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RichardG last won the day on May 2 2016

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About RichardG

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  • Birthday 07/05/1992

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Interlachen, Florida
  • Biography
    The name is Richard.
  • Interests
    Blow molds
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    My display consists of blow mols and inflatables. And lots of lights.
    Each year something new is added.
  1. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Yes that is correct. I’m not exactly sure how many molds of the nutcracker they had. I’m just telling you what the VP of Cado told me at the GF auction. He was interested in GFs, but the way they done the auction screwed over his plans to try and get it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Cado did in fact purchase the soldier from GF along with the Mrs. Claus, penguin, some candles and the Nativity and dancing Santa. Right now, the molds that Cado didn’t get are still sitting in Tarboro. But my understanding is a scrapper purchased them however from my understanding he is looking into having them produced. Also Cado confirmed with me that they only got 75% of Unions molds. The rest were scrapped. Including the Union Nutcracker. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Empire 1974 Christmas Catalog

    Always good to see molds saved from scrap. And I’m sure you’ve read they own a few of GFs molds along with Grand Venture molds Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Poloron candy canes

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    I feel a lot better. Thanks With that said, if you’re interested I’d be happy to take better pictures of it since it’s now at my house. And I don’t know who you are either. But as you know I’m Richard. Nice to chat with you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Empire 1974 Christmas Catalog

    I’m curious who leaked that catalog though. Sad to say, there are reasons why things are not shared. :/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Good to know my pics were saved. Photo credit is nice when posting around the Internet please. Just another reason I removed the album from public view on Facebook. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    As of now a scrapper has all the molds. I can’t say, but someone is in talks with that scrapper. Last I heard a lot of talks about molds being saved and produced. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Newspaper ads

    Thanks for posting Mel Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. General Foam Norfolk factory

    I agree. I thought that’s where the pools were made, come to find out pools were also made in Tarboro. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. General Foam Norfolk factory

    It so much smaller compared to their Tarboro location. Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    I’ll happily shine light for everyone. I was in person for the auction and boy what an experience to be in the plant that made all our blow molds. I even met the Vice President/owner of Cado. That was even better! He purchased the SB Mrs. Claus, 28” Empire/GFP Nativity, and the lot of unmarked candles. Before the auction he purchased the soldier, penguin and the famous dancing Santa. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. GFP Closing

    Don good luck on your project. Being able to purchase light kits I’m switching all my bulbs over to Edison based kits from the C7 bulbs I used in them last year. Donna, the molds were destroyed due to licensing. Some type of license with MagicCom. Nobody knows who they are, but their license expired on 3/1. So what wasn’t sold was sent to scrap. At the sale most molds were GFs. Some were Empires old stock. This one in particular has no markings of GF or Empire. Just faded/scratched out Tarboro name. Not the best pic of the mold in question, but here ya go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. GFP Closing

    Don, I was there when your guy bought the 3 pallets and everyone’s mind was the same. Either this guy is going to have an awesome display. No way they are all for him. And eBay seller lol. I can’t wait to see what you do with them. Also, I wish I could have bought them at $.50 a piece. I was there when that price was thrown and I’m there thinking I’m about to walk away from this deal cause I have no dang room lol. You’re on BMN so I assume you saw the post as to why they went to that price... Regarding the Nativity sets. I bought the 3 piece pearl from them for $10. It’s completing the set that’s going to kill me. Lol. And a lot of gems have come out of Tarboro. Man the unpainted SB Tigger and Pooh. The 2 one of a kind unmarked Empire molds that nobody has info on either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. GFP Closing

    Mel you’re correct. Even if they saw new molds from GF in stores or even the Cado molds they complained about the cost and waiting for them to go 50% Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk