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Gemmy_fanatic_04

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  1. I like it here at least. I mean there are a lot of people on here that have genuine knowledge and other skills that can be shared with others including the 20 yrs of archived posts on here. I think that while it would be good for traffic if this group moved to Facebook it would dilute its reputation. I like coming here knowing that if I have a problem or suggestion that it will easily be solved or considered but on Facebook I don't know how much I would trust some millennial telling me that I could put AC power to a DC item or that I could screw my decoration directly into my roof. Im not sure how much sense this makes but with personal experience dealing with my city's light display group last year, it hasn't gone well. The group turned into a blended nightmare of idiots making displays or suggesting "facts", along a smug competition for who had the best display or found stuff for the lowest price. In conclusion I like coming here to talk and mingle with people who have not just knowledge but personal experience, instead of someone who only puts out 3 strands of lights that's also trying to explain to me how you can put house paint on a blow mold.
  2. This morning I found a yard sale on Facebook and I could make out a Marble nativity in the garage. I showed up and surprisingly nothing was really sold. I went up to the garage and there it was. and it had 200 scribbled on the flap of the box. I asked the daughter doing the sale if it was $20 or $200? and she informed me it was only $2. I took it and a holiday projector with no questions asked. Once I got home I discovered that while nothing is yellowed it seems the manger is missing (no big deal) but also Marry has a crack on her forehead and it reached to her scalp with a small hole in the center. I could probably patch it up with some light white epoxy but that's for another day. Marry also had a daylight bulb inside of her to make her light up blue. I thought this was a unique approach to the standard bleak white nativity. I already have it planned that Mary can light up blue and Jesus can possibly be gold but my main problem is Joseph. (not to get political/biblical) but I have always disliked the look of Empire's pink Joseph. As far as my knowledge goes pink was a wealthy color back then and was only used at certain times. With Mary and Joseph being depicted poor I have always liked Poloron's paint choice with the brown,yellow and sometimes red. But now I'm at a standstill. What color should Joseph be lit up as? Anyone have any suggestion? Thinking maybe Yellow? I don't want to do a mud brown or army green though.
  3. The tree came with a instruction booklet, repair kit and a flyer for the competition. I love how it states that it must be legible color photographs. The photos on the box show 4 large homes that are decked out with only Mr. Christmas stuff. I started wondering if they purchased all of that themselves or if Mr. Christmas approached a random homeowner to decorate there home lol. I contacted Mr. Christmas and they where quite surprised that I brought this up, but I got nowhere due to the contest info being archived. I was informed however that every few years they reorganize there archives and when they come across the contest they will inform me with the information on it.
  4. Wow Mr. Planet Christmas himself! I recently acquired a 3D deer and tree along with a large angel (silhouettes) from a house that was going to be leveled for a parking lot in west Nebraska. Fortunately a friend of mine has a brother who does construction for a living and he was the one who originally reached out to me. While I'm not sure why somebody cut the plugs for the deer and angel off because once fixed they had no problems at all. I was going to keep the boxes but the previous owner stored them in a dirt floor shed and hadn't used them for many many years. (House was vacant since 2017) While studding the amounts of mold on them I noticed that each box was quite different, Both the deer and tree (dated 1994 or 5) had stickers on the front and back of the box advertising a light contest while the angel (dated 1998) had a sticker showing a drawn image of a house with multiple light sculptures on it. It even had a 3D logo of Santa on a computer with the words "Mr. Christmas online!" next to it. I guess this solves the theory of them only being produced for the contest but I guess due to the limited info it still remains a mystery of the great Mr Christmas Light Sculptures Contest.
  5. I want to discuss a topic that doesn't get brought up that often. If you look at the box of almost every Mr. Christmas light sculpture mini,animated,3D or even jumbo you will see a sticker saying that you could win a 1996 light sculpture contest with $100,00 in prizes. I've looked everywhere but I've never been able to find who won the contest, what the first prize was or if the contest ever actually happened. Maybe someone on this forum knows all about it but for me at least I've been stuck at a dead end in finding any info about this. A side note, I started doing some digging and almost every single box has that sticker on it. I was thinking it could be 2 things. 1, The light sculptures where a limited time thing that where only produced for the competition or 2, Was there more than 1 contest or was one held each year for a certain period of time?
  6. Last year I acquired a Mr Christmas light show for $5 from a woman who was moving from the country to the city. While most users on here use computerized light shows and such I like to keep it the old fashioned way by using more store bought décor like blow molds, inflatable and who could forget Christmas lights! While the unit it's self is a bit faded (mainly the stickers) it was in really good condition and was probably only used once or twice. While using it for the first week or two I had no trouble until one night I noticed the house lights flickering with the music. Before I had everything running of 1 outlet box but due to a fire hazard risk I made the display run off 3 different pairs of outlets. And the outlet we installed outside has its own breaker and everything. For weeks I tried unplugging different decorations and sections of the display but if you had 2 areas plugged into the light show it starting making the house lights flicker again. I'm not sure if anyone else has had this issue or knows a way around it. Btw this is the 2007 Mr. Christmas light show and not the cheap Chinese garbage they sell on amazon today. So its made to last! Here are some videos/pics of my display Christmas/Christmas eve https://www.instagram.com/p/CJZZVvQB4Zm/ Normal light show (all decorations outside) https://www.instagram.com/p/CJyi2uKBQrH pics are a bit old (late November) but most of Décor is outside https://www.instagram.com/p/CJhJ6_yhL_3/
  7. A few days ago I purchased a pair of Empire candles from a guy who was going to sell them at his yard sale. He told me that the candles never lit up and he never got around to putting lights in them. While I was carrying them to my vehicle I could feel some weight in them and I though it was a sandbag or something. Once I got home and looked through the bottom I noticed that it wasn't a sand bag or anything but instead it was the light assembly and instructions that have been in a bag since the late 70s. I find it interesting that the light has an old paper twist tie around it and 3 screws where included in each bag. And about a week ago I picked up another GF pumpkin blow mold at a yard sale. It was missing the clip in light but as a bonus it came with 2 whole bricks inside of it. These weren't small bricks at all and one had some mortar still on it. On another note I have found more interesting light bulbs in blow molds than I have with anything before. Some of them to name was a GV Mary and Joseph that both had 100watt incandescent bulbs inside of them and the fuse was wrapped in tin foil so it wouldn't blow, A Union snowman that had a flame shaped bulb that had a mother of Peral type paint on it, A set of 2 Dapol candles (first version) I won for $2. Each candle had a handful of rusted wire and faded garland wrapped around them along with a Noma flasher on each plug. When I got the flames off I was greeted to the pleasant sight of floodlights in each light socket along with one candle being wrapped in duct tape to keep the socket in while the other candle had melted around the socket causing the light to fall in and melt a medium sized hole in the back of it. I was able to repair the light fiasco and I put LED bulbs in them just like the rest of my blow molds. Here are some pics of what I was talking about. The candle photo is from the auction site.
  8. I think it would look cool if you could find a toilet someone's throwing out and put Santa on it so he looks as if he's embarrassed that people are seeing him. That's just my thought but it would also look cool in the sleigh.
  9. I was browsing on Facebook marketplace a few weeks ago looking at various yard sale when I came across an add and if you looked closely you could make out the heads of a Joseph and Shepard within a pile of kids toys. After messaging the woman I figured out that she still had it and she was selling the whole set for only $10 despite being in a wealthy part of town. Later she mentioned that she would include the stable with it all. I figured this was a steal because that would me that each figure was $2 and I got the stable for free. She was even nice enough to reserve it at her yard sale until I arrived in the morning. I was a bit disappointed to see that there was a ton of paint missing on the shepherds face and both Mary and Joseph had some paint missing on there backs but due to it being so cheap I didn't complain. I had it all loaded up when I asked her about the stable. She mentioned that she totally forgot and directed me to a pile of wood and chicken wire in the backyard. I was kind of surprised as I thought it would of been in better condition but I knew it was repairable. 4 splinters and cut on my thumb later, I had the whole mess loaded into my truck. When I arrived home I sat the figures out to see there condition and I removed the chicken wire, rope and wet leaves to reveal a nice wooden roof and a back with sides. While I generally despise the commercial look of a store bought stable this one looked different as years of sitting out took the finish off making the wood have an aged look. Another thing that caught my eye was the hinges used on the side panels. They weren't hinges at all and instead where strips of leather stapled to each side. The leather was brittle and every staple was rusty so I knew that they had to be removed. Also it appears as the whole stable was made with staple instead of nails and somebody had tried repairing it with screws at one time. The top was pretty easy to fix as all I removed was 2 leather strips and sever large nails. I added more screws to the top and I put 3 boards back into place. As for the sides I removed as many staples as I could and I added 2 rust resistant hinges in place of the leather ones. The back of the stable had visible water damage but all it needed was some screws as well. After 4 days (postponed due to rain) I had finally formed this nativity into what it once was. I know the paragraph was kind of lengthy but I tried to lay out most of the restoration.
  10. As the title suggest has anyone ever seen or owned a faded nativity. When I say this I mean the Empire and GF classic version from the 80s to the mid 2000's. I've seen Poloron , Grand Venture, Beco and other sets faded beyond recognition and I've seen faded Santa's and Snowmen but never have I seen a faded Marry or Joseph or even Jesus himself. Maybe im being a bit ignorant but during my years of collecting I've never come across or seen a set like that.
  11. That's pretty cool! Sometime soon during the summer months ill drive down and help my grandparents repair the set. Would you happen to have a picture of the page or something you could post as im kind of interested to see what it would of looked like. My great grandmother used to work at JC Penney's in the 1960's and early 70s and sometime in that period is when the set was purchased.
  12. Personally this is the only place i've been able to come to for genuine facts,info and some tips that i never knew about. I like being able to know that if I have a question that it will be answered properly. What I don't like is going to places like Facebook and all you get is millennial's or rich Karen's that don't know anything there talking about. EX: Our town (capitol city) had a Facebook group for Christmas displays so people had something to look at "in these hard times" and I couldn't get over how many people would cry on there about there blow molds getting stolen but yet they did nothing to secure them down. A woman started a go fund me because her large Empire Santa was stolen out of her yard. It was literally 2 ft away from the sidewalk and just sitting there. No ropes,stakes,sandbags or anything. If it meant so much to you then why did you put no effort into securing it? Anyways she raised almost $500 and purchased a crappy Cado (formally Union products) blow mold Santa from Menards. This just goes to show how ignorant most people are at decorating and that's why I hope this group stays up and relevant so people who actually have knowledge and experience can spread it with others like themselves instead of being stuck in a sea of under educated people lol.
  13. My main issue was trying to navigate the site. I like before how you could see all the company's at the top and once selected it would open up and show the different holidays they produced and then from there you could see what different items they produced for the selected holiday. I like the new format and look but I don't like scrolling down to see all of the images one by one and once I got to the end the images move onto the next holiday. I didn't know if instead of having one big page of images and parts of it having different holidays if it could be like it used to be were you would enter a holiday page and see the images in a grid like format and it was just that holiday only. and it wouldn't go to the next holiday if I scrolled down. I don't know if this makes any sense but I hope it helps.
  14. Does anyone know what happened to Blowmolded.com? It used to be a really easy site to use but now its undergone a update that's shaken things up. I herd that a few people on here maintain the site but I wasn't able to verify if that was true. I thought the site was abandoned because the latest update was from 2016 but when I visited it last month it changed a lot and seems more difficult to navigate. Thanks, James
  15. You could probably buy a replacement top to a empire post to put on it.
  16. this is about a pair of snowmen I got from a hoarders yard sale lol. To make the long spiral story short I had previously known the family when I serviced their TV. They where elderly and the house was never updated from the 70s. Furniture, light fixtures and you name it was all the same. I never thought much about them until a few months back when I saw a sale they where having. The type where you make an offer on what you could pull out of a 3 car garage that was filled with junk. Apon arrival I spoke with a younger gentleman and his crew as to where the old couple was at and I was told the husband passed away and the children put there mom into a retirement home. They sold the house for little to nothing and left everything inside. The house was rundown and the lawn was severely overgrown. I could make out on the FB post a blow mold snowman inside of the garage and to my surprise there was 2 of them! After showing him what I was able to dig out he said that he would take $6 for the pair. So now there in my collection. Nether of them look like they where ever used outside. There was some pumpkin candy holders and a set of snowman pathway markers but at that point his workers started taking snow shovels full of items to a roll off because of how much stuff was in the garage.
  17. Yeah I could see that. I was going to make a post about a pair of snowmen I got from a hoarders yard sale lol. To make the long spiral story short I had previously known the family when I serviced their TV. They where elderly and the house was never updated from the 70s. Furniture, light fixtures and you name it was all the same. I never thought much about them until a few months back when I saw a sale they where having. The type where you make an offer on what you could pull out of a 3 car garage that was filled with junk. Apon arrival I spoke with a younger gentleman and his crew as to where the old couple was at and I was told the husband passed away and the children put there mom into a retirement home. They sold the house for little to nothing and left everything inside. The house was rundown and the lawn was severely overgrown. I could make out on the FB post a blow mold snowman inside of the garage and to my surprise there was 2 of them! After showing him what I was able to dig out he said that he would take $6 for the pair. So now there in my collection. Nether of them look like they where ever used outside. There was some pumpkin candy holders and a set of snowman pathway markers but at that point his workers started taking snow shovels worth of items to a roll off because of how much stuff was in the garage.
  18. Thank you for the amount of time your willing to put towards this. I did some digging and I found a link to a ebay add with a almost identical nativity AND photos of the logos on the back!!. I have a first generation empire giant snowman with wreath that has the same logo. I assume its a first gen because the light plate is huge and made from medal vs the small plastic ones and the plug is a small non polarized one like you would see on a vintage lamp. It says 1961 on the back of it. Don't know if any of this contributes towards the mystery of the nativity but this is what I know. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Empire-Blow-Mold-Nativity-16-Tabletop-Set-W-Orig-Box-Mary-Jesus-/164563492633
  19. It says Empire on both of them and not Beco. I found a worth point link for a pair that look like them but I don't know if that helps I dont know if it helps but this looks identical to it. Unfortunately the etsy link no longer works.
  20. Go out and buy a light keeper pro. I've fixed a lot of decorations with it and saved others from the landfill. I see people all over town wrap green wire lights over there deer or other decorations and it makes them look incredibly cheap and tacky as most of the time it doesn't match the color of the figure.
  21. My grandparents have always had this nativity for Christmas. It was originally my great grandparents. This along with a pair of Dapol candles My grandmother saved from there estate. My great grandfather was a very crafty man who would decorate as much as he could with what he had and even made some plywood cutouts. My Grandmother remembers getting this set at a drug store when she was younger and they always had it on there porch for Christmas. It has the early looking empire logo on the back of Mary and Joseph. I assume these where the first figures made because they where never intended to light up. My great grandfather used lamp sockets wired together (probably from some lamps he found) and ran the cords out the homemade base. It sat in my grandfathers workshop for years until we found it around 15 years ago with the original wiring and a wood grain appliance timer hooked to it witch was later updated with modern c7's. I didn't know if anyone on this forum could identify what year this was possibly from?
  22. I use green garden stakes that are hammered into the ground then on thinner items like lollypops or lamp posts I use zip ties to keep them tied to the pole. You can also go to any dollar tree and pick up some heavy duty rope but make sure the color is somewhat similar to the blow mold.
  23. After receiving a gift card for menards I decided to go last light and found the classic union Santa and mis clause. I got the union/general foam snowman 2 years ago and the paint job was terrible. Colors sprayed all over past there areas and the whole hat was painted black. I later scrubbed off the paint where the snow marks should be. Anyways the Santa turned out to look better than the original version when lit up but mis clause was scary looking. They didn’t bother to leave with in her eyes and instead painted the whole head a flesh color and painted the eyes later. Later today I’m going to use a little paint stripper and remove the skin around the pupils of the eyes so there’s white around them. But my main problem is how her face is painted. Is there a solution to making the paint lighter? I thought about sand paper or something else to make it light like Santa’s. I didn’t want to hurt her and I wanted them to last long enough for my kids to have but is there a way to brighten up her face? Thanks.
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