~THE TREE THAT DIED~
Yesterday my daughter, Adrienne, picked me up for a bit of shopping. We planned to visit Hobby Lobby to look at their Christmas Trees because the one I was using last year in our dining room decided to die on me. Although artificial the fifteen year old Tree was beyond help. The wire branches would no longer stay in place and most of the lights (about 1,000) struggled to stay lit. My Mr. AGPMan hand-wired the thing together so I could use it one more time and when Christmas was over it was trashed...
~ALL WIRED UP~
My girl and I looked around the Christmas aisles at Hobby Lobby before actually going to the Trees. As usual there was a massive amount of ornaments, yard decor, lights, gift wrap, flowers, bags, bangles and beads. I was overwhelmed. When we moseyed over to the Trees I found one I 'kinda liked'. It was originally $399.00 (are you kidding me?) but since they were running a 'sale' it was 50% off so it would only cost me $199....(???? again!).
I don't know about you but I truly hate inflated prices that are followed with half-off sales. As I said a couple of days ago in my post about sewing patterns...just give us a fair price and forget the promo based sales.
Anyway...I left without the Tree.
But that's not really what I want to say...
In all the years of shopping at Hobby Lobby (and I love this OKLAHOMA BASED BUSINESS!) I have never seen so much wildish, whimsical looking Christmas stuff! Not sure what was going on with the Product Buyers or maybe what I was seeing was ALL that was being offered and produced in the Chinese Wholesale Markets for 2011...not sure.
Am I the only one who thinks the new colors and so-called trends are harsh? All this bright, bright, bright, BRIGHT glittery red and lime green stuff reminiscent of the 60's filled row after row. And, even though I know it's early in the season I didn't see the stuff flying off the shelves. I left disappointed in what I saw and purchased very little.
Next we paid a visit to our local SAM'S CLUB and there I found a 7ft slim Tree (which is what I need and want) for $129.00. Not too bad a price and this one came with 250 more pre-lit lights. Since I'm planning on painting the Tree (yes I am) and flocking it like my old one I didn't mind too much the dark, dark green of the branches...I'd rather it had been a "pine green" color but I guess for $129 that is all one can hope for.
Still...I left without a Tree. I do have a few more places to visit before I decide on just the right one... Right now I'm pretty much convinced if it's the softer and more romantic side of Christmas I'm wanting to see I'm probably not going to find it in the stores this year!
Hope your hump-day is lovely~
Love to you...