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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:
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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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Tanglewood Deals

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TanglewoodTanglewood in the Berkshires has some deals for children and young adults this summer. Concertgoers younger than 40 get $20 tickets for shed performances; and students 18 and older, with a valid ID, get a 50 percent discount on lawn tickets for Friday-evening concerts. The Children’s Lawn Ticket Program offers free lawn tickets for kids 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. All specials on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some restrictions apply. Visit for details.

Last Mega Sale At Japanalia

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japanaliaOn Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 28, 29 and 30, Japanalia, 11 Whitney St. in Hartford, holds its last Mega Sale. (The store is closing later this summer.) The event features samples, one-of-a-kinds, overstocks and irregulars at savings of 50 percent to 80 percent. (No dressing rooms, so wearing a unitard or swimsuit is suggested for trying things on.) All sales are final. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payment is by cash or check only. Details: 860-232-4677 or

Swag, 117 Main St., Old Saybrook, will have a home décor tent sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 27, June 28 and June 29 with 60 to 80 percent off lanterns, vases, clocks, small furniture, tables, lamps, artwork, statuary, mercury glass and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. New items will be put out throughout the sale, and Savvy Shopper readers can start shopping at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Information: 860-388-5500.

Bargains start blooming Saturday, June 28 at Blumen Laden’s annual summer sale in Collinsville. Savings include 20 percent off French ribbon, jewelry, sundresses and hats and 50 percent off summer silk flowers, arrangements and door pieces. The event continues through July. All purchases are final. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed July 4. Blumen Laden is at 41 Bridge St. in the Collinsville section of Canton. Information: 860-693-8600.

Amelie Michel, an Essex company specializing in high-end French linens, holds a warehouse sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 27 -29. 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:

June is Audiobook Month, and Old Saybrook-based publisher Tantor Audio is offering its entire catalog at 50 percent off. Merchandise includes bestsellers, award-winners and advance titles in CD, MP3-CD and digital download formats. Spend $25, and you’ll get free shipping. Sale ends Monday, June 30. Information:

Sunday is your last chance to shop the Big K (Kiwanis) Flea Market/Craft Fair in Newington Center, which closes for the summer. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation, and parking is free at the Market Square lot in the center of town.

The Villager Shop at Avery Heights’ summer sale begins Tuesday, July 1, and features savings of up to 50 percent on summer clothing, accessories and gifts. Villager Shop is at 55 Avery Heights in Hartford. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 860-953-1201.

The Second Chance Shop of Simsbury, 12 Station St., is having a 50 percent off sale from Monday, June 30 through July 5. (The store will be closed July 4.) Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s sale time at Bodytalk, a women’s clothing boutique in Avon. Most of the store’s inventory of spring and summer clothing is discounted 50 percent and the sale ends when the merchandise is gone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bodytalk is at 51 E. Main St. Information: 860-678-7855 or

Follow SavvyShopperCT on Facebook and @SavvyShopperCT on Twitter. Know of a great sale or bargain-shopping destination? Send suggestions to or Korky Vann, The Hartford Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT, 06115. If your idea is used, we’ll send you a Savvy Shopper tote.

Target Adds Gift Registry For College-Bound

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targetNeed a gift for a  recent high school graduate? Before you purchase a dictionary or pen-and-pencil set, you might want to check his or her registry.

That’s right, “registry.” Once reserved for newlyweds and new parents, gift registries for college-bound freshmen are available at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Dorm Co.,  and now, Target..

The trendy chain launched beta testing of its new College Registry earlier this month.  Students-to-be can sign up for extra-long sheets, stylish dorm décor items, electronics and other campus life necessities, then share and manage lists on mobile devices and computers.

“You’ll need all kinds of stuff for college, and Target Gift Registry makes it easy for family and friends to help you get it,” the site’s banner proclaims.

Retailers’ new interest in the college-bound millennial market is simple – graduation gift-giving is big business. According to NRF’s Graduation Spending Survey, Americans will shell out $4.7 billion this year on gift cards, electronic items, apparel and other items.

Target’s college registry is currently online only. Users can create, manage, and share
registries on mobile devices and computers. Gifts can be purchased in stores, but so far, registries can’t be printed or managed from in-store kiosks. reports that down the road, iPads will be used instead of in store kiosks for registries and iPod Touches will replace traditional scanning guns to select items throughout stores.