If you live in Central New York, and want to find a few of the best stores with Christmas decorations that you will treasure for a lifetime, then this is the article for you. Anyone can drive to Wal-mart and pick up pretty colored balls and plastic decorations, and that is perfect for kids to break and not worry about them, but sometimes you want something special. Or, you want something that stands out among the rest, different from what the rest of the world has on their Christmas tree.
Here are five stores in my area of Central New York that have what I consider the best decorations:
Treasures from the Attic– S. Broad St., Norwich
This small gift shop, right on the main street of Norwich, is packed full with delightful country style gifts and decorations. Although small, it has a lot to offer, and has so many unique gifts that you will not find anywhere else. The same goes with Christmas decorations. Many of the items you will find are made from wood products, like the little animals made from tree branches. They also carry wreaths with a country flair, as well as a lot of artwork. You will be delighted at every turn in this small gift shop.
Country Junction– Southside Mall, Oneonta
This store recently replaced American Greetings across from Gino & Joes Pizzeria. Similar to Treasures from the Attic, Country Junction brings out the love of the great outdoors. It is a lot larger, though, and has many different items. You will find a number of interesting Christmas decorations for your house and for your tree. You do not have to be a country fan to enjoy this store because they have ideal items for people of all personalities. However, if you live near Oneonta, chances are you live in a country setting anyway.
The Christmas Tree Shop- Harry L. Drive, Johnson City
The name says it all.
This fast growing store, with chains picking up all over the east coast, is filled with incredible finds at bargain prices. Not only will you find unique Christmas decorations for pennies, but you could do your entire Christmas gift shopping there as well. All in one trip! At this store, you will find the bulk Christmas decorations and the unique individual ornaments that represent you and your family’s personality. Then search through the home goods section, the toy section, and even the food section for gift ideas for the entire family.
It is like Christmas day, every day, when you walk in this store.
Things Remembered- Oakdale Mall, Johnson City and Carousel Mall, Syracuse
Things Remembered is a store that has thousands of interesting gifts that can be personalized for you. During the holidays, the ornaments and decorations come out that can be personalized with your family’s names and the date. Every year, my family purchases an ornament in memory of my sister, and this store is the perfect place for an item like that. Many of the items are beautiful, made from glass, ceramic, or metal and are anything but cheap and plastic. These are the decorations that you treasure forever and want to keep your kids away from.
The store in Syracuse has the largest selection.
The Hallmark Store– Town Square Mall, Vestal
This was an obvious choice. Mainly because what makes Hallmark so great is that every year there is something new. You can find a new decoration every year and keep up a collection. Ornaments, as well, are new each year, and usually depict what is huge in the entertainment world or whatever the newest fads are. That way, when you look back at your old ornaments from years ago, you will laugh that you once loved something you cannot imagine loving now.