The “Tricks and Treats” of Holiday Decorating

I am not going to lie…I am a sun worshiper! I LOVE the summer but the second the days begin to grow shorter I become giddy! The Holidays are right around the corner and to kick off these three months of non-stop festivities is…HALLOWEEN!

I always want something new and fresh each Halloween but the cost of decorating can be truly SCARY!!

You will hear me speak often of my favorite things and one of my TOP 5 has to be Thrift Stores! In my youth I kept my Thrift Store attendance a well-guarded secret! The “Cool Kids” would NEVER admit to getting a great new outfit or a killer Bag at a “Thrift Store”?! So I gave the credit of my great finds to those undeserving overpriced Mall stores. Shame on me!!

Now, I can’t wait to show off my newly discovered Treasures and tell the tales of my victory over marked up Holiday retail pricing.

skeletonThis year I was able to land some seriously SPOOK-TACULAR deals and create fun new displays for my home!

(This was a great group of Mercury Glass that I found in two different stores. The cake Plate $3, Pumpkin $2, Gourd $2, Votive Holders $3, Treat Jar $1, and small plastic pumpkins were $1 for all 3. The skull was $1.50. It didn’t work but after I replaced the button battery I was thrilled to discover that it changes colors, and makes spooky noises! Double BONUS! The Spider web and the candles came from the dollar store. So…for a grand total of $15.50 I have a great table centerpiece and plan to use the mercury glass for a number of different displays! Take that Pottery Barn!)

spider(These super cute long legged Spiders are creepy and sturdy! Made of wrought Iron they were $6 for the pair. The spider web fabric was a solid piece and white. I dyed it by placing it in a pan of boiling water with some black tea bags for an hour. Then I tore holes in it. $1 The tombstone and votives were from the dollar store $2. The jar candle was from Bath and Body Works and after coupon it was $5. Well worth the $5, this candle smells A…MAZING! Total coffee table Décor totaled = $14.)

zombie baby

(Next to a corner chair I had this cute table that needed a little “SPOOKY”. I found this zombie baby for $5, it has a broken arm but that just adds to the charm! The fall flowers were from the clearance section at the grocery store but I wanted them dead or dying…$3. The old picture is actually VERY old! It is printed on tin. I found it in a box of water-damaged items in the garage of an estate sale, explains why it is rusting all over the face. Got it for $1. Total cost $9.)

These are just a few examples of what you can do to switch things up every season without MURDERING your budget! Let your creativity take WING and have a HOWLING good time. Your little GOBBLINS are sure to be THRILLED!

Happy Treasure Hunting and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


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