I’m planning ahead because we have only a little money to spend on Christmas décor, which can be very expensive!
Thankfully, places like Craigslist are already full of ads for very affordable trees and decorations. Most secondhand stores like Goodwill, however, don’t usually accept Christmas-related items until Christmas time, so they aren’t stocked until then either, sadly. I’ve been looking daily on Craigslist so I can sweep in on a good deal on a tree and laugh maniacally until I can put the tree up. Halloween season makes maniacal laughs all the rage, don’tchaknow?
I saw one like this one made by Martha Stewart for under $50 (a savings of about $200)! There are all sorts for sale, including pre-lit, as well as both white and green trees.
The main reason I am looking so early is because I’m dreaming of a tree that is flocked. I know there are ways to flock a tree yourself, but after doing so, you usually have to keep the tree put together in storage which we don’t have the ability to do. Buying one that already has some white on it would make me very happy since I don’t really love a pure green or a pure white tree.
I am also looking for vintage or vintage-inspired ornaments and decorations. I’m not a traditional red and green person. I love blues, bright greens, yellows, and pinks, which typically are found in vintage ornaments that I cannot get enough of, like these:
I figure you are all much more experienced at Christmas decorating, so I want to know when you start planning for that magical time of year? If you love scoring a good deal by going secondhand, what sources do you turn to and what great deals have you scored? I’m dying to
hear read about them!