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The Aluminum Christmas tree. Love it or hate it? Now with Color Wheels!!!
FreakBear
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From: Springfield, Ohio
Posted: 2004-12-03 01:36 am   Permalink

Made my own I'd wanted one for a long time and couldn't find any. When the flea markets here started carrying them, I couldn't believe how $ much $ folks were asking. Mine is a table-topper with sparse limbs. I usually just hang simple colored ball ornaments on it.
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-12-03 2:40 pm   Permalink

yes, we have a pickle ornament ~

and my favorite, a garlic, purchased in Gilroy, CA.





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Philot
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From: The armpit of Florida
Posted: 2004-12-03 3:41 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-03 00:37, Mike the Headhunter wrote:
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.




They've got fake black christmas trees as Spencer's gifts this year. I figure they're for the goth / "Nitemare Before Christmas" crowd.

Now aluminium, that's spaceage! (And also unabashedly tacky.)


 
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FreakBear
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Posted: 2004-12-04 4:50 pm   Permalink

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/jump.jsp?itemID=571&itemType=CATEGORY&iMainCat=336&iSubCat=571&sort=0&page=2
Blue 6' is pictured but I believe silver and other colors are available!
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-12-04 5:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-02 23:52, Shipwreckjoey wrote:
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On 2004-12-02 09:58, freddiefreelance wrote:
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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?

-Confused in San Diego



Well, I consulted the Word Detective, and this is what I got:

"Dear Word Detective: I have a question about which is the original spelling of the word "aluminium" (or "aluminum" depending on where in the world you grew up). I have been told that the English spelling with the extra "i" is correct, yet a lot of Americans swear that it is spelled incorrectly outside of the U.S. -- G. Craven, Phoenix, AZ.

Golly, can't we all just get along? Then again, I must admit that the British pronunciation "al-yoo-min-ee-um" has been driving me mildly bats since I first heard it on TV when I was about ten years old. I remember staring at the American spelling "aluminum" in a magazine shortly thereafter and wondering where on earth the Brits had found that extra "i." (While we're at it, the other thing that has been bothering me for years is the British pronunciation of "Nicaragua," which is along the lines of "nick-uh-rahg-yoo-ah." Something about that gives me the fantods.)

In the case of "aluminum" (as I will spell it because this is, after all, my column), we can pin the whole mess on Sir Humphry Davy, the English chemist who discovered the stuff back in 1807. Indulging in the perversity of which historical figures seem fond, Davy named his discovery not "aluminum," nor even "aluminium," but "alumium," basing the term on the Latin "alumen," meaning "alum," a substance drawn from the same mineral that had been used since ancient times for dyeing hides and the like. This is all a bit confusing, but we can take comfort in the fact that Davy was apparently a bit befuddled too. Around 1812 he decided that the proper name of his discovery was not "alumium," but actually "aluminum." Almost immediately Davy was besieged by other scientists who pointed out that if Davy would just add an "i" to make the term "aluminium," it would fall into line with such other substance names as "sodium" and "calcium" and, in their words, "sound more classical." So Davy named it yet again, this time to "aluminium," and the "ium" form became standard in both the U.S. and Great Britain.

Unfortunately, many people in the U.S. had evidently stopped listening by that point and continued to call the stuff "aluminum," and this spelling became so widespread that it was eventually adopted as the standard in the U.S. "Aluminium," however, is the official spelling used by international chemical societies."

Must admit, I'd rather have an aluminum tree than an aluminium tree......

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Tiki Matt
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From: North O.C.
Posted: 2004-12-04 5:22 pm   Permalink

We've had our Aluminum Christmas Tree for almost a decade. All we put on it is red & green shiny ornaments....With the color wheel it looks great!
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2004-12-04 6:04 pm   Permalink

Found this gem at an estate sale this January for two dollars!



Every branch was in it's original paper sleeve. No branches were missing:



It turned out to be a six-footer


The previous owners had tied little puffs of orange netting to various branches for effect. Has anyone else heard of this decorating technique?


Sabu


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Tiki Matt
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Posted: 2004-12-04 6:45 pm   Permalink

Sabu, I swear you are the luckiest garage saler I've ever come across!!!! Can you sense my envy?
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2004-12-04 10:02 pm   Permalink

Trader Woody, as I was reading your last post I was also watching a British show on TV called "Victory By Design". The host of the show was extolling the virtues of a vintage Aston Martin DB3-S racecar when he concluded his dissertation by saying..."and the whole car was cloaked in a beautifully designed ALUMINIUM body".

 
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Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2004-12-05 02:08 am   Permalink

The one that always gets me is the different way we pronounce 'Herbs'. Over in the States, you seem to have affected a funny French accent and don't pronounce the 'h'. But then, we pronounce the 'h' and it sounds like a name, like 'Uncle Herb'. Both ways sound faintly ludicrous.

Trader Woody
PS - Because of this thread, I've caught myself looking for aluminium trees, even though I can't stand them. The power of Tiki Central to warp minds...



 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2004-12-05 7:03 pm   Permalink

Sabu how are you always so lucky????

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2004-12-06 02:53 am   Permalink

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On 2004-12-04 18:45, Tiki Matt wrote:
Sabu, I swear you are the luckiest garage saler I've ever come across!!!!




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On 2004-12-05 19:03, hiltiki wrote:
Sabu how are you always so lucky????



Believe me, it's not really luck. Honestly. I think the real trick is volume. And maybe research. Anyone here can work the same luck for themselves. Doctor Z and I absolutely LOVE selling on Ebay. And we like hunting treasures at garage sales even more. Before I arrive at Doctor Z's house at 7:30 or 8:00 on a Saturday morning he's already got all of the local garage sales circled and numbered in the morning paper, and the numbers transferred to a fold-out, laminated Thomas Bros map with eraseable markers. I drive, he navigates. In this way we can hit 20 to 30 garage sales in a 5-hour morning. If we didn't love it so much, it would be boring as hell. Instead its pure fun for us.

We hit the neighborhood and block sales first, because they give us the most bang for our buck - 5 or 10 or more yard sales all within walking distance of each other. Then we hit estate sales and everything else. With the sheer volume, we can't help but be lucky every weekend. Plus, Doctor Z is such a wit, that we end up laughing our @sses off the whole morning. It's my weekend comedy therapy. Heaven forbid we find the inevitible box full of little plastic toys and McDonalds giveaways the kids have outgrown. Doctor Z and I have no such maturity issues. We can spend far too much time pulling out monsters and action figures, engaging each other in huge battles on the lawn, (Mulan vs. Godzilla and The California Raisins, for instance), making up funny voices for each character until we are rolling with laughter and the garage-sale hosts have judged us, (quite correctly), insane.

The other key to our success is the research we do on Ebay. If I see some species of garage sale fauna appearing more and more frequently, (PC software games for instance), I'll look that category up in the "Completed Auctions" section of Ebay, sorting it by High Price to Low. That way I can see that Fantasy Role-Playing and War-Simulation games sell for the most, plus spot the rare, out-of-print game or two that goes for $100. Now I am fore-warned when the next crop of PC games is found.

Ebay is a fantastic research tool. Did you know that the 20-volume "Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau" encyclopedia is practically worthless, but if you find the rare "Volume 21", you can sell it for $70 on Ebay? Did you know that Mattel Intellivision games are crap EXCEPT for the 4 rare ones that are worth $50 or more? Do you know which cookbooks in that box of old cookbooks sell time and again for over $30 apiece? Or that old, wooden croquet balls are HOT right now? Ebay will divulge as many of these secrets as you can think to ask it. If it wasn't for Ebay I wouldn't have known that that ugly, big-headed doll displayed on a blanket for 25 cents was actually a $200 Kenner Blythe doll. I am becoming more and more convinced that within every large garage sale there is at least one $50-$100 item being sold for a buck. Knowing which item it is, is the key.

The day I'm truly dangerous will be the day when I have a wireless laptop with me in the car and can check an item on Ebay while I'm actually at the garage sale.

Doctor Z and I are becoming Garage Sale Omnivores of the worst sort. It no longer has to be mid-century modern or tiki for us. Hooked-On-Phonics sets, Barbara Streisand videos, Plastic Dinosaurs, Veggie Tales, A full set of Tim LaHaye's "Left Behind" hardcovers, Bible Concordances, 20-year-old Real Estate courses on cassette, Auto Parts, Televangelist videos - We're not too proud to grab any of it. And much of it is ludicrously valuable on Ebay. Then, when we find the rare box of 1970s "Skateboarder" magazines or box of tiki mugs, it's just icing on the cake.

I also love taking a chance on an odd item I've never seen before. For a dollar or two investment, these chances often pay off. Doctor Z once laughed at me when I picked up a whole stack of collapsible boxes with air-holes that pet stores used to use to sell Canaries and Parakeets. But lo and behold! - somebody on Ebay thought they were worth fifty dollars. Or the box of vintage flyswatters that I sold to some Hollywood movie prop-master for eighty dollars. It's amazing what you can find a market for.

Anyway. I've rambled on and on and got this thread totally off-topic. But I think you can see how exciting I find this whole Ebay and Garage-Sale business. I think the real luck comes from the fact that modern technology, (namely the Internet), has provided Doctor Z and I with a lucrative outlet for this hobby we've always had.

Sabu




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docwoods
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From: outside the windy city
Posted: 2004-12-06 06:31 am   Permalink

Impressive,Sabu! Just goes to show you that good luck is something that is made and planned for,not something that just happens.Happy hunting!

 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-12-06 5:51 pm   Permalink

Sabu - that was just fascinating. I'd say you should write a book, but I don't think you should let the rest of the planet in on your secrets....

Awesome!
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Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2004-12-06 6:07 pm   Permalink

OK, I've been checking out the great pics on this post and have to admit I'm currently on the prowl for an aluminum Christmas tree.

 
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