Because I got everything in the picture below for less than 35 dollars (and that's Canadian!):
For a closer look:
Lots of bulbs for both decoration and for gifts I am making
And the really fun find: Green dishes.
I have been wanting to get some kind of holiday glassware. My MIL has a great set of cranberry colored holiday dishes that I would love, but when I saw this green glassware, I got excited too. And I don't know if you can see the price tag, but the plates and goblets were 1.00 each. Better still, yellow tags were HALF OFF the day I went in so I got these puppies for 50 cents a piece.
To you blue blood ladies with really great taste, these may seem tacky, and I'll hand it to you that they are sort of outdated, and it's lots of GREEN. But, I submit to you that, when paired with a white table cloth, and white accent dishes, like this perhaps:
that they will just look festive and fun. And notice I also got some green vases which will be great for table decorations through the Christmas season. I'm excited! And I just l-o-v-e-d this pretty little red dish, I guess it's like an hordurve stand or a mini cake stand or something. What ever it is, it will look so cute as the sole red accent on a table of green. Don't you think so?
To, to sum up: Go to thrift stores! Don't waste your money on junk made in China when you can get one of a kind goodies for way cheap (and in this case, the thrift store was MCC, which does missions and charitable work around the world, so extra bonus).