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Savvy Shopper Tips and deals for Connecticut shoppers
This Weekend's Deals: Tax-Free Shopping, Sidewalk Sales And Flea Markets

It's the last call for shopping tax-free. Connecticut's Tax-Free Week ends Saturday, Aug. 27. Shop by then and you won't pay sales tax on most individual clothing or footwear priced at less than $100.

Tanger Outlets in Westbrook celebrates back-to-school season with a free scavenger hunt for students(kindergarten to 8th grade), and a center-wide sidewalk sale.

Starting at noon on Saturday, Aug.

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Sweet Savings At Royal Ice Cream Co.

Royal Ice Cream Co. has been making and wholesaling premium ice cream since 1926. It also sells to local customers right out of the freezer case at the factory at 27 Warren St. in Manchester and buying there adds up to sweet savings, since Royal's ice cream cakes and frozen desserts are about half the price of retail. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Open Air Market Day At The Wadsworth Mansion

Experience a European en plein air market vibe at the annual Open Air Market Day at The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate in Middletown on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will sell Connecticut-grown produce, along with breads, cheeses, jams and crafts. Entertainment includes carriage rides, kids' activities and tours, and admission is free. Information: wadsworthmansion.com.

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Nimble Arts Summer Circus

The circus comes to New London on Saturday, Aug. 28, when the New London Maritime Society presents the Nimble Arts Summer Circus on the city’s Parade Plaza. Performances, at 4 and 6:30 p.m., are free.

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Audio Book Bargains

Find a deal on the entertainment you need for your next summer roadtrip. Old Saybrook-based publisher Tantor Audio is offering MP3 audio titles at 50 percent off and audio CD titles from their Bargain Bin for $4.99.

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Rummage Sales, Retail Happy Hours, REI Online Among Weekend Deals

The First Congregational Church of Deep River is holding its annual rummage sale and flea market this weekend. The rummage sale is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20 and the flea market is on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: deeprivercc.org.

Friends of the New Britain Public Library, 20 High St., will hold their annual textbook sale from Monday, Aug. 22 through Sept.

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