I absolutely go to crazy-town when I cruise the holiday aisles. Last week I spotted the same glittery alphabet letters I bought last year, and promptly scarfed some up to use as place cards for my Thanksgiving table scape. (Only a buck each!!)
I also discovered the most fabulous mercury-glass-wanna-be leaf ornaments, and I had to have them. (at $1.97 each, these were actually in my budget, and they simply scream Pottery Barn, don'tcha think?) Just you wait till you see how these are going to be used on the same Thanksgiving table scape. The trick is to not only think Christmas when looking at ornaments. I found items that will make wonderful New Year's Eve decorations, and plenty of charming Valentine's hearts, all for no more than two dollars each.
Think a little further outside the box next time you pass by the holiday decorations in your nearest big box or dollar store, and I think you'll be thrilled with what you find.