With Halloween here, we all start thinking of the Holidays. Or should we say Holiday, sure Thanksgiving counts and is definitely a holiday, but lets face it, the Christmas season will dominate from the minute we get up from the table on Thanksgiving day, until we fall asleep on New Years Eve. While most of us will wait until the last minute to shop, some will shop ’till they drop up until Christmas Eve, and God bless them, each and every one of them. For the rest of us, this might be a good time, to clean out the garage and or attic/basement when we start breaking out the yuletide decor, because Holiday Shopping doesn’t always have to be at a department store, and can sometimes pay you.
Every year someone, usually dad or junior are sent to grab the thousands (it seems) of boxes of lights, ornaments and for some of us tree that was stored from last year. If your the average American family, you’ll actually replace a little more than 25% of that Christmas stash by the first week of December. So first things first. Use the Saturday or Sunday that you deemed worthy of Christmas extraction worthy to also extract old lamps, boxes or broken metal items you have had laying in wait for the graveyard of your choice. Next, once you start unraveling (literally, not figurative) lights for set up, set aside those lights that don’t work, there’s plenty of copper to be had if stripped properly. Next, check for any outdoor decor that just might have seen its last white Christmas, and can be broken down for even more scrap. Lastly, and not necessarily least, there’s that fake aluminum tree you’ve had for some time. If the wire bristles are looking a little jagged or frayed, and it’s time for a 10 footer, make sure to put that in the recycle stack.
Ultimately, depending on how much you clean out, you might get just enough at the scrap yard for that little something extra for Mrs. Clause.