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The week after Christmas is big sale week at stores and garden centers. In the northeast, many of the garden centers close for a couple of months right after Christmas and the 'Fire Sale' can be irresistible! At the garden centers I visited this week, all Christmas items were 50% off and that included shrubs. The Christmas $$$ received came in very handy as I have been wanting to add Ilex verticillata, this cultivar is 'Red Sprite', to my winter border and also some red twig dogwood such as this Cornus stolonifera 'Arctic Fire'! Half Price!!! I also added a couple of bird ornaments to the collection for next year's tree. This one has a lovely feather tail! And this one is glittering under the lights. There were also some interesting nests which jumped into my basket. I should have bought some LED lights for the tree for next year as they are a bit pricey and although they were 50% off I couldn't help but think that the price will come down as they become more popular. They take a lot less energy and are not hot which means they are safer to use than regular lights. The amaryllis bulbs are on sale right now and they were impossible for me to resist. The pocketbook is not bottomless however and certain items remained in the store such as these beautiful pots which were quite pricey and this intricately carved wooden panel. So, have any of you succumbed to the lure of a sale?