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- nyslzzleParticipantAugust 2, 2009 at 3:48 pmPost count: 154
Lola ran over to Bob and shook him until he awoke. They cautiously walked up the path to the Pagoda.
There were two large Buddha statues and another statue of an Imperial Princess guarded the entrance of the Pagoda. Over the door was a portrait of a koala bear.
Lola said, “Comon Bob I cant wait till you see what I found!”
As they entered, they saw many beautiful sculptures. A few of the sculptures resembled long lost compact such as the Affectionate Fish, Treasure Dog, and Good Fortune. Lola hadn't noticed before but there was a man wearing a long white robe standing off to the side in deep thought. This man looked very old but they couldn't be sure because his long white beard hid his face.
Lola chuckled to her self, thinking, he looks like Confucius.
“Ex ..cuse me Sir,” said Bob, “We're sorry to bother you but perhaps you can help us. We are looking for a hidden prize. Have you and clues where we should look?”
The man spoke calmly and quietly. “There are many hidden treasures in this area, such as the sculptures you see here, but I do not know about a prize.”
Bob began to tell this man about Jacks misfortune and how they needed to save him. The old man offered Bob and Lola some food and told them he could take them up river on his boat. The man said at the end of the river was another train station and they might have some luck finding their prize there.
In the wooded area off to the side were a couple of Panda Bears, a male (all sparkly) and a female, eating green leaves. On the side of the Pagoda was a river with a dock and anchored to the dock was a Chinese Junk.
The three of them boarded the Chinese Junk and were off down the river.nyslzzleParticipantAugust 1, 2009 at 12:58 amPost count: 154
Wow this is great news! I have been a member for awhile even if I havent posted much. But I must say I am enjoying participating in the spooky forest story. I missed alot befor I got here but I will be here checking from now on.
I too will make a donation, please make sure to accept paypal for the donations so it will be easy.
Thanks again! <img src='style_emoticons//biggrin.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’biggrin.gif’ />nyslzzleParticipantJuly 30, 2009 at 2:12 amPost count: 154
Lola ran to get the magical pitcher off the table near the door. She quickly dumped the water onto Big Bob's head.
“Whaaa. Whats goin on here” yelled Bob.
“You fainted darling” said Lola.
Everyone in the room was anxious to know what the note had said. Bob passed the note to Lola who read it and passed it on. Gasps came from each person as they read the note.
“Now what in the heck does that mean?” asked Lola
Big Bob thought for a minute, then he spoke. “It must mean we have to take Jack to the train station, its the only place round here that has tracks. We must go there now and look for the prize.”
Lola grabbed a few things she thought might be useful and tossed them into a shopping bag. Lola then asked the palace guard what the fastest way to the train station was. The guard told her that there were three hot air balloons in the field and that they were the fastet way to travel in the spooky forest. They would be floating high above the trees and not even the tree people would be able to bother them.
Bob, Lola, and the little mouse set off for the field ready for a fantastic voyage……………….. <img src='style_emoticons//huh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’huh.gif’ />nyslzzleParticipantJuly 28, 2009 at 1:45 amPost count: 154nyslzzleParticipantJuly 28, 2009 at 1:01 amPost count: 154
Jack was terrified. He tried to push the box lid up but it must have been taped because it wouldn't budge except for a small slit that he could barely peek through. He could see a classic delivery van waiting outside the gate. The kidnappers threw Jack in the back of the van! After driving for a while the van came to a stop, Jack shivered with fright. The doors opened, it was dark, and two men grabbed his box and carried him into a dark warehouse type building. Jack was tossed onto a large work table. He could hear people talking. What he heard went like this:
“Yo, grab the book and tell me the next number will ya.”
“Oright, boss ….. its umm 1824, are we doing this one tonite?”
“Ya we have to, there's lots of money waitin out there”
Suddenly the box opened and Jack popped out. But before he could do anything he was given a tranquilizer and his body fell limp.
The men were working quickly. First they took some sort of greasy paste and rubbed it all over covering every inch of him. Then there was some very warm sticky substance poured on him. After a few seconds he could feel it hardening. Jack was scared to death, he thought he would never survive. He was almost ready to give up when he felt the men peeling the hardened rubber substance off his body.
Jack sighed with relief, he was still alive! His body was still limp but he could hear everything. The men were praising themselves for making a perfect mold. They quickly took the mold to an area where there were at least 100 workers waiting at tables filled with colorful enamel paints and lots of different color crystals.
“Here ya go! Now get to work!” the men yelled.
Oh my God thought Jack. He now knew what was happening. They were going to make copies of him………..nyslzzleParticipantJuly 26, 2009 at 12:38 pmPost count: 154
No problem Zooey, no offense was taken, I wasn't sure if I should post that info or not because you never know, the seller could be a member here. I just remember reading back where someone visited that factory and said how secure it was. I thought it interesting if the factory looked so secure how so many compacts managed to leave it.
We all get angry at EL because they sell at warhouse sales. At least the sellers who bought them at these sales are paying for them. They may make a small profit since they sell for so much less than original price on ebay. I have been to a sale before and you pay between $25 and $50 depending on the piece(and they are not the really good pieces). But the people who stole them and have hundreds (the great pieces) to sell on ebay are really making a fortune. I see this particular seller start at 9.99 and sometimes gets well over $200 for an item.
I guess in the end it is ELs fault for making so many. Regardless people will still collect them any way they can. It doesn't matter where they came from.
Anyway it was just news. Let's all get back to the story. It's more fun.nyslzzleParticipantJuly 25, 2009 at 3:00 amPost count: 154
Bob walked over to the closet and took the small polished stone from his pocket. He wondered if it had some meaning. He rubbed it on his shirt for a minute and then tucked it deep under the clothing on the shelf for safe keeping.
“Are you coming to bed dear?” Lola called. “Be right thar sweety,” Bob replied. They both settled into bed to try and get some rest. They wondered what the morning would bring……….nyslzzleParticipantJuly 23, 2009 at 9:34 pmPost count: 154
While running down the hall Lola yelled out “darn, I knew I forgot something. I didnt bring the lucky horseshoe or the lucky clover. I only brought a lil bit o' luck. Darn!”
They ran down the long dark hallway. It seemed like forever. Then all of a sudden ……. Boom ….. Bob ran right into a door. He tried to open it but it was stuck. He backed but and rammed full force into the door and it swung open.
The room was dim but they could see. And OH BOY what they saw.
There were shelves and shelves marked with dates …. old dates. Lola went over to the closest shelf and picked up a tiny book that hung from a key chain. The cover of the book read “Estee lauder Solid Perfume” As Lola began to read aloud and she realized that this was a catalog list of all the solids that were ever made. There were numbers next to the oldest solid names.
Bob stopped her from reading. “Hey Lola!, Did you just say Boutique Oval #365? I found a box with the number 365! Let me open it……. Oh Jimminy Crickett! It has the 1967 Boutique Oval solid inside! These shelves must hold all the old missing solids. Who in the heck ………”nyslzzleParticipantJuly 22, 2009 at 10:33 pmPost count: 154
Bob and Lola headed down for breakfast. The table was just magnificent. There were lucious fruits waiting to be devoured.
Things like pink grapefruit slices, perfect peaches, melon slices, plums, red and green apples, lime slices, flowering tangerines, pineapples, pears, red cherries, petite four pastries and a picnic basket filled with grapes cheese and wine.
There were wonderful cakes decorated like birthday and wedding cakes and a few slices of strawberry shortcake. There were two different teapots filled with delicious imported teas. Already served and waiting was a freshly brewed cafe cup for Bob, and a tea cup for Lola.
“What a breakfast!” Lola said. Bob just smiled and said “Yummmmy.”
Wow we already used the names of 70 compacts! This story is great!nyslzzleParticipantJuly 22, 2009 at 11:54 amPost count: 154
Meanwhile over yonder, past the great wall and crossing the thames were some evil goings on in the mansion. A low lul of erie music from a violin that sounded like it was playing on an old fashioned victrola could be faintly heard ……..
Isn't there a victrola compact? Coukdn't find it on the site though.nyslzzleParticipantJuly 21, 2009 at 1:45 amPost count: 154
Just as things were beginning to get romantic, Lola looked out the large window and she could see over the huge fence. What she saw in the distance startled her.
“Bob! Look! Look at that scary looking mansion on the other side of the fence!”
Bob rushed over to the window and gasped.
There on the other side of the security fence was the darkest gloomiest mansion he had ever seen. All around the mansion were creatures. Scary creatures. There was a black octopus, spiders, bees, caterpillars, grasshoppers, lady bugs, scorpions, lots and lots of dragonflies, and two large dragons; a red one and a green one.
Bob and Lola looked at each other and couldn't even speak.nyslzzleParticipantJuly 5, 2009 at 2:09 pmPost count: 154
Perhaps Estee Lauder would like to advertise on this site. Just a thought.
Or maybe a mini auction place for EL solids, something like ebay. Money could be made that way. Especially since everyone seems to purchase compacts on ebay anyway.
Just throwing some thoughts out there. This site is the ONLY reference site for these compacts. Believe me I have searched! Without this wonderful site people might never find out about collecting and then the compacts would lose value even more tha they already have. I know I have sent this site to numerous people just begining to collect so they can see what is available out there. The collector book is a good source but nothing compaired to this site. The members and visitors here have so much knowledge to share it would be a shame to lose that.
There must be a way to keep this wonderful place going. I know we all hate advertising but maybe if it were select advertising it wouldnt be so bad.
“If we build it they will come!”nyslzzleParticipantAugust 16, 2008 at 1:59 pmPost count: 154
Hi all, I just read all the great comments which are very interesting, one thing though ….. the seller I mentioned in the begining with the beautiful pictures …. most of his/hers sales are from members of this site. So much for some not buying from people that get compacts from the company! I say dont hate the player – hate the game! Someone, whether they are selling off a collection they paid top dollar for or ones they get at discount cant be faulted for trying to make a dollar in todays harsh world.
I say the fault lies with EL for not making them a bit more affordable so everyone can be happy. Let me ask this – since they are not made in limited amounts – and we all know they are not – what would be the difference if you and I could both buy them for lets say $100 each and you put yours into your collection and I sell mine on ebay to someone located where they dont import them. There are collectors in Australia, Germany, Singapore and even Israel that cant possible get these items. Perhaps if EL did keep to the limited quantities with a lower price this could work. Then it would be a first come first get product. They wouldnt have to destroy anything and would probably definately sell all they make. Then they would be true collector items.
The whole thing reminds me of the comic book era – companies saw demand and made millions – they are worthless now. It just irks me to see things destroyed and the fact that EL makes everyone believe they are purchasing collector items. I have seen posts here over the years where someone had to sell their collection for medical bills, etc. Isnt it disgusting that an investment as big as these little items becomes worthless in a time of need. Im not worried about rich people (sorry to offend anyone) Im worried about people who have had to work and save to get these compacts. Its like everything else – look at the real estate market and how many regular hardworking people are losing. It all goes back to those who are well off financially get eveything. Some who say go ahead and throw away the compacts, food or anything else they can probably wont ever need to find a way to make money in a time of need. EL should rethink their business practice on compacts.
One more thing – I saw that somone mentioned senior citizens working to help make the compacts, well they also use alot of unskilled labor to add crystals, etc. I know this for a fact. So they are making these things for under $10 each. They can stand to sell them a bit cheaper.
Thanks for all the great replies to my original post! I enjoy reading what eveyone has to say.nyslzzleParticipantAugust 13, 2008 at 3:44 amPost count: 154
Hi again, my point in letting you all in on this story is that EL could make everyone happier if they lowered their prices just a bit. If they sold compacts for $150 instead of $300 or $400 then collectors could buy more and they wouldnt have so many to grind up or sell at warehouse sales. They are killing the business of collecting themselves. Wouldnt it be nice to buy 2 for the price you spend on one. Of course you would buy more. They know about ebay and are allowing it so you cant be mad at the people trying to make a dollar and delivering you the items you would pay $300 for at a lower cost. Im sure many collectors have let EL know how they feel, but do you think they care. I dont think they reuse the molds to put out new items, I think they just made a large quantity when they were produced and couldnt sell them. Who ever said they destroy the molds anyway? I believe the older ones are the way to go for the real collectors.