Hi everyone! January can be a blah month with the twinkling lights missing from the front yard and the inflatable polar bear no longer there to greet us when we pull into the driveway. But with gift cards from grandma, I make the most of the chilly month with tracking down after Christmas finds at HomeGoods.
I don’t do the day after sales most years. It’s too early and my house looks like a Hallmark storage room with gift wrap, tissue paper and bows tossed to the side. Even I have my clutter limits. I prefer to go in search of after Christmas finds in January. Like the Island of Island of Unwanted Toys: I call it the after Christmas clearance finds at HomeGoods. The Land of Unwanted Christmas decor.
After Christmas Finds
And, that is where I found the most amazing Christmas tree for next Christmas. The after Christmas find happened when my husband and I went to pick up a deep dish pizza at Patxi’s Pizza. One of the larger HomeGoods is on the way so my husband dropped me off with plans to pick me up 13 minutes later. Challenge accepted. This was the text I sent him with 11 minutes until pickup.
With no one to share the news with I texted my sister-in-law’s, sister-in-law; Erin. We bonded over Thanksgiving about our HomeGoods habit. She seemed like the logical person to text about my pending purchase. When she sent me this text I grabbed the base of the tree to claim it as mine. And, I laughed out loud when I read the following text:
And, so I grabbed a store clerk and he carried it to the front. I volunteered to carry the container in case anyone tried to pull a fast one before I purchased it. Seriously, the lights and ornaments alone are worth the clearance price. It wasn’t until the tree was safely tucked into the trunk (in three sections) that I let out a sigh.
It was mine… for next Christmas.