Cookie Tin Buildings

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November 6, 2011 5:43 PM

Alright Walmart Shoppers.......

Last year many of the Forum members were able to find the Christmas cookie tin houses at Walmarts. In searching 3 of my local Walmarts here in SE Michigan, I was unable to find them. As the stores have started setting up Christmas displays, I am hoping the tins will be back, either the same or new ones. If anyone sees them, I ask that you please post here. That way if they are available and my local stores don't carry them, I will search farther out for them. From the pictures I have seen here, they are perfect or what I want to put on my layout.

Thank you in advance!
Tim
 
 
 
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November 6, 2011 6:07 PM

i'm looking in my local "wally world" as well...didn't get them last year either...

here are 3 others i found...go to the "Vermont Country Store" website...

http://www.vermontcountrystore...s_Surprise_Tin/60832

http://www.vermontcountrystore...us_and_Incense/60345

http://www.vermontcountrystore...e_Mix_Gift_Tin/60837

my very best regards...howard...
 
 
 
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November 6, 2011 7:00 PM

I will make it a point to check the local Wally-World sometime in the coming week. Found all of them there last year, and bought two sets of each.
 

 

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November 8, 2011 10:59 PM

Were English `Silver Crane` tins offerred in the USA? 0 gauge size and excellent for toy train layouts. Made of tinplate and lithograped.
 
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November 11, 2011 6:44 PM

I was at Wallys today and there were Werthers Original little candy shop tins in the candy isle, 8inchs tall, 5wide, 2deep. Ive got a pict but havent got how to post them figured out yet, but if some one wants it i could email it to them to post.
 
 
 
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November 12, 2011 10:03 PM

The Silver Crane tins are seen from time to time. I have a few on the shelf for when I build that all tin layout.

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November 17, 2011 1:19 PM

Update -

Thank you everyone for their help and suggestions! I went back to my local Wally World and did not see any of the tins. However, I have found at Radio Shack a tin bank in the shape of a Radio Shack store and it includes AA & AAA batteries for $15. The building is 4" X 5" X 4.5" high, suitable for O Gauge. I could use the batteries and it sounds like would be better than the cookies anyway.

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November 18, 2011 3:27 PM

On the real fun side, M&Ms released many tin building canisters. At one time I collected M&Ms items. The tins were always released at Christmas and they did two per year. I still have a few of these.

Here is the Train Depot from 2001...it is number 13 in the "M&Ms Brand Christmas Village Series"





These still come up on ebay a lot. One interesting M&Ms tin is a clock tower that was released in 2000. It is octagon shaped.
 

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November 18, 2011 7:26 PM

Speaking of buildings (figured I'd stick it here rather than start a whole new thread) did anybody get any of the "It's A Wonderful Life" buildings last year?

They were at Lowe's, and probably some other places, and looked great. I picked up 3 of them and had them on the Christmas layout last year. They include the Bailey Bank Building, Gower's Drugs, and the Bailey house. I think there were several others.

Not sure if they're going to be out again this year. And I know last year they got scarce quickly because of limited supplies.
 

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November 19, 2011 8:51 AM

I don't know if this is any help to you but I often find some good tin and general Christmas stuff at the variously named Dollar Stores. For those who live in or near NYC the Brooklyn and Queens ones along Jamaica Ave, especially those owned by Asians seem to stock the weirdest and often cutest variety whereas those owned by white folks seem not to take so many risks! Maybe its just a question of taste (or lack of, my wife adds) but the Asian owned stores always seem to carry the widest variety of odd little things that are often exactly what we're looking for.
 
 
 
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November 19, 2011 11:04 AM

I just returned from the local Wal-Mart. Checked the holiday goody isles carefully, but did not see any tin buildings similar to what was offered last year. Lots of tin containers of all sorts, but no buildings suitable for O gauge.

I know the things sold pretty well at this same store last year because I bought most of them. Big Grin
 

 

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November 24, 2011 10:51 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Allan Miller:
I just returned from the local Wal-Mart. Checked the holiday goody isles carefully, but did not see any tin buildings similar to what was offered last year. Lots of tin containers of all sorts, but no buildings suitable for O gauge.

I know the things sold pretty well at this same store last year because I bought most of them. Big Grin


To all, courtesy of "Everything Croton" blog:

Check out:
German Cornerr LLC Store

German tin-litho smokers. All the same pattern, but 8 different lithogprahy designs. Nice for a toy train layout or Christmas display and reasonably priced. BUT they are kind of small at 2.5"H. Maybe useful as a background piece.

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November 24, 2011 11:58 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Colin Duthie:
Were English `Silver Crane` tins offerred in the USA? 0 gauge size and excellent for toy train layouts. Made of tinplate and lithograped.


Colin,

Silver Crane tin litho items are available here, but you have to look for them. For instance, I came across a couple of tin litho double-deck London buses at a Tuesday Morning store, which sells overstock items, for the most part. Another good source for American- and British-made tin litho are the various resale shops and antique malls, wherein you can find reasonably-priced items. I enjoy the hunt for those pieces. Then there is the Bay, of course... All the modern items come from China.
 

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November 24, 2011 9:52 PM

Radio Shack has a "collectible battery tin" for sale. It is a short 2 story building. The Radio Shack store is on one side so just keep it facing the back of the layout since the other 3 sides have traditional building fronts. It comes complete with 12 AAA and 12 AA batteries for $10.

http://www.radioshack.com/prod...?productId=12214608#
 
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November 24, 2011 10:00 PM

I have the four cookie tin Walmart buildings from last year on this year's Christmas layout. They look real good with my old Marx tinplate trains and tin Girard whistling station.

 
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November 25, 2011 5:13 AM

Yes, David, indeed they do! Now how about some high-res photos for next year's Christmas issue? Wink
 

 

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December 5, 2011 7:53 PM

I have found some in a store here called (Big Lots) I bought all of the different ones they had. Have not seen them in our walmarts they are really sharp looking

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December 6, 2011 5:20 PM

quote:
I have found some in a store here called (Big Lots) I bought all of the different ones they had. Have not seen them in our walmarts they are really sharp looking



I went to our local Big Lots and bought the 4 different buildings they had for under the tree. I agree they are very nice and you get them with a bag of mini butter cookies all for $5 bucks! Wink
 
 
 
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December 6, 2011 7:22 PM

Added note: The cookies in this current batch are significantly superior to those in last year's buildings. Folks at the office today were gobbling them up at a pretty good clip. Smile
 

 

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December 6, 2011 7:30 PM

Are the Big Lots tins this year different from the Wal Mart tins last year?
 

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December 6, 2011 7:55 PM

I need to find a Big Lots!

Never heard of them until reading this thread. Big Grin
 

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December 6, 2011 8:31 PM

Thanks Dave for the heads up. Went to Big Lots and picked up the last 8 tins they had. My students ate the cookies.

Bob
 
 
 
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December 6, 2011 8:49 PM

quote:
Are the Big Lots tins this year different from the Wal Mart tins last year?

Yes, all four are different. Identical size and maker, but different buildings. I'll be looking forward to next year because if I get four more I'll be able to display them along the full length on top of my kitchen cabinets.
 

 

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December 7, 2011 9:56 AM

I have just purchased the four buildings from Big Lots and they look perfect next to last years four from Walmarts. There were lots of them left at the Big Lots in Dearborn, MI. Thanks, Dave E for the heads up on where to find them.
 
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December 7, 2011 4:40 PM

I was in the Ollie's clearance store today and they have last years cookie tin buildings less the cookies for $1.89. So if you missed out last year and there's an Ollie's in your area you might get a second chance.

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December 7, 2011 6:41 PM

Score! I checked on-line and found a Big Lots only about 20 minutes from me. Who knew?

Picked up the cookie tins. They had a nice supply of all four. Plan on using them on the Christmas layout which should go up this weekend. Now, about those cookies. Big Grin
 

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December 8, 2011 7:22 PM

My Better Half got all 4 today at Big Lots. Now if our preorder Christmas 249E O Gauge Steam Passenger Train would have made it here. Roll Eyes
 

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December 17, 2011 5:32 PM

Just got back from a little last minute shopping. Stopped at Big Lots and found all four. Best of all the Sweetheart at checkout gave me a special senior discount, 50%!

But last year at WallyWorld after Christmas got luckier at a buck and a quarter each.

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December 17, 2011 6:58 PM

quote:
Now if our preorder Christmas 249E O Gauge Steam Passenger Train would have made it here.

There now appears to be an excellent chance that you will see it before Christmas since they are shipping to dealers, or already at some dealers, now. Believe! Smile
 

 

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December 17, 2011 8:25 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Allan Miller:
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Now if our preorder Christmas 249E O Gauge Steam Passenger Train would have made it here.

There now appears to be an excellent chance that you will see it before Christmas since they are shipping to dealers, or already at some dealers, now. Believe! Smile


It was shipped today. Should be delivered on Wed, the 21st. I do Believe. Smile
 

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