White Bird Kite

by Sue
(Claremont, ON, Canada)


Q:

Hi Tim: My deceased husband purchased a 55" White Bird Kite, a unicorn while we were vacationing in California in the early 80's. I now wish I had taken a pic of the tiny kite shop that we bought it from, it was amazing.

My husband never flew it, it still is in the White Bird bag with a couple of spools and string. Family members are not interested in it including my older grandkids and wondering if you would know a collector of these kites who would wish to purchase it and enjoy.

I have checked EBay and Kijiji to give me some idea of its value but no results of anything similar. 'Judi' is the name of the artist on the kite!

A:

I have found an old website, possibly not updated since 2007, that lists a Deluxe Diamond from White Bird with the unicorn decoration. Apparently it was available in blue, red and purple. It sold for $25.50 then, but I am unsure of its current value.

Perhaps our resident White Bird expert Corgimas would care to comment? ;-)

As for collectors, I am not in regular contact with any - but there is a notable kite museum in Canada, whose owner once contacted me. You could see if he knows anyone - that's possible since he is more of a networker than myself... The museum itself houses relatively rare kites, so White Star Diamonds probably won't find a place there.

So, anyone out there interested in giving a good home to a mint-condition White Bird Diamond kite? Any collectors?

Comments for White Bird Kite

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Jun 15, 2020
Looking for another White Bird kite
by: Greg S.

My 10 year old daughter loves her White Bird kite and we are looking for another if anyone has one for sale. Thanks.

sargeguy.ri@gmail.com

Apr 26, 2020
White Bird Kite
by: Michelle

If anyone would like to sell their White Bird kite I would love to own more. I have one from the 90s and it’s such great quality.

My 15 year old and 10 year old would like to own their own.

Plz email naturenerdgrrl@gmail.com

Thanks
Michelle

Apr 21, 2020
White Bird dragon kites
by: Anonymous

I've got a few white bird kites and all I really know about them is that they fly as beautiful as they look. That being said eBay would be the best option if you do decide to sell.

Apr 20, 2020
Whitebird dragon kite
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have a White Bird dragon kite. I don't know much about it as I picked it up from a thrift store several years ago because it was so beautiful. The tag says White Bird but also says Hawaii and is signed by artist Nully. Any info would greatly appreciated! I may be able to part with it.

Jan 20, 2020
I'm hooked
by: Nathan

I just acquired a white bird dragon kite for flying with the family. I can't wait to get it into the air and I'm hoping to be able to this week. If anyone has a white bird to get rid of I'd be more then happy to make you an offer. Thanks, my email is nate_paints@hotmail.com

Jul 31, 2019
Selling my white bird kites
by: Joanna

I have two beautiful white bird kites (sun and moon) made here in Ashland Oregon. Let me know if you are interested and I will fly some photos to you. They are from 1990 & in excellent condition. Thanks Joanna kiteflyer123@hotmail.com

Jul 24, 2019
Kite skins
by: Cheryl

I have cleaned out my mom’s house and found a box of kite skins that were designed by White bird kites, who my mom used to sew for. I have 18 skins of a green dragon surrounding a red castle, and six skins of a rainbow with a white background. There are no tails, nor pockets to put the rods into for support. All the top sewing is completed. Is there anyone out there interested with the understanding that they will need to sew the rod pockets onto the skins? I also have a box full of "spare parts" fabrics of the same high quality as the kites.
Berninacheryl@gmail.com

Jun 03, 2019
White Bird Kite Value
by: Dave

I have a 35ft Rainbow Dragon kite by White Bird that I would like to sell. Has minor rip to repair. Image is Unicorn.

Apr 07, 2019
Have two white birds
by: Joanna

I have two beautiful White Bird kites, signed & made in Ashland Oregon, which was home to White Bird Kites. I would like to sell them, both are in MINT condition with everything original. Call or email me if interested. Joanna 503 603 0311 (landline) kiteflyer123@hotmail.com I can send photos.

Mar 20, 2019
White Bird Kite for sale
by: Anonymous

I also have a White Bird Kite I would like to sell. Could you help guide me to the right market where I can share photos.

Thanks!

Dec 29, 2018
White Bird Kite
by: Shyam

Hi Sue,
Do you still have the kite by White Bird Kite?

I am a collector of this particular Kite and would like to purchase it from you.

Please email me directly at smarar@gmx.com

Thank you
Shyam

Jul 09, 2018
Double French Military
by: Kay Heath

For several years I have owned a Double French Military kite known as the "Rainbow Rider," designed by Laurel Lockman Young and Stephen C. Young. I've just discovered that I am missing the two spars that go across the back, and am looking for someone who can tell me (1) what size dowel to purchase, and (2) to what length each spar (there are to of them) should be cut. Not much up on computers; tried to send a message to White Bird on facebook, but am not sure it went through. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.
email: roguebears@aol.com

Mar 23, 2014
Tribute
by: Anonymous

Baby gurl, if you still have it fly that thing for you and for your (late) husband; let it soar!

Nov 27, 2012
55" Diamond...
by: Tim Parish

Erm... it's a 55" Diamond, not a 50' Dragon - although Sue did initially type in 55' by mistake!

Nov 27, 2012
White Bird Dragon
by: Corgimas

Yes... please feel free to give me a holler with details! rob AT windsweptkites DOT com

(I was a long time retailer and still a collector of White Bird's pieces!)

White Bird's 55' dragon kites retailed for ~90-100$ and in good condition should hold that value. Please shoot me a pic!

Good winds
r

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