Cookie Tin Buildings

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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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.
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.

Tim
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.
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.

TCA, LCCA

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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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.

John 

 

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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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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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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.
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.

Steve A.

Steve A.

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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.

Ron
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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

Ken D



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