The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

April 1, 2008

A (Belated) Easter Basket for Less Than a Buck

Filed under: shopping — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 2:00 am


 Sure, Easter might have happened more than a week ago,  but for those of you who aren’t picky about when you actually celebrate your holidays, there’s all sorts of great bargains to be had on the clearance shelves.  Just take a look a that shelf in the above photo, just brimming with incredible 90% off bargains!  Even so, you can’t fully appreciate the sheer magnitude of the savings being offered here until you go take a look at the prices.  Come to think of it, I didn’t really do anything all that special for Easter this year  anyway, so why not see if I can put together a little Easter celebration on the cheap?  After the jump, we’ll take a look at just how far we can stretch our Easter supply-buying dollar at these rock-bottom closeout prices. (more…)

March 22, 2008

A Cavalcade of Somewhat Delightful Easter Merchandise

Filed under: Culture — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 2:08 am

As the Winter begins to give way to Spring, thoughts begin to turn to the renewal of the Earth that the change of season brings, and the promise of the Summer ahead.  It also brings with it the Easter holiday, and with it, nightmare-inducingly huge inflatable Easter Bunnies hawking chocolate, as you see above.  And that’s just the beginning.  Although the quantity of Easter-themed merchandise you’re going to find at your friendly neighborhood mega-mart doesn’t come close to the massive quantity of Christmas merchandise you’d find during the last three months of the year, you’d be surprised at just how much the stuff there is out there these days.  I’d say that the quantity is probably similar to what’s available for Valentine’s Day, and that one’s starting to look way too overcommercialized already.  I had previously noticed the apparent convergence of the assorted holidays (or at least the type of merchandise they’ll try to sell you for them) but there’s no shortage of kitschy, ridiculous or just downright questionable merchandise unique to Easter alone.  After the jump, a look at the somewhat delightful merchandise without which the stores would like you to believe that Easter would not be complete. (more…)

February 28, 2008

Have Yourself a Merry Little Easter

Filed under: Culture — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 10:24 pm

It’s that time of year when Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the celebration of Easter.  Throughout many fine local retail establishments, a mind boggling array of baskets and bunnies has appeared, along with plenty of other things to make your Easter Sunday happy and bright.  Let’s take a look at a sampling of some of the fine wares that have been proffered for our Easter enjoyment:

To start, why not hang some of these festive Easter lights to add a few splashes of bright color to the room…

And while you’re at it, why not add some of these hanging decorations to bring the Easter spirit into your home?

One of these special bunny rabbit filled snow globes will further compliment the decor and instill the children with a sense of wonder. 

Don’t forget to hang the wreath on the doorway…

…And pick up a few extra ornaments.  And why would you need those, you may ask?  Surely you jest…

They’re to hang on the Easter tree, of course. 

Whether you choose to stick to the traditional style or opt for something more modern,  you can be secure in the knowledge that you are carrying on a centuries old Holiday tradition.  In time, it will all seem familiar to you as you prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth and/or resurrection.  Come to think of it, all this stuff seems oddly familiar already.  It seems like I’ve seen this somewhere before, but I can’t quite seem to figure out where.  Anyone got any ideas?

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