Four Decorations True Christmas Lovers Need This Season

‘Tis the season already? Time is flying by, and before you know it Christmas will be here. With Christmas right around the corner, it’s almost time to start planning out your decorating. Dave’s permanent and pop-up stores carry a wide selection of Christmas decorations ranging from artificial trees to stockings. Stop by this season and let our managers help you find the right decorations to decorate your home. Here are just a few items our store managers already think will be hot sellers this Christmas season!

Classic Blow Molds- $59.99

A snowman and a penguin; what a perfect combination for Christmas. This blow mold snowman hugging a penguin is the perfect outdoor decoration to welcome your guests this holiday season. It will add that festive touch to your front yard. Grab this Christmas classic before it sells out! We have several styles to choose from.

On-Trend Holiday Cardinal Window Silhouette – $9.99

Looking to add some festive holiday lighting in your home? This cardinal silhouette is a great way to light up your windows for the holidays. Cardinals are a traditional theme for the holidays, and cardinals are very on-trend this year. Window Silhouettes are an easy way to decorate for a business or home.

Bring Elegance Into Your Home With an Ivory & Gold Santa – $29.99

If you want to bring that modern and elegant look into your home during the holidays, this ivory and gold Santa figure is a must-have decoration for you. His Ivory robe and gold vest combine classic colors that fit with most Christmas decor. Add this Santa figure in any room, and watch it bring that festive look and feel into your home.

Carry That Festive Look Outdoors With A Lighted Snowman – $159.99

It’s fun to build a snowman, but a real snowman might melt. Why not keep a lighted rattan snowman in your front yard all season long to brighten up the outside? The beautiful snowman design is capped off with the top hat making it a joyful decoration to have in your yard during the holidays!

Dave’s has you covered with everything Christmas! We know how much how Buffalonians love to decorate for Christmas, that’s why we already have Christmas on our minds in the stores. How will you decorate this Christmas season?

Creating That Cozy Feel In Your Home for Fall (and Football Season)

It’s that time of year, the air is getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and the Bills and Sabres are winning! Now’s the perfect time to enjoy these last few weeks of fall before that white stuff starts falling. Our store managers have suggested a few products for this time of year that they think you’ll love.

Get That Warm Look With a 5’ Maple Tree With LED Lights – $34.99

Want to give your home that warm, comfortable look and feel this fall? This LED maple tree is the perfect decor piece to bring that feeling indoors. The LED lights will light up any space in your home, while the tree itself will help brighten up those fall photos in your home. This is the absolute perfect fall decor piece for any home!

Start Baking Those Tasty Fall Recipes With Locally Grown Apples – $.59/lb

Nothing beats a warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream on these fall nights. We have those locally grown apples for you to use when you begin to bake your apple pies. For $0.59 you can get a pound of apples and make plenty of apple pies or caramel apples. Feed your family with tasty desserts like apple pies, caramel apples, or apple pie bars this fall!

Complete Your Cooking WIth Hometown Favorite Sauces – Prices Vary

Are you cooking up some chicken wings or sandwiches for the Bills games? You probably should stop by Dave’s and pickup some of your favorite sauces like Frank’s Red Hot sauce or Weber’s Horseradish. Entertain on Sundays with a food platter for gameday, and sit back with your guests and watch the Bills pull out another win!

Cheer on Your Team With Buffalo Bills Gameday Gear – Starting at $2.99

Whether you’re tailgating or throwing a game day party, Buffalo Bills apparel and products are a must-have. From sweatshirts to bottle openers, Dave’s carries all the Bills gear you need for those Sunday games. Show your team spirit and cheer on the Bills as they make a push for the playoffs this year.

Fall in Buffalo is one of the best times of the year, providing us with beautiful foliage and other outdoor activities we can enjoy before winter comes. It’s also a great time to spend time indoors watching football or hockey games with the family. Stop by Dave’s to get all of your fall items soon!

October Favorite Finds at Dave’s Halloween Superstores

Fall is a beautiful time to be in Buffalo, New York. Every weekend you can find us watching football, apple picking, and soaking up the cool sunny days with anything pumpkin spice. To help bring those autumn vibes into your home, we’re showing you the most popular items this week at your closest Dave’s. This month, you can also visit our new Halloween popup stores in Amherst, Hamburg, Niagara Falls, and the Boulevard Mall. So check out one near you for some of these great finds.

Fall Garland – $6.99

There’s no question that one of the best parts about fall is the beautiful colors you see while looking out your window. Bring those colors into your home with a few pieces of fall-themed garland. This garland comes in a variety of colors mimicking those red, orange, and yellow colors you see outdoors. Add garland to your mantel, doorway, or railings for that festive look and feel in your home. The perfect inexpensive way to bring that seasonal touch into your home!

Animated Candy Backpacks – $29.99

Trick-or-treat in style this year with our ultra-cool animated Halloween candy bags! These unique designed trick or treating bags allows the mouth to open and close so that your loot can be gathered and safely stored while trick-or-treating. Watch everyone be impressed when the bag comes to life, singing to the tune of the hit song “I Want Candy”. The bag can also be worn as a backpack, making it the perfect item for any kid on Halloween night!

Halloween Kids – $24.99

These popular Halloween decorations are perfect for this time of year! They sell out every year so get them fast! Bring your lawn to life with these cute little Halloween kids. The ghost, pumpkin, and witch are great for Halloween without being too scary for little kids. Add them to your front porch or place them along the sidewalk.

Halloween Costumes – 50% OFF Every Day

New this year! Dave’s Halloween Superstores carry a wide selection of Halloween costumes for babies, kids, teens, and adults. Get creative with different masks, makeup, and costumes – all at 50% off. Whatever you’re looking for, Dave’s Halloween Superstores has plenty of costumes to fit your personality. How will you dress up this year?

Fall is truly one of the best seasons here in Buffalo. From the vivid fall colors to trick or treating on Halloween night, there’s plenty to enjoy. Stop by Dave’s to get all your fall and Halloween decorations and costumes! You can also shop online and get thousands of items delivered to your door with christmascentral.com.

5 Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall has arrived! Not only is it finally time to break out the flannels and the apple cider, but it’s also a great time to get creative with your home decor. Here are a few fall decorating ideas for you to try this season:

Table Decor:

A table centerpiece is a great way to transform a space! We have a great selection of artificial floral centerpieces to choose from. Place these on a dining room table or end table and let them bring a fall feel to any room.

Fall Table Decor

Fresh From the Garden:

One of the best parts of fall is the colors, and our garden centers are the place to go to lively colored fall plants! Our selection of pumpkins, hay bales, fall squash, mums and other natural fall decorations will make it easy for you to design your autumn theme.

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Wreaths and Garland:

Don’t think of wreaths and garland as Christmas specific decorations! Wreaths and garland are a great way to decorate your home for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Fall Wreaths

Get Cute With Your Halloween Decor:

While spooky Halloween decorations tend to only be brought out around Halloween time, cute Halloween decor can be used all season long! We have a great selection of cute Halloween decor available like these costumed dog figurines and pumpkin jars.

Halloween Decor

Autumn Lanterns:

A great decoration for autumn is to fill up a decorative lantern. Add in some mini-pumpkins or candles to complete the look. This simple and versatile fall decoration is perfect add some curb appeal outdoors or to be used as part of a table centerpiece!

Fall Lantern

Dave’s has everything you need for fall decor and more. Stop by one of our locations today!

6 Fall Activities in WNY

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The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stay inside. There are still plenty of great fall activities for you and your family to enjoy! Take a look below for a short list of fall activities available in Western New York.

Go Apple Picking:

Are you looking for a way to get your kids to eat healthy? Going apple picking could do the trick. A great family activity, apple picking let’s your kids see how apples grow, and select their own. Places like Baker Farm in Lockport and Becker Farms in Gasport are great apple picking stops.

Head To A Pumpkin Patch:

Similar to apple picking, a pumpkin patch is another great outdoor family experience for fall. Pumpkinville in Great Valley is a wonderful spot filled with family activities, as is Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm and The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. Then, bring them home and have fun carve or color it for a creative activity.

Walk Through A Corn Maze:

There are a number of corn mazes available in the Western New York area, all with varying degrees of difficulty. Some can even be done at night! Your best bet is to call ahead to make sure the course won’t be too easy or too hard for you and your kids.

Check Out A Haunted House or Hayride:

Fall is the season of Halloween, so don’t forget to get spooky! See if you can survive going through Frightworld without chickening out or take one of the many haunted hayrides found around the Western NY area.

Check Out Becker Farms:

Becker Farms offers more than just apple picking. Looking for a haunted hayride, apple picking and a brewery all rolled into one? You can find all of this and more at Becker Farms. This farm and bakery also hosts a number of events during fall including Oktoberfest, The Pumpkin Fiesta and more.

Take A Hike:

With all of the changing colors of the leaves, even hikes that you’ve already walked over the summertime will look a whole lot different during the fall. Take a look at our previous blog for a short list of great hikes in Western NY.

Open Your Pool for Summer in 12 Easy Steps

The weather is getting warmer, the snow is melting, and the sun seems to shine brighter with each day. Pretty soon it will be time to open up the pool for summer! Whether you are “summer-izing” your pool for the first time or you’d like a reminder of all the necessary steps, we have you covered – no pun intended! Here’s how to successfully prepare your pool for summer:

1. Remove Debris & Drain Water from Pool Cover

The first step in preparing your pool for summer fun is removing all the water and debris from your winter pool cover. Use a submersible pool cover pump for easy water removal. Once your pool cover is completely dry, you can use a large broom or leaf blower to clear off leaves and other debris so they don’t fall into the pool during the next step.

2. Remove Pool Cover

Now that water and debris have been removed from your winter cover, grab a friend and carefully peel the cover back and off of your pool.

3. Clean & Store Away Pool Cover

Pool covers can be easily cleaned with soap, water, and a soft brush. Be careful not to use anything too abrasive, as this may tear the material. For protection against bugs, rodents, and mildew, wait until the pool cover is completely dry then store in a heavy-duty plastic bin.

4. Remove All Winterizing Plugs & Re-Attach Drain Plugs

Make sure all winter plugs are removed from your pool equipment, including the filter, pump, heater, pool cleaners, etc., and replace them with your normal drain plugs. Ensure all antifreeze has been discharged before removing winterizing plugs from your pool skimmers and return lines.

5. Reconnect Pool Equipment

Reconnect your pool filter, pump, heater, and anything else that was disconnected when closing the pool. Above-ground swimming pools will need to have flexible plumbing lines reconnected to the pool equipment and skimmer.

6. Refill Your Pool

Using a garden hose, refill your pool back to its normal level (about halfway up the skimmer).

7. Clean Your Pool

Use a leaf rake net, pool brush, and/or pool vacuum to remove any remaining debris in the water.

8. Set up Your Pump & Pool Filter

Make sure to properly replace drain plugs (and any other parts that have been removed) to your pool pump and filter. Check the pump’s O-ring for any cracks or damage and replace if such blemishes are present. If the O-ring is in good shape, apply an O-ring lubricant to maintain a tight seal and provide easy removal later on.

9. Start the System Back Up

Turn on your pool filter and pump; check and make sure the system is running properly with no leaks or drips. If the pump fails to pull any water, prime the pump by turning off the filter system, removing the lid, and filling the pump housing with water. Replace the pump and turn the system back on again.

10. Test & Adjust

It is crucial to test the quality of your pool water before swimming. Once your pump and filtration system has been up and running for several hours, you will want to test levels of pH (ideal: 7.4 – 7.6), alkalinity (ideal: 80 to 120 ppm), and chlorine (ideal: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm). Using a pool testing kit is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure the safety of your water. Once you’ve established your pool water chemistry, you may need to balance your water by adjusting pH, adding chlorine, or removing phosphate.

11. Filter Overnight

Run your filtration system overnight to get rid of any remaining dirt, bacteria, algae, and debris still present in your pool water. Use algaecide to help remove stubborn or excessive algae.

12. Shock & Awe

The final step to cleaning and preparing your pool for summer is to apply a shock treatment to the water. This will eliminate nearly all the remaining contaminants and bacteria, providing you with a fresh, clean start to the summer season. Once you are all set, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your pool!

Autumn Holiday Decorating with DAVE’S

DAVE’S is so much more than just Christmas! We love every season, every holiday. Our autumn collection is absolutely amazing this year, and we need to talk about it. We need to talk about the gorgeous table top decor and artificial floral in our store. Of course, we can’t leave out the adorable yard art and porch decor! Get excited about this with us and take a peek at some of our favorite for Fall 2016!

Fall Silk Floral & Table Decorations

We carry a huge selection of picks, artificial flowers, and harvest themed accents for making arrangements. We grabbed a few items from the store and put them in a mason jar for an amazing, rustic look.

Artificial Pumpkins & Fall Floral

Then we took the centerpiece and placed them with white pumpkins and decorative artificial pumpkins and a burlap vase. We have all the beautiful colors of fall in one theme and this will look great in any home!

Autumn Table Decorations

Porch Decor

Again we grabbed some of our favorite items and decorated a front porch for fall/harvest. We used hay bales, burlap, artificial pumpkins, a candle lantern and craft ribbon. This is a charming, festive way to welcome guests to your home!

Outdoor Fall Decorations

We also carry a wonderful assortment of artificial autumn wreaths and garden accessories. You’ll just have to come in and see it all!

Pumpkin Gazing Ball

Indoor Halloween Decorations

Our Halloween collection features a great variety of items that are just perfect for parties. We paired glitter skulls with garland, skull candles, scary pumpkins and decorative plaques to create this spooky display!

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Pumpkins, Hay Bales, & Corn

Our garden centers are the place to BE. We have gorgeous orange and white pumpkins, Indian corn, hay bales and corn stalks to help you design your own autumn theme!

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DIY Supplies

For those who like to create a unique decoration, we have lanterns, ornaments, jars, vases and so much more. Before you get started on your next project, be sure to visit one of our stores!

AUTUMN LANTERN DIY

Day of The Dead

We have stunning Dia De Los Muertos decorations including sugar skulls, sugar skull cats, ornaments, plates, and so much more!

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7 Chores To Do In Autumn

We have one week left until fall officially begins. Before we know it, the days will fly by and we’ll be busier than ever with autumn festivals, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can make life a lot easier during the holidays if you take care of a few tasks before the end of September. Use this post as a checklist to get organized and prepare the home for fall and winter events. Be sure to share any of your favorite fall tasks in the comments section too, we love to hear back from our readers.

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#1 Fridge & Pantry

Take an inventory of any expired or close-to-expire food in the fridge, freezer and pantry. Once you purge anything you haven’t used in a while, create a shopping list for non-perishable items you may need during the holidays. It will be wonderful when you realize you only have to get a few things for a recipe when the time comes.

#2 Clothes & Accessories

Similar to task one, take an account of clothes, shoes, hats, gloves and other accessories you haven’t worn in over a year. Set aside items that no longer fit as well, donate these items and create a shopping list of new items you’ll need for the cold season.

#3 Dust Everything!

Dust ceiling fans, mini blinds, and all high surfaces that you don’t get to frequently. This will make prepping the home for holiday parties quicker and easier.

#4 Flip Mattresses & Couch Cushions

You should flip mattresses and couch cushions(if applicable) 2-3 times per year. If your couch cushions aren’t the kind you can flip, see if you can remove the cover to wash it and try to fluff the cushions and pillows as much as possible.

#5 Deep Clean Carpets & Upholstery

Vacuum all upholstered items in the home, as well as every carpet. Once that’s finished, shampoo the carpets and let dry for a day. Vacuum the carpets one more time to get anything that might have been left behind after shampooing.

#6 Test All Smoke Detectors

Before the hours of cooking and candle season, make sure all smoke detectors are functioning and have full batteries… just in case.

#7 Winterize Outside (If Applicable)

While you don’t have to completely shut down the outdoors, you can prep it for the cold season. Remove non-essential items susceptible to harsh weather. If you have a pool, get the supplies ready for closing it in a few weeks. Stack and cover patio furniture when it’s not in use, as bad weather can hit at any time. If you’re in a warmer area, skip this step and enjoy fall!

Our Favorite Items of Spring

Happy Decorating!

Each of our stores has its own personality in charm, but one thing holds true for all of them. Every DAVE’S store has a great big collection of patio decor, garden statues, seasonal decorations and decorative accents. While the inventory may vary once in a while, you’ll always find things to love. Whenever I head to one of the stores to do some good ole’ fashion work, I ALWAYS fall in love with something new. Today’s post is centered on my favorite items over the last few months. The photos feature gorgeous statues, wall plaques, patio lights, and more. If you see something you love too, let us know in the comments section and we’ll help you find it!

Fire Pit Patio Tables

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These Adorable & Quirky Statues

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The Kids’ Gardening Supplies

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The Elegant Children Garden Statues

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Our Amazing Patriotic Displays & Decorations

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Our Jute Candle Holders Might Be My Favorite

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We Have So Many Cute Signs & Accents…
Choosing a Favorite Is Impossible…

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Sherrie Carter