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West Hartford Design District Sidewalk Sale

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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:

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: 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:

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

Walmart Top Toy List For Holiday 2014

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walmartWalmart has released its Top 20 Toys list for 2014.

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.



Toms And Target Team Up

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tomsTarget and Toms are teaming up on a limited-edition collection for the holidays.

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 on November 16.

If this designer-Target mash-up is as popular as some in the past, expect items to sell out quickly.

Last Call For Tax-Free Shopping

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ElizaB (2) Last call for tax free shopping. Connecticut’s Tax Free Week ends Saturday. Shop by then and you won’t pay sales tax on any individual clothing or footwear items priced less than $300.

The Eliza B Factory Store, 55 Plains Road in Essex, features deals on trendy sandals for women, leather goods and accessories, including headbands, watchbands and totes, along with men’s preppy leather goods, fashionable pet leashes and collars, fabrics, ribbons and trims. Savings run as much as 50 percent, and all sales are final. The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. Information:

Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, is holding an outdoor gift shop sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. merchandise includes discounted jewelry, ceramics, art prints, woodwork and note paper. Information: 860-871- 8222 or

Westbrook Congregational Church holds its annual fair on the Westbrook Town Green, 1166 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features children’s activities, crafters, vendors and a tag sale. Information: 860-399-9367 or

Dance Village, 171C Spencer St. in Manchester, is holding a back-to-school sale with savings on dance gear and 20 percent off regularly-priced Bloch and Capezio items. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 860-645-6606 or

Starting Monday, marked-down merchandise is an additional 20 percent off at Favarh Thrift Shop, 250 Albany Turnpike, in Canton. Sale ends Aug. 30. Hours are Monday, noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information:

South Windsor women’s resale shop, Clothes Mentor, is holding its final clearance of the season. Selected summer merchandise including tops, shorts, sandals, skirts, pants, jeans, purses and jewelry are discounted during the sale. The store is at 90 Buckland Road.

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Puffs SoftPack

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puffs softpackYou know that battered old box of tissues in your car? You can get rid of it. Puffs has a new SoftPack – a full-sized package of tissue that can’t be crushed. The new full-sized, flexible, pop-up pack would be good for stashing in the car, a backpack or suitcase.

Shoreline Sidewalk And Tag Sales

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The Sudberry House in Old Saybrook is holding garage sales on Saturday and Sat. Aug. 16. Needlepoint and cross-stitch canvases, embroidery CDs, gifts and wood accessories designed for displaying stitchery projects, are available at deeply discounted prices. All purchases are final sale. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sudberry House is at 323 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Information:

Essex, Ivoryton and Centerbrook hold townwide tag sales on Saturday and many merchants will be holding sales as well. Most sales run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information:

Niantic Main Street hosts the annual Bargains by the Bay tent and sidewalk sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. During the event, downtown merchants in the seaside town offer deals on antiques, apparel, books and more.

Through Aug. 31, K-12 teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members can visit the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford free of charge. Educator ID required.

The Friends of the Saxton B. Little Free Library in Columbia hold a used book sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books are priced from 25 cents to $3 and on Sunday, books are half-price. The book sale takes place at the Chapel on the Green, RT. 87, in Columbia, (next to the library). Information: 860-228-0350.

Work Shoppe, a gift and home accessories store in the Simsburytown Shops, has savings of 30 percent on select merchandise during its annual summer sale. Simsburytown Shops is at 926 Hopmeadow St. (Route 10), Simsbury. Information: 860-651-8966 or

The Shoppes At Farmington Valley in Canton holds a free screening of the family film “The Nut Job” on Saturday. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6 p.m.; the movie starts at sunset.

Carol & Co. in Collinsville is holding a summer sale with savings of 10 percent to 50 percent on jewelry, gifts, crafts and fiber artworks. The store is at 107 Main St., across from the LaSalle Market in the Collinsville section of Canton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 860-693-1088 or

National Hot Dog Day At Wayback Burgers

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DogWayback10423Wednesday, July 23, is National Hot Dog Day. Be one of the first 50 customers in the door at a Wayback Burgers on Wednesday, July 23, and you’ll get a hot dog on the house. Everyone else gets buy-one, get-one free dogs (with purchase of drink and side) for the of the day. (Connecticut locations, including East Windsor, Granby, Meriden, Mystic, Orange, Rocky Hill, Stratford, Torrington and West Hartford, open at 10 a.m.) Information:
This post has been updated to include specifics of the offer.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hold Warehouse Sale In Woodstock

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crabtreeCrabtree & Evelyn, 102 Peake Brook Road in Woodstock, holds a warehouse sale on Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, from noon to 4 p.m. Merchandise includes bath and body care products, accessories, home fragrances, foods and gifts at up to 85 percent off suggested retail price and more. Expect a crowd, so shop early for best selection.

IKEA celebrates 10 years in New Haven Friday through Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20, with giveaways, special discounts, in-store events and more. Purchase a meal in the store’s restaurant on Saturday, July 20, and you’ll get a free frozen yogurt.

Japanalia is holding its final sales through July 26. Deals include denim jackets and silk cowls for $25, silk crop tees for $15 and black ribbed and jersey separates for $15 to $25. Payment is by cash or check only. Details: 860-232-4677 or

Just Hatched, an infant and children’s shop at 112 State St., Guilford, holds its annual sidewalk sale on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Merchandise includes manufacturers’ samples and seasonal kids clothing and accessories at up to 75 percent off. Information: 203-458-2229 or
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Special Deals For Nonprofits

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pricechopperPrice Chopper offers free ticket printing. The corporation will print a limited number of tickets for civic, charitable, religious and other service organizations. These can be requested at the courtesy desk of your local Price Chopper, and must be ordered at least six weeks before they are needed.

Price Chopper also offers free cups and napkins. Non-profit organizations may receive up to 250 free cups and napkins displaying the Price Chopper Logo for use at meetings or events, up to twice per year. These may be obtained at the courtesy desk at your local Price Chopper store. Bring your letter of request, on letterhead for your organization, to the Price Chopper closest to your organization, three weeks before you would need the contribution.

Nonprofits and charities will get a 25 percent discount at Pepperidge Farm Bakery Outlet by bringing their organization’s federal tax-exempt number on letterhead. The bakery outlet is at 1414 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield. Information: 860-286-6400.

Fourth Of July Weekend Sales

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Old Sturbridge Village116818 smFourth of July weekend brings plenty of firecracker deals and sales.

Kids 17 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, get free daytime admission to Old Sturbridge Village on Friday, July 4. (Daytime events end at 5 p.m. There is an additional charge for the evening fireworks program.) Information: 800-733-1830 or

The East Lyme Historical Society hosts its annual holiday weekend flea market Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Thomas Lee House Grounds, Route 156, just east of Rocky Neck State Park. The event also features a tag sale in the barn. Information:

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets (Exit 63 off Interstate 95) celebrates July Fourth with a giant summer sidewalk sale. Most of the center’s designer-apparel stores will slash outlet prices on a range of summer items. Details:

Tanger Outlet Center in Westbrook, at Exit 65 off Interstate 95, celebrates July Fourth with markdowns at most of its 60-plus stores. Information: 860-399-8656.

Playhouse on Park, a theater company at 224 Park Road in West Hartford, has a lunchtime ticket special. Visit the box office between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of a performance to purchase $10 tickets for that evening’s show. (Sales are cash only. Tickets are limited to Main Stage and Playhouse On the Edge performances and must be purchased in person at the box office.) For more information, call 860-523-5900 or

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