Fight the cold with hot bargains at West Hartford Sale Days, a semi-annual event that draws crowds of savvy shoppers to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Official sale days are Thursday through Saturday. (Some businesses extend their sales, so check with individual merchants for details.)
Deals include savings of 20 to 80 percent at BK&Co, 64 LaSalle Road; 50 to 80 percent off fall merchandise at Kimberly Boutique, 968 Farmington Ave.; up to 75 percent off clearance Items, including linens, gifts, bath & body, at Labrazel Home; 74 LaSalle Road.
Take an additional 40 percent off red line items at Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs, 973 Farmington Ave.; 20 to 50 percent off items at Philip David Jewelers, 968 Farmington Ave.; up to 70 percent off merchandise at Ten Thousand Villages, 967-C Farmington Ave.; 20 percent off all prescription sunglasses at Central Optica, 33-A LaSalle Road.
Red Balloon, a children’s boutique in Essex, holds a winter sale with 50 percent off seasonal apparel for boys and girls. The shop, at 77 Main St., stocks kidswear in sizes newborn to 16. Sale items are final purchase. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: www.redballoonessex.com and 860-767-0763.
Time for a deal at Avon Clock & Lighting’s winter clearance sale with savings of up to 50 percent off selected items. Sale runs through January. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The store is at 144 Simsbury Road in the Riverdale Farms shopping area. Information: 860-678-1488 or www.avonclockandlighting.com.
Entrance to historic battle fields, national parks and forests is free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. The National Park Service is waiving admission fees in honor of the occasion.
Friend To Friend thrift shop holds a winter fill-a-bag-for-$8 sale. Merchandise includes men, women’s and children’s clothing. Sale dates are Tuesday, Jan. 8, through Saturday, Jan. 19. The store is at 32 Spoonville Road in East Granby. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 860-651-1659.
Fight cabin fever with books from the used book sale at St. Ann’s Church, 289 Arch Road, Avon. On Friday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., admission is $5. Admission is free on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Last chance to shop the semiannual clearance sale at Yankee Candle’s flagship store in South Deerfield, Mass. (about an hour’s drive from Hartford). The event, which ends Sunday, Jan. 13, features savings of up to 75 percent on select candles, home decor, gifts and more. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: 877-636-7707 or www.yankeecandle.com.
The temperatures are dropping and so are the prices on outerwear at FAVARH Thrift Shop, 250 Albany Turnpike, Canton. Take an extra 50 percent off jackets, coats and more. Sale ends Saturday, Jan. 12. Hours are . Monday, noon to 6 p.m; Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 860-693-2899.
Finders Keepers in Southington is holding a kids’ beds floor sample sale with savings on bunks, platforms, trundles, bookcases and more. The store is at 1226 Queen St., Southington. Information: 860-793-0676 or www.finderskeepers.com.
Great deals on art, jewelry, vintage clothing and more at the holiday sale at A Cool Chick Place, 31 East Main St. in Old Avon Village. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Information: 860-919-9040.
Red Envelope, www.redenvelope.com, sells luxury gifts for every occasion and budget. Its online clearance shop has savings of up to 70 percent and more on a range of gift items. (Think Valentine’s Day.) Sample bargains include romantic locket bracelet, regularly $99.95, now $39.99 and love token charm bangle, originally $99.95 and up, now $39.99.
Blumen Laden’s annual half-price sale on-Christmas merchandise is on. Arrangements, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, candle rings, holiday ribbon and Bethany Lowe collectibles are 50 percent off; select clothing, handbags and jewelry are 20 to 50 percent off. All sales are final; payment is by cash or charge. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. BlumenLaden is at 41 Bridge St. in the Collinsville section of Canton. Information: 860-693-8600.