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Rich in Las Vegas

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I only owned a small number of blow molds of the type that are on the end of a stake for driveway marking up until I found this site after Christmas.  I can see that this can become a real addiction.  Right after people started taking down decorations I acquired a 39" GFP penguin 078-130016 and a similar sized Union Products angel #7528 from my local Goodwill outlet store where they sell them for $1.89 per pound.  I figured that would be it since the season was over.  Wrong!  In the past two weeks I bought 5 blow molds.  I found two GFP 10" blow molds but they were marked "Made in China" - a snowman and a reindeer.  No lights and stakes but I can deal with that.  This week it was much better.  The first thing I saw in the bins this morning was a 22" Santa by Carolina Enterprises and the date 1976.  It also had 1358 and 024264 over the name.  In the same bin was a double sided Santa head marked Caroline Enterprises 1974 and 024309, 2, and 1570.  It also had what may be the Empire stamp - a crown over a capital E.  The last one was a 13" Santa marked Empire Plastics Corp. 1968 and the numbers 1351-1379 and 023655.  All three of this weeks buy had the original lighting which will allow me to experiment with ways of switching over to LEDs.  I can live with 110V but much prefer to use 12V DC.  I think I will try using LED vehicle bulbs.  They are super cheap and give plenty of light.  Since both of these companies have been gone quite a while I wondered just how old they might be.  The 10" Chinese made molds were a buck for the two of them.  The others were 60 cents, 70 cents, and $2.60 for the larger Santa.  I had been looking at eBay for possible purchases but the cost of shipping makes that unlikely.   Anything larger than about 12" gets really pricey to ship. 

I'll take some pictures and post them on postimages soon.

 

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Here are the molds that came from Goodwill.  Not too shabby for perhaps $20 total and I only check the place once a week.  I wonder how many blow molds go through the outlet store in a season. 

 

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Way to go Rich!  It sounds like you found a great source for 'molds!

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