The “Christmas Surprise” You Don’t Want – How to Plan for the Inevitable Empty Store Shelves

Here’s a Christmas Surprise you probably don’t want. Do you find yourself scrambling at the last minute during the Christmas rush? Have you felt the disappointment of getting to the store only to find what you needed has been sold out and there won’t be more coming in? If you’re like most people, this is an all too familiar scenario. However, in this article we’ll go over a few simple tips to help you avoid being left out in the cold.

Plan Your Design Now: If you do the same display every year and don’t want to make any changes, you may skip this and move on. On the other hand, you may consider adding new decorations. If this is the case, you should figure out what additional items you’ll need. Take measurements and write them in a notebook. Make notes such as the distance between the display and electrical outlets, lengths of roof lines, etc.

Use Your Notes to Calculate How Many Accessories You’ll Need: The first thing to run out and the last thing people purchase are accessories. Things like light clips, multi plugs, extension cords, and zip ties become increasingly rare the closer Christmas gets. Using your notes, figure out how much of each accessory you’ll need and over buy slightly. For normal light strands, you’ll want one clip every two feet. For C9 lights, you’ll need one clip for every bulb. Take the measured distance from the end of your lights and decorations to electrical outlets and calculate how many extension cords you’ll need. Obviously, the lengths of the extension cords will dictate how many you need. Most common lengths are 30 ft and 50 ft. Add an extra cord to use from the ground up to the roof line. Also add an extra cord or two for insurance. Once you arrived at how many strands and extension cords you’ll need, you can estimate how many multi plugs will be necessary.

Buy Now: As of this writing, it’s early. However, don’t become complacent. As soon as the Christmas items hit the shelves, you should be putting them in a basket and getting in line. Play it safe and get extra. Remember, you can always take items back or use them in the future.

In conclusion, the “Christmas Surprise” of empty shelves is no surprise at all. Stores are always going to sell out. It’s coming, so be prepared. By following these simple tips, you’ll avoid the disappointment of empty shelves. Make this Christmas all you hope for.

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