Shopping: Buy art from the heart at Mascoutah show

News-DemocratApril 4, 2014 

Take home a one-of-a-kind work of art and do a good deed Sunday by attending the Expressions of Freedom Art Show in Mascoutah.

Held from from 1 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Services, 973 N. Sixth St. (north of Scheve Park), the show offers mixed media art designed and created by artists with intellectual disabilities. Admission is free, and you can enjoy wine, music and hors d'oeuvres while browsing more than 500 works of art, including beautiful hand-painted scarves ($15) and wine glasses ($5). Proceeds benefit the Trinity Services Art Program.

Attend a free Easy Landscape Design class at noon today at Effinger Garden Center, 720 S. Illinois St., Belleville. It's a hands-on workshop, so bring photos and sketches of what you're working on in your yard, or what you hope to accomplish. You'll get one-on-one advice, and it will be under cover in case there are more raindrops in the forecast.

Your local Ace Hardware store will pay the sales taxes on all Weber grills purchased today and Sunday. Also, get free assembly on any Weber grill $300 and up.

Whoever cuts the grass in the family will get a chuckle out of a Grass Gauge sign from Kirkland's in Fairview Heights. It's made of fiberboard and metal and costs $12.99.

Comic book fans will get a POW! or a BAM! out of these oversized replicas of vintage covers. From Batman to Superman and True Detectives to Capt. America, these big wall hangings are wood and cost $9.99 at Gordman's in Fairview Heights.

If you need a new stove, washer, dryer or refrigerator, save some money and visit the new Sears Outlet in Fairview Heights. In the same shopping center as Gordman's, across from the Cine 10 north of Interstate 64, the store is jammed with dent-and-scratch merchandise, as welll as "new" models from last year. (No electronics, but some tools and clothes.) I had to do some serious searching to find mars on many pieces, and who notices a minor flaw on the side of a refrigerator, anyway? You'll find many brand names, such as GE and Whirlpool, and big discounts.

I am crazy for a bargain and that's why when I by flip-flops (life expectancy six months at most), I do it as cheaply as possible. Target stores have plain women's flip-flops in basic colors, two pair for $4. Plus, canvas sneakers and flats are $12.

This year's athletic shoes for women seem to focus on vivid colors, from hot pink with lime green laces to turquoise with coral accents. You can easily spend more than $100 on the big names, but if you're looking for bargain sports footwear just for show (not serious workouts), check out Danskin Now's colorful athletic shoes are $18.93 at Walmart stores. At Kmart, try the rainbow-hued Athletech brand for $12.99.

On the subject of bright colors, Earthbound Trading Co. at St. Clair Square has a spring decorating collection that includes small painted picture frames, wooden boxes and throw pillows in tropical flower and bird patterns for $16.95, $29.95 and $24.95, respectively.

Get some Easter dress ideas: Don't miss the spring fashion show at 1 p.m. today at Talbot's at the Shoppes of St. Clair. Through April 13, take 30 percent off all dresses and accessories.

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