Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts at area galleries and gift shops.
>>The gift shop at Arts Center East's Artists Cooperative, 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, is holding a pre-holiday sale with discounts on handmade pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, greeting cards, matted art photos, make-your-own cards kits, paper quilling, wooden kaleidoscopes, clay masks and more. Spend $25 or more and you'll get 20 percent off your purchase. Sales prices are in effect on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1. Information: 860-871-8222 or artscentereast.org.
>>It's your last chance to shop Design Forum's anniversary sale. Jewelry is 20 to 70 percent off, and other merchandise, including art glass, bath products and candles, also is discounted. Sale ends Sunday, Nov. 1. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
>>Karen Rossi is holding a clearance sale at her studios at 27 E. Main St. in Torrington. Select products, including glass ornaments, wind chimes and fabric ornaments, are 50 percent off, and there's a sidewalk sale section where all items are $5. Spend $25 and you'll get a free bracelet or pin. Information: karenrossi.com.
>>Expect opening deals and specials when West Elm opens its newest Connecticut location in West Hartford's Blue Back Square on Nov. 5.
>>Amelie Michel, an Essex company specializing in high-end French imports, will hold a warehouse sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. Merchandise includes table linens, bedding, soaps, pillows and more. Savings are 20 to 50 percent off retail. The sale is at 192 Westbrook Road. Information: ameliemichel.com.
>>Women's pants, including corduroy, silk, jeans, velvet and cotton twill, originally up to $65, are just $15 a pair through November at The Villager Shop at Avery Heights, 55 Avery Heights in Hartford. Information: 860-953-1201.
>>Halloween items are 50 percent off at Coventry's Thrift and Gift Shop, 1364 Main St. Other deals include shoes at half-off and books 10 for $1. Sale ends Saturday, Oct. 31. Payment by cash only. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 860-742-8127.
>>Starting Thursday, Nov. 5 and running through Wednesday, Nov. 11, Ocean State Job Lot stores are holding Operation Thank You, a special 25 percent discount on most merchandise for active duty military, National Guard, veterans, reserve members and families. ID is required, and offers can't be combined with other specials or discounts. Information: oceanstatejoblot.com.
Gledhill, 660 Mountain Road in West Hartford, is holding a fall clearance sale, with savings of 50 percent on trees, shrubs, roses and perennials; 40 percent on glazed pottery and 25 percent on garden furniture, bird baths and fountains. Information: gledhillnursery.com.
Gift certificates of $50 or more are 10 percent off at White Flower Farm. Order online at whiteflowerfarm.com.
This post has been updated to correct the Ocean State Job Lot military discount.