After just a few weeks of Garage Sale stops and Thrift Store hopping, I have found a few new Christmas Treasures to add to my book and music collection. Garage sales are a great place to look for Christmas goodies.
Just a few houses down, is an elderly couple who is selling their home and downsizing. They had a huge record collection and I was super excited to find a huge selection of Christmas and Big Band collections. I narrowed my Christmas choices down to these four. They are all collection albums with various artists performing. I made myself walk away with the choices I had, but if the truth be told I wanted to go back the next day and make them an offer for what was remaining.
I found another Garage sale yesterday that had a box of Christmas Cd's they were selling for a $1.00 each. They all seemed to be brand new, but I only decided on these two. My favorite of the two is "The Most Fabulous Christmas Album Ever". The CD art is very different, but the music is great. It has classic Big Band music by Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey and a lot of other classic favorites like Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt and All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth by Spike Jones. This whole CD is up beat and the perfect party CD.
And of course I couldn't pass up a new R&B Christmas Cd. This one even has a track from Johnny Gill.
Since I'm a new hunt to redecorate my house, I've been making continuous stops at the thrift stores to find junk I can make over into treasures! While there, I always scan the book isle for decorating books and Hardback Christmas fiction to add to my collection. Until recently I haven't had much luck, I'm starting to think that they hold the Christmas books for the holidays like they do other seasonal decorations. But I did get lucky one day and find TWO books. Each for under $2.00.
Anyone who loves a nice Christmas romance novel, knows that Debbie Macomber comes out with a new holiday romance each Christmas. I've been buying them for a few years now and have been making additional purchases on Ebay to buy some others, but "A Cedar Cove Christmas" is the 2008 book and one I didn't happen to have.
"Christmas on Jane Street" is true story book published in 1998. True story books based around Christmas are usually really funny or have a "warm, real-life tale". Both these books will be part of my Christmas in July celebration this year.
My ultimate message today, is not to pass up the opportunities to expand your collections throughout the year. Thrift stores, garage sales, Ebay and Amazon are great places to do searches during Non-Peak season. Trust me, most people do not start thinking about Christmas till November! Great prices for near new media is something easily found during the rest of the year.