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About Scrooge

  • Birthday 07/24/1965

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was about 5 years old, I heard a noise Christmas morning about 3am. The noise was dad trying to assemble a Matchbox Car service station which was to be from Santa under the tree and he was having a difficult time with assembly, muttering under his breath that all the parts weren't there. (mom tells me this part). So I was in process of waking up my 3 yr old sister telling her that Santa has visited. Mom intercepted us and shooshed us off to bed before we got downstairs. Mom and dad remember the night of little sleep due to assembling that Matchbox car service station.
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    Minnesota
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    2 score and 5 years ago, my mother and father brought apon this continent a child, conceived in october, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.

    (some men have OCD and decorate their yards with dozens of plastic holiday figures)
  • Interests
    Making it to retirement then moving to a warmer climate.
  • Occupation
    Accountant
  • About my display
    Its a work in progress.

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  1. Ahhhh yes, the blowmold storage problem....leading to garage, garage attics, sheds and basements which are full...blowmolds outside under lean-tos , tarps, bags. Have i ever mentioned that i used to be into 'doing lawn displays' in a significant way ?...haha... and due to a lack of space and some heart felt soul searching leading to me establishing and adhering to some priorities... i eventually had to scale things waaaaay back. 🙂 (as some of you display people know...its not just the storage problem which wears you out). A large temperature controlled pole shed would be my preference but alas that is not my situation. Ive got a medium sized shed, and a garage, and a basement for storage, but ive also got other stuff too. My motorcycle,dirt-bike, and lawnmower, snowblower, camping gear, ice fishing gear, garden tools, garage tools, etc etc are not going to sit out in the sun and rain (or under a tarp) while my blowmolds sit inside in the cool shade. No. So, about half of my blowmolds were stored inside, and the outdoor overflow blowmolds were neatly lined up in a block of 5 x 10 at the rear of the property in the relative shade of a row of pine trees. I assembled a simple 2x4 ad hoc wooden framework with a tarp draped and secured over everything. It worked pretty well to keep the tree sap and needles and rain and sunlight off the blowmolds. I used a better quality, uv resistant poly tarp from menards. I didnt experience much trouble with moisture, no mold problems, but i would get spiders and spider webs under the tarp. Those spiderwebs can be irritating. These days, after the great blowmold purge, ive still got some smaller 'inside use' blowmolds in the basement, and about 8 nicer blowmolds in the shed which im too attached to to get rid of. (sigh...i know...i know). The 10 large snowman blowmolds i use for my front lawn display are stored 46 weeks per year lined up out of sight behind my shed with contractor grade garbage bags over them. Its been a slow process, but ive finally got grass growing again where the blowmolds under the tarp used to sit. Re: basement blowmold storage. My goal was to get back to where the (finished) basement is a usable area again. Damn blowmolds multiply like rabbits, and before you know it theyre everywhere. The bar area, dart board, poker table was virtually unusable with all that stuff down there. Much much better now. And... moving 50+ large blowmolds from the basement to the front yard at display time... thats a lot of trips up and down the stairs one blowmold at a time... and then again 5-6 weeks later. Scrooge
  2. https://www.foxnews.com/us/minnesota-residents-christmas-light-display-shamed-for-harmful-impact Person receives letter in the mail from 'woke' SJW. Below is a 'snip' of the letter in the article. Use link to see full article. "I couldn't help but notice your Christmas light display. During these unprecedented times, we have all experienced challenges which casual words just don't describe what we're feeling. The idea of twinkling, colorful lights are a reminder of divisions that continue to run through our society, a reminder of systemic biases against our neighbors who don't celebrate Christmas or who can't afford to put up lights of their own," the letter, shared by Crime Watch Minneapolis, reads. "We must do the work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward facing display like yours can have." Society is falling apart. Too many people with too many causes. Sickening. The 'comments' to the article (at the link) are mostly in support of lawn displays.
  3. I experience an on going problem with brittle blowmolds...especially the past several years. In my heyday my displays were primarily using snowman blowmolds. I did fly too close to the sun and eventually got burned out on doing the big display. I sold 95% of my collection. I still put up a display alternating winters, using spiral lighted trees and the 10 snowman blowmolds which people did not buy...the faded, common, dinged blowmolds. It is these remaining blowmolds which have a breakage problem. The fact that they did not sell at the end may have been indicative of the life they lived before i acquired them. Possibly older examples, possibly stored in sunlight, or a hot garage attic... hard to say for sure. (when i owned them...i stored them in a shed, or outside in a shady part of the property covered with a huge tarp... yes, i had a 'storage' problem). None the less they were not brittle back then. they have slowly and gradually become more and more brittle as time slips past). I have posted about this in this forum. In my humble opinion, trying to repair or save a brittle blowmold, and i can speak with first hand knowledge of brittle snowman blowmolds...is an exercise in futility. Why?... because the area that broke out today is just the edge of the storm. So, you want to glue the broken piece back into position. Sure, i suppose its possible... i 'know' its possible...except the plastic 1/2" away from where you are gluing is just as brittle as the area which previously broke. Ive glued and taped, pretty soon just the pressure of your hand on the blowmold while youre making the repair causes another crack. The repaired area remains intact while the surrounding surfaces fall away. Haha. Im 110% serious. I know my words are not what you want to hear..but rest easy because it is not all doom and gloom. I 'have' been able to limp several of my snowmen out to the next display for years beyond what some people would do. Ive got several bumpys where the brim of the top hat is pretty rough...cracked...broken... missing pieces. But i use them anyways. From the street you would be hard pressed to see the cracks and missing pieces of top hat brim. Ive got a couple of 48" tall 'giant' snowman blowmolds. The top of the (faded) red top hat breaks out on those. In an effort to squeeze out another year of use, and to prevent snowfall from going into the snowman onto the light bulb...I have used ice cream pail lids to make crude repairs to the top hat. Crude?... remember my previous comment about the slight pressure of your hand against the plastic as you make your repair? Its a house of cards. You are not going to restore these brittle old blowmolds back to their new condition no matter how careful you are. Glue it, tape it, youre only delaying the inevitable. Dont commit a lot of money or effort. You might get 1-2-3 more seasons out of your old friend if youre lucky, and careful, then one day the head will break clean off and its over. And believe me... if youve got old blowmolds which are questionable... and during display tear down you find one which is frozen to the ground...never and i mean NEVER attempt to nudge it loose by hand. Just resign yourself to getting the bucket of hot water to aid removal. I dont need to tell you how i learned this. :-) This year my snowmen and spiral trees are set up in my girlfriends front yard 15 miles away. Her first display. Loading the blowmolds into the suv for the drive to her house was a slow and calculated dance. I heard a few cracking sounds... a found a few tiny slivers of white plastic on the carpeting when it was all said and done. Not too bad. Her neighbors have been giving her the 'thumbs up'. Merry Christmas everyone. Scrooge
  4. Lots of bulbs from china available. Im curious...are there comparable bulbs manufactured in the usa?...and if so how do the prices compare?
  5. Nice display. I like the blue snowman. Im running some colored bulbs in a few of my snowmen again this year. Additionally... Im especially loving the clarity of your outdoors photos. What is your secret? .. my pics seem to wash out. You must be using a 'real' slr type of digital camera on a tripod, with a slow exposure? I get too much traffic to be able to set up a camera on a tripod and shoot time exposed photos.
  6. Ill just chime in here, relative to the sub discussion about crazy high blowmold prices. Craigslist is bonkers, and Menards mind boggling. (I don't tryically buy blowmolds from ebay. The shipping is a killer.) So, the blowmolds I use these days for my outdoor display are the faded, cracked and common blowmolds which didn't sell when I liquidated the bulk of collection a number of years ago. Since the sell-off I have acquired a few snowmen from garage sales to replace the brittle ones which had to be put down. With prices the way they are, and that I live on a street with moderate amounts of traffic, I can help but wonder if I will have a few snowmen grow legs and walk away this season. Over the years, ive only had 1 blowmold disappear. That was probably...ummm… 2007? I took a photo of the display that year when I turned it on so I knew from my photos that it was the snowman with his little penguin buddy side by side. On top of the simple feeling of having my display violated, I remember being extra irked that they stole that one. At the time, amongst the 90 snowmen in the display, I know I had at least 8 bumpys, and 8 giant empire snowmen out there and 4 or 5 of most of the rest. So, of course they had to steal a blowmold of which I only had (2) of. Couldn't steal a bigger common one...ohhh nooo. So, we shall see. I guess the one caveat, is that I have not spent 30-40-50-60$ each on these snowmen. These are 2-3$ garage sale finds, and on top of that half of them are faded and dinged. If (knocking on wood) something does disappear, its not a financial loss.
  7. Well, as a continuation of the 'brittle' saga... 3 days ago i began pulling the blowmolds from their storage area, getting ready to put up the display on black friday. Long story short, 2 of the brittle empire 48" snowmen that i was able to use 2 winters ago, just fell apart at the lightest touch. I began by removing the screw which attaches the light bulb bracket, but the slightest twist of the screwdriver immediately broke the plastic and the bulb assy fell to the inside where i fished it out. I ended up putting the snowman in a large garbage can then using a 2x4 to break the plastic into small pieces which i could put into a plastic grocery bag. The sounds were like breaking glass, and the plastic shattered into tiny dime sized pieces. The only parts which any structural integrity were the very bottom, and the vertical barrel of the top hat. Maybe the red paint on the hat shielded the plastic from uv radiation? These old friends will shine on again one day, when i acquire a garage sale blowmold missing its light bulb bracket and transplant the old 48" empire snowman bulb bracket. Ive found a few replacement snowman blowmolds at garage sales the past 2 summers so the ranks are replenished, and then some.
  8. Being a little partial to snowman blowmolds... im Loving the photo of the long string of snowman blowmolds. The variety.
  9. $ 999.50 for the set in 1957. Wow! According to one website, thats almost 25% of an average annual income. Based on the price i cant help but wonder...was this intended for the general public for personal holiday displays?...or is this more of a 'pro' set for businesses? I cant see mom and Pop spending that kind of money on a holiday lawn Santa/Reindeer display. House: $10,000Average income: $4,494Ford car: $1879-$3408Milk: $1.00Gas: $.24Bread $.19Postage stamp: $.03Can of Libby’s peaches, 17 oz.: $ .25Swanson TV dinner: $.75Vermont Maid Syrup, 12 oz bottle: $.33 https://fiftiesweb.com/pop/prices-1957/
  10. Ive daisy chained 6ft and 12ft extension cords from blowmold to blowmod for years, never had any problem as long as you use cfl (or other low watt bulb) bulbs. Granted, when i display over 100 blowmolds then i run cords around the side of my house to plug into different circuits. Never blown a fuse once.
  11. I see one on ebay, Cartersville Ga, (within 50 miles of atlanta) for 68$ make offer. Granted its more than 40$ at menards but less than alot of the ebay auctions and maybe you can save the shipping if you will drive to pick up? This way at least yould have one this year.
  12. Interesting. I cant say ive ever seen one of these in person. I dont see any mention of a bulb or lights, so im presuming theyre not lit up like a conventional blowmold. "Molded from a rubber compound". You know how rubber breaks down, dries out, becomes brittle as the years pass by. Probably why you dont see them around so much today.I looked on ebay and there are currently 3 mold craft items listed. The rudolph deer head and the choir girl look to be made of the rubber compound, and have light bulbs on the outside lighting them up. The owl looks more like a conventional blowmold and glows from lightbulb inside. A hand stamped **** wicken choir boy head looks pretty good for its age. It would be cool to have a few of these relics, but admittedly im more in process of getting rid of stuff than accumulating more. :-)
  13. the owl pumpkin blowmold photo in this thread appears to be the same one listed on ebay right now. Comparing the photos, i see a mark which looks like a pencil scribble to the right of the owls face, along with other similar identifying marks. the scribble is on both photos.
  14. The sellers ID is : Metallogics Hes currently got 10.500 items listed on ebay, so you would need to search his listings using: BLOW MOLD I wonder if theres money to be made by acquiring a few of the more popular molds, and contracting with a place to run your blowmolds. Then theres deburring, painting, light plate bracket and cord, transport, storage, and maybe more important than anything, a contract or network by way to sell them.
  15. Update to ordering a grinch blowmold from menards: Since my local menards was 'out' of grinch blowmolds, and a coworker told me his local menards was down to 1 grinch and a week had passed since then, i thought that rather than drive all over town looking for a grinch blowmold, that i would simply order one from menards online and write off the shipping cost to fuel savings and time. How simple is that? Right? Wrong. So, i ordered it and a week larer a box from menards was waiting for me on my door step. Curiously, the delivery person knew to put it at my back door. With todays door step thieves, maybe a good idea. The moment i picked up the box i knew there was going to be a problem, because i could hear and feel the blowmold rattling around loose inside the box. A box which was 5" larger that grinch in every direction. They had put the grinch in a box and sent him on his way. No bubble wrap or other packing. Mr grinch bounced and rolled around inside that cardboard box for a week. I suspected that there would be paint loss on the high points due to sliding around in the box. I opened the box and immediately inspected mr grinch (yes, i know im using a lower case 'G' on the proper name, get over it), for damage. Sure enough, the tips of his shoes, his elbows and the area under his nose were missing paint down to white plastic. So much for reducing effort of driving all over town looking for a grinch. So much for something safely delivered to my door step. No. Yes, im a little bit particular about blowmold condition, especially when ive bought new and paid 40$ (+ shipping.) Older blowmolds, acquired at garage sales for 3$ and used for my lawn display?....meh...a little rub or scratch is not something to get my undies in a bunch over. But brand new full price?...and destined only be part of my indoors display?... no way in h.e. double toothpicks am i going to be content to start out with a shipping damaged grinch blowmold. So, after contacting menards customer service on line, and driving to the local menards to ask about grinch inventory, and finding a store (via the phone) whoi had a few in stock, i was able to exchange my damaged grinch for one i hand picked from the floor display, and had my shipping reimbursed. I probably had 2 hours into the exchange screwing around. In hindsight, i would have been better off calling around and driving, rather than expecting menards to ship an item with some protective packaging. Bah!
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