Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Quest

I've mentioned before about my love of round, clear string lights (often called cafe lights although the actual lightbulb is a G40.)  They look like this:

I decided I had to have them to decorate the tent for the wedding.  Only problem was, those suckers are expensive! One lighting quote from a rental company we were considering was well over $500, just to line the perimeter.  Yeah, not so much.

So ever-resourceful me decided I could find them myself for cheaper.  I did a few quick internet searches but didn't have much luck coming up with anything affordable.  Then Trail Mom had the idea to go look for them the day after Christmas, when all the lights and decorations are on sale.  Brilliant!

So a few days ago, Trail Mom, Lil Bro Trail Mix and I set off on a quest to buy approximately 550 feet of round, G40 string lights.  To be honest, I thought this was going to be an easy task.  I've seen these lights all over the place during the holiday season, surely we'd be able to zip into one of the big discount stores, gather up all the boxes we could and be done.  Ha! As you may have already guessed, things did not exactly go as planned...

We started with Home Depot.  Nada.  We then moved on to Wal-Mart.  Again, zilch.  I was starting to get a little nervous.  Maybe I would be unable to score my beloved cafe lights for a good price.  Sadness!

Our next stop was Target.  Here we came across many boxes of the smaller-sized round lights (the G30's, if you're interested) but only about 100 feet of the big G40's I was looking for.  However, they were only $4.50 a box so I got them.  Our spirits buoyed somewhat by this find, we continued our search.  A local hardware/gardening store turned up nothing.  So did Big Lots, Lowes and Rite Aid.  My stomach started sinking.  We tried a second Wal-Marts.  Still nothing.  By this point, I think we had all given up much hope since after 7 stores, we were coming up empty-handed.

After calling two other stores, who reported they did not carry this particular string light, I was about ready to call it a day and relegate my search to the internet.  Trail Mom suggested checking out one last Target which was a bit of a drive away from where we were, which I agreed to go even though deep down, I had little faith we would be successful.

But there, amidst all the clutter and mania of the Christmas markdowns, sat boxes and boxes of my beautiful G40 string lights. Quick as we could, the three of us frantically grabbed all that we saw and then scoped out the entire aisle for boxes put back in the wrong place, of which we found several.

Here's Trail Mom, raising her fist in victory!

(Personal Photo)

I think other shoppers thought we were a little bit nuts, look at how full our cart is and it's all the same box of lights! Another photo featuring my partners in crime. Greeeeat success (in the Borat accent)!

(Personal Photo)

This is what 675 feet of lights looks like all boxed up in the back of a car...

(Personal Photo)

And the best part of the whole thing? Since all Christmas lights were 50% off, the 27 boxes of lights cost me a grand total of $130.  Whoohoo!!

I have to say that although it was a fairly long and frustrating search process, it was incredibly satisfying to finally accomplish this mission and get my beloved cafe lights for such a good price. So now hopefully my wedding will look like this:

Did you find any good wedding bargains in the sales section after Christmas? Are you using these kind of lights and if so, where did you find them??


  1. Its looking fine, you can find more Affordable Lightinghere…..

  2. I love the picture of your mom holding up her fist...she looks so excited! And your brother...what a tropper! :) The lights will look great!

  3. That is so awesome! I love happy endings! The picture looks like a very romantic french cafe. Delightful

  4. Your mom is so cute. Woohoo for after-Christmas sales! What a great find! They are going to look awesome at your wedding.

  5. I am searching all over for these lights! Would you be interested in selling after your wedding???? It could be a victory for me! :)

    I can be reached at: :)

  6. Hi I would aso be interested in buying the lights from you also if the first person does not want to buy them anymore. I did what you did and ran out to target but was a little too later, I only snagged two and pretty much had to grab them from another lady. My mother also ran out to the Target in her town and got 3 boxes...this is what happens when you go out so late after Christmas. I was hoping to share them with my friend for her wedding in July of this year and then re-use them for my wedding in July of 2012. Let me know if you are interested. My e-mail is . Thanks!

  7. My wedding is in November 2012 (this year), so maybe these gorgeous lights could do the rounds for all of our weddings! :)

    I'm in Australia and it is SO hard to find these lights anywhere - we just don't have the same styling as the US. My email address is:, I'd love to hear from anyone that has them :)

  8. شركة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض والقصيم وجدة
    هناك العديد من الخدمات التى يبحث عنها باستمرار عملاء داخل كل مكان فى الرياض ولكن لا يجدون افضل الخدمات المميزة والتى تحقق الخدمات التى تحقق مستوى عالى من الخدمة ، من اهم هذه الخدمات هو شراء الاثاث المستعمل فى الرياض وبيع الاثاث ايضا ، فلم يكن هناك منزل الا وقد يحتاج الى اعمال البيع او الشراء للاثاث او الرغبة فى التخلص من اى شىء متواجد فى المنازل لم يكن هناك بحاجة الية .
    محلات شراء الاثاث المستعمل بالرياض
    تهتم شركة المستقبل باعمال الشراء لجميع الموديلات المتواجدة ورغم ان هناك الكثير من الموديلات المختلفة المتواجدة فى المكان من الاثاث الزجاجى والاثاث الخشبى و... غيرها بالاضافة الى القيام باعمال الشراء للاغراض المنزلية المستعملة والاثاث بجميع انواعة والاجهزة الكهربائية وكافة الاغراض المتواجدة والتى اصبحت لا قيمة له بالنسبة لعملائنا فى كل مكان فى المملكة العربية السعودية .
    لماذا شركة المستقبل فى اعمال الشراء للاثاث المستعمل بالرياض؟
    ارقام الاثاث المستعمل بالرياض
    تهتم شركة المستقبل باعمال الشراء للاثاث المستعمل من خلال الفروع المنتشرة فى كل مكان فى المملكة والتى تسعى الى شراء اى قطعة من الاثاث مهما كانت موديلها ومهما كانت حالتة وبالاضافة الى اى كان المادة المصنوعة منها ليس فقط من الاخشاب فلدينا اتم استعداد لشراء اثاث المنازل والفنادق والبيوت والمطابخ .
    من اهم المميزات التى تقدمة شركة المستقل اثناء القيام باعمال الشراء للاثاث الاتى :-
    • - الاسعار التى تقدمة الشركة افضل الاسعار والتى تتلائم مع الاغراض المراد
    محلات الاثاث المستعمل
    • القيام بشراءة دون ان يبخس فى اسعارها .
    • - تعتمد على الخبراء فى تحديد الاسعار ولا يتم الامر بشكل عشوائى فالدقة والامانة من اهم مميزات شركة المستقبل .
    • - يتم تحديد الوقت من قبل عملائنا وعلينا القيام باعمال الفحص واعطاء التقرير وتقدير الاغراض المتواحدة فى المكان .
    • - تقوم الشركة بتوفير السيارات المتخصصة فى اعمال النقل من المكان الى المخازن الخاصة بالشركة .
    محلات الاثاث المستعمل بجدة
    عزيزى عميل شركة المستقبل شركتنا تهتم باعمال الشراء والبيع للاثاث المستعمل والعمل على اعادة اصلاحة وتجديدة مرة اخرى والقيام باعمال الدهانات و التجنيد والاهتمام بكافة الخدمات التى يحتاح الية الاثاث .
    شراء اثاث مستعمل بجدة
    لا تكتفى شركة باعمال الشراء فقط ، فنظرا لان هناك ارتفاع فى الاسعار للاثاث فى الاوانة الاخيرة فلدينا محلات لبيع الاثاث المستعمل لا تستطيع ان تفرق بينة وبين الاثاث الجديد فاذا كنت تبحث عن شراء الاثاث الذى يلزم منزلك او تبحث شراء قطعة من التحف وغيرها ، فتاكد انك سوف تجد كل ما هو مميز لدينا ونحقق لك افضل ما تتمنى ان ترى علية المكان فتعاون مع شركة المستقبل فى القيام باى خدمة خاصة ببيع او شراء الاثاث المستعمل فى اى مكان فى المملكة .