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2014 Christmas Clearance Sales!

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It's that time of year again!  Everyone's second favorite season, "THE CLEARANCE SALE SEASON", has started!

All the stores have reduced their Christmas merchandise to 50% off by now so there's really no need to post those.  As soon as you see discounts of more than 50% please post them in this thread to let others know!

 

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Like putting this in one thread. Apparently Target is at 70% off. Waiting for Home Depot and Walmart to drop more.  Still a very few things left around here, but can wait to see if they are there after New Years.

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Hi! never been there before today and I have one 10 min away...read a post elsewhere so decided to check it out.  LOTS on incandescents, couple hundred boxes I guess.  Also shelves of LED Diamond C6's, 14' length @ 1.80 each.  These are branded "hobby Lobby".  Bought 30 boxes...we will see next year if they hold up.  I have numerous trees in my yard where I leave lights up all year and these are where I test these types of lights!  They had mostly indoor decorations left as well..Good luck if you go

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The only lights our hobby lobby had were around 40 boxes of 100ct clear incandescents and about 5 boxes of c9 red bulbs.

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This is the "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!" thread. Got the email with the 75% off at Walmart, drove (fast) to my local store...and they were 4 boxes short of the 100ct cool white M5 lights I need.  Ran to another, but I was too late.

Anyone? :-)

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Lowes is also 75% on most items now.
Yup but not the itwinkle lights, I was ready to buy them out and then Nope keep them lol

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Lowes is also 75% on most items now.

Better deals on displays at lowes. Got 2 of the twinkle balloons for $10 each. Regulary 129 each.  Got the 2 prelit trees for $20 each/.

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Going to walmart tomorrow and will hopefully get 3 or 4 more 6' trees for $5 each, they are probably sold out of lights but maybe I'll get lucky!

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Our Target was also down to 90% and scored the 6.5' prelit display tree for $8. Lowes and Home Depot were both 75% off

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Hobby Lobby went to 90% today

Also Walgreens went to 90%...but lights are still scanning at 70% (90% sign was right there on the light shelf, the cashier corrected it no problem)

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