Buying Christmas tree decorations each year can be costly. But what is a Christmas tree without the ornaments? You have to have something to brighten up your tree and make your holiday season memorable. If you know where to look for decorations though, you don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to get beautiful ornaments for your tree. Here are a few spots in which to begin your search where you might find great deals and cheap Christmas tree decorations.
Garage Sales – The majority of garage sales occur during the warmer months. Christmas is still a distant memory and as people look to clear out garages and attics or prepare to move, the last thing they want to deal with is boxes of old decorations and ornaments. In many cases, they will literally be giving these items away. Also, look to estate sales where someone has passed away and the family is looking to get ride of leftover stuff. In these types of situations, you will often stumble across handmade or antique ornaments that not only cheap Christmas tree decorations, but may be worth much more than the price they have on them.
Trade with a friend/family member – Trading decorations with a friend or family member could be one of the best ways for the budget minded consumer to save cash, but get some really nice Christmas tree decorations in the process. People get tired of looking at the same old decorations each year and are often willing to trade their old ornaments if not for good, at least for a season or two. Also, consider searching sites like Craigslist to see what else is out there when it comes to Christmas tree ideas and decorations.
Dollar or discount store – If you’re looking for high quality or handcrafted ornaments, the following options might not be the right for you. However, if you want fast, fun, and cheap ornaments, such stores could be perfect for you to save on Christmas tree decorations. Consider places like the Dollar Tree, Walmart, Factory Card Outlet, or Oriental Trading Company for a wide variety of cheap Christmas tree decorations that will save you time and money on your decorating process.
Goodwill or similar resale shops – Resale shops can be wonderful places to load up on cheap Christmas tree decorations that are lightly used. Often, the difference between these ornaments and new ones is imperceptible to those who didn’t know you bought them second-hand. Many such shops will offer “Christmas in July” type sales to get rid of excess stock, and are almost always packed to the gills with tree decorations around the holiday season.
Make your own – Use things around the house, recyclables, or make a trip to the craft store to load up on materials to make your own cheap Christmas tree decorations. If you have kids, this can be a fun, yet budget-friendly family activity to get everyone in the Christmas mood.