Sales of lawn ornaments a hot economic spot

Raleigh News & ObserverNovember 22, 2010 

If you think inflatable snow globes are tacky, prepare to hold your well-mannered tongue. This year, it's going to seem like Tim the Toolman Taylor has moved in next door.

Outdoor holiday decorations, widely known as "yard art," are going even bigger this year.

Think more watts, more lights and more power.

They are, pardon the pun, one of the bright spots for retailers this holiday season.

Home Depot says that sales of holiday decor, which includes yard art, have gone up 217 percent since 2004.

"People love these because it isn't really labor-intensive and there's still that feeling where it's a little bit of outdoing your neighbor," said Haydn Chilcott, regional vice president for Home Depot, which has increased its selection by 30 percent.

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