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This focus of this thread is on collecting and sharing our tabletop displays. Not just during the collecting season, but also during the off season with finds from thrift stores, garage/yard sales, Ebay, Craigslist, etc.

How long and what types of Halloween tabletop, wall, window, and tree decor do you enjoy collecting? Where do you shop? Do you h​ave any questions about the Boney Bunch or other annual collections?


 

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Fun! I like thrift store finds that inspire creativity!

How are you all doing putting your decorations away? I'm making progress on Christmas but my Halloween is in multiple locations. Worse I mixed the two holidays in a few bowes. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and just need to contain it, if only temporarily!

I've been watching videos on storing decorations. Most put the same things up every year in each room
That's not like me at all. I do something new each year. :)
 

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I did put away my tabletop Christmas tree. Most of my decorations are "Winter" themed, so I will leave them out a bit longer. It can be overwhelming when trying to store items away. I, like you grandma lise, like to mix it up every year by not putting up the same decorations in the same rooms.

Thanks for the tip on videos on storing decorations, I will have to watch them too.
 

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I know Michael sells those halloween villages. I think they look really awesome but I don't have a big enough place for them. Has anyone got any of those and been happy with them?
For Christmas and Birthdays I get the Spooky Town houses as gifts from family. I let them know which ones I most interested in and then they watch for Michael's coupons and divide up who's going to get me what. I've been happy with the ones I've gotten. I have a spare bedroom that I painted a full moon on the ceiling and did shades of black to grays on the walls for a night sky... many of my houses are set out year round in there on shelves and the dresser. It's the only total room in the house I can let my Halloween flag fly all the year.
 

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For Christmas and Birthdays I get the Spooky Town houses as gifts from family. I let them know which ones I most interested in and then they watch for Michael's coupons and divide up who's going to get me what. I've been happy with the ones I've gotten. I have a spare bedroom that I painted a full moon on the ceiling and did shades of black to grays on the walls for a night sky... many of my houses are set out year round in there on shelves and the dresser. It's the only total room in the house I can let my Halloween flag fly all the year.
Thats sound pretty awesome, you should post some pictures when you have the full town out.
 

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I have a few of the Spookytown buildings. This past Halloween I displayed a couple of the buildings on my mantel (picture attached) I also have a few that are new in the box (one of them shown).
 

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Haunted Corner - I was very happy with the Spooky Town buildings that I displayed. I really like "Hollowgraves Manor". The lighting is spectacular and the spooky sounds are fantastic. I was also very happy with the "Squash Shack". Lemax does have some cool buildings for Halloween.

Stinkerbell - It sounds like you have an amazing collection of Spooky Town buildings. The description of your painted room with the moon ceiling is right up my alley. Wish I had a room where I could display Halloween all year long. I would love to see some pictures when you have a chance.

Little black cat - Like you, I do not have much room to display multiple buildings. We can dream, can't we? :D
 

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Just wondering, has anyone ever tried to make their own ala Stolloween or anyone else?
http://www.stolloween.com/?p=8426

I'd love to try this since I could then customize to the size of the space I have whether it's Halloween or Christmas AND it would be a one of a kind thing.
 

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That's very interesting. I've wanted to create Putz houses for years (and have a good sized collection of black metal, halloween themed houses). If I can get my collections reorganized this year, I'd like to try to make something similar to these.
 

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ScareyCarrie - yes! I would love to have more room for a huge display...although I like your idea of a "mini display" for the mantel, maybe this year I will look for a few pieces that I really like and do a small mantle display...thanks for the great idea and pics!!!
 

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RCIAG - those handmade houses are beautiful, unfortunately i lack the talent to make something like that....Grandma lise - I think you should try to make these, you have a very creative mind...
 

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I've wanted to create Putz houses for years ...
I had no idea that those little glittery, vintage houses had a name! I've always like those little things too.

My husband would like houses more like this one for a Christmas (or Halloween) village:


Just something more whimsical than the usual villages you see. He wants a village like the one in NBC, one that looks like Tim Burton created it. I know they may a mass market version of that Christmas village in NBC, but he'd prefer something more custom (& less expensive) I think.
 

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RCIAG - This is the first I've heard of stolloween. I looked at the link you included in your post. Those houses are so unique. I agree, you can make them whatever size you wish and for whatever holiday. Like Little Black Cat, I wish I had the talent for this.

Grandma lise - I agree with Little Black Cat - you have the imagination and patience to create these awesome little houses. Is there a difference between the stolloween houses and putz houses?
 

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RCIAG - Thanks so much for sharing this information. I had no idea. I will check out the tutorials. Would love to see a pic of the pumpkins and bats when you have a chance.
 

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Tonight's thrift store finds...

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Other find didn't come home with me. Great sculpt, painted by a talented artist, but the Jack-o-lantern was encircled with purple mushrooms and she appeared to be in an altered state. Not my style, but such a great piece! It came with a c-7 bulb and cord.

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I collect candle holders and tea light holders to create groupings for the dinner table. That crystal piece is hard to find. I've found 4 and broken 2, so I have a pair again. :)

Love the magnifier glass with two clips. I think it would make a nice addition to desk top display. :)
 
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