Windsor holds an old-fashioned country fair in Northwest Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features a Civil War encampment, entertainment, kids’ activities, games, crafting exhibits, pie-eating contests and pony rides. Admission is $3 per person or $8 per family. (Kids under 5 admitted free.) Information: www.northwestpark.org. Find more fairs at ctnow.com/ctfairs.
West Hartford’s Home Design District is holding a sidewalk sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Merchants along New Park Avenue, including CT Shower & Bath, Tile America, Joe Cornfield’s Wallpaper, Coastal Tool & supply and Budget Blinds will be offering discounted prices on a variety of home renovation and décor items. Information: www.homedesigndistrict.com.
Juliska, a company specializing in high-end china, crystal, cutlery and home and garden accessories, is holding its annual giant tent sale Saturday at 465 Canal St., in Stamford. The sale runs through Sept. 22. Merchandise includes seconds and retired glassware, ceramics, lighting and home accessories at 50 percent to 75 percent off retail prices. The warehouse is about a 90-minute drive from Hartford. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Information: 203-316-0212.
Toy Chest/Little Folks Furniture, 975 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, is holding its annual September furniture sale. Save 10 percent to 40 percent on cribs, beds, dressers, car seats, strollers and accessories. The sale runs through the end of the month. Information: www.toychestwh.com or 860-233-5559.
CircleMint’s children’s consignment sale takes place Saturday and Sunday at Stay and Play, 175-2 Elm St., in Old Saybrook. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Most items are 50 percent off on Sunday. Admission is free. Bring your own shopping bags. No strollers. Payment is by cash and credit cards only. Information: www.circlemint.com.
Epoch Arts, 27 Skinner St. in East Hampton, holds a giant tag sale featuring antiques, clothing, furniture, toys, books, electronics, household goods and more. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-365-0337.
Friends of the Douglas Library, 22 Main St., Hebron, will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. (Books are $5 a bag from 2 to 3 p.m.)
The Hillstown Grange’s Annual Agricultural Fair, 617 Hills St. in East Hartford, takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features an attic sale and a used book sale.
Select clothing, shoes, housewares and vintage items are 75 percent off at the Second Chance Shop, 730 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 860-633-5188
The New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue in Bristol, holds a tag sale featuring a variety of merchandise at bargain prices on Friday, Sept. 12 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the building, (usually $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $2.50 for kids), will be $2 for the tag sale days. The carousel will be operating and rides are $1. Information: 860-585-5411 or www.thecarouselmuseum.org.
The company gathered hundreds of kids, ages 18 months to 12 years old and turned them loose on new toys from Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Zing.
Toys that encourage creative play, electronic toys, Frozen and other licensed merchandise and classic playthings such as Hot Wheels and Barbie, turned out to be the favorites.
“The kids surprised us this year with their changing tastes in toys, but we were ready to react to their feedback,” said Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president of toys at Walmart U.S in a press release. “When we saw specific trends emerge, we worked closely with our toy suppliers to make sure we were stocking our toy shelves and eCommerce distribution centers with the items kids really want this holiday season. Parents can trust that we’ll be ready with these kid-approved toys at great prices all season long.”
For parents who want to get a jump start on holiday shopping, Walmart launches its free holiday layaway program in stores Friday, Sept. 12. This year’s program includes an expanded list of eligible products, including toys, entertainment items and sporting goods.
Throughout the holiday season, the top 20 toys will be covered under Walmart’s Savings Catcher, an online receipt comparison tool. If a top local competitor offers a lower advertised price on those or other eligible items, customers get the difference on a Walmart eGift Card.
Hartford HodgePodge, an open-air market, street fair and festival in State House Square, kicks off Saturday with free yoga classes and family activities, vendors and crafters, farmers and food trucks and artists and performers. HodgePodge also offers a pop-up beer garden featuring Hartford home brews. The market is open from 11 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 18. Information: www.HartfordHodgePodge.com.
And yes, there’ll be shoes.
Along with Toms’ signature canvas slip-ons, the line will feature more than 50 items, including home goods, apparel and accessories for women, men and kids – all priced under $50.
Toms’ merchandise will be in all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Target.com on November 16.
If this designer-Target mash-up is as popular as some in the past, expect items to sell out quickly.
“Play! In Connecticut: Fall Theatre Festival” takes place Oct. 23 to 26, with special performances at Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, O’Neill Theater Center, Goodspeed Opera House and Westport Playhouse. Purchase tickets before Sept. 21 at www.playinct.org with code “PlayCT” and you’ll get a 20 percent discount. (Offer is limited to select seats and subject to availablity.) The website also features restaurant deals, lodging discounts and other special offers.
Ulta Beauty is holding its 21 Days of Beauty promotion through Sept 27. The three-week event features product discounts and buy-one-get-one-free offers, beauty tips, live demos and free make-up and skin consultations. Information: www.ulta.com.
September is National Potato Month, and McDonald’s is holding a “Fryday” celebration. Stop by a participating McDonald’s location in Connecticut or Western Massachusetts between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday and you’ll get a free small order of french fries, no purchase necessary. Information: www.mcdonalds.com.
Call some friends and head to Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., in Hartford, for a mystery scavenger hunt celebrating the cemetery’s 150th anniversary. Teams of up to four people will compete to find and follow clues throughout the memorial grounds. Once teams have collected all their clues, it’s a race to solve the mystery and get to the finish line. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. Admission: $5. Information: 860- 956-3311 or www.cedarhillfoundation.org.