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I have been collecting mainly older and newer pumpkin pails and smaller blow mold halloween theme lights for much of my life....but I find that its a small group of us...

I may have posted some pictures before...but here is just a small sample of some of my stuff...anyone else share in the passion ...

I usually start the hunt in August, Sept, and October for stuff it gets closer to Halloween...thrift stores, flea markets, eBay, etc...getting harder to find this stuff cheap...but it is still fun when you find something you don't have...which is hard for me since I have been doing it so long.

I think the only blow mold company still making this stuff consistently is General Foam...there is China or course and some fly by night companies...but they all seem to come and go....long since gone are companies like Union, Empire, Bayshore, Best, Topstone, Rendi, liberty plastics etc...
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WOW - love all of the variety you have! Such a nice collection. :cool:

I just started noticing blowmolds in the last few years, mostly thanks to the amazing Hilda's display (check her stuff out on here - FABULOUS display).

I have a few now, and I do keep an eye out whenever there is a garage sale or I'm on craigslist. But space is the main issue for me becoming a large collector. I promised early on that my husband would always be able to park in our garage, and no storage will be added to our budget/house. :D
 

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If you count one blowmold as collecting...

I have a thing for vintage holiday items (big into mcm Christmas stuff) but I've not had the chance to collect any vintage Halloween stuff, except for a single blowmold JOL I got this year. I actually had a chance to get more vintage stuff (little trick or treat toys people would hand out) but it was at one of those "sign up sheet" estate sales...so I just left. I still regret it.
 

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Absolutely adore your collection! I love Jack o Lanterns and keep my eyes peeled year round. Along with the plastic pails/blow mold JOLs I will pick up ceramic or just about any kind of friendly orange JOL I can find :D I call it my "Pumpkin Patch."
 

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I do have a small but growing collection.... mostly 1980's.... so hard to find vintage ones at a decent price... Vulture w hat in our area is close to $100.... large pumpkin w cute kitty peeking at the top, $55 right now at a restore.... I did manage to get a stack of pumpkins blow mold for $8 at Value Village.... I'm always searching for them.... hopefully our weather will allow me to give a couple a fresh coat of paint before Halloween!

I definitely agree, check out Hilda's thread in the Prop section... she does amazing work!
 

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I'm on the lookout for a good price on the blow mold ghost with the black cat and jack o' lantern...I'll probably wait and look a little harder after Halloween, when eBay prices aren't so jacked up. Anyone had any luck ever ordering from General Foam directly? I found their retail site here, but ordering online doesn't work.

I bought a Halloween sign from Home Depot this year; don't like it as much as the one in your image, though. I went to Home Goods a few weeks ago for the first time, but unfortunately my store is mostly clothing, hardly any home decor whatsoever.

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I found the three small blow molds at an estate sale in May of this year, and my heart about skipped a beat! Usually those sorts of things get snapped right up by vendors who get there first thing in the morning. Luckily for me, this estate sale was a bit off the beaten path. I think I paid $10 a piece for them.

Sorry to hear about your Homegoods disappointment! I had such good luck there last year that I stalked the store like crazy starting in August this year, but so far I've been disappointed with their selection this time around.
 

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For those searching, don't forget Etsy, they have vintage stuff too. I've gotten several pieces from there, sometimes even cheaper than Ebay.
 

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Haha yeah my wife likes the fact that they are mainly stored in the basement for ones I display and all the larger ones for yard and spares are kept in our nice size attic...its nice having an attic you can actually stand and walk around in...best feature I added when I had the house remodeled years ago and added a second floor..
 

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What sort of bulbs do you guys use in your larger blow molds? I ask because the 800 lumen LED I stuck inside my ghost was WAY too bright. I put a 40w/200 lumen incandescent bulb in there, and it's better, but still a little too bright considering I have him indoors. He lights up my den like a Christmas tree. I guess I need to look for a 25w that will fit.
 

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We have a bunch of vintage ones. The blow mold I consider to be cream of the crop is the Empire orange haunted house, and I bought one on Ebay a few years back. Some of the Jacks you can pick up at yard sales. My wife found one a few years ago for only a quarter, in good shape.
 

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I'm heartbroken as I missed out on a beautiful large JoL with a huge black cat leaning on the top circa 1990s. And then to add insult to injury, they said they had a stirring witch prop too, and they had them CHEAP. The garage sale said NO EARLY BIRDS and since I know how annoying that is, I arrived at the exact time - maybe 5 minutes past, and they still let all of the Halloween stuff go to the #@!$ early birds already... :p

Just not possible to get the good stuff any more. :(
 

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If your displaying them inside and want it to be a little less glaring..use the soft white bulbs something around 25 would be good unless the plastic is thicker or heavier paint...sometimes you have to try a few to see what works...not all molds are created equal in quality and thickness etc...so experiment and you will find what you like best..
 
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