Christmas time is a good time to hunt for some goth-ish stuff too- at fabric stores during Halloween, there are often remnants of a yard or less of various Halloween-themed fabrics, but at Christmas they release the good stuff! Christmas sales at Jo-Anns', where I used to work, always had sales on plush, expensive velvets and some laces at Christmas. And that also translates to remnants, which are discounted. They're excellent when re-covering chair cushions on thrift-store pieces. Last year, I snagged an even yard of deep red velvet for about $5. Considering that it had been nearly $15 a yard previously, I was thrilled!
Yeah... I'm usually pretty broke, so I try to live cheaply but glamorously... ^_^