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Don Mcabee

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  1. great job Big J, When you texted me my jaw hit the floor!!lol, Just a heads up to everybody in PC world, Daytona is a blowmold desert lol
  2. Cool lesson Mel, thanks for all you do for the mold collecting world!!!
  3. I agree with the above post Mel, you should host a tour of some sorts, I would love to see a virtual tour and history lesson on each piece. However, in all my "few years on pc" I have often wondered about your avatar picture, Im sure its a mold of some sorts, ( he favors the elf in the pic) how about a little history lesson behind the really cool elf avatar.
  4. if I manage to go and take $1500 with me I'm sure I'll have plenty for you to paint
  5. I'm looking into going now, nothing confirmed. Depending on my vacation days, Uhaul rental, etc
  6. I got a message on Facebook today that GF is having one final...final...final sale this month I'm thinking the 29th but everybody should go to BMN and confirm...see ya there
  7. I followed the auction results on Facebook, and several of the groups on Facebook had auction results. I read about the online "mystery" guy, I wonder if it could have been Gemmy?
  8. Mel, from what I have read Cado did in fact get quite a few molds, an online bidder got quite a few, and sad to say a few scrappers got several. No telling what will be lost for ever.
  9. So very true, molds used for tires as opposed to propel based plastic products are totally different, but many same principals. Interesting that you posted and referenced bottle making procedures, I left Michelin making tires to go to work for a company that makes the propel based products to make Powerade, and Coca Cola bottles...my previous employment and mechanical background is why I was able to adjust to well to a totally different/kind of the same enviroment....small worl
  10. I think Richard is referring to a few Prototype blow molds that were found in the cleaning of the factory. I hope he has pics to post.
  11. Each mold has dozens of moving parts, each serving a different purpose, once they open inside the press they "flower" open and resemble a morning glory, or a tulip. Once disassembled the parts are cut up with a plasma arch and disposed of. Im gonna guess that the mold for the PEEPS were owned by Cadbury or one of their sister companies (the candy company) and once GF was not gonna produce them under the guidelines that the owning company set forth, they called for the mold to be destroyed. If not, and another company bought the mold, they would profit from the owning companies images or possibly produce them in a way that may reflect in a negative way on the owning company. *all this is just a guess based on my past encounters with molds* But, Im pretty sure you can rule out scrap dealers buying the molds for scrao prices, because 1. scrap prices are very low, and 2. Molds are very expensive (some of the tire molds I have dealt with were in the area of 1 million each (car, motorcycle, small SUV) up to 3.5 million for the semi truck, and industrial sized tires. PS, in a good mfg facility a 1 Million dollar mold pays for itself in about 10 weeks...1 tire every 17 minutes, on a 24/7 work week = ALOT OF TIRES!!!
  12. Donna I'm not sure if it's the same situation or not, but a few years ago I worked for Michelin tire, and they produced a tire for a customer and that tire was exclusive on their vehicle. We were not allowed to service the mold, or adjust it in any way. Once the prototype tires were made and the exclusive tire order was filled, they hired us to disassemble the molds and destroy it, every piece had to be recorded, cut in 4 pieces and bagged. Every pin, and nut and bolt had to be accounted for. PS it takes a 11,000 lb mold to make a tire, so the GF molds may get a little heavy, I wouldn't think they would be that heavy but depending on how they are built, they may be awkward to open and look inside. I posted this on Donna question, it may be the same situation I'm not sure if it's the same situation or not, but a few years ago I worked for Michelin tire, and they produced a tire for a customer and that tire was exclusive on their vehicle. We were not allowed to service the mold, or adjust it in any way. Once the prototype tires were made and the exclusive tire order was filled, they hired us to disassemble the molds and destroy it, every piece had to be recorded, cut in 4 pieces and bagged. Every pin, and nut and bolt had to be accounted for. PS it takes a 11,000 lb mold to make a tire, so the GF molds may get a little heavy, I wouldn't think they would be that heavy but depending on how they are built, they may be awkward to open and look inside.
  13. Out of that purchase I got 20 bulbs, and a few random pieces. I hope to have someone go back for me soon, and take $500 and spend it all up there. If I manage to get a buyer to go for me , very little of it will go in my display, but I also maintain a few of my senior citizen neighbors displays and ill find a spot for it in one of their yards, and trade off the rest. I have a lady coming from Wisconsin with a set of Dickens type carolers one day this week. They will also be used in a neighbors yard. Yes I'm on BMN and really enjoy seeing the pics and hearing about the awesome yard sale finds. (there is a couple of real cry babies on their too) I'm hoping to track down a seller on there with the pearl white set if I don't get a set directly from GF on my buyers next trip. I would pay $50 for a set and not bat an eye, but if I can get them from GF for $10 a set...I'll take 5 sets lol. I honestly would like to round up a truck load of molds and take them to the Darlington flea market later in the year, Christmas and Halloween decorations are few and far between down there. As for eBay, that's always my run to place when I can't find something,and yes I pay out the rear for it, but you gotta do what ya gotta do...and when the seniors in my neighborhood put in their "suggestions" for their displays it's *Non-negotiable* lol, so its eBay or bust. My bulb project is having a hard time seeing life, due to the weight, they were supposed to make an arch over my driveway with 30 bulbs all retro fitted with full sized led floods and linked to my Light O Rama program, but even with 2 inch PVC it still wants to sag and not hold a rigid form, (there is also 48 strands of lights on this arch as well as the bulbs) possibly gonna try 1 1/2 conduit but if it comes down to having to use concrete to keep it straight and safe for spectators I may scrap that idea and use them as a border fence between my property and my neighbors, last year I used the big candy canes and got alot of positive feedback. Keep me posted on your next trip and what all you find, share pics here as well. Don
  14. Mel I have been following the sales of remaining molds on social media, and even participated in a pretty big purchase. Example, last week I sent a buyer with cash to purchase 20 of the big bulbs for $2 each, a few days later they were .50 cent each. I have seen pics where during clean outs they have uncovered lost items like the halloween haunted house molds, etc (really cool to see, watching what lost treasures they find next is pretty cool too) You are 100% right about possibly never seeing certain molds in stores because once they are gone...they are gone. I have also watched ALOT of new ebay listings pop up for the unpainted molds all listed as RARE, Once of a kind, Last one, etc. Even though the prices are outrageous I kinda want one of the pearl white nativity sets...
  15. in have seen tons of molds being sold there in the past week or so. Many of them were in plain white. I wonder if anyone scored any plain white big bulbs.....that would be cool!!!
  16. no kidding, like I said in other posts I'm sure each piece had a story to tell, I would love to hear the news that the plant had been bought and will resume production, this might end some of the Down spirits that have followed the closing
  17. I would be so bold as to say after all the tires have been kicked and no takers, he will listen to offers. In the above post where 5k was offered, he might rethink taking that offer once he sees that 15k is a bit too steep. But Im with Big J, I hope someone follows his posts and keeps us updated. It will be interesting to see if he gets a 15k taker or not.
  18. trust me I have seen Detroit and it's tragic as well, I think gf closing got next to me like my wife said, it's close to home and Christmas related. Hopefully a new business will grow in that building soon and get everyone back on track.
  19. heck yeah Big J, buy this lot, I need all of those grand venture deer!!!
  20. such a sad article, although I am a huge fan of blow molds and pretty much any plastic based product they produced, I'm an even bigger fan of American jobs. One point in the article stated that the Mexico plant had found a buyer and most of the employees have been called back, its tragic that a buyer could not be found for this plant and those guys get called back, new products developed, raises, 401k, etc. I wonder if the primary investors were tired of loss? tired of holding stock? Made the money they wanted? was the plant in poor condition, machinery out of date with little or no replacement parts available? We may never know, but what we do know is (as the article states) over a hundred employees are wondering what to do, how to pay the bills, etc. Like I stated above I'm a huge fan of blow molds, I love them for most any holiday, They have a "old time" feel to them and I reflect on my grandparents decorations from days gone by. Let us not forget the people who lost their way of life with this closing, pray for their guidance through difficult times (if any should arise from this) and even though it sounds silly, or childish, look at all of your vast mold collection (or small one like mine) and take this into consideration, someone, paid their rent making that candle, someone bought their first car making that Nativity set, someone bought groceries making the camel that you are so proud of. Not sure about you guys but each and every piece in my collection has a story to tell, that I didn't hear before, and what I took for granted with the "I'll just buy another one" attitude, just got a little more sacred to me. Im sure there will be an out pour of new molds from various companies in the near future, and that's great....but they most likely wont have American blood, sweat and tears embedded in each and every one of them. Well, I have ranted long enough, my wife says I let the closing get to me because it happened a few states over and because Christmas was involved. Thanks for reading...Don
  21. yes, you can sell your collection for a million bucks, just remember that more buyers are attracted to your listing if you offer FREE SHIPPING!!!! LOL
  22. Big J, I am holiday/decoration poor!!! lol, between the neighborhood project, me buying every LED thats not nailed down, AND kicking off the zombie hoard thats gonna invade my yard in October......I am broke. But, Im sure that if you time it just right you will have no problem selling off a Nativity Scene. I need to follow your lead and start repainting some stuff, building mini trees, building mega trees, building arches, ............. ahhhhhhh heck with it, Ill do it tomorrow!
  23. although I have not been a collector very long, and as I have said in other posts I only collected to supply a few senior citizen neighbors with decorations that I can rotate between houses year after year and keep a fresh look. I guess I am fortunate to have picked up the 30 or so molds that I have now.
  24. Between feebay, and Facebook, I have watched molds turn to gold in the last 24hrs. Sadly as the supply runs thin they will increase even more in price, BUT....the rule of thumb still applies that a mold is only as valuable as what the buyer is willing to pay. Could this be the death of yet another holiday tradition????? time will tell
  25. it didn't take long for the vultures to grab the road kill did it big j
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