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Monday, December 6, 2010

Trash, or Treasure? Need some help!

Last January I came across these guys one night.  Sitting on top of a snow bank at the curb.

With a very nice Free sign on them.

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My daughter and I were on our way to a play.  She was driving.

And yes, I talked her into turning around and getting them.

She was so embarrassed!

Turns out Mike just hates these. 

Says they’re tacky.

Really?

I don’t get that.

I, of course, think they are wonderfully vintage!

Does  my tacky-meter need adjusting?

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So I have to ask, would YOU have picked these up?

Would YOU use them to decorate  your house? (they’re for outdoors)

Or are you shuddering at the thought?

I told him I would abide by popular opinion, so please let me know quick!

edited to add: Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to this cry for help.  Looks like I get to keep them after all.  I’ll post some pics once I get them situated and lit up.  Right now we have like 2 feet of snow on the ground, so getting them outside will be a bit of a challenge!

 

Rose

 
 
 
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and to Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

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And to Linda’s Junkin’ Finds Friday @ A La Carte

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34 comments:

  1. I love them! They would be perfect with the vintage plastic candles my MIL gave us!

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  2. My first thought? Keep them, but maybe paint/stain (for a sort of "wooden" look) them for use as indoor decor. Otherwise, there's vintage and there's schlock, both of which can withstand the test of time. But when it's vintage AND schlocky? Well... I see your hubby's point.

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  3. They are vintage and are expensive if bought now. I would keep them and display them in my yard for the holiday. I have the tall (3 feet)red candle from the same time frame sitting by my front door. Hubby thinks its tacky but I love it and everyone wants to know where I got it. (yardsale)

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  4. I love them! I would much rather see these in someone's yard than the blow up things that are everywhere these days.
    Keep 'em! Plug them in! Light them up! Celebrate Christmas!
    gail

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  5. i would keep it and leave it as is this is vintage, light it up see if it works and display it seems to make you happy !!

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  6. I think they are perfect. Love the vintage feel. Too fun!

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  7. I would keep them. I love them and if you're going to toss them, you can give them to me! LOL

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  8. Love them. Soo vintage and I love vintage. I think you should keep them and put them in your front yard.

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  9. At first glance I was like...whoa! But I rather like them now and do agree I prefer these to the blow up ones. Those collapse during the day and then there is nothing to see! I'd put them up.

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  10. Let me tell you something. My husband would have run over a small child to get to these. He LOVES this type of Christmas decoration. I have to say I do too. Display them with joy and pride. But be careful. Our vintage Winnie the Pooh was stolen right off our front porch a few years ago. Just about broke hubby's heart. He is still such a little boy at 65.

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  11. Oh dear, I think Mike is in trouble... I bet they look better lit up... I am not into plastic but I am sure into vintage and those bring back a lot of memories... the question is would I display them at my house???? .... hmmmm I am still thinking about that... probably not. Sorry not much help am I? But I bet they would look really cute sitting on Mike's convertible in the garage... lol

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  12. OMG!! I would have so picked these up and I would so decorate with them! AWESOME!! People pay big bucks for these...really! Tell Mike he has antiques to decorate with! Good luck!

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  13. These are fantastic. I would've definitely picked these up. Despite what they may look like during the day, they are amazing lit up at night. I myself am looking for a blow mold Santa.

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  14. I'm thinking if your meter is broke mine is too! These will look adorable outfront!!!!

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  15. Love em and much better than those blow up thingies. Plus look how long they have lasted. merry♥O

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  16. Okay, I would've stopped, picked them up, my husband would hate them, and I would sell them on Craigslist. Hahaha

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  17. Heck to the yeah! I would have totally picked them up and displayed them up on the roof. :)

    Way to go!

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  18. Hi Rose, I gave you an award today, stop by when you have a chance to accept:
    http://fearfullyandwonderfullymade81.blogspot.com/2010/12/yay-me.html

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  19. I would have pulled a U-turn right then and there! I also would have put them up on the roof. They sure brought back a lot of memories. The reindeer are so sweet! Enjoy them!

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  20. Hey Rose, I've just got to keep it real. I do love vintage things, but not a big fan of anything plastic. So, I don't think I would have picked them up, but it sounds like I'm outnumbered!
    Midge

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  21. They kinda scare me. But I definitely agree with the others, they are vintage - Vintage in a one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest kinda way!

    Knowing you, a little bit, I think they're perfect for your front lawn!!!!

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  22. Definitely vintage but I'm reserving judgment until I see them lit up.

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  23. Ok, that first comment was my SNL version.

    Here's the other version:

    That display reminds me of a time gone by -when plastic things were NOT in abundance - when kids were outdoors with their dads putting up all the lights and the decorations, while moms were in the house baking, wearing aprons and making the house all festive. ( Ok, she probably had a cigarette hanging out of her mouth, but there was a lot of love in that place.) -when streets were safe and kids went sledding all day and then went over to ANY of their friend's homes to share hot cocoa - when neighbors waved hello and shoveled each other's driveways, just because - when family was nearby or at least a phone call away if you were stuck in the snow -when the celebration of the season had a deep, rich, heart felt expectation - even the cheek pinches from Auntie were a lovely touch of the spirit -when we all bundled up in the car, 13 or 14, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and drove up and down the streets to "ooh and aah" at the Christmas lights in and around town -when we walked hand in hand with our mom or dad or grandma or grandpa to our little downtown area that was over-the-top decorated with holiday fanfare, while Christmas music played on speakers for everyone to enjoy. And we were safe. Safe from the ills of the world, safe from troubles, safe and protected because LOVE was the format upon which we depended - because there were those who took the time to supplied it for us.

    Put that sleigh up. If you don't, I just might cry!

    ~K

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  24. WOW you lucky Lady! You need to keep them and display in your yard! We have a Big Santa from the same time frame and everyone wants to buy it from us. We display it every year and the grandkids think it is the coolest Santa ever! Enjoy!

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  25. What's not to love ??? I would keep them just as they are.....

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  26. oh they are fabulous. Have you seen what these vintage blowmolds go for on ebay. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ones you found. I buy them when I find them cheap. They are fabulous and there is quite a following for these things. AWESOME FIND. Enjoy them or sell them :)

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  27. I would love to see them made over as antiqued silver pieces.

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  28. I love them! I say display them because you will surely make a child smile!

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  29. I would have braked for these lovelies, turned the car around to get them, and if I had been walking, I still would have found a way to carry them home. Yes, these would have been great treasures to find....I am drooling. No, do not paint these.

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  30. Oh, I would have stopped dead in my tracks and picked those guys up. A lot of blow molds have dates on them, so you might be able to figure out how old it is. And I think they would look cute sitting on your porch on top of a bunch of pine boughs.

    As a matter of fact I have a Santa and two reindeer on top of my tv cabinet right now. It's only about 2 feet long by 1 foot high, so a much smaller version, but it's very vintage/cute looking.

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  31. I am smiling because if my kids were little, I would definitely have picked that up!!!!

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  32. use these now, they are precious and beautiful, they bring bk lots of good memories for a lot of us...go for it!!!

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