The Christ­mas light for­age

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Weekendshopper - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

IT STARTS in earnest about now, the Christ­mas light for­age. For­agers fa­mil­iar with this ex­haust­ing quest - to hang work­ing Christ­mas lights around their house – know the drill. The first part of this mis­sion, should you choose to ac­cept it, is to find last year’s Christ­mas lights.

If and when you find them, the next step can, po­ten­tially, be­come quite tricky; you may well need to un­tan­gle them (pluck off aber­rant dec­o­ra­tions) and de­ter­mine whether the lights are work­ing. If they are, you are one of the lucky ones.

If, how­ever, you can’t be both­ered un­tan­gling them, you find ir­repara­ble bulbs or you sim­ply need to buy new lights, your mis­sion con­tin­ues.

De­pend­ing on how se­ri­ous you are about dec­o­rat­ing your house with lights you can spend any­where be­tween $15 and a few hun­dred dol­lars on new lights.

But do not for­get about Week­end Shop­per. Un­der the Gen­eral sec­tion in the Shop­per there are heaps of Christ­mas light bar­gains to be had. For ex­am­ple, sil­hou­ette lights that come in a va­ri­ety of shapes re­tail for be­tween $8 and $15 a piece de­pend­ing on what they de­pict. Th­ese lit­tle beau­ties can be found in the Shop­per sell­ing in bulk for as lit­tle as $20. Th­ese can in­clude 'three boxes of Christ­mas lights, sev­eral dif­fer­ent shaped lights and a 5-me­tre string of lights.'

There are many dif­fer­ent types of lights on of­fer and some are sold along with generic Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. See, 'Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tions in­cludes lights, hang­ing dec­o­ra­tions, two-foot ce­ramic an­gel that can be used as a cen­tre piece or on top of the Xmas tree, $35'. Bear­ing in mind the an­gel alone is prob­a­bly worth around $35 this is in­deed a great price.

A sim­i­lar ad reads 'Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tions sil­ver ta­ble tree, 3 door hang­ings, a to­tal of 10 items, the lot $35.'

So, fel­low for­agers light up your Christ­mas by re­duc­ing the stress on your wal­let and check out Week­end Shop­per’s spe­cials.

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