Savvy Shopper Tips and deals for Connecticut shoppers
A Weekend For Tag Sales, Flea Markets

If you brake for tag sales or flea markets, you'll be doing a lot of stop-and-go driving this weekend.

>>The Lutz Children's Museum, 247 South Main St., Manchester, holds a kids' stuff tag sale on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Free Comic Book Day

Saturday is the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, and thousands of independent comic-book shops across the country, including in Newington, Wethersfiled, Manchester and Rocky Hill, will be giving away comic books, no purchase necessary.

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Simsbury Flea

The Simsbury Flea and Smorgasbord, an outdoor flea market featuring antique dealers, arts and crafts, jewelry, home decor and vendors, takes place Saturday, April 30, at Simsbury Meadows. Activities also include a Food Truck Festival and entertainment. Admission $3; kids and parking are free. Tickets available at

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May Market In Essex

If mom’s a thrifty gardner, she’ll love the Essex Garden Club's May Market on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2.p.m., rain or shine, in the town park on Main Street in Essex Village. Along with plants, the sale features gently-used planters and gardening equipment, horticulture/gardening books and other household items.

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Hartford Becoming A Vintage Shopping Destination

Hartford's fashion-forward scene is taking its cues from the past.

At vintage clothing stores like Venom Vintage on Capitol Avenue and How Bazaar on Whitney Street, merchandise doesn't make the shelves unless it's at least several decades old — and that's the new stuff.

Lashell Gibbs, owner of How Bazaar, stocks fashions from the 1920s to the '90s — and most of her stock is older than her customers.

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Power Up Weekend at CT Antique Machinery Association

The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association & History Museum holds their 12th annual Spring Power-Up and Open House in Kent on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event showcases an extensive collection of antique steam and internal combustion engines and farm equipment; and blacksmith shop, sawmill, railroad and mining exhibits. Vendors will be selling vintage machinery-related items.

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