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  1. I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
    9 points
  2. 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 Christ
    7 points
  3. Just about done. I took off all last week because I had vacation to burn and was well used getting everything ready.. Had a lot of rain the past two days but that actually helped find any wet plugs before it all actually goes on.
    5 points
  4. I have this saying: "the easiest thing to do is nothing." Most people seem to default to this setting. Sooooooo... I'm going to leave things alone, at least for this season .) But... I'm wide open for suggestions on how to make PlanetChristmas a better place. Please let me know here or send an email to me at [email protected]
    5 points
  5. Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
    5 points
  6. I wish I had the means to by all the stamping, patents and equipment to keep it in business....i know, I'm a dreamer lolol
    5 points
  7. Remember in the movie, A Christmas Story, when the "old man" was gluing back together the leg lamp? That's going to be me.
    4 points
  8. Made this up tonight. I took three wire wreath frames. 2 12" for ears and 18" for the head. 50 count blue strand and just zip tied it all up. Plan is to make a bunch more and then "hide" them through out my entire display. We kind of are a big Disney family. I need to get a few to make smaller and maybe one large one for the roof. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    4 points
  9. Slankard sent me the pic we ALL have been waiting for! Thanks Slankard!!
    4 points
  10. The blow mold storage area. The building is 24' x 36' and is over half full of blow molds including the overhead above the joists, the trailer is 12' x 61' and is packed completely full. The other pictures are of our front porch at the moment, all of the totes are full of blow molds also. The ones on the porch are waiting for me to take some pictures and make plastic bags for them. Mel
    4 points
  11. What’s everyone Christmas display looking like. I been working in the back yard on mine. I live HOA and can’t put out in front yard until week of thanksgiving. If weather is good I will start pulling it to front yard on Monday.
    3 points
  12. Put the candy canes out, This may be the last year for some of them, there getting brittle and have cracks. I purchased these used from e-bay a few years ago, so not complaining Had to take two pictures to get all 6 pieces.
    3 points
  13. We "opened up" for our first time tonight. Posted it on Facebook with no pic or video. We live in a small town and in less than an hour had 5 or 6 cars come by. Several commented on Facebook. I can see how this can become addicting. We are running a 32 ch LOR with all LED. I enjoy making people happy and I am already trying to plan for next year being bigger and better This has been trying but fun. I think it will be worth all the money and effort.
    3 points
  14. 15 piece Nativity Theme, we actually set it out yesterday. (not lite yet) We always wait till after Thanksgiving for the Lightening. Trying to get everything done before bad weather hits.
    3 points
  15. Put out the Patriotic Section of my blow mold display. I always put it up before Veterans Day I'm a newbee, don't know why the pic is over the text.
    3 points
  16. Big J, with 1800+ posts. We will have to vote on your retirement. In the meantime, please stay on as a consultant.
    3 points
  17. Just got done on a lunch break converting battery powered to 120vac plug in. Below are the pictures.
    3 points
  18. Hi all, hope everyone is do e decorating lol. I know it's been listed in here before, but here is our display. The dog was helping out also.
    3 points
  19. This year's addition to my display is Monster's Inc. To give you a little idea of the dimension... the door is 8' tall. My 15 year old daughter painted Mike. The red light, at the top of the door, flashes on and off... as seen in the main picture (off) and the close-up (on).
    3 points
  20. I been using vampire plugs and SPT-1W wire for many years I had good luck with them. The wire is good up to 7amps I try to keep any one cord less than 5 amps = 600W. Below pictures are some of the cords I have made up and the parts needed to make more cords up. I would recommend trying it out. I use Action lighting for my plugs and holiday lights express for SPT-1W wire. If you want to try it out on small scale/cost go to action lighting order 100ft of wire and some in-line plugs. And see if you like the results. The choir stand uses one wire 40’ long with 24 in-line plugs.
    3 points
  21. I had some sugarplum blow molds laying around and after finding just the right metal hoop and some commercial garland, I made a vintage style street pole wreath. The second photo of the three wreaths was the 'inspiration' for it.
    3 points
  22. New to blow molds, lucked upon a set of Grand venture sleigh and 4 reindeer in an attic a few months ago , had always wanted a set. And now Im hooked....drove an hour to pick up a nativity set yesterday, but really slim pickings in my area. Then My father sends me a text with pics of all sorts of brand new General Foams at a store! There all new old stock, but at full retail and then some. Brand new in box flying reindeer $100, I saw a 20% off all lawn ornaments sign and considered it to add to the display...but ...asked clerk if blow molds were included, she looked at me like I was asking f
    3 points
  23. Chuck, I would love to see a new PC Magazine! I always enjoy them. I have printed out most of them and read them on remote job site where there is no cell phone service. Also, it would be cool if there where some articles on manufacture plant like Cado and some of the LED manufacturing plants. I know it’s a real tall order but I alway find it interesting how things are produced and I think other on here would be interested. Thanks for all your hard work!!!
    3 points
  24. Happy Holidays everyone here is my display for this year.
    3 points
  25. 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
    3 points
  26. I just have to say, looking on scum-bay, the rejects have started the price hike already.....
    3 points
  27. The search is over. https://tru-tone.com/ https://www.facebook.com/trutonebulbs
    2 points
  28. Those are my 5 that were repainted a few years ago. My dad had those before I was born and I am 42 now.
    2 points
  29. PC Controllers with the plastic enclosures have a limit of 8 amps/channel and 15 amps/power feed cord (one feed does channels 1-8, the other 9-16) Consider also that and individual home circuit can only handle 15-20 amps, with a 75% or 80% max usage being ideal as stated above. Depending on your usage you may be able to put both controller feeds on the same circuit. If you use a lot of amps, you may have to separate the feeds to different circuits. I highly suggest the Kil-A-Watt meter as well.
    2 points
  30. Order the grinch and pumpkin disk lamp post. Just got them in mail today! They look pretty good on paint. The lamp post is battery LED timer I will Be converting It to 120v led bulb.
    2 points
  31. Here are the pictures! Finally got mine.
    2 points
  32. Figured out which is my favorite.
    2 points
  33. Just wanting to wish my Planet Christmas Family all a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year 2020. All of your displays are AWESOME and I can’t wait to see what your creative minds come up with for Christmas 2020. Jerry
    2 points
  34. A 1955 newspaper picture with some of the Christmas items Spielbauer offered for the holiday. Note the Sculptoris choir boy and girl on the table we rarely see those anywhere. Mel
    2 points
  35. Does anyone else have this municipal piece? It is a single, double-sided piece. I bought it at auction today. Just looking for info/history. Thanks!! Kelly
    2 points
  36. QVC host David announced that they are planning on selling blow molds for the 2020 season! He couldn't say which ones or how many, but he did mention Noel candles as an example of a blow mold for those who don't know what it is. Christmas starts in July on QVC. I'll be watching for sure and keep you updated. I guess the blow mold tree they sold this year was a big success. :)
    2 points
  37. 'Simply having a wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney makes me hurry to turn it off. Somehow it always comes on in the grocery store when I'm shopping and I wish I had ear plugs.
    2 points
  38. Took me a second to get that one.... No worries. No Facebook. No constant advertising. No mind reading ?
    2 points
  39. Yep, in my eyes we won the biggest contest of all. A family stopped by, their son wanted to give us a trophy. "Best lights Ever"
    2 points
  40. 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
    2 points
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  42. Donna, I definitely do have a limit on how many duplicates I get and keep for our collection. Most of the collection consists of one of each variation of a particular blow mold but we do have two each of several that we like. Like most everyone else storage is a continuous problem as I find it extremely difficult to resist any blow molds that we do not have in the collection. I have bought several small molds for the collection since getting the 70 from our friend. Several of the 70 are smaller table top molds along with Halloween flashlights, spook sticks, etc but over half of the molds a
    2 points
  43. When I was at the plant I noticed a lot of items that have not been sold in a few years. I made a list of the ones I picked up. I also include some pictures. List of some of blow molds I picked up at GFC Norfolk Halloween: 23” light up pumpkin H7009 36” light up slim pumpkin H7077 36” Light up Vampire H2202 Light up bat H1074 Ghost pail with handle H1280 **************************************** Christmas: 40” Deluxe Standing Shepherd C61810 Deluxe Nativity Wisemen C61820 25X40” Deluxe Camel C61840 40” Nostalgic Traditional Santa
    2 points
  44. Yeah, though ive cut way back, i do still buy nice blowmolds if i see them at garage sales. I refuse to pay 30-40$ for a blowmold at menards. If these dont fall apart in my hands come early january tear down, ill shoot for using them again. The tear down can be rough on them though, as they often freeze to the ground. A sturdy blowmold will pop loose from the ice with little effort. These brittle ones are a trick. Ocassionally, i have had to resort to pouring warm water on the bases to release them from the ground. I store them inside when theres room. At the height of my storag
    2 points
  45. Cado and General Foam have already been in contact and only time will tell if anything will result from that. Mel
    2 points
  46. 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
    2 points
  47. Allen, I thought the same thing about the molds. I think my heart would sink if I ever saw one of my favorite blow molds stamped with "Made in China". What you said here is exactly how I feel.
    2 points
  48. 2016 village, or the monster that's eating my living room! 78 inches wide. 46 inches deep and 45 to the tallest platform. 52 buildings with 48 of them lit. The power to all the lights are controlled by two dimmer switches. Keeps all the buildings from glowing like toxic waist. I also hid four cows and one donkey within this display. First pic is the overall village. Second pic shows some of the details. I used evergreen garland behind each row of buildings. Quite a few of the trees are hand made. Looking at the bottom right you have one store bought bottle brush. The next three are hand
    2 points
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