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5 Bargain Hunting Tips for Christmas Ornaments

Updated on July 10, 2011

Do you need to decorate your home for Christmas on a budget? Even though it would be easy to spend quite a bit of money building your collection of Christmas ornaments, it’s certainly not necessary to do so. If you are willing to spend some time shopping around for great deals and are flexible when it comes to selecting Christmas ornaments, you can acquire a lovely collection without spending a lot of money.

5 Ideas for Finding Bargain Christmas Ornaments

Here are five resources for bargains on Christmas ornaments that you may want to try!

1. Scour Thrift Shops

If you don’t visit thrift shops frequently, you’ll likely be surprised by the quantity and variety of Christmas ornaments and other decorative holiday themed items available for sale at very low prices. On any given day, you may find brand new products donated by local stores after the season to gently used and vintage – maybe even antique – ornaments donated by individuals.

2. Visit Yard Sales and Estate Sales

Yard sales and estate sales are great places to pick up bargains on secondhand Christmas ornaments. While you may find Christmas ornaments them any time of the year, the months just before and just after Christmas are the best time to find ornaments at yard sales. Estate sales often feature Christmas ornaments during any month of the year.

3. Shop at Dollar Stores

There’s no rule that says that Christmas ornaments have to come from expensive department stores. If there’s an Everything’s a Dollar store (or something similar) in your community, check in regularly during November and December. You may be amazed at the selection of attractive Christmas ornaments available for a very low price.

4. DIY Ornament Crafts

Who says Christmas ornaments have to be store-bought? If you enjoy arts and crafts, put your talents to work and try your hand at making your own ornaments. You just might find that you’re able to create beautiful Christmas ornaments from low cost items like beads, glitter, glue, felt, Styrofoam balls and old Christmas cards. You can decorate your home with the fruits of your labors and possibly even give some of the ornaments you create as low cost Christmas gifts.

5. Host an Ornament Exchange

If you don’t necessarily need more ornaments, but just want a few different decorations for your Christmas tree, consider hosting a holiday ornament exchange party. This is the same concept as a holiday cookie exchange, except the guests bring unwanted ornaments to trade rather than cookies.

Sound like fun? Simply invite a few close friends and encourage everyone to bring a used ornament that they’d like to trade in for different ones. This will give you a chance to find a new home for ornaments that you’d had for a while but no longer truly love and replace them with new and different items without having to spend a cent!


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    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    Excellent ideas. My favorite is the dollar store, but after decades of Christmas I lack for no ornaments. But love these stores if I want to change color schemes or replacements (cats love to bat around dangling ornaments!)

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    Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

    These are great ideas.

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    Makingsense 7 years ago

    Great Information on Christmas ornaments