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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:50 pm 
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Woolworth's and the National Christmas Center--one is gone, the other is relocating elsewhere in Pennsylvania (it was going to close this year). Here's my homage to those long ago Christmas store displays....almost all vintage......


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:50 pm 
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Maria, what a wonderful collection. It's a feast for my eyes and it put a smile on my face!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:12 pm 
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Marie, what a fun and colorful display. I spent some time perusing each item. As a child I used to buy a new piece for my nativity each year at Woolworths. I wish I had saved it.


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What a great collection of Christmas In THE BOXES no less! For sale? Doubt it. Tom


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Thank you all. I love collecting all the bits and pieces--by far my two favorite pieces are the tray of Christmas tree and deer pins--which I picked by at the Asbury Methodist annual spring tag sale for a song....followed by the faux toy cash register discovered at a tag sale for five dollars. It was an absolute mess and is a vintage copy of one made as a souvenir from a roadside museum.

Nearly everything is vintage--but there's a lot of illusion going on too....the "hard candy" container and the ribbon candy box are both new--I just kept the boxes---and the noma lights box is just the box panel I could salvage--the bubble light box is from new Radko bubble lights....the Woolworth sign is one I created myself based on an original and "aged". Here's the pdf file if anyone wants it--prints on an 8 X 11 sheet


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Museum worthy display Maria!! Fantastic!!


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Thank you so much. I absolutely love putting this together every year. I wanted a REAL Woolworth's sign but they are a fortune--and even the small repros are costly...this one cost me less than two dollars to print, frame, and "age". I have a plan--like most days(!) to create a larger version for next year--but first I'd like to get the Sistine Chapel of permanently mounted track lighting platforms done! I have a wonderful train set that has only been out and running once! https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@ ... 2435773409


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The National Christmas Center will reopen in 2021 in Elizabethtown, PA. (near Harrisburg/Lancaster.) Here's an article with some more details, for those of you interested: https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/ ... c90b0.html.


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Thank you!


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