|Written by Bill Hanks|
Each year, it seems like stores and shops start placing out their holiday displays earlier and earlier. I use to think that stores were just trying to plant shopping seeds, into the mind of the consumer. However, there are many individuals that start shopping right after the Labor Day weekend for Christmas. This article will give you some great shopping ideas for the holiday season.
1. Flea Markets. As the weather starts to get cooler, flea market activity picks up. Flea markets have to make as many sales as possible before it gets too cold. A consumer can usually pick up some good deals at a flea market.
2. Arts and Craft Festivals. The Fall season means lots of festivals. You can always find unique and special gifts at them. Usually a few hours before they close, you can bargain for some good deals. Homemade gifts and art projects can make great gifts for Christmas.
3. Seasonal Sales. Stores like JC Penny and Macy's have seasonal sales. As they start to bring out winter items, they place seasonal items up at reduced prices. It is not unusual to find items marked off at 50% or more.
4. Vacation and Travel packages. Many agencies have reduced rates, now that the Summer travel season is over. Resorts and cruises are still open for travelers. Some have reduced amenities this time of the year.
5. Furniture and Appliances. Many of these have no interest on items for 6 to 18 months. This provides the consumer with an opportunity to buy on time. It is also good for the retailer. It helps to bring in business.
6. Trivia Nights and Silent Auctions. Throughout the Fall. there are many trivia nights. Many of these hold silent auctions on items that make excellent Christmas gifts.
With the economy still not back on it's feet, many individuals try to buy a little each month. They budget out their expenses. One area to be careful is that of children. Clothes and toys change rapidly. Children out grow sizes and toys often change in popularity. What is in today, could be out tomorrow.