Thought it might be fun to approach the topic of post-holiday clearance shopping as a whole - a big picture look at the opportunities over the year and how they could be used. I'm sure we all have lots of great ideas to share! Please, please share those treasures from your brain! Colors to Consider: Red – Valentines, July 4th, Christmas Blues – Easter, July 4th, Christmas (winter themes) Greens – St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas Oranges/Browns – Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving Black – Halloween Purple – Easter, Halloween Yellow – Easter, Spring Gold – Any holiday, especially St. Patrick’s or Christmas Silver – Any holiday Copper Metallics - Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving Striped or polka dot items also work for multi-purposing, most common I’ve seen are red and white combo but sometimes I find others… Items to keep in mind for multi-holiday/season purposing: These are all going to lend themselves to multiple uses if found in solid colors, or paired with white or even a metallic in some sort of pattern like polka dots, stripes, chevron, etc.... Paper Plates Paper or Plastic Cups Plastic Silverware Paper Napkins Straws – Plastic or Paper Plastic Tablecloths Ribbons, all kinds Wrapping Paper and Bows Tissue Paper Hershey’s Kisses or other candies wrapped in foils – Separate the colors and use as desired What else can you think of? Classic Holiday Clearance Approach: We’ve all done it – buying things on deep discount right after the holiday to tuck away for next year. Tried and true and totally worth it – if you can remember you bought it and find it again! LOL Does anyone have tips or tricks for that part of things? What are your favorite stores to hit after each holiday? Best times to go? Do you wait for deep discounts or go the day after? What are your favorite things to buy on holiday clearance? TIP: The week of/right before a holiday JoAnn’s will go to 70% off. So last minute shopping can still snag great prices for that same year’s celebration! Other Holiday Clearance Opportunities: Faux Eggs – Sold by the dozen near egg dying kits at stores like Walmart…I’ve filled a wire basket with these and put on top of my kitchen cabinets as part of a farmhouse décor look. They are also great to use in various crafts for spring and Easter – make Easter ornaments, garland or a wreath using these to jumpstart the project! Walmart usually has a TON left after Easter and I’ve gotten them as low as 90% off some years – and they aren’t that much to start with – maybe $1.99 a pack regular price Easter Grass - Not only buy enough for next year's Easter uses, grab bags of paper crinkle style in plain green for Christmas gift basket filler. I've also found the plain silver, gold or iridescent filler that works for both uses as well! Candy – I know we’ve discussed this one before! Snagging a deep discount on candy can be great when you turn around and use them in baked goods. Halloween candy can be rolled into Thanksgiving and Christmas baking recipes. Depending on the packaging it can be used for those final touches on candy trays and inside Christmas stockings too. Candy also gets marked down after Easter – not having as many ideas come to mind on this one…I think blue and silver wrapped Hershey’s Kisses could be paired with a red foil wrapped candy for July 4th classroom treat bags perhaps? What else can you think of? Wrapping Paper – When scanning post-Christmas bins of wrapping paper, look for plain colors or colors paired with white or a metallic. Sometimes you’ll find plain pinks and blues as well. I grab these for wrapping birthday presents. That fun metallic blue paper looks like a million birthday bucks paired with red/green/yellow curling ribbon bows! Pinks are fun for baby showers, little girl birthday gifts, etc. I often see white and silver or white and gold papers – those work great for anniversaries and wedding related gifts. It’s all in what ribbon/bows you pair them with. Wrapping paper can also be used to whip up simple table runners for your own table as desired or for parties of all kinds. Hair Bows/Barrettes – If you have little ones that love these, they could be a great item to search out when Easter and Christmas clearance time rolls around. I suspect that these are the types of items that get marked down but NOT moved so you have to be looking for them to snag them. What else have you done to take fullest advantage of holiday clearance items? Or have you always wanted to do?