Some people associate rich velvet and shimmering metallics with the look and feel of the Christmas holidays. Others unpack illuminated plastic blow mold figurines of Santa Claus, a cow sleeping by a manger, or a permanently winking snowman for their lawn to symbolize that it is time for Christmas and the winter holidays.
When you look at photos of Christmases past, do you get all warm and fuzzy when you see that hard plastic, somewhat crudely painted 6-foot Santa Claus that your father dragged out of the garage every year usually the weekend after Thanksgiving?
01 of 09
Amazon has everything, including blow mold holiday decorations. Search for "blow molds," "blow mold Christmas" or something similar for best results for new and vintage characters.
02 of 09
Ace Hardware, based in Illinois, is the world's largest hardware retail cooperative with more than 5,000 locations and an online shopping option to boot. For this comeback kid of Christmas decor, you can search under "outdoor Christmas," "Christmas blow mold," or "general foam."
03 of 09
Bronner's is a Christmas superstore located in Frankenmuth, Michigan, that has been around since 1945. It carries a wide selection of blow mold holiday decorations under the classification of "lighted plastic items."
04 of 09
Operated by the Fair Oaks Nursery in Madison, Wisconsin, Christmas Towne is an outdoor decor website that carries blow mold decorations among other Christmas decor.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Ebay is probably the best place to find vintage and collectible light-up blow mold lawn decorations, especially rare ones. This would be the place to track down a one of those highly coveted Mold-Craft reindeer from 1958. To give you a sense of how popular these decorations are, on average, these Ebay auction items can receive more than 100 bids.
06 of 09
Etsy sells all kinds of vintage items, including illuminated blow mold holiday decorations. A recent search revealed all different brands and years of plastic Santas, snow people, penguins, angels, melting candles, and some novelties.
Search under terms like "Christmas blow mold" or something more specific if you are looking for a character by a certain manufacturer, like "Empire Santa."
07 of 09
While the inflatable decorations outnumber blow molds, Lowe's still carries a few, which vary from store to store. Search for "plastic Christmas," "blow mold Christmas," or "outdoor Christmas decorations."
08 of 09
Planet Christmas is the go-to site for all things related to decorating for the holidays from blow molds to inflatables to animatronics to light displays. Planet Christmas does not sell blow molds, but enthusiasts share information on decorating techniques, brands, and where to buy new and vintage decor.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
While they do not sell blow mold Christmas decorations, Blow-Molded is a great reference for archival photos of vintage blow mold holiday lawn decorations, categorized by brand and manufacturer. They also have information on parts, along with original instructions, and instructions for restoration.