Ann Lightfoot jewelry is exhibited at art galleries and museums around the country and sold at high end shops and boutiques. Several times a year, the company holds an open-to-the-public sample sale with deep discounts on necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Merchandise, regularly $50 to $300, sells for $20 to $125. The spring sample sale takes place Saturday, March 23, at Saybrook Junction, (next to Old Saybrook Train Station), 455 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook. Information: www.annlightfoot.com.
Ocean State Job Lot has some real deals on women’s footwear, including two dozen styles from JustFabulous. Pumps and platforms, regularly $40, are $15. (Styles, colors, sizes vary from store to store.) Ocean State also has a selection of resort and specialty store sandals by Lindsay Phillips. The sandals, regularly $49 to $66, are just $10 a pair. Another special: Aetrex women’s running and walking shoes, regularly up to $130, for $18.
Consumer alert: Your Downward Dog might be exposing more than your flexibility. Athletic apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica has recalled its women’s black Luon yoga pants due to an unacceptable level of sheerness. If you purchased pants online or in stores after March 1, you can return the product for a full refund or exchange. Information: 1-877-263-9300 or www.lululemon.com (look under blog link).
The Friends of the Plainville Public Library hold their semi-annual book sale on Friday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., (admission is $3 per family), and Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., (no admission fee). From 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, shoppers can fill a bag for $2.
The Friends of Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, hold a mini-book sale Friday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. Information: 860-395-3184.
Stock up on Easter desserts at Jeannine Fundraisers frozen food sale at 8 Wickett St. (off route 44) in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. Frozen desserts, including cheesecakes and pies, are $5. Sale hours are Friday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Cash only. Information: 860-738-0119.
Tapestry Rose celebrates March Madness with 30 percent off most merchandise. The gift, clothing and decor shop is at 240 Meadow Road (Route 160), near the CT River Ferry. Information: www.tapestry-rose.com or 860-529-4111.
Mark your calendars. On Wednesday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., most merchandise is $1 at the UCHC Thrift Shop, 270 Park Road in West Hartford. Information: 860-586-8047.
Stew Leonard’s in Newington holds its annual Taste of Easter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24. The event features free samples of spiral glazed ham, Easter kielbasa, roasted leg of lamb with Rosemary and Garlic and other Easter dishes. Information: www.stewleonards.com.
The retail shop at White Flower Farm, 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, opens for the season on Saturday, March 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Merchandise includes garden décor, orchids, early-blooming perennials and other plants.
Design Forum, 902 Farmington Ave., Route 4, in Farmington, is holding its annual spring jewelry sale through March 31. Information: 860-677-7568 or www.designforumgallery.com.
Through Sunday, March 24, you can get a vanilla, mocha, caramel, plain or nonfat latte for $1 at Burger King. After that, the price is $2.29.
The MOMS Club of South Windsor holds a semiannual children’s clothing and gear consignment sale Friday, March 22, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., (admission is $5; no children), and Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (no admission charge, kids welcome). The event features gently-used baby and children’s clothing, toys and gear at bargain prices. The sale takes place at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor.
One of Eastern Connecticut’s largest flea markets, the Mansfield Marketplace, is open for the season. Held at the Mansfield Drive-In (at the junction of routes 31 and 32), the market takes place every Sunday throughout the spring and summer. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $2. Information: 860-423-4441 or MansfieldDrivein.com.
Easter Bunny on a budget this year? The Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet in the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets offers savings on a range of confections and Pepperidge Farm Bakery Outlet at 1414 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, features Godiva and other higher-end chocolate brands at deep discounts. Information: 860-286-6400.
Are you a prom princess with a Cinderella budget? Registration is now open for Princess and the Prom, a prom dress giveaway on April 5, 6 and 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Windsor. Dresses are free to girls with financial need, no proof needed, but you must bring a valid high school ID and register in advance at www.princessandtheprom.com.
BLAZE & BLOOM holds a sale of a sale of vintage, antique and repurposed furniture and home accessories at Miller’s Crossing, 74 Park Road in West Hartford. Hours are Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Herb’s Sport Shops, 51 Wooster Court in Bristol, and 60 LaSalle Road, West Hartford, hold a March Madness Sale. Through March 31, all in-stock basketball shoes are half-price. Information: (Bristol), 860-314-1272 or (West Hartford), 860-233-6644.
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