What to Buy at Fall Festivals
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What to Buy at Fall Festivals

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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Not sure what to buy at the fall festivals? Here are some tips on the best things to purchase.The fall festivals are starting! These community festivals are fun to visit with your family. It is a good idea to watch how much you are spending so you don’t go over your budget. You can save money if you limit your purchases to things that are fall related and that might be more expensive to buy somewhere else.

4 Items to Buy at Fall Festivals

Pumpkins
Pumpkins are the most popular item to use as a fall decoration. If your local fall festival sells them, it may be a good idea to buy some. Before you attend the fest, figure out how many pumpkins you actually need.

Buy the pumpkins right before you leave the festival so you won’t have to carry them around with you. Or, select a few small pumpkins and put them in a bag to make them easier to carry.

Not interested in carving pumpkins this year? There might be a vendor at the fall festival that is selling painted pumpkins. All you have to do is select where to put it, and your decorating is done!

Kettle Corn
The sweet and salty kettle corn that you can buy from a festival is always going to be better than the pre-packaged kind. The warm popcorn will smell good and be nice to carry around on a cool autumn day. Kettle corn is typically inexpensive and comes in large bags. Share it with your family!

Fall Decorations
The best time to buy unique, handmade, fall decorations is during the fall festivals. Vendors who create decorative holiday items will be selling them. The price might be a bit higher than the decorations you can find in stores. The extra cost might be worth it because you will be getting a one of a kind item.

What kinds of decorations should you look for? Select ones that can be used again next year. Handmade scarecrows, fall wreaths, and plastic painted pumpkins are good choices. If you aren’t concerned about reusable decorations, buy a carved gourd or pumpkin. Flowers in fall colors can make a nice (yet temporary) decoration.

Food From Non-Profits
Getting hungry? Food that is sold at festivals is generally pricey. There’s no getting around the cost, so you may as well use your money responsibly. Look for a food vendor that is being run by a non-profit organization. Your money can help someone!

Look for vendors that are band students who are raising money for upcoming competitions. Religious organizations are another option. Schools that are raising money to upgrade their computers, or buy new textbooks, or to purchase supplies for students in need are also a great place to give your money to.

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