Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bargains. And Miss Kitty.

Side Note: I am really tempted to make a New Year's resolution about losing a certain amount of weight by a certain date, but I don't think it's realistic to believe I'll lose 5 lbs by 2026, so why stress myself? I'm not falling for that trap, sister.

But as to bargains: I've never done after holiday shopping because I'm not insane. But yesterday, I did venture out at 8:45 a.m. to Hobby Lobby to see what totally superfluous Christmas frou-frou I could hoard for next year.

There were a handful of us in the Hobby Lobby lobby. To break the silence, I asked, "So I've never done this before. Do we have to beat each other up once we get inside?" And that cracked them up, except for one lady, who stared me down.

Anyway--two hours. Two hours of my life that I'll never get back. I put things in my cart, took things out of my cart, went back to look at something a 2nd time, forgot what I wanted to see for a 2nd time because I was distracted by BIGGER frou-frou on the way there, asked other shoppers where they found their frou-frou in their carts that I suddenly wanted, until I felt like I had "Mad Christmas Disease" instead of Mad Cow Disease.

Wanna know what I bought? I don't think you're gonna like it, but I do.




Feather trees. Can anything on the entire earth be more ridiculously frou-frou?

I bought the black ones. Oh, I lurve the black, especially in my new kitchen. But I also have a touch of black throughout my living and family rooms, too. Black is so pretty with silver and a touch of scarlet. They really are pretty, but this is a terrible picture.

I realize that the way I just described them makes them sound like they belong on Miss Kitty's saloon bed in Gunsmoke. Why does "scarlet" sound so debauched? Put black with scarlet and feathers, and you might as well change your address to 666 Bourbon Street.

Anyway, that's what I finally settled on, because "Dad gum it!" as Festus would say, I like it. Plus I purchased some miniature frou-frou for next year's gingerbread house: "Visions of Sugar Plums." I'm so stoked! Only 11 more months 'til I drag out the frou-frou and bake a new house!

Have you snatched up any good bargains?

28 comments:

Dena @ Green Acres said...

I'm lucky enough to have a brother that is a Manager of a Hobby Lobby, so great bargains are a year 'round thing for me and therefore I don't have to risk life and limb to get a good deal. I remember seeing those feathers recently and thinking "Who would buy those?" Linda, that's who! Honestly when I first saw them I thought they were horribly ridiculous, but putting them in your kitchen really would look awesome with the red! Kind of making me think I need to redo my kitchen. :)

sara said...

I thought about going out for about...hmmmm...2 seconds, then stayed in all day!!

I love the feather trees! but I do have say that picture looks like a sick cousin It or something!!! :)

Chatty Kelly said...

I am absolutely hooting with glee over here! You crack me up!

I haven't ventured out to the sales yet...maybe today. (Two small children slow you down and make you unable to beat up the other shoppers.)

Last year I resolved to lose 10 lbs by my birthday (March). I did by walking every day - starting and 1 mile and working up to 4. Of course I have gained 8 of it back by now. Of course I am only walking back and forth to the refrigerator, and that doesn't burn as many calories.

Robin Lambright said...

On my list of things to do today is a trip to The Hobby Lobby to check out the clearance Christmas stuff. Last year I got my new pre-lite 13 ft tree for next to nothing> Don't cha just love a bargain!

Blessings
Robin

Jan Ross said...

Just socks, underwear and pajamas. Nobody will even know I shopped. Except me.

And I think I can definitely commit to the 5 pound loss by 2026.

Maybe.

Patrice said...

Well I also love black, and since I am such the procrastinator and did all my shopping on Christmas eve, the last place we stopped at, I was trying to stand on one foot to give my other poor foot a break, at the check out I was eyeing a this, oh fantasitc......well.....I guess you'll have to wait for the "I See What You're Saying" Christmas Edition to find out what I got!! He he!! It so YUMMY!!!!!!!

Smilingsal said...

I hope you got them for a good price.

lmerie said...

I too decided to venture out. I was not out long, no stamina for it, BUT I did find a Chronicles of Narnia Pop Up book for less than $6. Not fru fru, but fun. I will hit the stores in a few days, when the crowds are down and so are the discounts. :)

Sandra in Phx said...

My husband and I ventured out (without kids! WOO HOO) to Lowe's and Target...and we didn't buy a single after Christmas decoration. I mean, I was tempted by a couple things but they just never made it to my cart~which means I have less stuff to put away.

Mocha with Linda said...

Coulda saved the hassle of the crowds and just gone out and shot a couple of birds, I'm thinking!

But I know you will make them look stunning.

I have given the stores a wide birth. Although I did order a $150 Calphalon skillet duo for $50 online yesterday.

Sing4joy said...

Oh you crack me up. Congratulations on your great buys. I may venture to Hobby Lobby today for RETURNS *cue dramatic music* If I find something great to bring back - I'll post.

Linda said...

You are a brave woman! There is no way I would venture anywhere near a store on the saturday after Christmas. I do like the feather trees though. I can't wait to see what your gingerbread house will have next year?! Better start working on a miniature Zoe for the front porch!!!

Faith said...

I've never heard of Hobby Lobby...must be a midwest thing??
I LOVE your feather trees...they are all the rage here in NY! Maybe I'll find a bargain today when I venture out to our favorite discount store: Target. (we pronouce it like the French :) )

Susan said...

For the first time in a really LONG time, I have not been in ONE store since before Christmas. I just can't do it. I have too much stuff already and simply don't want to fall into the "geez, it's such a good deal so I HAVE to get it" trap.

Glad you had a great time...

Big Hugs,

Susan

Carrie said...

I LOVE me some Hobby Lobby. I would have filled up my cart in a nano-second.

I did get some good deals...a ton of Christmas gift bags for 50 cents each. AND today I got a new $300.00 black leather coat for $10.00. That's right. TEN dollars. Wahooooooooooooooooo!!

skoots1mom said...

hit Belk's and J.Crew...got a $50 purse(with a 30%dicount/then a 50% discount) ended up paying $15; new pair of courduroys for 30%off.

love ur feathers...and I love me some Hobby Lobby, too...I'm going there soon. I want to hit Burlington...I need a coat.

Brenda Susan said...

I love the black feather trees! How fun! I have more black all over my house now too, never would have expected that a few years ago, but it works!

Linda said...

A friend of mine went to Amana today and took pictures of the gingerbread houses. Thought you would enjoy seeing them. The cabin and mill are my favorites. Here is the link...

http://weblog.xanga.com/jegr/687336594/me--the-boys.html?page=1&jump=1468130559&leftcmt=1#

fransmomma said...

aaahh!!! i have those black feather trees from hobby lobby!!! i got mine for half off back when they first put the christmas stuff out. i also have a silver glittery one. they're on my mantle. :) hooray for feathery christmas trees and hooray for hobby lobby!!

Susanne said...

LOL to the lady who stared ya down. She meant serious business. :v)

I had to laugh at your descriptions of looking at froufrous, putting them in your cart and putting them back. I did the same thing, except on Christmas Eve day. I ran into a store called Winner's (our Canadian version of something like T.J. Maxx, I think) for one little thing and came out an hour and half later with some great froufrou. I got really cute Christmas coasters for half price, $16 a bar soap for half price for the grandma's, awesome honkin' big glass pinecone ornaments that I've been looking for forever for half price and my biggest score: a set of 4 Mikasa votive candle holders reg. $50 for $10. No feathery froufrou for me though. I don't even think I saw any of those.

The Old Dairy said...

Hobby Lobby must be an American shop and so must those dead birds I mean trees on your table.

Rachel said...

I spent $90 on ornaments at Pier 1. My husband almost had an anyeurism.

Also? Guess who just came down with strep throat and CAN'T participate in I See What You're Saying? I guess I'll just have to wait till next quarter. :(

Missy said...

I love the ever present Hobby Lobby sale! They always have the best sales on yarn! BTW, I quite like the trees :)

Sonya Cardiff said...

I came thiiiiiiis close to buying some gorgeous ribbon and bows that were scarlet with a black design. I told my husband that if we ever opened a bordello, they would come in handy. Elegant with just enough blatant sensuality that I had to blink!

Alas, he doesn't see that as a positive career move for us. Probably a good thing as I'm sure I'd have to lose a bit more than 5 lbs.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Hobby Lobby is great!!! But I can't seem to find "bargains" the few times I have gone there..of course, I have never gone after a holiday, so that could be the reason!

Becoming Me said...

Again, you had me rolling. Oh, I so want to do your See What I'm saying thing, but our video camera and computer...well they refuse to corporate with each other. Grrr

Pam Warden Art said...

Remember Hobby Lobby lobby and everyone was laughing but the one woman. That was me :P
I lurve your blog,
Pam

Garden Girl said...

I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bummed this year. I had to buy tinsel at full price. Man.
Many moons, and I mean m.a.n.y. moons ago, my husband and I went to yard sales on a weekly basis. At one I found ~10 boxes of tinsel for 10 cents a piece. I ran out last year. I forgot to go get the bargains after Christmas. Color me the burnt out christmas light bulb. So THIS year, I made may way to the Walgreens and bought me up 7 boxes at half price. Color me, stocked up. Because by the time these are gone, we will probably have gone the pre-lit, pre-trimmed route!
HAPPY SHOPPING y'ALL!