I hope you are enjoying the summer! Where I live, it’s consistently well over 100 degrees these days, but the thought of a nice, cool fall keeps me going.Think it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween? Think again! Shop for home accessories in citrus brights like orange, lemon and lime to marry with your Halloween-themed accessories. For example, the other day I was shopping at Target and I saw a great orange shower curtain for only $9.99. It’s likely a seasonal item that will be long gone by October, so why not think about your Halloween décor for the bath now?
Buying now also gives you time to embellish solid-colored items with stamps, stickers, or ribbon. Add a few stripes of black grosgrain ribbon (use iron-on tape for a smooth look) to that orange shower curtain and voila! Instant holiday décor.
The best part is, a lot of great merchandise is on sale now! Shop the summer-end sales for holiday staples like tea lights and votive candles in red, orange and white. Or, pick up white star-shaped plates (marketed for the 4th of July) that could easily translate into hors d’oeuvre plates for a Christmas party. Recently I purchased a large, red metal star for 50 percent off. It was part of an “ Americana ” summer collection, but my plan is to spray paint it in brushed silver or gold and display it on the front door in lieu of a wreath this Christmas.
Some retailers even have last year’s fall and winter items on final mark-down, so snap up those bargains when you find them! As always, ensure that you have room to store your fabulous finds, and a way to keep track of recent purchases. If possible, pack new items with the boxed items you already have in storage. (This is one reason I like plastic bins with snap-on lids rather than a taped-up box. Much easier to open and toss in something.) If your holiday decorations are not easy accessible, make a note of where you stashed the new purchases in your daily planner on October 1 so you’re sure to remember.
Holiday Hints will be back daily beginning October 1, with all new decorating ideas, stories, recipes, crafts and more! I’m busy putting together some creative and easy projects for you!Read More