Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas deals and steals: Somebody stop me!

I. Love. Michael's.

My post-Christmas shopping experience yesterday just wasn't quite satisfying enough, so I ventured out again today in search of more sales. Hobby Lobby is usually my go-to store for crafts and decor in general, but I had already been there (plus, they're not open on Sundays anyway). So, I decided to see what Michael's had left over, and I totally hit the jackpot. Why do I not go to this store more often?!
They still had a pretty decent amount of holiday merchandise to peruse through (all 50-70% off!), and I was there for a good hour and a half, filling my cart with goodies. I could have come away with so much more, but I had to stop myself at some point. Let's just say it's a good thing they don't make their carts much bigger. Check these out!

36" Wreath - $9.99
I plan on sprucing this up with ribbon and maybe some ornaments, and then hanging it above our garage door next year. (Who am I kidding? Hubby will be the one to hang it. :)
As you can see, Phoebe wasted no time hopping in the middle as soon as I put it on the floor; she loves laying on our stuff and being contained in small spaces... ain't she cute?

10" Jingle Ball Wreath - $5.99
I'd love to eventually get a big mirror up on our empty dining room wall. If and when that happens, it would make the perfect canvas for this festive little wreath. (Unless I get ambitious enough to make an Eddie Ross ornament wreath.) I really love the look of wreaths hanging by a wide ribbon on the front of a mirror.

Plastic Craft Ornaments - $0.39 each
I envision these filled with faux snow and maybe some strands of tinsel or ribbon swirled inside. Easy DIY ornaments!

Ceramic containers - $1.79 each (!!!)
They had a bunch of cute containers that were all 70% off. I so badly wanted to snatch up ALL of them, but couldn't really justify that. So I settled for these two lovelies, which have just the right amount of glitz & glitter.

Potpourri Vase Filler - $2.99 and Christmas Raffia - $1.19
Perhaps I will put the vase filler in the above containers??

12" Glass Candle Holder - $5.49 and 14" Glass Candle Holder - $6.49
I think I'm most excited about these beauties! The shiny, silvery/gold design is going to look gorgeous with a little tealight glowing inside! They'll get along very nicely with my tabletop trees, too.
After I dragged myself away from Michael's, I decided to stop at Dollar General just to see what bargains they had. There wasn't much that caught my eye, except for these:

 Mini ornaments - $0.50 each and Tinsel strands - $0.50

I'm not sure where I'll put the mini ornaments, but I know I'll find a place for them somewhere! (I may use the little light bulbs as charms on gifts I wrap.) As for the tinsel, I'll stuff it inside the clear ornaments from Michael's.

Wow - that was exhilarating! I'm so excited about all of these finds, not to mention the money I saved! I felt that our holiday decor (aka the "Christmas corner") was a little weak this year, because we haven't really accumulated that much yet. This is definitely going to help, though.

Better yet, I just learned yesterday that they're going to build a brand new Michael's only a couple miles away from us! Woo-hoo!
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for Christmas 2010!  :)


micah @ the yellow front door said...

You are crazy! I was really excited to get out everything that I bought last year.... well you were there :) You got some good stuff!

The Whispering Creek House said...

Thank you for your sweet comment you left today on my post! I am happy to meet you and love your blog! Looks like your getting some of those great deals out there! good for you!!!

Sharon said...

Brave of you to venture out to the sales ... love the ceramic containers.

Hope you had a great Christmas.

Mrs. Chic said...

great deals! I need to make a stop in Micheals - there's no hobby lobby where I live.

design_aholic said...

I love the 36" wreath! I'm with Mrs. Chic- there's no Hobby Lobby here in CA... can we start a petition?!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Great finds!! Can you imagine how much fun it will be to open up your storage box next year?!

Amanda said...

Thanks for all your comments! Part of me really wants to put it all out NOW, but I should probably exercise patience and wait until next year so it still feels brand new. :)

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

That was some good shopping! Good deals, and I am surprised there was still good stuff left - I just got back from Target and all the good stuff is gone....

Kristi W. said...

Oh darn, you reminded me that I need to head out asap and score some clearanced holiday decor. I promised myself I would finally do that this year. Good finds!


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