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Trendy, Preppy Fashions At Essex Warehouse Sale

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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • Books Inspiring Global Tours, Journeys

    August 3, 2014

    Book lovers who head out to visit authors' homes, museums and gravesites are part of a new chapter in travel called "literary tourism."

  • 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.

  • Keeping Your Golf Budget Under Par

    May 11, 2014

    Golf has been called "the game you love to hate." (It's actually been called far worse, as anyone who's hit a ball into a water hazard knows, but this is a family newspaper.)

  • Vacationers Can Travel With Lighter, Smarter Luggage This Season

    April 20, 2014

    Vacation season is just ahead, and for many of us, that means hitting the road or flying off in search of adventures. But if your travel gear includes battered suitcases and oversized backpacks, you might want to take a look at new merchandise arriving on the market this spring.

  • A Crash Course In Umbrella Etiquette Just In Time For Spring Showers

    April 6, 2014

    April showers don't just bring May flowers, they bring armies of folks wielding umbrellas and unconsciously poking and dripping their way through elevators, halls and offices.

  • Gift Bags With Connecticut-Made Products A Big Hit With Guests

    March 9, 2014

    Can't wait for spring? Remember, along with warmer weather, May and June bring graduations and weddings — and graduations and weddings bring out-of-town guests.

  • Top Travel Events In New England This Summer And Fall

    March 2, 2014

    Planning your 2014 travel calendar? The American Bus Association has released its annual list of North America's top 100 events and a number of New England happenings made the cut.

  • 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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