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The Aluminum Christmas tree. Love it or hate it? Now with Color Wheels!!!
ZebraTiki
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Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 530
From: Enchanted Bay Area, CA
Posted: 2004-11-29 10:24 pm   Permalink

The book, "Season's Gleamings," that ikitnrev mentioned is on sale at Target on their website for $11.53 this week.

 
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TikiGoddess
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 429
From: Penna
Posted: 2004-11-30 1:38 pm   Permalink

The latest issue of "Money" magazine has an article about vintage aluminum trees as a hot collectible. Anyhow, we have a nice silver one that belonged to my husband's grandmother. We also have 2 color wheels and a white metal glitter covered stand that plays music, this came w/ the tree.

 
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Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2301
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2004-11-30 3:36 pm   Permalink

Aluminium trees look horrible! All fake trees do. I'm going to steal my tree from a local forest.

Trader Woody


 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3288
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2004-11-30 4:00 pm   Permalink

My family used to go on a tree cutting trip ervery year. We'd all pile into the Valiant, take a ferry over to Salt Spring Island and go trekking through the snow searching for a tree under the hydro lines. We'd lash it to the roof then go visit the friendly resident turkey before heading home.

Good times, good times.

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suzywong
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Joined: Feb 22, 2003
Posts: 161
From: New Orleans Upper 9th ward
Posted: 2004-11-30 4:07 pm   Permalink

THANKS for posting my picture, and those of the others.

Great topic!

Mine was my grandparents. I still have the sleeves and part of the box with the reorder form!

It is amazing what some of the larger one's go for on eBay.

I think they are so cool. I used round lavender and blue ornaments last year. And the retro Barbie ornaments the time before that.
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3818
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-11-30 7:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-11-30 15:36, Trader Woody wrote:
Aluminium trees look horrible! All fake trees do. I'm going to steal my tree from a local forest.

Trader Woody



I'm with you, no fake trees and eliminate the middle man for buying a new one.

Just make sure you plant a new tree to replace the one you're removing. No more Easter Islands.


 
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Gigantalope
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Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-12-01 7:24 pm   Permalink


I hoped to get a Bunyabunya or Monkeypuzzle for a Christmas tree...I would claim that I had no idea they were so sharp...or that thier cones weighed 15 pounds and could kill the mailman.

Those Aluminum (Aluminium?) ones are swank tho...I always found the red ones fetching.

I saw some inflatable trees this year, and while they are tacky...I don't care for inflatable yard things..I think these work off little fans. (not tacky enough maybe?)







 
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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1547
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2004-12-01 8:45 pm   Permalink

I love the smell of a fresh cut tree and that is what I remember growing up. Later Dad started getting the flocked white ones.....did not smell as good. We got our aluminum tree at a swap meet several years ago. As we travel between families or take vacation, it is much easier to set up even if just for the few days we are here. We put all or fun ornaments (flying saucer, pickle, flamingo, airstream trailer, tiki necklaces, etc.) on it and use the color wheel. No lights necessary. We had a couple of years where the fresh tree.......wasn't, and dropped needles within days.

 
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DawnTiki
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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
Posts: 1675
From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2004-12-01 9:02 pm   Permalink

I got one on ebay for next to nothing last year, sadly, I got what I paid for, it was pretty thin, bent, scraggly and just plain sad looking. A friend of mine liked it so I ended up giving it to him. I have a bag full of my Grandmother's old corsages from the fifties and sixties that I plan on using as ornaments. Still on the hunt for one, I just love 'em!
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calneva
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: sf
Posted: 2004-12-01 10:34 pm   Permalink

There's an article in the Chronicle's Home & Garden section today about aluminum trees. They interview Shimon and Lindemann about their collection and talk about a new $1000 pink aluminum tree featured MARTHA STEWART LIVING. I guess they're all the rage now, so snatch those suckers up before people on ebay start asking $500 for a nappy, 30 year-old fake christmas tree.

 
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JTD
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Joined: Apr 07, 2003
Posts: 407
From: J'ville
Posted: 2004-12-02 06:19 am   Permalink

As a kid, I absolutely hated the one my grandmother had. Now, I think they're great for adding another retro touch to one's hipster pad (really). But, deep down, I know Santa tut-tuts whenever he sees one.

JTD


 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-12-02 09:58 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-11-30 15:36, Trader Woody wrote:
Aluminium trees look horrible! All fake trees do. I'm going to steal my tree from a local forest.

Trader Woody


Woody, try pronouncing it correctly: alu·mi·num. Not al·u·min·i·um, it's pronounced alu·mi·num. Aren't they looking better already?
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delphiniumangel
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Joined: Nov 30, 2004
Posts: 46
Posted: 2004-12-02 11:31 pm   Permalink

Aluminum just isn't right - must have the real thing! Although I do mine every year the island theme - this year I have some beautiful ornaments from Molokai.

 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
Posts: 1794
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-12-02 11:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-12-02 09:58, freddiefreelance wrote:
Quote:

On 2004-11-30 15:36, Trader Woody wrote:
Aluminium trees look horrible! All fake trees do. I'm going to steal my tree from a local forest.

Trader Woody


Woody, try pronouncing it correctly: alu·mi·num. Not al·u·min·i·um, it's pronounced alu·mi·num. Aren't they looking better already?



If aluminium is supposed to be aluminum is titanium supposed to be titanum?

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Mike the Headhunter
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Joined: May 24, 2004
Posts: 190
From: Wastelands of western NC
Posted: 2004-12-03 12:37 am   Permalink

I like the way they look, one of my best friends had thieir(I can never remember) fake tree spray-painted black. Dont remember if it was aluminium or plastic. For that matter, I didn't ask if it was painted or just made that way. oh well, aluminium trees are cool.

 
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