Stew Leonard’s in Newington hosts a free elf workshop and family fun night for all ages on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Activities include holiday-themed games, caroling and complimentary milk and cookies. Stew Leonard’s is at 3475 Berlin Turnpike. Information: 860-760-8100 or www.stewleonards.com.
The annual Jen Violette Designs holiday glass sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 at a private residence at 30 Haven Drive, Granby, features the Vermont artist’s hand-blown glass ornaments, vases, bowls, pitchers, jewelry and seconds at 15 percent to 40 percent off. Payment is by cash or check and hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: www.jenviolette.com.
Bundle up for The Essex Art Association’s Chilly, Cheap and Chili Sale taking place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is in an unheated space (chilly); features framed and ready-to-hang art for $200 or less (cheap), and includes free hot chili for those who brave the cold in search of bargains. The Essex Art Association gallery is at 10 North Main St. in downtown Essex. Information: www.EssexArtAssociation.com.
Hartford Art School’s holiday sale starts Saturday, Dec. 7, at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Merchandise includes hundreds of ceramic pieces made by faculty and students. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Sale ends Dec. 12. Payment is by cash or check only. Information: www.hartfordartschool.org.
Stock up on gifts and goodies at Jeannine Fundraisers warehouse sale at 8 Wickett St. (off route 44) in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. Deals on wrapping paper and gifts start at $2; frozen desserts are $5. Sale hours are today, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash only. Information: 860-738-0119.
Polish Pottery Plus holds a holiday warehouse sale of hand-painted Polish tableware at 21 Old Windsor Road in Bloomfield. Discounts range from 15 percent to 70 percent. Hours are Dec. 6, 9, 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Dec. 7 and 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 860-217-0011 or www.polishpotteryplus.com.
JockSale, a sporting goods consignment event, is taking place at 37 Ann St. in Newington through Sunday, Dec 8. The event features new and used soccer gear, skis, snowboards and golf equipment, including $60,000 dollars of new merchandise from a local sport store priced at 50 to 90 percent off retail. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Kids in costume can go trick-or-treating at Stew Leonard’s, 3475 Berlin Turnpike, in Newington on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. and have photos taken with store mascots. (Bring your own bag. Each department in the store will have a candy station.) On Halloween, children in costume get a free small ice cream cone. Information: 860-760-8100.
Free fall fun starts Friday at Stew Leonard’s in Newington. Halloween Happenings, taking place throughout October, include a hay maze open daily from 8 a.m. until dark and family movie nights in the store’s outdoor Hay Bale Theater each Friday evening at 7 p.m. (Movie seating begins at 6:30 p.m.) Information: www.stewleonards.com.
Stew Leonard’s in Newington holds a free Elf Workshop on Friday, Nov. 30. Kids ages 4 to 10 years of age are invited make a holiday birdseed ornament to hang outdoors. The workshop, in the party room on the store’s second floor, begins at 4 p.m. and lasts about a half hour. Register in advance at the customer service desk or by calling 860-760-8100.
Get your car ready for winter. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, all car services — including oil changes, radiator antifreeze flushes, wiper blade replacements, oil changes, batteries and more — are 50 percent off at the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service Center, 1082 Farmington Avenue, Bristol. Information: 860-584-8169.
There’s a free family movie at Stew Leonard’s outdoor Hay Bale Theater on Friday. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Complimentary snacks and juice will be served. The movie begins at 7 p.m., with seating opening at 6:30. Information: 860-760-8100.
During National Spa Week, Oct. 15 to Oct. 21, spas locations are offering $50 treatments. Find locations and book treatments at www.SpaWeek.com. Appointments fill fast, so book quickly.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have teamed up to support the cause. Shoppers who stop by the center’s information desk anytime during October and donate $10, get 25 percent off one item at select stores including Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 241 New Milford Turnpike (Route 202), in the Marble Dale section of Washington, holds its annual tag sale on Saturday, Oct. 13. The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but early birds can start shopping at 9 a.m. for a $5 fee. Information: 860-354-8404.
Cheap reads at area book sales. The Friends of the New Britain Public Library holds its fall book sale on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Friends of the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, host its annual book sale on Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. Information: 860-673-9712 or www.avonctlibrary.info.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 is Free Golf Day for Manchester residents at Manchester Country Club. Book tee times now. (One foursome per call and players must show proof of residency. Optional cart fees apply.) Information: www.mancc.com.
The Old Carriage Shop Antiques Center, 920 Bantam Road (Route 202) in Bantam, is liquidating all merchandise, including antiques, house wares and home décor. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-567-3234.
Big K Flea Market, 39 E. Cedar St. (CT Route 175), in Newington, is open Sunday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $1; parking is free. Information: 860-667-2864
The First Congregational Church, 6 Methodist Hill, in Essex, holds its annual rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Merchandise includes clothing, jewelry, toys, house wares, linens, paintings, antiques and collectibles. Information: 860-767-8097.
Bundle up against the cold. Allied’s Attic Thrift Store, 581 Enfield Street in Enfield, is having an October coat sale. Throughout the month, coats are buy one, get one half off. (Seniors get a 10 discount each Wednesday.) Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information: www.alliedsattic.com, or 860-265-2983.
Do you break for thrift shops? Check www.thethriftshopper.com for a directory.
See a play, get a deal on dinner. Playhouse on Park, 224 Park Road in West Hartford, has a dining partners program. Show your ticket on the day you’re scheduled to see a show and get a discount on your check at select area restaurants. (Some restrictions apply.) Information: www.PlayhouseOnPark.org or 860-523-5900.
It’s annual fall sale time at Old Village Antiques, 21 East Main St., Route 44, in Avon. Through Oct. 28, everything in the store — including furniture, china, glass, lamps and decorative accessories — is 20 to 50 percent off. Old Village Antiques is also holding a rug sale in the former Now Home Furnishings building, 11 East Main St. in Old Avon Village. Payment is by cash or checks only. Delivery available at extra charge. Information: 860-674-8621 or www.oldvillageantiques.com.
O’Reilly’s Irish Gifts, 248 Main St. in Farmington, holds a sale with select clothing at 40 percent off, antique furniture at 25 to 30 percent off and stacking rings at 25 percent off. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; (Thursday nights until 7 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sale begins Saturday, Oct. 13 and ends Sunday, Oct. 21. Information: 860-677-6958.
Second Chance Thrift Shop Boutique, 2400 Main St. in Glastonbury, has spooktacular savings on Halloween decor and costumes. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Best Dressed Kids consignment shop, 15 Mountain Ave. in Bloomfield, has bargain-priced uniforms for area schools and deals on Halloween costumes for pint-sized trick-or-treaters. (The store will close Oct. 15 and reopen on Wednesday. Oct 24.) Information: 860 242-3869.
Say yes to the deal dress. Love Me Two Times, a consignment and bridal boutique at 15 Merchants Avenue in the Taftville section of Norwich, features bargain-priced wedding and attendant gowns and accessories, along with women’s clothing. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Information: 860-889-3535 or www.lovemetwotimesconsignment.com.
Free Halloween fun starts Friday, Oct. 5, at Stew Leonard’s in Newington. Halloween Happenings, taking place throughout October, include family movie nights (with complimentary snacks) in the store’s outdoor Hay Bale Theater on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., and a free hay maze open daily from 8 a.m. until dark. Information: www.stewleonards.com.