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  1. Here's a sweet story that I saw on the local news about a couple in their 90s that's been putting up a display for "about" 30 years. https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/90-year-old-couple-still-trying-hard-to-spread-some-christmas-joy/ Enjoy! TED
  2. You get my vote! If they are the OLD C9 bulbs (especially the ones with the paint on the inside of the glass) they will last a long time. The newer C9s (particularly the "retail store" bulbs) aren't nearly as good. TED If you are talking about 150 strands that have 250 C9 bulbs and you are replacing them with the retrofit bulbs that would be quite expensive. The bulbs are a little over $1 each so for 3750 bulbs you're talking over $4000! I'm going to venture a guess that you didn't go that route. TED
  3. Dan, I'm so sorry to hear about this. I remember that she frequently shared ideas in the blowmolds forum. Also I know both of you did a lot at the PLUS conventions. I'm sure she will be very pleased that you are doing the display in her honer this year. Hang in there and take care of yourself. TED
  4. Brian, Congratulations on the news coverage. They did a nice job. I'm sad to hear that you are retiring from the display. I suspect that you are going to catch up on other things that you couldn't do while you were doing the display and I wish you the best in those new ventures. Did you move at some point? I was thinking that you lived in Oklahoma. I was wondering how long it would take me to drive over and see the display but then realized you were in NH. TED
  5. Thanks I'll have to take a look. I thought maybe it was the name of that weird looking mouse 'mold or something. TED
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  7. There have been a few discussions about this. I went through some of the old posts and found the one below. I know there are others if you want to take the time to search. (The actual search feature was not very helpful.) Meh....there's good and bad to switching. Rich I don't know what kind of a search you did there but you get the prize for posting the longest URL! FYI, most of that stuff is extraneous. All you need is ebay.com/itm/item# for example: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254482503280
  8. Mercari? I've never heard of Mercari. Am I the only one who hasn't heard of Mercari? What is it? Looking at the picture Scott posted it'll set you back right at $200 to get all 4. I think I'd just get out 4 of the big yellow Easter eggs and put some goggles on them. TED
  9. Wow, a green toy soldier! It's kinda funny that a toy soldier is way taller than Santa! Yeah that "red" has almost a purple tint to it. Yucky! What was the price? TED
  10. I kinda like those pumpkin lamp posts. (I think I'd also be inclined to change to 120V although not necessarily LED.) How much are they? TED The animated Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of my all time favorite Christmas specials (along with the Charlie Brown Christmas). I like the Rudolf 'mold. I remember a few years ago a discussion about what new 'molds we'd like to see. I said the characters from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. It would be nice if they made them all! TED
  11. I can remember the time not that long ago (a few years) when there were so many that I passed up some good ones even when they were on clearance because I already had them or because they weren't my favorite... $25 pumpkin pails (that sold and are still sold for $1 at walmart) yep yep yep... Shipping is the deal breaker nowdays. Frequently the cost of the shipping is more than the cost of the 'mold. Down here in the South there aren't that many 'molds at Estate sales and Garage sales but over time you can find a few. Unfortunately some of the Estate sale companies have fallen into the "all 'molds are rare and worth a fortune" mentality. I agree wholeheartedly with all 5 of you! TED
  12. For those of you who didn't see the original auction it was a pumpkin pail listed for $522. (It has since been changed to $25.) TED
  13. I'm glad you didn't toss those back when you thought they weren't worth anything. If it's the set I'm thinking of it's worth several hundred dollars more or less depending on condition. I think the best way to sell something like that is to take it to one of the Christmas conventions or gatherings. Even if there's not an official "swap meet" there are always people buying and selling amongst themselves. It's a great way to avoid shipping charges. Of course there probably aren't many (if any) of these things taking place with the current conditions. I think you are in an area where Christmas stuff is popular. There are probably buyers willing to pick up locally. TED
  14. If this sells I'm definitely going to start listing some pumpkin pails! https://www.ebay.com/itm/254394937383 I figure this was a typo but what is going on with pumpkin pails? There are a ton of currently produced pumpkin pails that sell in stores for $1 listed on eBay for $15-20 bucks or more! TED
  15. You could cut it with a jigsaw. I have cut a plastic barrel (55 gallon drum) with a jigsaw. It's hard to speculate on exactly what method would be best without actually seeing it. The barrel was about a quarter of an inch thick. Since a blowmold is substantially thinner a jigsaw may be overkill. It would be possible to cut a blowmold with a utility knife but that could go wrong in multiple ways many of which involve bodily injury. It really depends on how thick the plastic is on these particular 'molds. Being somewhat of a perfectionist it pains me to say this but keep in mind that your repair doesn't have to be "perfect" since it will be viewed from a distance. If you cut the "donor" section larger than the "hole" you are trying to patch so that it overlaps by an inch or so you will then have several options on how to fasten it (small screws, glue, etc). I was going to post some thoughts on plastic "welding" but I just read your post again. I thought you said you didn't know about soldering but now I see that you said the opposite. In any case I think that making the patch oversized is key. If you can post pictures of the 2 'molds maybe some of the other folks on here will have some ideas. TED P.S. Making one good 'mold from 2 broken up ones is great but I was just thinking that (depending on the damage) it might be possible to cut patches from plastic jugs or something similar and save them both.
  16. I like the Halloween idea. It could be a goblin or something similar rather than an Elf. I've seen some of those TPI "Ice " 'molds in person. They really just look terrible. You can't see any of the features and there's a severe hot spot where the light bulb is. Putting in a colored bulb might help but when I see ice molds I just think, "Hey it's ready for paint!" In my opinion a white plastic (as is typical for most 'molds), or an opaque plastic (like a milk jug) would be much better. TED
  17. Hi Chuck, Reading this makes me feel sad. On the one hand I understand where you are coming from but on the other hand nothing can ever "replace" the P.C. forums. For those of us who are still here this is still a hip and happening place (even if the pace is a little slower now). None of the other places (such as FB and other forums) would be as popular as they are if it hadn't all started here. You've always had great vision as to which direction to take Planet Christmas. I'll continue to support (and recommend) P.C. whatever direction you go but I do hope that some of the forums will remain. Maybe it would be easier to maintain if the number of different forums/sub-forums was reduced. Back in the day there were only a handful of different areas ("Lights, lights, lights", "blowmolds", "Heads Up", and a few others) and we did ok. TED
  18. Rich: WELCOME to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum! I'm glad somebody's working on this. I would like to offer a suggestion. If you are thinking of trying to make a "short run" for collectors then I would not worry about painting or masks at this time. We collectors/displayers would be happy to buy them unpainted and do our own painting. (If you browse around the blowmold forum here you can see many examples of painting 'molds.) Christmas Lights Creations owns a couple molds (maybe more?) and the last time I checked their website they were selling them unpainted so it is a viable option. It would also make the blowmolds more affordable for people to buy. I think it would be much better to focus on buying (saving!) the old molds while they still exist rather than spending money on having paint masks made. TED
  19. There's always next year! I'm sorry I didn't get it posted sooner. TED
  20. Here's another source. (I have no financial connection other than being a customer.) They are one of the P.C. vendors. I have found their customer service to be excellent. https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/wire-frame-clips/ https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/combo-clips-colored-light-caps/ https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/black-out-caps-for-led-lights/ TED
  21. I'm sorry I didn't get this posted until now. I should have posted it a month ago. The presale at Creative displays goes through the 28th so you have today and tomorrow. They have both 5 watt and 7 watt C7 bulbs. The 7 watt bulbs are harder to find. Most places only sell 5 watt C7s. The 7 watt bulbs do a better job of lighting up small 'molds. You can get a box of 25 for $3.25. I know a lot of you are using LED bulbs but you can get a whole box of 25 for the cost of one or two LED bulbs! They also have 11 watt S14 sign bulbs. These are a medium base bulb (which is the size of a standard household bulb). These could be used in candles that have the "full size" socket like Empire/GenFoam. They could also be used in smaller 'molds or in 'molds that are lighter in color. A box of 25 is $8.75. That's only 35 cents per bulb! Here is a link to the sale page: https://www.creativedisplays.com/pre-order-sale/ This is also the place that sells zip cord (green, white, or brown) that has UV inhibitor in the insulation and is intended for OUTDOOR use! The pre-sale price is $125 for a 1000 foot spool. That's cheaper than what most places sell the NON-outdoor rated zip cord for. The plugs for zip cord are 5 bucks for a 10 pack. Also I should mention that Creative Displays has been one of the Planet Christmas vendors for many years (since the first convention back in 2003). TED
  22. You are welcome! I don't think I've seen one of the reverse painted items before. I forgot to mention that many 'molders prefer the Krylon Fusion paint for plastic when repainting blowmolds. It's harder to find than it used to be. It's not sold at walmart or Home Depot any more. Ace Hardware has a paint for plastic. I haven't used it personally but I've seen others post about using it. I haven't heard of anyone having trouble with the paint wrinkling up however I know that if you put latex paint over oil on your house it wrinkle, peel, and fall off in short order. But in repainting blowmolds all the old paint would normally be stripped first. I should mention that most of what I've said here is based on what applies to blowmolds so I'm extrapolating that it would also apply to the "flatback" items but I do believe the plastic may be a little different on them. TED
  23. In my shock over the HOA I forgot to comment on the excellant displays! Xander: There's so much to like! I especially like that the Santa sleigh and reindeer are on the roof. Other things I really like are the huge snowman family, the GenFoam ornaments that you added lights to, and candles/lanterns/toy soldiers lining the stairs. I like the way you grouped the nutcrackers, soldiers, drummer boys and drummer bears. Also I like the ice cream cone in with the Gingerbread items. They look more "Christmassy" that way. Scott: Your Nativity is beautiful and complemented nicely by the lamp posts holding the sign. The 'molds on the outside of the second floor balcony really dress it up. Your entire display has what I like to call "good clean lines" (one of the hallmarks of a great display). I like the multiple shepherds watching their flock. Great job guys! TED
  24. I left a reply to your other post in the main "blowmolds" area. TED
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