Earth Day Freebies and Easter Deals

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Earth Week ToteEarth Day is Tuesday, April 22 and some businesses are honoring the planet with eco-deals.

Spend $65 or more from Monday, April 21 through Saturday, April 26 and you’ll get a free, limited-edition Earth Day tote bag. While you’re there, you can also get a free mini-facial. Information:

Bring five empty plastic bags into any Disney Store on Tuesday and you’ll get a free “Bears” reusable tote bag. One per customer, while supplies last.


Return any six empty MAC containers to a MAC counter, store or for a free lipstick of your choice. This promotion is ongoing. (For details, visit and type “recycle” into the search field.)

In honor of National Parks Week and just in time for Earth Day, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees to all national parks on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20. Information:

Send free green love and save trees with Earth Day e-cards at

Spring Sales

Don’t forget — Easter Sunday means marked-down candy and gifts on Monday, April 21. CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target and Wal-Mart will be slashing prices on candy, bunnies and other seasonal items.

Guys can double up on a new spring wardrobe without paying double the price. Most merchandise, including suits and jackets, is buy one, get one free at Men’s Wearhouse stores. Sale ends Saturday. Some exclusions. Visit for details.

Spring and summer clothing for the entire family is 50 percent off at The Second Chance Shop of Simsbury, at 12 Station Street. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dance Village, 171 Spencer St. in Manchester celebrates 40 years in business with discounts on Capezio and Bloch merchandise on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19. Information: 860-645-6606 or

Select curtains, pillows, bedding, fabric, trim and accessories are up to 50 percent off at RLF HOME, 30 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 860-951-8110.

Spend $50 or more at L.L. Bean and you’ll get a free $10 gift card. Offer good through Sunday, April 20 in stores and at

It’s spring sale time at Antiques on Main, 165-167 Main St. in Wethersfield. Sale ends Saturday, April 19. Store hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am. to 5:30 p.m.


Free Daytrips & Destinations Tickets

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daytripsFind the best places to go and things to see at the Daytrips and Destinations Travel & Family Fun Expo on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Adult admission is $8, but you and a friend can get in free if you’re one of the first 25 people to send me your favorite Connecticut daytrip destination. (Send to and be sure to include your name and mailing address.)

Dilly Of A Sale

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daffodilSpring means tag sales and the Meriden Daffodil Festival tag sale in Hubbard Park on West Main St. on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a popular annual event. More than 100 vendors offer a wide range of general merchandise. Organizers promise good deals and haggling is encouraged.

Tanger Outlets Egg Hunt

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egg huntThe Tanger Outlet Center, 314 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, will present its annual Spring Egg Hunt at noon Saturday. The free event, featuring candy-filled eggs and prizes, is open to children 12 and younger. Age groups are up to 3; 4 to 7; and 8 to 12.
Post-hunt activities include an egg decorating, egg toss, cookie decorating and a coloring contest Information:

Burn Your Socks Sale At Eliza B Outlet In Essex

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ElizaB (2)The Eliza B / Leather Man Ltd Outlet store celebrates the end of winter with a Burn Your Socks opening sale on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring in a sock for the fire and you’ll get $10 off a pair of sandals. (One discount per person.) The store, at 55 Plains Road in Essex, features trendy sandals for women, leather goods and accessories, including headbands, watchbands and totes, along with men’s leather goods, fashionable pet leashes and collars, fabrics, ribbons and trims. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Information:

Artist Karen Rossi will hold an open house and sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at her studio, 60 Estey Road, Norfolk — and she’s offering a special spring deal. Spend $20 and get your choice of tabletop chimes free, value $20. Information: 860-305-6579 or

Amelie Michel, an Essex company specializing in high-end French linens, holds a warehouse sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, April 11 through 13. Merchandise will include table linens, pillows and soaps. Discounts are as much as 50 percent off. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale is at 192 Westbrook Road. Information: 860-767-0336,

Gledhill Nursery, 600 Mountain Road, West Hartford, will hold a spring open house Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, with free refreshments and special deals. Information:

Spend $50 or more at L.L. Bean and you’ll get a free $10 gift card. Offer good through April 20 in stores and at

Friends of the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St. in Manchester, holds their spring book sale on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 pm.

The Perfect Toy, 290 West Main St./Route 44 in Avon, holds a spring sale with savings of 20 percent on all toys. The sale begins Thursday, April 10 and ends Sunday, April 12. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Information: 860-678-7015.

It’s spring sale time at Antiques on Main, 165-167 Main St. in Wethersfield. Sale ends April 19. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am. to 5:30 p.m.

Classic soft serve sundaes are buy-one-get-one free at Carvel stores every Wednesday. Information:

The Friends of Ellington Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington, are holding a bag of books sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11, 12 and 13. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., bags of books are $9; on Sunday from 1 to 4:45 p.m., bags are $5.