Ricki (Sprig to Twig) commented on yesterday's post "You really wring every last drop of pleasure from the holidays!" It's true, fa la la's start escaping my lips as soon as the canned music starts playing in the stores on the day after Halloween, (If you hear someone singing along while you're shopping, it might just be me.) and don't stop until the last decoration is safely ensconced in tissue, bubble wrap, old bags, leftover holiday print napkins, whatever and tucked into the appropriate tote.
I like to don the countenance and attitude of the Grinch to hide the childish glee that I feel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the season. Otherwise, I'd be "that" person who's a bit to jolly to be around. It's wonderful that people smile more readily, seem to be in a happier mood, and strike up conversations with strangers a bit more readily around this time of year. Who wouldn't want that to continue?
I love that my choir holiday party doesn't take place until just after epiphany as it gives me another reason to drag out the decorations and to leave them up long after most people have put them away. It's also super cool to go to the after-Christmas clearance sales to add a few new baubles. Watson's starts at 50% off on the day after Christmas and continues discounting in the days that follow. Last weekend, the discount was 70% - time to shop!
Probably brought inside on these carts to weather out the recent cold snap, the cyclamen were not part of the sale. Very pretty though and will be a big hit for Valentine's Day.
Table after table of ornaments and imitation evergreens and berries. I got a few stems of red berries of various sizes. They fit in evergreen arrangements so nicely.
So much from which to choose. The discounts will continue for some time until there are just a few tables priced with "yard sale" prices. I was thrilled to find select Thymes Frasier Fir items on sale at 50% off. These are NEVER discounted anywhere, even online prices are high so it was quite a coup!
Unfortunately not part of the sale, I'm still in love with the largest three-foot-tall angel, first spied last year. However, at a hundred bucks a foot, it'll most likely remain a love from afar!
Great prices on select plants, too!
Amidst the ending of this season were reminders that a new season is soon to begin. Only five weeks until the Portland Yard, Garden, and Patio Show and six weeks until the Seattle show. Spring isn't far away, friends!
Look hat was free! People were loading them up by the cart full. I decided to be happy with the silk ones that I have which require no water and are not at all picky about light, drafts, being put in plastic bags in the dark for ten months of the year...
If you're in the area, the discount will be going even lower as the days pass! Do you hit the after season sales to plan for next year?
Hobby Lobby Christmas merchandise is at 80% off and tomorrow, Molbaks is having their last chance Christmas sale at 90% off of all holiday stuff. Perhaps I should go, especially since it's the final weekend of their 25% off of all indoor plants and containers sale. Plus, I've got to have something to write about next week, right?
Happy weekend all!