The Best Time To Buy Christmas Decor

January 18, 2020

yarn tassel green ticking fabric tree skirt farmhouse Hearth & Hand

The best time to buy Christmas decor is always, obviously, right after the season ends. Retail stores always mark down seasonal merchandise after the season is over. The only question is, how much will they actually discount those seasonal items? Some people are experts at scoping out all their favorite stores, waiting it out and then pouncing on incredible (greater than 50% off) deals. Me, however, not so much. If I can pick up a few things at 50% off after the holidays I'm a pretty happy camper. And this year was no exception.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to get a greater than 50% discount. But in my experience, the longer you wait for a better discount, the less merchandise there is to choose from. What good is a 90% discount if there aren't any items you'd even want to buy in the first place? Alert: I am not someone who buys something solely because it's a "good deal." I only buy those good deals if they're on something I would already want to purchase anyway, but for its exorbitant price.

So this year, a few days after Christmas, I boldly ventured out to Wal-Mart and Target to see what, if any, Christmas merchandise I could find on sale. There wasn't a whole heck of a lot left in my neck of the woods, but that's just as well, because in reality I didn't need any more Christmas decor. However, I still wanted some. Thrill of the hunt and all that. So what did I get there?

1. Wal-Mart Oversized Galvanized Christmas Tree Farm Wall Sign

galvanized Christmas Tree Farm wall sign

I'm a modern farmhouse decor lover, so you can imagine that I loved this sign from the moment I set eyes on it. But for $20.00 I knew I had to wait. I really didn't expect any of these signs to be left on the shelves after Christmas. But what to my wondering eyes should appear? This sign! I looked around to make sure that no one else was watching and I literally grabbed it off the shelf. Then I used my Wal-Mart app to scan the price and guess what? It was 50% off! Into the cart it went.

Christmas Tree Farm Est. 1902 sign

For the size (41" x 13"-- it's huge!) I think it was a steal. Wal-Mart online currently has an eerily similar 43" x 15" galvanized metal Christmas tree farm sign on its website selling for $64.99. Seriously.

2. Target Hearth & Hand Tassel Trim Tree Skirt

green stripe ticking tassel red yarn

I'll be honest and say that I was not in the market for a new tree skirt, especially one with a $40 price tag. But when I found this gorgeous  Hearth & Hand farmhouse tassel trim tree skirt thrown in a bin with 50% off ornaments, I grabbed it and ran, fingers crossed, to the nearest Target employee to see if it, too, was on sale. I was quite happily surprised when she said yes, it was indeed 50% off!  

51" diameter tassel trim tree skirt

I honestly couldn't believe it -- I didn't think anything from Hearth & Hand would ever go on a 50% off sale. Glad I was wrong.

Here are a few pictures from Target's website that do it much better justice than I ever could at this point. For now it will stay in its package and sit happily among my many Christmas decor bins until next Christmas!   

Aren't these red ties adorable? I love their pop of bright color against the green and white ticking striped fabric.

I'm also in love with the tassels!

3. Thrift Store Vintage Christmas Ornaments

My family and I took our usual Christmas vacation trip to the mountains, and I had a great time poking around antique and thrift shops. This purchase was, by far, the best after Christmas sale steal I scored this year.

vintage glass Christmas ornaments basket

They were all together in this basket, with a card inside that said $4. I went and asked if the cost was $4 each or $4 total for all of them? They said $4 total. Sold! But once I got up to the register the guy only charged me $2! Apparently, even in the thrift shops all Christmas items were 50% off.

colorful vintage glass Christmas ornaments

I was thrilled to get all 20 ornaments for such a steal, as well as to be able to add them to my vintage Christmas ornament collection. Whether they're placed on the tree, or in a pretty bowl or jar of some sort, these glass ornaments will always add some vintage Christmas charm to any room in the house.   

4. Flocked Bottle Brush Tree on Rustic Wood Slice Stand

vintage white bottle brush tree trio

Many of the stores in the lovely mountain town had Christmas merchandise for sale. And while I wasn't exactly looking for Christmas items, I didn't shy away from them, either. So when I saw a sign that said 50% off all Christmas items (in a store that I absolutely love and make sure to visit each year) I was thrilled. And while I really didn't want to spend any money, I couldn't say no to this really nicely sized $5 tree.   

flocked wood slice base bottle brush tree

While I have a great collection of white bottle brush trees, I didn't have one quite like this one on a wood slice platform. I loved the rustic look about it and knew it would fit into my growing collection just beautifully.  

I can't wait to display it next year along with my entire collection of white trees. Two of my favorites are also shown here in the background. I found the vintage white bottle brush tree in the back on the right at Goodwill a number of years ago. 

5. Michael's Ashland 24" Accent Tree

I know I started this post by saying that I only get things, at most, 50% off after Christmas, but guess what? I just today proved myself a liar (in a good way of course).

Ashland 24" flocked tree

While visiting Michael's to pick up a crafting supply with a 50% off coupon, I stumbled across a few aisles of Christmas merchandise! Who would have thought that Michael's would still have Christmas items this late in January? And they were -- wait for it -- 80% off! So yeah, I paid $4 for this 24" tall flocked tabletop Christmas tree. Small, natural looking trees are some of my go-to Christmas decor staples, so I was pretty happy with this find. 

I'm currently in the throes of putting away all my Christmas decor until next year. And every year at this time I say that I won't decorate as much the following year. And this year I think I really mean it. I've pretty much decided that next year will be very understated -- classic and vintage -- and thereby less cluttered and less work. Amen.       


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My thrift store addiction said...

That tree skirt is fabulous! Great finds! I agree with you and I noticed some stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's have started 50%-60% off before Christmas!

Kathy said...

I'm afraid I am not anywhere near as choosy as you! Today I found a few more treasures (and 3 more rolls of paper!) at GW had new Christmas products 90% off! I make C theme baskets so Santas, angels, gingerbread men, penguins, etc. just jump into my cart! I recently bought more BBTs to bring to a dollhouse/train show I am doing in Feb. I hoard wrapping paper; this year I volunteered to shop for our leftover Giving Tree tags and had no problem having enough paper for another $400+ worth of presents! The only thing better than shopping is shopping with someone else's money. My best score--not just Christmas, though was Kohl's last week. Al gave me a $100 gift card for Christmas. I charged $263, down to 163 with his gift. I saved $1056 and got $50 in Kohl's cash! Got myself a summer wardrobe (90% off), gifts for next year, a badly needed iron,summerclothes for grands, and leftover Thanksgiving linens and some C ornaments.

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