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Save Some Green In Celebration Of Earth Day

Save Some Green In Celebration Of Earth Day

April 17, 2015

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, and some businesses are honoring the planet with eco-deals.

  • Presidential Museums, Homesteads A Great Destination For Families

    April 16, 2015

    One of the pictures in our family's scrapbook is a shot of my sister and me in front of Mount Vernon, home of the country's first president, George Washington. Even now, I remember how the visit, during one of our summer vacations, made history a lot more interesting than it had been in school.

  • Staycation? There's An App For That

    April 10, 2015

    After the winter we've had, everyone's got a serious case of cabin fever. The good news is that if you're looking for spring staycation ideas, there's an app for that. Actually, there are a number of apps for that. Casinos, museums, parks and other destinations around the state have released tablet and smart phone guides to help you make the most of your trip — and the good news is, most are free.

  • Pottery, Consignment Items Among Weekend Sales

    April 9, 2015

    >>Expressions Pottery holds a seconds sale at Auer Farm, 158 Auer Farm Road, off Route 185, in Bloomfield, on Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Eleven potters are participating and most items are priced between $1 and $15. Information: expressionspottery.com.

  • Swag Holding Two-Day Warehouse Sale in Old Saybrook

    April 3, 2015

    >>Swag, 117 Main St., Old Saybrook, will have a blowout warehouse and tent sale Friday and Saturday with 40 percent to 70 percent off furniture, home decor, gifts, accessories and more. (Don't miss the birthday cards for 25 cents each.) There will be free lollipops for the kids. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day, but Savvy Shopper readers can start shopping at 8:30 a.m. Information: 860-388-5500.

  • NY, Boston, Philly Art Institutions Gear Up For Major Shows

    March 26, 2015

    Spring doesn't just bring May flowers, it brings blockbuster shows at museums throughout the Northeast and this year is no exception. Art institutions in New York, Boston and Philadelphia are gearing up for major exhibits.

  • Deals On Jewelry Among Weekend's Sales

    March 25, 2015

    >>Rossi Studios, 27 East Main St. in Torrington, holds a special event on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for a glass of wine and purchase a pin, necklace or pair of earrings from Rossi's and Dawn Hill's new collaborative collection and you'll get a free pair of Dawn Hill mini-drop earrings. Information: karenrossi.com.

  • Before We Have Spring, We Have Potholes: A Few Navigational Tips

    March 22, 2015

    Friday may have been the first day of spring, but I think a better name for this time of year is "pothole season." My daily commute is an obstacle course, with drivers weaving right and left to avoid all the craters in the road.

  • Kitchenwares, Linens And Furniture Among Weekend Sales

    March 19, 2015

    >>Patricia Spratt for the Home, a wholesale business specializing in high-end table linens, opens to the public Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, for a spring warehouse sale. Sale stock includes a large variety of placemats, napkins, tablecloths, runners and pillows and fabrics by the yard at savings of up to 80 percent off retail. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Patricia Spratt for the Home is at 60 Lyme St. in Old Lyme. Information: 860-434-9291 or patriciasprattforthehome.com.

  • Cottage, Beach Rentals Going Fast After This Hard Winter

    March 13, 2015

    Tired of what feels like an unending winter? Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is just 10 weeks away and by then, all the snow and ice will be gone.

  • Free Travel Apps That Save You Money, Time (And Find You A Place To Tinkle)

    March 8, 2015

    After a winter getaway to Florida and the Caribbean, I returned with a new appreciation for what travel apps can do to ease glitches along the way. We organized travel information in the updated Tripit app; found free wi-fi with Wifi Finder and used Cost Split to tally up our tabs at the end of our journey.

  • Juliska Warehouse Sale, Design Source Holding Spring Sales

    March 6, 2015

    >>Juliska, a company specializing in high-end china, crystal, cutlery and home and garden accessories, holds a spring warehouse sale at the Berry & Fred Outlet, 441 Canal St., Stamford from Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, March 15. Merchandise includes seconds and retired glassware, ceramics, lighting, linens, home accessories and more at 40 to 75 percent off retail prices. The sale is about a 90-minute drive from Hartford. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: 203-883-6263.

  • Weekend Sales: Furniture, Gifts, Books

    February 26, 2015

    >>Puritan Furniture, 1061 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, 860-236-4271, and the Puritan Distribution Outlet, 1210 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, 860-529-8231, are each holding a 12-hour clearance sale from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Furniture and bedding will be discounted as much as 75 percent. Information: puritanfurniture.com.

  • New Book By 'Nomadic Matt' Offers Tips For Cheap Travel

    February 25, 2015

    I'm no cheap travel newcomer. As a college kid, I flew Icelandic Airline, (better known as 'Hippie Air") to Europe and backpacked my way around the continent, staying in youth hostels and eating at cheap cafes.

  • Weekend's Deals: Chinese New Year Celebration, EMS Clearance

    February 20, 2015

    >>Celebrate the Year of the Sheep at Green Teahouse's free New Year's celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Festivities include tea and treat samplings, calligraphy demonstrations, mini-massages and special discounts on teas, tea sets and other merchandise. Green Teahouse is at 40 Isham Road in West Hartford's Blue Back Square. Information: 860-232-6666 or thegreenteahouse.com.

  • Cabin Fever Relief: Museum Destinations At Little Or No Cost

    February 20, 2015

    With snow days piling up and temperatures in the single digits, school-aged kids are developing serious cases of cabin fever. Museums are great cold weather destinations, especially those with activities geared toward children, but admissions aren't cheap, particularly if you're bringing the whole family.

  • Weekend's Deals: Flowers, Candy, Burritos Among Valentine's Specials

    February 12, 2015

    Show the love (and not break the bank) on Valentine's Day by taking advantage of these special deals.

  • Secrets To Saving On Your Cruise Bar Tab

    February 12, 2015

    I just returned from a Caribbean cruise and take it from me, there's nothing like watching the sun set over the ocean while sipping an afternoon cocktail to make you forget New England winters.

  • Week's Sales Include Valentine's Flowers, Cards, Gifts

    February 6, 2015

    >>Valentine's Day is just a week away. Don't overpay for gifts. Check ALDI, ShopRite, PriceRite and Price Chopper stores and other supermarkets for bargains on flowers. Wal-Mart, Xpect Discounts and Walgreens also have discounted flowers. Most dollar stores will have Valentine's balloons and stuffed animals for $2.

  • The Weekend's Sales: Baby Clothes, Furniture

    January 29, 2015

    >>Starting Sunday, Feb. 1, Toy Chest, 975 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, will hold its annual February furniture sale with savings of 10 to 40 percent on furniture, car seats, strollers, high chairs and more. Information: 860-233-5559 or www.toychestwh.com.

  • Jewelry, Needlecrafts, Books And Mags Among Weekend Sales

    January 22, 2015

    >>A Silver Lining, a jewelry and gift shop at 144 Main St, in Old Saybrook, is closing. Currently, merchandise, including sterling jewelry, holiday ornaments, gifts and more, are 40 percent off. The store is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-510-0369.

  • New England Flower & Garden Shows Get Jump On Spring

    January 22, 2015

    Groundhog Day is just over a week away, but regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil and Connecticut's Chuckles see their shadows or not, signs of spring in February and March are hard to find.

  • Several Closeouts Among Weekend's Sales

    January 15, 2015

    >>Stars mean savings at C&G, an apparel shop in Chester Center. Through Feb. 15, its winter star sale offers discounts on winter clothing and accessories. Each star on an item means an additional 20 percent off, and new stars are added regularly. The store is at 3 N. Main St. Information: 860-526-3284 or www.cgchester.com.

  • Winter Deals at New England Inns, Hotels, B&Bs

    January 15, 2015

    Need a post-holiday break? Cozy up at one of New England's inns, spas, hotels or bed-and-breakfasts. January and February are great times to find deals — especially if you can get away last minute or mid-week. (Prices exclude taxes and gratuities, unless otherwise noted.)

  • Trails And Malls Keep Connecticut Walkers Moving In Winter

    January 8, 2015

    If one of your New Year's resolutions is to walk more, don't let the cold weather short-circuit your good intentions. Connecticut has plenty of great places for winter hiking — or strolling, if that's more your speed, says Lori Paradis Brant, education director at WalkCT.org. the organization offers programs and information to get people outdoors in Connecticut.

  • Weekend Shopping: West Hartford Sale Days, Yankee Candle Clearance

    January 8, 2015

    >>Fight the cold with hot bargains at West Hartford Sale Days, a semiannual event that draws crowds of savvy shoppers to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Official sale days are Friday and Saturday. However, some businesses extend their sales, so check with individual merchants for details.

  • Post-Holiday Sales Continue On Art, Crafts, Gifts

    January 2, 2015

    >>Karen Rossi Studios, 27 East Main St. in Torrington, is holding a January "White Sale" on Friday, Jan. 2, with 50 percent off full priced items and most pieces of original artwork. (Mention "Arts Walk" to get the discount.) Hours are 1 to 6 p.m.

  • Where To Shop For Post-Holiday Sales

    December 23, 2014

    For bargain hunters, the weekend after Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday decor, wrapping paper, boxed greeting cards and gifts are 50 percent off — and discounts can climb to 75 percent and more over the next two weeks. Check local shops, drug stores, big box chains, supermarkets and garden centers for deals.

  • Weekend Sales: Polish Pottery, Uggs, Arts & Crafts

    December 11, 2014

    >>Polish Pottery Plus, 21 Old Windsor Road, Bloomfield, holds a holiday warehouse sale of hand-painted tableware from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Discounts range from 15 to 70 percent. Information: 860-217-0011 or www.polishpotteryplus.com.

  • A Few Homes Lit Up With Holiday Cheer

    December 10, 2014

    Christmas lights put me in the Christmas spirit. Whether it's an elaborate display or a just a token string dangling off someone's lamp post, the sight makes me happy.

  • Holiday Sales On Ceramics, Glass, Pottery

    December 4, 2014

    >>Jen Violette Designs annual holiday glass sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at a private residence at 30 Haven Drive, (off Barndoor Hills Road), in Granby, and features the Vermont artist's Venetian-style, hand-blown glass ornaments, vases, wall sculptures, jewelry and seconds at 15 to 40 percent off. Payment is by cash or check. Information: www.jenviolette.com.

  • Black Friday Sales At Local Shops

    November 25, 2014

    Looking for alternatives to the mall? Try these indie sales.

  • Weekend Sales On Pottery, Gifts, Ornaments

    November 20, 2014

    Not up for the holiday mall crawl? Escape the crowds at these local sales.

  • A Postmark From Bethlehem's Post Office A Popular Holiday Accessory

    November 20, 2014

    The post office in Connecticut's Bethlehem is preparing for the annual Christmas rush.

  • Ski Resorts Offering Lodging And Lift Deals

    November 12, 2014

    Looks like it's going to be all downhill for skiers and snowboarders in New England this winter.

  • Holiday Shoppers Nationwide Will Find More Mall Services

    November 6, 2014

    Just 46 shopping days until Christmas. (Yes, I included Thanksgiving Day in that count, since many stores will be open for business by the time you've finished your second piece of pumpkin pie. J.C. Penney will open at 5 p.m. and Sears, Macy's and Kohl's have both announced 6 p.m. openings on Thanksgiving. Other chains are expected to follow suit.)

  • Hartford's Design Center Hosting Big Weekend Sales

    November 6, 2014

    You can shop like a designer at the Design Center Building, 1429 Park St., in Hartford, this weekend, where a number of special sales are taking place. (Enter the building on Bartholomew Avenue, where free parking is available.)

  • Free Bridal Gowns, Meals Among Deals For Vets

    November 6, 2014

    If you're a veteran or active military member, you can put your wallet away on Nov. 11.

  • Trendy, Preppy Fashions At Essex Warehouse Sale

    October 24, 2014

    >>Good news for preppy fashionistas: The Eliza B Factory Store, 55 Plains Road, Essex, is holding a warehouse sale Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event features deals on Connecticut-made trendy sandals, leather goods and accessories, fashionable pet leashes and collars and fabrics, ribbons and trims. Items are up to 75 percent off. Information: www.elizab.com.

  • Weekend Discounts Include Kids' Consignment Sale In Simsbury

    October 16, 2014

    >>Latimer Lane PTO's consignment sale Saturday in Simsbury features like-new children's fall and winter clothing, sports equipment, baby items, kids' furniture and toys, games and books. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. From noon to 1 p.m. most merchandise is half off the ticketed price. Latimer Lane Elementary School is at 33 Mountain View Road in Simsbury. Information here.

  • Columbus Day Weekend Sales

    October 9, 2014

    Columbus Day weekend means special sales and an extra day to shop.

  • Weekend Shopping: Office Supplies, Books And Card Sales

    October 3, 2014

    >>The Seasons Hallmark Shop in Simsbury Commons on Routes 44 and 167, in Simsbury, is closing. Currently, merchandise is 20 to 70 percent off. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-658-1618.

  • Weekend Sales: French Linens, Giant Tag Sale

    September 26, 2014

    >>Amelie Michel, an Essex company specializing in high-end French linens, will hold a warehouse sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28, at 192 Westbrook Road. Merchandise includes table linens, bedding, soaps, pillows and more. Savings are 20 to 50 percent off retail. Information: www.ameliemichel.com.

  • Travel Apps For Great Last-Minute Deals

    September 25, 2014

    No question, last-minute travelers can grab great deals. When hotels, resorts, cruise lines and even airlines have unused inventory, they often offer it at deep discounts — sometimes as much as 50 percent and more off original prices.

  • Artistic Tag Sale At Farmington Valley Arts Center

    September 19, 2014

    >>Artists at Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane in Avon, have been cleaning out their attics, garages and studios for a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.Throughout the center, original artwork, canvases, easels, books, frames, jewelry, paints and art supplies, furniture, collectibles and other one-of-a-kind objects will be on display and on sale, and studios and the gift shop will be open as well. Information: www.ARTSFVAC.org.

  • Connecticut Venues With A View Of The Season's Foliage

    September 18, 2014

    I love our state's fall foliage. What I don't like is fighting traffic jams on country roads, or worse, hiking up some dusty path to see it.

  • Hot Or Cold, Lobster Rolls Are Worth The Drive

    July 13, 2014

    At least once a summer, (more often, if I'm lucky), I have to have a lobster roll — preferably consumed at a picnic table with a salt water view. My preference is the hot version, fresh lobster meat drizzled with butter and piled into a hot dog bun.

  • Save On Mother's Day Gifts

    April 12, 2012

    Mother's Dayis just ahead on May 13. Get deals on gifts at area sales.

  • President's Day Savings On Antiques, Books, Decor

    February 16, 2012

    Shop President's Day weekend sales and you'll save some Washingtons and Lincolns.

  • Valentine's Day Gifts, Soccer Wear, Free Museum Admission

    February 2, 2012

    Just 12 shopping days until Valentine's Day. Don't wait until the last minute and get stuck paying full price for your gifts. Check out the great sales going on at area stores now.

  • Mega-Sale At Japanalia, Free La Perla Gift Card, Taste Of Hartford

    January 19, 2012

    On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 21 to 23, in Hartford, Japanalia cleans house at its biannual mega-sale. The event features samples, one-of-a-kind items, overstocks and irregulars at 50 to 80 percent off. Payment is by cash or check only. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (No dressing rooms available, so wear a unitard or swimsuit for trying on clothes.) The store is at 11 Whitney St. (corner of Farmington Avenue) in Hartford. Information: 860-232-4677.

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