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making an impact when it counts - Xmas
Here's something I whipped up this morning with some inspiration help from Delia Smith, the Australian Women's Weekly and my adorable wife Kacy.
12 months in advance?It may sound completely crazy and beyond the scope of this article, but you can save money and feel super organized by having a look at the post Christmas Sales and making some critical purchases
a year ahead. Think long expiry and ease of storage, so you most likely will be looking outside of food and beverage items and more towards styling and design elements.
Best sellers with good storage life are for example wrapping paper, cards and decorations – and if you can keep the original packaging intact all the better for long term safe keeping. Be mindful that just buying up everything without an overall style in mind can be hazardous – try to keep you theme to two complimentary colours and stick to this. It is easier on the eye and makes adding to your presentation simply a matter of finding matching colours.
Department Store PropsBig Department stores regularly rotate their big display items and sell them at dramatic discounts in the days after Christmas. Be aware that there might not be much advertising around this so keep your eyes peeled in the New Year and pay attention to the display items for red stickers and little hanging price tags. In some cases, you may have to go out of your way to find the right person to ask, but the potential for big discounts is there if you are persistent and observant.
A couple of years back we were lucky enough to source a trio of silver reindeer from a regional shopping center – admittedly they had some signs of wear and tear and showed that they were a few seasons on display, but this was easily morphed into a shabby-chic provincial look with some sandpaper and some patina pattern marks. Now these reindeer stand tall at one of our entrances and with the feet nestled in a bed of silver straw, look the Christmas part entirely.