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About Scrooge

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  • Birthday 07/24/1965

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was about 5 years old, I heard a noise Christmas morning about 3am. The noise was dad trying to assemble a Matchbox Car service station which was to be from Santa under the tree and he was having a difficult time with assembly, muttering under his breath that all the parts weren't there. (mom tells me this part). So I was in process of waking up my 3 yr old sister telling her that Santa has visited. Mom intercepted us and shooshed us off to bed before we got downstairs. Mom and dad remember the night of little sleep due to assembling that Matchbox car service station.
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    Minnesota
  • Biography
    2 score and 5 years ago, my mother and father brought apon this continent a child, conceived in october, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.

    (some men have OCD and decorate their yards with dozens of plastic holiday figures)
  • Interests
    Making it to retirement then moving to a warmer climate.
  • Occupation
    Accountant
  • About my display
    Its a work in progress.

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  1. Admittedly, im a little confused. There is this forum, and then there are sub forums titled: 'sharing it', 'showing off', and 'municipal decorations', all within Planet Christmas. Why?
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    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure? 'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right?
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    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Since ive got one of these, and even have a box, i thought id chime in on the discussion. The blowmold itself does not have an identifying mark on it that i can find. The box is marked 'Lidco', with the contents checkbox checked for choir singer. I see the number 98091 stamped on the box near the checkbox. Is that a Lidco identifying number?...or a garden store inventory number? The sides of the box not shown in the photos have no information. I am not 100% sure that this blowmold was the original contents of this box, as i bought the blowmold/box combo on ebay a number of years ago. I consider the possibility that the original owner 'could' have combined an empty box of a different choir blowmold with this choir blowmold...but my gut feeling thinks this is probably the original blowmold from this box.
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    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Personally...what let the air out of my tires...(previously member minnesnowta before being gagged) was the planet christmas 'play nice' rules...and how they were interpreted and administered. For example...I remember reading one thread...by a member who did lot of blowmold repaints. This particular member made an effort to strip and re-paint a blowmold similar to factory standards...complete with over spray, runs, and lack of detail. Okay...thats fine. To each his own. In a polite way i commented that it seemed like a lot of time to spend repainting a blowmold and then have the end result look like a basic rushed assembly line paint job. A fair observance in my opinion. Of course this set the guy off. Then im getting private warnings from the admin. Next...a year? later...a widely accepted and loved member who was known to have asbergers...posted somethng. I posted something in return which was a dry but fairly obvious attempt at good natured humor...and of course the PC police jumped all over me. The police actions, peoples thin skin and knee jerk tantrums and running off to the mod with a complaint finally got the best of me. There were too many teachers pets, with preferential treatment, the discussions were mostly 'look what i bought'...'hey, great find, wish i could find blowmolds like that', and not enough 'fun' discussions...and God forbid that there was ever a disagreement or differing opinion. We were all expected to be happy robots with big smiles and heads nodding in happy affirmation of everything. Roll foreward a few years...and i find a graveyard of a forum. Apparently most people have gone somewhere else. (edits..correkt speling airrors)
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    GFP Black Friday

    So, im curious. What were the purchase prices for the holiday aluminum blowmolds?
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    GFP Closing

    You think this closing was bad...try driving through detroit sometime.
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    Craigs List and Ebay

    My friend, who actually talked to the guy, said it was an 'all or nothing' thing. The guys pricing is figuring there are 1000 blowmolds, and that they must be worth 15$ each....thus 15000$. Sure, some of them would sell for more than 15$...but there appear to be quite a few candles, and theres no way people will pay 15$ per candle. Not only that, there appear to be quite a few commons, and i know from experience that its not guaranteed you will get 15$ for a common, especially if its buggered up a little bit. Not to mention the broken which wont sell for more than a buck (for the bulb plate) and faded which are tougher to sell. When selling a large lot like this...where the seller expects the buyer to take everything, then the seller should be giving a volume discount. If it were me, id spend a few days separating them into dollar groups. These are $40, these are 35$, these are $25 and so on. Take pics, run a new ad. People will be beating down your door. It will take a few weekends of having people come over in shifts. Eventually the sales will slow as the inventory becomes picked over. At that point...after youve maximized the full dollar potential, you put a very reasonable price on what remains of the lot. When i sold my blowmolds, it got to a point where no one wanted the common scuffed and faded blowmolds, the last 10% or so, so i kept them and thats what i use for my display today. So, the person who comes out with a truck and buys that last lot of 100 blowmolds from this guy... is basically doing him a favor in cleaning up his property and the guy is getting paid to boot.
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    GFP Closing

    https://www.indeed.com/cmp/General-Foam-Plastics/reviews?start=20 General Foam Employee reviews...a few common denominators in the comments are: low pay (no raises), hot work conditions, bad managment and short breaks. Souns like a sweat shop...literally. Haha. I suppose they had to keep wages down due to competition from mexico and china. More of the same here: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/General-Foam-Plastics-Reviews-E763475_P2.htm
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    Craigs List and Ebay

    Can you say 'brittle and crumbling'?
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    What goes down must go up!

    Once a squirrel has set up housekeeping in your shed, or house attic, or garage they are content to stay...in my humble opinion you have to get rid of them, and the best way is to use a live trap and relocate them. If you release them one block away from your house...then they will be back in your shed before you get home. Haha. Gotta relocate them several miles away at least. The other squirrels at the park who dont know about the shed probably wont be a problem, especuially if you eliminate their access point.
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    Craigs List and Ebay

    A friend of mine talked to the seller...who stated a sell price of $15000. It would be interesting to know how much these really sell for...and if there are any rare gems mixed in the lot. A barn for storage...yes. Its mind boggling. Imagine the small fortune in light bulbs, and light socket power cords just to bring these up to opperable again. Not to mention the hours and hours and hours spent washing off the dust and cob webs. My back hurts just thinking about it. Haha. I tore down my 13 blowmold display last night in 30 minutes. (Were getting a 3 day above freezing break from the 2 1/2 weeks of below zero temps). Tonight ill take down the spiral trees and light strings. Then snow thurs and friday, and going back to near zero on the weekend.
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    Craigs List and Ebay

    1000 plus blowmolds https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/for/d/blowmolds-for-sale-blow-molds/6443988204.html
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    Blow mold Nativity Custom Paint Job?

    There is a lot of previous information about painting blow molds on this forum. I would suggest you search and read before you begin. It will save you time , money and effort in not having to experiment. Used to be a member here named Carrie Sansing who did a ton of blow mold re paints. She posted her secrets and techniques here. It is interesting to read the tip about blow torching the plastic before painting. I had never heard that one before. If i remember correctly, there is a specific spray paint available (menards?) which is designed for plastic. If you want to get really deep into it...you can try air brushing.
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    Need votes.

    I dont often do 'on line voting' and have not thought about it very much, but in this day and age...the concept of purchased votes does not surprise me. That wee hours of the morning voting you experienced...pretty much says it all.
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    Need votes.

    Nice display. Funny thing about the competition though...the viewers may be voting based on the still photos, while we know that some of these are animated LOR efforts. Should almost have 2 categories to level the playing field. No doubt a person should vote based on an 'in person' viewing. Sometimes i wonder, having looked at the photos, and the current vote totals...if its not a bit of a popularity contest, because the person with the most votes is not not even in my top 3, and the ones i prefer are currently in 7th and 9th place.
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