Where to Buy Cheap Christmas Decorations

Christmas decoration overload!
Christmas decoration overload! | Source

The cost of decorating for Christmas has the potential to outweigh the fun of it, unfortunately. It can be hard to stay positive and cheerful, merry and bright, when the bills come in. So what to do when you're in need of new Christmas decorations? How to buy new Christmas décor galore without breaking the bank?

Head to the following sites and stores to find cheap Christmas decorations of all various styles and sizes.

A lovely Christmas angel.
A lovely Christmas angel. | Source

Garage Sales

You'll have to know in advance that you're on the lookout for new Christmas decorations. After all, you're not likely to find garage sales in winter and if you do they're liable to price their Christmas merchandise high due to the season. But the summertime is another story...

Found This Year:

A Detroit Tigers Santa Hat - $2.00

A Snow Globe - $3.00

A Collection of Ceramic Christmas Village Pieces - $10.00 for the box

During the summer people are looking to purge their garages and attics and storage sheds. Maybe they too are looking to buy new Christmas décor, and that means out with the old. Sure, sometimes you'll run across duds: lights that don't work and paint that is peeling. But so many people just want new homes for Christmas decorations they've grown tired of looking at. Their trash is your treasure!

Keep an eye out for artificial trees and indoor Christmas décor such as snow globes, Hallmark ornaments, and snowmen statues.

Coordinated Christmas bulbs and ornaments to make a tree beautiful.
Coordinated Christmas bulbs and ornaments to make a tree beautiful. | Source


No, I don't mean eBay. That comes next. Look online through a basic Google search for auctions in your area. You might be surprised how much fun you have! People chat, hot dogs and popcorn are eaten, and deals are discovered.

Auctions are the place to find Christmas decorations in bulk, aka box lots. You may get a box of Christmas lights, a box of vintage ornaments, a box of Department 56 village accessories, and so on. The more the contents are worth in collectibles currency, the more you'll have to spend of course. But if you're just looking for some red and green décor to throw out this Christmas on the mantle then you're in the right place. Others at the auction will look to the highly collectible lots while you just want decoration for your home.


By this day and age everyone knows eBay is the place to go to find deals. But there are still tricks for finding the best deals on eBay, especially when it comes to Christmas decorations and merchandise. Find "lots" of ornaments, hand-painted Christmas village pieces, miniature Christmas trees, collectible Christmas figurines, and more.

Just look in the summertime! No one is thinking jingle bells and mistletoe in July so you won't have as much competition from other buyers. If you miss out on summer deals, look again in October. It's closer to that holly jolly season, but most people have a focus on Halloween and aren't looking to buy Christmas decorations.

Be sure to take a look at shipping costs when you're deciding how much to spend. It seems like this would be common sense, but I've met more than a few intelligent people who just skipped over that additional cost when viewing the price.

Be aware there may be burnt out bulbs in a string of lights you purchase second-hand.
Be aware there may be burnt out bulbs in a string of lights you purchase second-hand. | Source

Craft Supply Stores

Craft stores such as Michael's or JoAnn's start the holiday early. Whether it's Halloween or the Fourth of July or, yes, Christmas you can count on decorations months in advance. Why? Well, because the store caters to crafters they have to get their holiday crafting supplies out well in time for the holidays, giving the crafty people time to work on their projects.

I suppose since they're putting out Christmas stickers and ribbon and paper anyway, they decided to throw the decorations in as well. The result? Cheap Christmas decorations! Again, you may ask why? Because by the time November and December roll around these Christmas decorations are old news for the craft stores. The Christmas trees and towels and signs and stuffed animals have been out on shelves for weeks if not months. It's time to begin pushing the next holidays. Therefore, the Christmas decorations go on sale - usually 30-50% off - just at the time you want to buy them!

Salvation Army or Goodwill

Any thrift store is a place to head for cheap decorations for any holiday, but the Goodwill and Salvation Army in particular are liable to turn up great finds for Christmas décor at reasonable costs.

The best time of year to head out looking for Christmas trees and angels may very well be right after Christmas when people decide to donate old Christmas decorations instead of repacking them for next year. Of course, in November and December the stores will have larger displays of holiday merchandise - but you'll have competition which may, unfortunately, be reflected in the prices.

Have you ever seen so many Christmas blow-ups in once place before?!
Have you ever seen so many Christmas blow-ups in once place before?! | Source

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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i made some from recycle items and bought some from a thrift shop, two dollars each

JuliaSh 15 months ago

Have a video like this playing during Christmas eve. Its fits perfectly and creates just the right Christmas-atmosphere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf9F42tDh-w

Its completely for free and you can move it to nearly any place of your home.

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Amanda108 15 months ago from Michigan, United States Author

That is a great idea, Julia! The cozy look and sound of a crackling fire, even if one doesn't have a fireplace (or one in a general party area).

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