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.
Head to the shoreline Thursday, Friday or Saturday, Jan. 19 to 21, for an "Insidewalk" sale in Madison. Local stores are offering savings of as much as 75 percent on a variety of goods and merchandise. Find information at http://www.facebook.com/shopmadisonct.
Good news for bargain-hunting foodies. The Taste of Hartford is back with two weeks of discount dining. Beginning Monday, Jan. 23 and running through Feb. 5, 17 Hartford restaurants are offering fixed-price tasting menus for $20.12. Participating eateries and menus at http://www.TasteHartford.com.
Prospective college students and parents can sign up now for College Goal Sunday. The free event, which will be held at 12 locations throughout Connecticut including Manchester Community College, University of Hartford, Eastern Connecticut State University and Windsor High School, features information on planning for college, college entrance requirements, financial aid, student support services, areas of study and degree programs. Information: http://www.CollegeGoalSundayCt.org.
Wish on a star for savings at C&G, an apparel shop in Chester center. Through Feb. 19, their 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.) Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The store is at 3 N. Main St. Information: 860-526-3284 or http://www.cgchester.com.
We knew the snow would come eventually. Pick up winter reading cheap at area library book sales.
The Friends of the Chester Public Library hold a book sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. The sale continues during regular library hours through Feb. 3. Merchandise includes adult and children's titles, movies, music and audio books, most are priced at $1 or less. Chester Public Library is at 21 West Main Street. Information: 860-526-0018.
Wolcott Public Library, 469 Bound Line Road, holds a used book sale on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21. Most books and videos are priced at $5 a bag. Information: 203 879-8110
It's not too soon to think about next Christmas. Crane, maker of fine paper, is having a sale on holiday cards, tags, invitations and gift items. The sale, at http://www.crane.com, continues until the merchandise is gone.
Stock up on new makeup without breaking your budget with E.L.F. products at http://www.eyeslipsface.com. Make a $25 purchase and you'll get an 83-piece makeup collection for $3.50 with code, "LOVELY" at checkout. Spend $30 and you'll get a free subscription to Family Circle magazine, ($9.99 value), as well.
The Orvis warehouse in Norwalk features a changing mix of men's and women's clothing, luggage, gifts, dog beds, hunting supplies, fly-fishing rods, reels and tackle at savings of up to 75 percent off original prices. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is in the ShopRite Shopping Center, 360 Connecticut Ave., Route 1, in Norwalk. Information: 203-899-0639.
There's still time to shop Blumen Laden's annual half-price sale. The event features arrangements, wreaths, garlands, ornaments and more at 50 percent off. All sales are final. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blumen Laden is at 41 Bridge St. (across from the Crown & Hammer Pub) in the Collinsville section of Canton. Information: 860-693-8600.
Red Envelope, http://www.redenvelope.com, sells luxury gifts for every occasion and budget. Its online winter sale has savings of 60 percent and more on a range of gift items. (Think Valentine's Day.) Sample bargains include a red silk and cashmere sweater, regularly $99.95, for $49.99 and a 100 Ways To Say I Love You bracelet, regularly $89.95 for $39.99.