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    Christmas at Lowes

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    I went back to Lowes to get some supplies to start my tomato cage mini-trees, and I just have a couple comments.

    -The christmas section hasn't changed much from last week. Stocks are still pretty low, but there is a ton of stuff on top shelves in the store, much more than I saw last week.

    -If you're planning tomato cage mini-trees for this year and have not bought your tomato cages yet, go buy them immediately! That person at the store showed me some that were hidden behind a display to have them out of the way until spring, and said they usually don't have them in stock from September until March.

    -Be aware when purchasing the Lowes mini lights. They had 2 different types, one that is the normal minis, and another type that said 8mm on the box. The regular minis were $2.88 and the 8mm ones are $6.98. I have no idea what the difference is, but I left the store with the 8mm's and looked on my recipt in the car and saw how much I got over-charged and went back to exchange them. The boxes look exactly the same except the 8mm say "8mm" in relatively small print at the bottom of the box. Does anyone know what is different about the 8mm lights?

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    A normal mini light has a diameter of .125 and 8mm is .314 so these are 2.5 times bigger.

    That's interesting. Are those new at Lowes? I don't remember seeing them before. Do they just give off more light with bigger bulbs, or is there simething else special about them that justifies spending 3x as much on them?

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    I stopped by my closest Target (smallest of two)

    Halloween was still setup right next to it (where the Christmas wire-frames would be) with a very annoying ghost moaning every ten seconds (boy that would get old quick).

    I can relate to this. When I worked at my old job we had those Gemmy lifesize animated candy holder things. It was the butler and the dead bride and when you walked by them they would moan and scream..it got to the point they were unplugged by the night crew cause they got sick of hearing it..

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