I consider myself a bargain shopper, and I’m kind of extreme. I rarely buy items at the beginning of the season, and I love going into the stores at the end of the season for a HUGE savings! Throughout the retail world, most summer items are on clearance. Most stores start putting their items on clearance around Labor Day and some have recently put their items on 75-80% off clearance.
This year I picked up some outdoor cushions for about $4.00 each. I actually bought them solely for the foam inside.
Foam is EXPENSIVE! I don’t know what I will be using the foam for, but I know I will come up with something. Ha ha. Maybe I’ll do another tufted ottoman or a sofa table turned bench project.
I also bought some yard “gazing” balls for about $6.00 each at Big Lots. Guess what I’m using them for? Christmas ornaments! Christmas is right around the corner. The gazing balls look exactly the same as a very large ornament.
In fact, I already used them on Saturday. Yes, we had a Christmas event on Saturday. It was quite fun actually. We had a “Warming up for the Holidays” event to get ready for the upcoming season. I used the “gazing balls” as part of our centerpieces for each table. I also cut pine sprigs to go around the base of each centerpiece. My neighbors were very nice to let me come and cut a few branches off their pine trees. I also gathered pine cones to add to the centerpieces.
I surrounded the base of each centerpiece with pine sprigs and put in pine cones and small Christmas ornaments.
It was simple and very inexpensive. No one noticed that the “gazing balls” weren’t ornaments.
We also picked up a Martha Stewart Patio Set at Home Depot on clearance a few weeks ago. The set is $549 and we got it for $179. It is a very nice patio set that comes with a table and six chairs. Yay for CLEARANCE items!
Have I convinced you to start hunting in the clearance section yet?