If you're the same way, you probably have the same feeling I get when I walk away - waiting for that 80% - "what if I missed the big one and don't get what I need!?" I don't have the time to stop in and check every day - and my kiddos and (especially) my husband don't have the patience.
So this year, I call the store to ask - twice. Because I had some guess-timation of when the next mark down would occur - and because they pretty much know me there by now, I didn't have to bother the Hob- Lobbers too much.
So that would be my tip for today - if you can wait, don't settle for 50% or 66% when you know it'll get better. Also, don't be afraid to call and ask. Might seem simple, but some people I know are hesitant to bother the store folks, but how am I gonna know if I don't call? Finally, get to know the people who work there - even if it's just on a "hello" basis. Sometimes, they'll give you a heads up or be on the lookout for you.
My 80% off after-Christmas gamble paid off this year. I got everything I needed PLUS picked up a few red non-christmasey looking items to try out as Valentine's decorations and I thought I'd share what I did.
Here is a picture of my non-Christmasey Christmas items:
Finally, the cheap Valentine's Day Wreath...
This was so simple and super cheap. I took an old grapevine wreath that was stuck in my basement and took the old stuff off of it. I then took my pricey $4 non-Christmasey Christmas shiney red "garland" stuff and attached it to my grapevine wreath using garbage bag twist ties. (I find it easier to work with than wire, no cutting involved, and it holds just as well.)
After I got all the pricey non-Christmasey Christmas red stuff on it looked like this:
Not exactly screaming Valentine's Day is it?
I then added my non-Christmasey Christmas ribbon...
To add the ribbon I just tucked the start into the back of the grapevine wreath, then I started loosely wrapping the ribbon around tucking it back in where I started. I'm going to hang this wreath on my front door but I have a glass storm door over it so I'm not worried about the ribbon blowing loose in the wind. If you are worried about the wind you could use a glue gun and add some glue to the back of the ribbon in random spots on the wreath to make it a little more sturdy.
I then dug out this little heart hangy thing that I picked up at Michaels a few years ago at an after Valentine's Day sale for about $3.
It already had a wire hook at the top so I just used the twisty wire and attached it to the top center of the wreath.
The finished project:
Because I had the wreath and hanging hearts already this wreath only cost me $6. An inexpensive replacement for my hanging center hearts could be hanging heart shaped cookie cutters. I have seen them in different sizes in stainless steel and I've also seen red and pink metal cutters. The cookie cutters could be hung on red ribbon at different lengths in the middle of the wreath. They also have some heart shaped Valentine "ornaments" at Hob Lob that would look cute too.
I hope you like my cheap Valentine's Day wreath. Come back soon to see what I did with my other non-Christmasey Christmas Valentine's Day stuff. (Whew!, that's a mouthful!) :)