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  1. On 10/19/2020 at 12:08 PM, dchackert said:

    I have my old C9s I will not convert to LEDs. I only have 6 strands and they go on one bush but they are ones my dad gave to me when i got my first house. They were ones we used on his house years ago. 

    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.


    On 10/19/2020 at 11:20 AM, shane page said:

    Whats the bad to switching to LED?


    On 10/19/2020 at 4:31 PM, shane page said:

    I love the looks of the old c9s. I probably put up over 150 strands but outlets and extension cords become an issue. I switched to LED and now do all that with a couple cords and one outlet. I do have one tree I made with old school c9s and will probably not change that out. As far as LED bulbs for blow molds I just get warm white and I can’t tell a difference. My local Walmart has 40 watt 4 packs for 94 cents, that’s cheaper than incandescents.

    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.  :) 


  2. 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.


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  4. 18 hours ago, labnerd92 said:

    Hi all, I am in the process of converting my display to LED. ( I know I'm a little behind the game here.) I was thinking of trying to use some of those natural flame look bulbs in my blow mold candles. Does anyone have experience with this? C7 base, LED, wont overheat, outdoor safe and okay for enclosed spaces.


    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.)

    16 hours ago, slankard said:

    Congratulations on the switch.  I think you’ll love the look and the power savings.  I’d love to see you’re display if you wouldn’t mind posting when you’re done.

    Meh....there's good and bad to switching.

    13 hours ago, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    I went back into the internet and looked to see what might be available that would fit.  It turns out that there are some that run on 8-30V so are suitable for 12V DC with a G4 base.  They are not as bright as the ones recommended - 36 LED, 2W, 220 lumens.  They are a lot less expensive than the ones on Amazon that run on 120VAC.  If you have a 12V DC power source (discarded wall converter) it might be worth trying one a $2.50 each.  It probably will take 3 weeks to get your package from China.  Some sellers are putting out very long shipping times but the stuff I order seems to come in a reasonable time.


    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:



    On 9/15/2020 at 9:57 AM, Big J Illinois said:

    Mercari will make your head spin!!

    Mercari?  I've never heard of Mercari.

    On 9/15/2020 at 10:47 AM, donna123 said:

    Wow, Mercari also?  It's really crazy!

    Am I the only one who hasn't heard of Mercari?  What is it?

    On 9/16/2020 at 5:55 PM, nymark313 said:

    My Lowes has 8 of them, Dont like them too much though, Looking for the Minions instead.

    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.  :) 


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  6. On 9/15/2020 at 11:12 AM, shane page said:

    I was at my local Walmart and seen these.

    Wow, a green toy soldier!  It's kinda funny that a toy soldier is way taller than Santa!

    On 9/16/2020 at 7:56 PM, Big J Illinois said:

    Seen these at Menards....eeeekkkk..crappy color and expensive!  IMHO

    Yeah that "red" has almost a purple tint to it.  Yucky!  What was the price?


  7. On 9/10/2020 at 12:20 PM, Scott Rob said:

    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.

    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?


    On 9/10/2019 at 7:50 AM, Knight said:

    Better pics and prices to come. The paint apps look great, rather small, but better than nothing. They also have Union stuff from the past couple years, the North Pole sign is back too.


    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!


  8. On 7/13/2020 at 5:02 PM, Big J Illinois said:

    Looking online for a grinch,makes me wish I bought a rail box car, full...the amount they are charging is CRAZY!!

    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...

    On 7/13/2020 at 5:23 PM, sysco said:

    Not just the grinch  but other molds way too high  a full sleigh  $1200.00  santa face seen one 300  tender car 300 to 400   gone crazy just blood suckers   same as ebay global shipping just a rip off  global shipping is owned by ebay  same as pay pal  ebay owned  making all kinds of extra money off global shipping

    $25 pumpkin pails (that sold and are still sold for $1 at walmart)

    On 7/16/2020 at 10:06 AM, HowardFamilyChristmasDisplay said:

    The prices are way out of control, but unfortunately someone is paying them or they wouldn't be posting more and more. I personally will not pay those prices.

    yep yep yep...

    On 7/16/2020 at 5:25 PM, sysco said:

    It's a shame killing the hobby  also another problem is shipping.  I'm hoping that people will  understand  not to use global shipping uncheck  it  when posting something for sale  let the buyer pay the taxes it will be cheaper than global  shipping and in some cases  there will be no  taxes on certain amounts up to  $ 100 dollars  just another rant   have a good day    

    Shipping is the deal breaker nowdays.  Frequently the cost of the shipping is more than the cost of the 'mold.

    On 8/7/2020 at 6:03 PM, HowardFamilyChristmasDisplay said:

    Agreed. My wife has bought a few online. BUT the best deals are the ones we get at Estate sales or a garage sale.

    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!


  9. On 9/4/2020 at 7:05 AM, Wad2k said:

    We  inherited these from a late relative years ago when cleaning out house and nobody wanted them. When we got them, we didn't think they worth anything, but we figured maybe some year we would put them out in yard on display. Never happened. 

    Anyways, we unfortunately have to scale back and are trying to sell things that we don't use  have some value to raise money. 

    I know we have some beco blow molds. I need to bring them down from attic and see exactly what we have. I am pretty sure we have the beco reindeer and Santa set. The picture of box I saw on here(no. 990) looks familiar. I think I have that complete set in boxes, and never used. 

    I will be bringing these down an can take some pictures to find out what they are worth and sell. 

    What would be the best way to advertise and sell these, so I can get what they are worth?

    I've been an ebay seller for many many years, but these might be difficult to ship due to size and being so fragile. Local pickup limits the amount t of bidder I would think.

    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.


  10. On 3/29/2020 at 8:18 AM, Light in the Dark said:

    I have two of the same old blow molds. Both need major repair. On one, its left side has a large piece missing. On the other, a large side of the right is missing. I am thinking about sacrificing one to make the other nicer. It would involve cutting about a 10 inch piece off the one and then soldering it onto the other. I know about the soldering... has anyone ever cut a blow mold like this? What tool do you recommend? Thanks.

    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.


    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.

  11. On 8/16/2020 at 1:35 PM, SOB save our blow molds said:

    Thank you for the new input. I have seen a few Christmas molds being re-imagined by painting them as great new Halloween themes. You make a great point in allowing the buyer to use there own ideas on how to finish/ paint  the blow mold. If I were going to have them painted (maybe in the future) I wanted to start with a boy (ice blue) and girl (red and pink). Also I thought of a Halloween version dressed in black and orange with the snowball he sits on as a jack o lantern (paint the circle snowball orange with a JOL face).  I saw this clear plastic TPI BEAR blow mold online being sold and thought this may work as another way to produce this elf on snowball blow mold. I think with the right lighting as Howard Family mentioned it could look like an ice sculpture lit with white and blue lights from underneath or behind.

    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.


  12. 6 hours ago, Chuck said:

    PlanetChristmas used to be the hip and happening place for Christmas decorators.  In the early days it wasn't unusual for the site to trip off-line because of too much traffic.  The stories I can tell...

    Then along came Facebook.  Now anyone can create their own version of a Christmas group and Facebook handles all the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting.

    I'm considering changing the PlanetChristmas website to a Christmas-centric classified ad site.  I'm seeing a growing need for Christmas decorators to have an easy way to move stuff between themselves.  The classified ads, as usual would remain free on PlanetChristmas.


    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.


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  13. On 8/11/2020 at 8:27 PM, SOB save our blow molds said:

    Hello Everyone,

    I am a long time blow mold and vintage Christmas collector, but new to your group. I recently bought a metal mold to make a new reproduction the Old Empire - Elf sitting on Snowball blow mold. I sadly found it had been bought by a scrap yard I assume for the metal. As we know this was normal when many Blow Mold companies went bankrupt. I have contacted Cado and Christmaslightscreations.com that has some Grand Venture molds about taking the next step to actually create a new version with new paint, as not to be confused with the originals. Does anyone know of other companies that still makes blow molds with paint in the USA? I would like to Crowd Fund the making of a short run for fellow collectors like you. I hope to take any profits to rescue other molds from being eventually destroyed.

    Sorry for being so long winded but I respect your knowledge. 

    Thank you,

    RICH - SOB - Save Our Blow molds

    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. 


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  14. On 3/20/2020 at 10:00 AM, jshelby said:

    I am looking for wire frame clips for 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8 rod,  using m5 mini LED sets.  Looking for 20k each size. I'm not having much luck finding anything on line.

    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.





  15. 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:

    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).


  16. 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.


  17. 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!


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