>>Expect hot bargains at West Hartford Winter Sale Days, a semiannual event that draws crowds to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Official sale days are Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9. Some businesses extend their sales, however, so check with individual merchants for details.
>>Red Balloon, a children's boutique in Essex, is holding a winter sale with 50 percent off seasonal apparel for boys and girls. The shop, at 77 Main St., stocks clothing in sizes newborn to 16. Sale items are final purchase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: redballoonessex.com and 860-767-0763.
>>Cumberland Farms, 155 Hopmeadow St., in Simsbury holds a grand opening event from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, with complimentary food tastings, free coffee, fountain drinks and Chill Zone frozen beverages, along with T-shirts, key chains and other giveaways (while supplies last). Information: cumberlandfarms.com.
>>Attention Yankee Candle fans: The semiannual clearance sale at Yankee Candle's flagship store in South Deerfield, Mass., (about an hour's drive from Hartford) is taking place through Jan. 19. The features savings of up to 75 percent on select candles, home decor, gifts and more. Information: 877-636-7707 or yankeecandle.com.
>>It's winter sale time at the Villager shop, 550 Avery Heights in Hartford. Men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories are up to 40 percent off. Information: 860 953-1201, extension 455.
>>Blumen Laden's annual half-price sale on Christmas merchandise continues. Arrangements, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, candle rings, holiday ribbon and Bethany Lowe collectibles are 50 percent off. All sales are final; payment is by cash or charge. Blumen Laden is at 41 Bridge St. in the Collinsville section of Canton. Information: 860-693-8600.
>>Bodytalk, a women's clothing shop in Avon, is holding its winter clearance sale. During the event, all winter merchandise is discounted 50 percent. The sale continues until all reduced merchandise is gone. All reduced items are final sale. Bodytalk is at 51 East Main St. in Avon. Information: 860-678-7855.