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dy929

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  1. i think most places, walmart and lowes go 75% on new years day
  2. hey everyone! I'm back and bright this year, have a few additions and a website that's constantly being updated.... www.kmlights.com gives song list, directions, facebook link, everything! 25k lights in elkmont alabama
  3. They are custom made, hand painted, the whole nine yards. On the bottom of 95% of them she engraved her initals, and the year ('78, '79 etc) They were really well kept and well taken care of too,
  4. Thats the issue I was runnign into, i've been going through it and it's about 9 36 gallon totes (probably close to 300 items) of handmade christmas items. I was trying to find out how much intrest there was in the items before I even start trying to take pictures of the items. Lack of space and time is not on my side... The church is wanting to have a yardsale next weekend and donate the money to missions from the sale of the items.
  5. Hello Everyone, My church was reciently donated a large estate from a deceased member. The only stipulation was that any money raised from the sale of the items was to be used for missions work. With my various connections and knowledge of selling things I have been tasked with the daunting task of going through the copious amount of items and figuring out what it worth what. This is where all of you inside christmas decorators come in! A greater majority, of the items are inside christmas related. With most of them being handmade ceramic figurines from the late 70s. These items are immaculate and in pristine condition! I have just begun looking through the hugh amout of items, most of which are in storage totes, and I have found 8 totes already that contain nothing but inside christmas decorations with many more left to go... I want to toss a line out there to the people that I know and love (you guys and gals) to see who might be interested in these types of items. The greater majority is ceramic and hand painted. I live near Athens Alabama and would be more than happy to entertain any and all people that are interested in this. I just need to know how much of a demand there is for these types of items. I don't have any pictures of any of the items as of yet. But I will in the next week. Just reply here or message me with what you are interested in, or if you are close to the North Alabama area and would like to see the lot. Thanks, Kevin
  6. Hey Bret! good to see that your still around, with the tornado was worried about the displays over in your area. I know the Powells got taken out, though not animated they are the best well known around here... Going to come see your display this weekend after the rain stops
  7. Hey, I'm in the Athens area, actually 6 miles NW of Athens off Hwy 99. 3rd year of LOR with 32 channels and 21,000 lights including candy canes, a snowman, mini-trees, snowflakes and angels. I believe I'm the only one in Limestone county. I know of a guy in Morgan county, and there are several in Madison county that have been doing shows for a while. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Limestone-in-Lights/253552561361271
  8. If I am home I'll go outside on and off through the evening with a pocket full of candy canes, if someone is out there I'll hand some out. Otherwise the display takes care of itself. On at 5 off at 10 every night, only thing I do is post to the facebook page whether or not it's going to be running that night based on weather conditions. I don't stop my life just because the display is running, there are some nights that I'm not home at all all evening and everything goes off just fine. I do have a battery backup on the computer for just-in-case situations though.
  9. Welcome to the board, and this wonderful "hobby". we all gotta start somewhere. This was my second year being animated and I learned even more... next year planning to double what I did this year and go to 64 channels. Start small, plan plan plan, and keep it fun for yourself.
  10. dy929

    come see the lights

    here's video of my display. 1st one has Amazing Grace; Russian Dance; Christmas Canon, Holidays are Coming 2nd video has Hippo for Christmas, Christmas eve Sarajevo, Let it be christmas and Silver Bells
  11. just looking for a place to vent and blow off a little steam. Some nice person decided to drive 6 feet into my yard tonight, ran over 8 candy canes and then on the way out took out another 5. I got home and noticed right away that something was wrong. I grab my mag light to investigate and notice the candy canes strewn all over the yard and the tire tracks. I could tell that this had to be intentional not an accidental i hit the wrong pedal etc... luckly I had a dozen spares hidden away. so had to pull them out, test em and then was outside for 30 minutes putting them up. Then the night started getting better. a vehicle came by and they were watching the display I had several candy canes in my pocket that I hand out when I can. I go over to the vehicle and start taking to them, give them the candy canes etc. They notice the candy canes missing and ask what happened; after the few questions then they pop up. "where is your donation box." I explain that I don't have a donation box becasue I'm not doing it for money. They could put it in the offering plate at church or the salvation army buckets at the local stores. The lady in the passanger seat then says "no I insist that you have this" and hands me a check. She says that she loves my lights and that i remind her of the house in the neighborhood where she grew up. I thank her for the gift and we wish each other a merry christmas and i go back to the candy canes. I look at the check later and it's for $100. WOW is all I can say. I guess everything worked out the way it was supposed to. If the vandals hadn't run over my candy canes I wouldn't have been out there when the people came by to give me a check, which more than covered the broken ones. And yes, for those of you wondering...I did a quick glance at the vehicle to see if it had any candy cane damage to it and no it did not.
  12. I thought I'd start this thread and people could post their address to their display. make it easier for our fellow "hobbyist's" to come check out each other handiwork. 21488 ashley brook way elkmont al 12,000 lights; 32 channel LOR; fm transmitter 105.3; 5:30-10 Mon-Thu 5-11 Fri-Sun
  13. IMO, I only use word of mouth for the majority of people. I do post of facebook alot about it, and several of my friends repost to their friends. i also drop a few flyers on the breakroom tables at work. I just let the christmas magic happen. I would say I probably get 10-20 vehicles a night. I don't sit and count, it's just a best guess as I can hear the vehicles park outside. I don't live on a busy street and I prefer to keep it that way. Another thing to worry about with more traffic is the risk of vandalism. The more people that know about the display the higher a chance for vandalism. I consider it a year long hobby. it keeps me occupied and creative. i don't care if not a single person comes to see it. I just have fun doing it. just my two cents...
  14. hey everybody, not sure how many of us have taken a close look at what the stores have left on the shelves, lights and decoration wise but I've noticed a problem in my area, (huntsville/decatur/athens alabama) lowes and kmart have already put alot of their merchandise on clearance and it's been picked through pretty well. Wal-mart doesn't have anything left in the back room either(personally verified this) though none of their stuff is on clearance yet. There is slim pickings on what walmart has and not the overflow of lights that they have had in the past. My main concern is that if i/we wait till the after christmas sale then there's not going to be much left. just wanted to give everyone a heads up
  15. lights came on friday, a few small glitches but everything worked out great. Now with the wind last night and today it's being a booger keeping a few things from geting toppled over.
  16. planning on december 1st, taking a personal day from work tomorrow to try to get it finished. weather looks nasty for monday and tuesday.
  17. Started pulling everything out of storage in late august, testing and repairing. Got the candy canes and mini trees up yesterday Now wrapping the 4 main trees RGW, then icicle lights, snowflakes etc... planning on lighting it up december 1st. already had half a dozen people stop by the house yesterday and today to ask if I was doing the display again.
  18. when someone asks me how much I spent on everything I comment: "Some people take vacations, buy flat screen Tv's, buy ATV's or a new vehicle; me... I spend my money on christmas lights."
  19. voted for you at least 3 times. good luck!
  20. didn't put the times, lol Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 10pm. Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11pm And of course if it's raining the show won't be on
  21. Just FYI wal-mart is staying open till 8pm on Christmas eve. You'll have enough time to do that last minute Christmas shopping....
  22. Tonight was my first full light up and show. 32 channels LOR, 12,500 lights, 1,500 feet of extensions cords. I had went around to my 8 direct/indirect neighbors and let them now what I was planning and they were really looking forward to it. All of them were out in their front yards at some point tonight after it went live. They were all very excited. I've always been the biggest display in the neighborhood and this year went over the top. Can't wait till next year.
  23. first year doing an animated display. 32 channels 12,500 lights 1300 feet of extension cords and OMG more hair loss and stress than I thought was worth it. but to see the smiles on my daughters faces makes it all worth it. 21488 ashley brook way Elkmont al 35620 4 mile nw on AL Hwy 99 1/2 mile past Hwy 99 and Ft hampton rd (two gas stations on the left) Coffman mobile home estates turn right, then follow the road to the left. you'll see the house. 105.3fm is the radio station Didn't think I was going to pull it off but finally got it lit and looking forward to next year
  24. thank you so very very much ordered it 2 minutes ago
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