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The Aluminum Christmas tree. Love it or hate it? Now with Color Wheels!!!
hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2004-12-06 9:41 pm   Permalink

I am also looking for an aluminum Christmas tree. Why is that????

 
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Kailuageoff
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2004-12-07 7:30 pm   Permalink

Here's a somewhat poor picture of our tree. I'll try to get a better shot and replace this one.



This brochure came with our aluminum Christmas marvel. The images are big so they are readable. Enjoy!
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tikifish
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2004-12-19 05:33 am   Permalink

Well, I finally found one! I was at the goodwill yesterday out in the boonies and as I was checking out with my atomic curtain and disco dancing instruction book, I spied an old box on the counter. It had a sign '25 cents each'. I looked inside and sure enough it was a miniature aluminum tree, with all the branches in sleeves, so I said 'how much for the box?' and they say 'no, 25 cents each. They're decorations'. They were trying to sell off each individual banch for 25 cents as a decoration! I tried to explain to the woman that no, this was a tree, you assemble it, and its really no good as separate pieces, but she said she didn't understand. SO she sent me to the manager, who still insisted that they were just 'decorations' and they were to be sold separately. I pointed to the side of the box where it said CHRISTMAS TREE. I pulled out the isntructions and showed him how it would look put together. He still insisted that I was wrong, and they were just nice little decorations, see? He pulls one branch out of the sleeve and shows me. Im dying as he tries to jam it back in the sleeve backwards. Finally he goes off and get someone else, who tells me OK, 5 bucks for the whole box, probably just to get rid of me, the crazy woman who thinks a box that says 'Aluminum Christmas Tree' might actually be a tree.

When I brought him home he had all his branches, but he was missing his stand... someone probably bought it for 25 cents before I came along and rescued him from certain branch-by-branch decimation... may I present to you Albert, our Two Foot Aluminum Fairyland Christmas Tree.


 
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tikifish
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Posted: 2004-12-19 05:39 am   Permalink


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tikifish
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Posted: 2004-12-19 05:44 am   Permalink

(Albert is currently perched on top of a gold paper-wrapped salsa jar at the moment... if anyone knows where I can find a mini stand for him that would be much appreciated!)

 
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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-12-19 11:30 am   Permalink

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On 2004-11-28 15:46, ikitnrev wrote:
Here is a great photo book that came out this year .... "Season's Gleamings - the Art of the Aluminum Christmas Tree" - a copy will be definitely placed under my own aluminum tree.

http://www.shimonlindemann.com/pages/books.htm

I had the pleasure of seeing authors Shimon and Lindemann's collection of 40 aluminum trees in their store-front showroom in Wisconsin on Christmas Eve about 7 years ago. The next time I saw them was in 2000 in Columbus, for the closing of the Kahiki restaurant .... so it is great to see the aluminum tree thread here on Tiki Central.

Vern


I just watched a segment about the book on Good Morning (Sunday)and it was really interesting. The tinsil of the tree was actualy invented in WW2 and they would dump it out of planes to ward off / reflect the radar from the Nazis. I might go buy the book.


 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2004-12-19 11:30 am   Permalink

She's a beauty tikifish. I've all but abandoned my search for the elusive aluminum tree. I spotted the one at a downtown antique store I liked but they wanted $525.00 for it! And another $45.00 for the color wheel. Maybe I'll continue my search in the "off season".

 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-12-19 12:14 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-19 05:33, tikifish wrote:
... I was wrong, and they were just nice little decorations, see? He pulls one branch out of the sleeve and shows me. Im dying as he tries to jam it back in the sleeve backwards. Finally he goes off and get someone else, who tells me OK, 5 bucks for the whole box, probably just to get rid of me, the crazy woman who thinks a box that says 'Aluminum Christmas Tree' might actually be a tree.




Tikifish - while Sabu's thrift store & garage sale stories are the most profitable, tikifish's are consistantly the most hysterical. There should be a tikifish comic book detailing all your adventures for us...
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Dimethios
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Posted: 2004-12-19 2:56 pm   Permalink

tikifish, I believe I saw a small stand and the place I bought my tree. I am going that way in a couple of days, I could stop in and buy it for you if you'd like. This place also sells brand new aluminum trees and color wheels!

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tikifish
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Posted: 2004-12-19 4:31 pm   Permalink

That would be great Dimethios! The trunk is about one inch in diameter, so if you think that would be the right size, please get it if it is not too expensive (under 5 dollars). I will pay you for it plus shipping. Thanks! Wheee!

 
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suzywong
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From: New Orleans Upper 9th ward
Posted: 2004-12-20 5:14 pm   Permalink

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33849&item=2293551506&rd=1

I'm not the seller or a bidder, but what a COOL tree!


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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2004-12-23 2:51 pm   Permalink

Happy Holidays.........





My sister gave us this cool ufo ornament a few years ago......one of our favorites.....


 
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ikitnrev
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From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2004-12-23 5:57 pm   Permalink

Here is a picture of my aluminum tree - a 4 foot tall one, that I picked up for $1 in a thriftstore. I always display it next to the faded, outdoor plastic Santa.


and what is an aluminum Xmas tree without an abominable snowman placing the star on top?


A wide angle view: I have lots of other neat ornaments, which I hang on my bamboo birdcage since the tree is a bit small (no real birds are inside the birdcage)



I posted a few other pictures of the tiki figure on the far left in the 'Tiki and Elves' topic in the main forum.

Vern


 
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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2005-10-20 1:10 pm   Permalink

I know I'm very early this year, but I just thought I'd give a heads up.

Urban Outfitters has their Tinsel Trees in stock in pink, green, blue, white and silver. They come in 3'($24) and 6'($48) versions, and if I remember correctly, they tend to sell out.

I'm always on the lookout for a vintage one, but I might get a little fake one for the time being.
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DawnTiki
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2005-10-20 1:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-10-20 13:10, Tikiwahine wrote:
Urban Outfitters has their Tinsel Trees in stock in pink, green, blue, white and silver. They come in 3'($24) and 6'($48) versions, and if I remember correctly, they tend to sell out.

I went to the website and checked out the holiday trees. I found this there too, a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. As funny as this is, it still irks(sp?) me that a cartoon that is all about bagging on the commercialism of Christmas is somehow marketable.

Good Grief!



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