Connie and Ken Sikorski, of Commerce Township, browse holiday decorations presented in the “Enchanted Forest” display at the Warren Menards store.

Connie and Ken Sikorski, of Commerce Township, browse holiday decorations presented in the “Enchanted Forest” display at the Warren Menards store.

Photo by Brandy Baker


Options abound to spruce up your home for the holidays

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published December 5, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Whether you’re into dazzling displays in a rainbow of colors, officially licensed products featuring beloved characters, well-worn vintage nostalgia or holiday kitsch, there’s no shortage of options for adorning your home for the holiday season.

For most, it’s a matter of taste, how much to spend and where to spend it.

“Our Christmas display is, honestly, it’s beautiful,” said Roland Russell, store manager at the Warren Menards on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road.

He said the store will run sales and promotions right up to and after Christmas on anything from lighted outdoor sculptures to live goods, including Christmas cactuses and poinsettias.

A destination like Menards might be the place to go for those looking for licensed ornaments and products from Disney, Hallmark or other popular themes. Menards also stocks the latest trends, like ColorBlast lighting — available with indoor Christmas trees, outdoor icicle lights and pathway markers — that can be synchronized to bathe your display in just about any color you desire.

“We’ve got a ton of displays to choose from,” Russell said. “Our display this year is outstanding, and we’re better stocked this year than we have been in years past because of all of our success with our ‘Enchanted Forest’ display.”

If a vintage Christmas is more your speed, and if you have the time to invest in making that happen, a trip to the local resale shop, consignment store or even a garage or estate sale can uncover holiday gems, often at a fraction of the cost.

“I recommend never buying new, because you can always find awesome deals,” said Ruth Williams, of Ferndale, who works at Odds & Ins Resale and Consignment Shop, on Milford Road in Highland Township. “You can’t believe the decorations that are in this consignment store. They are all used, they look brand new, and they’re a third of the cost. Some of them may be very vintage and old, and vintage is very hot right now.”

Williams said a used wreath bought at the Salvation Army Thrift Store can be brought back to life with a little creative decorating. She said her daughter recently purchased small, inexpensive holiday trees at Five Below to adorn her home’s flower boxes.

“I have bought some amazing things at estate sales that people pay a fortune for. A lot of times it’s still in the packaging,” Williams said. “The prices on them were $6 or $7. I paid a quarter.

“You have to have time to shop like this. You just really have to have time to look,” Williams said.