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I checked my Lowes again today. They have restocked their Hallowee section and had more than they had last time I checked. (as in more of what they had, and new items I hadn't seen before). They had a few new inflatables, some skeletons, and a haunted house lighting kit. I didn't have much time, so I didn't get a good look at the box, but it had about 7 mini strobes, 2 large strobes, and some colored lighting. It appeared that it may have been battery-powered, but I'm not sure. It sold for $35.

I checked the outdoors section where most of their christmas stuff usually is and it was almost all empty with just a few furniture displays still in the center. The shelves were all emoty and were being adjusted, so it looks like Christmas may be out in the next week or two. I haven't seen anything for christmas on top of shelves though.

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Just checked Lowes and Target.

Lowes has a small end area with Halloween stuff out. Inflatables range from $40-$150. I saw some light-up skeleton bones for $15 that I think I'm going to go back for later. Lowes also had 25% off clearance on outdoor furniture, grills, etc. It looks like Christmas may be out in a few weeks.

Target had tons of halloween candy, but not much else for halloween. They had their whole back to school section with empty shelfs and signs saying to check back soon.

I'm going to check out Dollar Tree and Walgreens for tombstones later this weekend. Lowes had some for $7.50, but it sounds like I can find them other places cheaper.

One thing that I don't get, why do stores charge so much for lights for holidays other than christmas? They had orange lights that are pretty much the same thing as orange christmas lights, but with a different package. Thay charges $4 for them! You can get the same thing at christmas time for $2.50

This is why I go to BIG LOTS for my ORANGE and PURPLE lights! I got Orange 50 ct incandescents for $2.50, the Purple were LED and were in the Christmas decor area, these were labeled as Pastel Purple and are of the Dome type, but at a lower intensity setting they look awesome, even at full brightness they look good. of course these were 35 ct and were $4.00/box, which will go well with my M5 Orange LEDs, just wish Walgreen's would have carried the M5 Halloween Orange LED's this year like they did last year and in Purple so they'd have matched up with the Orange. But I'll take what I can find and utilize for the cheapest price I can find them for!

Big Lots did have 60 ct Orange LEDs for $6.00/box and these were not dome, but called Button LED's.

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^But those are 50 count. At Lowes during Christmas, I'm not sure about orange, but I know that they carried 100ct minis in purple last year for $2.50. You

re paying the same amount for 1/2 the product.

They had tons of boxes of purple after christmas last year on sale. Too bad I wasn't expecting to do a halloween display at the time.

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^But those are 50 count. At Lowes during Christmas, I'm not sure about orange, but I know that they carried 100ct minis in purple last year for $2.50. You

re paying the same amount for 1/2 the product.

They had tons of boxes of purple after christmas last year on sale. Too bad I wasn't expecting to do a halloween display at the time.

That was my problem too XmasBoy, I wasn't really sure if I'd be doing a really fancy, i.e. animarted LOR type show for certain when all the items hit the clearance shelves. But that is when I bough the 35 count Ornage LED's from Walgreen's, got them for around $1.00/box. So I bought every one I could find at the time. Guess I should have really wnet ahead and picked up quite a few more. Ah well, I know better from now on! LOL

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