor, rolling eyes, or whatever when I post on here but this place has been really helpful to me
    1 point
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  25. The person who wrote this letter is clearly the intolerant one. What I would love to say would surely get me in trouble and would not be family friendly. 😡
    1 point
  26. Please keep the forums. The world needs more than Facebook to communicate and socialize.
    1 point
  27. Hey all, new to the site. I have been putting up Christmas displays since I was little, but have really ramped it up over the last few years. Make a lot of stuff out of pvc and wood, looking for ideas, troubleshooting and just learning about different thingsand helping others if possible. If I had to guess I’m around 30k+ lights that are lit. Have a bunch more but ran out of ideas and will probably have to upgrade our electrical panel next year. submitting some photos, but I have added since then. Once the weather holds off I’ll try to get some better pics and drone footage G
    1 point
  28. Poloron post. The hunt begins......
    1 point
  29. I found a youtube video from a few weeks ago about CADO plastics and there different products. Towards the end of the Youtube video they go down to the floor and film the making of the snowman with penguin 75305. The youtube video is long but it has some good information the last 5 minutes is the best!!!(in my book). youtube link:
    1 point
  30. I really enjoyed watching this video. Thanks for posting it here.
    1 point
  31. Next the blowmolds were brought up and reattached as before. Big Taz had an issue; as the rim at the bottom hole of Big Taz is nowhere near flush with the plywood, it was hard to get both cuphooks in a place where they could both help keep Taz attached, so I rigged up some wire at the rear attached to a side brace to help keep him anchored. I added some sandbags over the bottom part of the frame to help out in strong winds; doubtless more sand will make its way up the ladder tomorrow. I wonder how much sand is REALLY enough? [Yes, that's an airplane that Taz is trying to catch!]
    1 point
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