The 12 Days of Christmas (Thrift Shopper Edition)

12 Days of Christmas: Thrift Shopper Edition

I can’t even begin to imagine how expensive a partridge in a pear tree, 5 golden rings, or 10 lords a leaping might cost (let alone where you’d find 10 lords a leaping). So today, I thought I’d reimagine the classic Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas” had the giver been a thrift store shopper.

FIrst Day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a creepy fishmonger figurine.

2nd Day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me two Slap Chops, and a creepy fishmonger figurine.

3rd Day of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me three crying onions, two Slap Chops, and a creepy fishmonger figurine.

4th day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four mannequins, three crying onions, two Slap Chops, and a creepy fishmonger figurine.

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Big Lots: 50% Off Christmas Clearance (already!)

Still have some Christmas decorating to do? Swing by your local Big Lots as they have Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments and trim, Christmas outdoor lighted decor, Christmas indoor decor and Christmas floral marked 50% off (a full week before Christmas!). I linked to …

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McLendons = Christmas Clearance at 75% off!

My pal Rachelle is back at it, scouting out awesome Christmas clearance finds! Yesterday she stopped in at her local (Tacoma-area) McLendon’s store and found that all in-stock Christmas merchandise was reduced to 75% off! This included lighted decor for …

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After Christmas Clearance Report: Cost Plus World Market

Have you caught all the great after-Christmas Clearance deals I’ve been sharing? In case you missed them: Petco Christmas Clearance Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Christmas Clearance Toys R’ Us Christmas Clearance Target Christmas Clearance Fred Meyer Christmas Clearance I …

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After Christmas Clearance Report: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores – 70% + extra 30%!!

My friend Rachelle hit up her local Tacoma-area Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store to scout out some Christmas clearance finds.

It appears Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores is running an amazing deal on their Christmas items = save 70% off regular prices, plus an extra 30% on that! This includes many items including gift wrap, ornaments, entertaining and more. Here is some of what Rachelle found:

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Christmas Gift Wrap – Save 70% + an extra 30%!

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70% holiday papercrafting supplies!

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Holiday Decor, Entertaining, etc. – save 70% plus an extra 30% off!

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A surprise Christmas Gift

(Image credit) The guard passed her a package through her cell. “Came for you today…” The woman got up from her small bed, brushing her blond locks off of her face. She couldn’t remember the last time someone had sent …

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DIY Vintage Snowglobe Tutorial

Mason Jar Vintage Snow Globe Tutorial

For the past week, I’ve been revisiting traditional Christmas recipes and traditions. Today I have something slightly different in mind. Yes, it’s a Christmas craft!

I was watching a Rachael Ray segment last week where this guest she had on made snow globes. She made it sound pretty easy, so I decided to give it a whirl. I should mention here that I think I have a touch of an artsy/creative side, but I’m by no means a hard-core crafter. A visit to the craft store is maybe a once- or twice-yearly visit for me.

Here’s what you need:

  • Small jars (such as canning jars, or old food jars)
  • Glycerin (I found this at Michaels for $2.99 near where they sell cake stuff)
  • Glitter
  • Christmas miniatures or ornaments (after visiting SEVERAL stores, I found adorable Victorian-style Christmas miniatures at Joann’s for 70% off!)
  • Strong glue – I used gorilla glue
  • Newspapers or other material to protect your counters

In all sincerity, the trickiest part of this whole thing for me was assembling everything I’d need. I ended up buying some small canning jars at WinCo for this craft. But I found a few others in my fridge, too (their food contents were old and almost done with anyways). I was able to remove the sticky labels with hot water and an S.O.S. pad.

As mentioned above, I found these adorable miniatures at my Joann’s store. They were in a section where they had Christmas houses – I believe in art supplies? They were sold individually and were 70% off. That made the small figures about $1.49 each! The trees were a mere $0.41 each.

Next I decided which figure to place in which jar. This is where I could’ve planned a wee bit better. Some of my figures were too tall! Fortunately most of them were able to fit into one jar or the other. I noticed though that my trees were flaking a bit, so I opted to not use them in the snow globes. (I didn’t want them “shedding” in the water!)

At this point, my daughter was cracking me up. She was narrating for many of the figurines, exclaiming, “help! help! I’m trapped!” Never a dull moment.

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