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Christmas In August Is A Home Improvment Shopping Bonanza!

The summer months are when most people think of home improvement projects. Funny, isn't it, that by the end of August so many stores has their Christmas decorations up? Like, here we all are still making plans with our hammers and nails, and there's Wal-mart, Target, K-mart, and every other store like them tearing down garden centers and putting up holiday displays. Well, you can be laughing all the way to the bank at their premature way of celebrating the Christmas season by buying yourself a little early Christmas present - some on sale home improvement items.

As I was saying, these stores tear down one department, usually the garden center, to make room for their Christmas display. That stuff they've got in the department they're temporarily eliminating has got to go somewhere, and where it usually goes is dramatically reduced for quick sale. What you've got to do is be at the right place at the right time.

In my town Target has been the place to be for great bargains on garden center items when Christmas in August - September rolls around. One year I bought rose bushes there at 90% off. There was nothing wrong with the roses - the store just wanted them gone. I bought an entire cart load of plants from Target that day, all at 90% off.

It isn't just plants you can get at these bargain basement prices. A few years back, again, at Target, I snagged one of those temporary gazebos - the kind that are like fancy tents with a hard frame - for only $25.00! This thing retailed for $200.00, but again, the store wanted it gone, and I was at the right place at the right time.

It is usually the seasonal items that a store is willing to part with cheaply. So if you're in the market for some new cushions for your patio furniture, you might want to be asking around at Lowes, Home Depot, and the like to find out if they'll be putting them on sale or packing them away till after the holidays are over. Don't worry if you don't know anyone who works at the store. Usually the employees will tell you what's up whether they know you or not as long as you ask them nicely. Besides, if the one you ask doesn't tell you, go ask someone else! This is the quest for cheap home improvement stuff, so you can't be shy!

Maybe by the time you read this it will already be too late. Maybe the stores in your area will already have their Christmas displays out and their regular merchandise is gone. Or is it? Sometimes a store gets out part of its Christmas merchandise and then gets out the rest after Labor Day or even later. Other times they've gotten it all out but some stray merchandise that hasn't sold yet is still in a lonely corner just waiting for a sly shopper like you to discover it and cry out "Eureka!"

Even if you do read this too late for 2010, you'll still have the information for next year. You'll be a wiser shopper. So next year, when someone makes that first snide remark about Christmas in July, you'll remember me and thing, "SHOPPING!"

By Leslie Ann Campbell - Former high school teacher, attorney, Winner Beaded Impressions Winter 2011 Beadwork Competition, 3rd place winner of Use the Muse II beading competition, finalist in NYCMidnight's 2010 Flash Fiction Competi...  

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