Saturday, August 15, 2015

Canterbury Village

Woohoo!  A store review of Halloween stuff that hasn't been done 47 times already!  

This morning, the hubby is gone for the day (Michigan people - it's Woodward Dream Cruise time!) and Miss Angela wanted to go "do" something.  So I suggested going to Always Christmas at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion. Surprisingly, she agreed! I rewarded her afterward with a stop at the giant mall that's right there, too - Great Lakes Crossing. 

This used to be the hugest store outside of Bronners, but they condensed down into 3 smaller buildings - one of all Department 56 stuff, one of ornaments (a lot of German mouth blown ones that I don't care for) and the one with furniture & lamps & nativities & Halloween - because those totally go together, right?!!  

Let me digress for a moment.  I saw 1 lonely freakin' nutcracker in a display.  Seriously people?  You're a Christmas store - why do you NOT carry nutcrackers??? 

So anyhoooo, the sign in the Halloween section said truthfully that they carry non-scary things.  And it's true.  This guy was probably the scariest thing we saw. 
Except for this Santa!  Angel tried to tell me he was turned out in the ballet 1st position, but I disagree.  What's up with the one huge leg?
 So here was the first view....oh the glorious oranges, greens & purples!

 The gray and brown spools in the basket are chicken wire!  But for $6.99?  
  The basket on the left has ornaments about the size of my hand, but flattened.  
The had spider webs painted on them. 
 All of the shiny orange balls are plastic.  
 I didn't play with the witch to see if she was one that rose up - 
here she stood around waist-height. 
I was disappointed in the 3 foot skeletons.  Altho the plastic was heavy & sturdy feeling, the limbs were attached with wire so they didn't hang right - wouldn't pay $35 for them.  If I needed any more little guys, I'd go to Michaels.  
 I liked this guy's face and his black cat hanging on the bowl.  
 Lots of wired ribbon.
  The plush JOL scarecrows I saw in a different building for $5. 
I should have gotten another picture directly to the left - they had a pretty neat black willow tree.  You can see part of it here.  Would look awesome on a mantle or table in a foyer.  
Oh if I had a bigger house! 
  The candy corn box (lower right) is pretty neat. 
 They had some really different black wire trees.  Very sturdy. 
 The sconces were pretty cool.  Looks like they could hang up or down.
 I thought this was a cool idea.  A small black tree hanging from the ceiling with spider webs & black twigs....
 For not having "scary" things- the witches were all pretty creepy in their own right.  
 One of the buildings at Canterbury Village looks like a castle, so these guys must have been banished from there, to stand in the corner. 
 Plastic ornaments
 I liked this glass spider.  I think it was $5.95 or $6.96.  
All of their ornaments ran for close to that. 
 Happy little ghostie. 
 Happy mummy
and the cutest werewolf I've ever seen!
 Is it me or do the brooms like like giant doobies? 

So, altho I enjoyed browsing, I didn't buy anything.  So far I'm making good on my vow to take it easy on the buying this year.  But of course - I haven't gone anywhere I really want to shop at yet!  Most of the places I like to stop at (At Home, Halloween City, Hobby Lobby, Pier One, Marshalls, HomeGoods and now Kirklands) are all over by Angel's dance studio and since she drives herself now....I would have to make a special point of going over there!    


1 comment:

  1. Ha! Yeah, that bendy leg Santa is pretty funny. He's very prancy. I agree about the werewolf ornament - he's adorable! This looks like a fun place to shop. There's a nice mixture of things. I'm reminded a little of our Tuesday Morning store when they have the holiday decorations out, but this place looks much larger!


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