Where to Buy Cheap Christmas Decorations

Updated on December 20, 2016
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? Where can you buy new, festive decor galore without breaking the bank?

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

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

1) 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, 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 the decorations that they've grown tired of looking at. Their trash is your treasure!

Keep an eye out for artificial trees and indoor decor such as snow globes, Hallmark ornaments, and snowman statues.

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

2) Auctions

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, a.k.a. 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.

3) eBay

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 holiday decorations and merchandise. Find lots (as in bundles) 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

4) Craft Supply Stores

Craft stores such as Michael's or JoAnn's start the holidays 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 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, towels, 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.

5) 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 holiday decor 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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      Amanda 2 years ago from Michigan, United States

      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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      JuliaSh 2 years 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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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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