August 16, 2014

Hobby Lobby, Christmas Tree Shops & more!

After a very dramatic / traumatic end to the week, I had planned on doing some browsing while Miss Angela had her last drive for drivers training Friday night.  I should have known that when both of us were getting calls from the same number (but no messages) that it was from her instructor.  Anyway, she didn't drive until today, so I was stuck with her for 2 hours that I hadn't planned.  When Angel shops with me, I end up getting more stuff for her than for me!

My planned route was to Hobby Lobby, then the Christmas Tree Shops, then to Garden Ridge.  We also went to Michael's & Old Navy (not my idea to go there!!).  I ended up going back to Hobby Lobby today, and also Pier 1 and the big flea market / consignment store that I like.

I made a few purchases, but mostly browsed. 

The Christmas Tree Shop is very similar is style to Big Lot - it just has a really dumb name.  They carry some neat stuff and most of it is really reasonably priced. 

 I'm still so tempted to go back and get this tree - it has the black limbs and LED lights on the ends - $19.99.
I love the Reaper & stones on the base!  

  I want to get this and put Barbie dolls in it - it's plenty big enough for several Barbies. 

I liked the Day Of the Dead photo holders.   $3.99 each. 
They're a decent size and fairly heavy.

 I got this guy and a couple Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby.  Now that I think about it....I may already have him.  They also had matching ones with sunglasses and bowties.  I also got something for my Secret Reaper (just got my victim today!!!) but I'm not showing that, just on the remote chance that this person reads my blog - ya never know!!  It was something I saw I knew would be perfect, but I need to do some creeping on them to get more ideas.  

Hobby Lobby had 1 side of an aisle with actual Halloween items and an aisle display with vintage looking pieces. And a lot of fall / harvest stuff and of course tons of Christmas stuff! 

I didn't get anything else from Garden Ridge.  I took some pics of Christmas stuff to post on the Christmas Fan Club Forum, but that's about it.  They still had a decent amount of Halloween stuff, but only probably half of what they had when I was there before.  Heehee, last year, Angel's ballet teacher saw my latest skeleton sitting in the car and she asked to use him for her class!  Apparently just this week, she was wishing she had him for class again! 

At Michael's I grabbed the Frankie nutcracker to go with the witch I got a couple weeks ago.  They have a vampire & skeleton, too, but I passed on those.  I already have 2 vampires and the skeleton was weird looking. 

At Pier 1, I grabbed these sparkly ornaments for my year-round tree in my living room.  I was disappointed that they didn't have any of the Day of the Dead ornaments I saw on their email.  I didn't get any pics of the display because it was right next to the registers and I didn't want anyone getting emotional at me. 

At the consignment store, I grabbed a bag of random jewelry for like $8.  Those copper pieces are what caught my attention - it's a bracelet that needs to be restrung.  Very cool looking!  And 2 fake pearl necklaces that can go on either Jayne in the cemetery or the dancing skeletons.  I'll decide later. 

I also finally bought this creepy baby photo from one of the vendors. It's been there for a long time. Old photos must not be in demand around here.  It's printed on a heavy piece of cardboard and only says A.P. Drew, Bracewell Building, Dover NH on it.  It'll be pretty cool framed. 

I also got a spider plant.  I think it'll be much happier near a window! 

I think it was a pretty productive weekend! 
 Now I have to put away all this stuff - it's taking over my kitchen table!


  1. I wish we had shops like that around here! Those spooky trees with the faces on them would be mine!

    1. Those were awesome!! I should have looked closer at them - I bet they light up somehow.

  2. glad you posted this. My Hobby Lobby's haven't had any Halloween yet, but I haven't been in the last week or so...I will go tomorrow and see if ours has put out any Halloween yet. And I had forgotten about the Christmas Tree Shop, so I'm glad you mentioned it. I think I will head over there today. We did Garden Ridge a week or so ago, our has changed it's name to The Home Store or something like that, but everything inside is still the same. Thanks for sharing your finds! :o)


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