One place you can shop and sample food is Fezzwig's Market Place in downtown Lebanon. It's Summer Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday with special tasting events throughout the day. There will be wine and tea cocktail sampling from 3 to 7 p.m.
If you are looking for bargains in appliances and big household items, the Sears Outlet store in Fairview Heights is holding a tent sale through Sunday. The merchandise sold there is already reduced in price, and while some are scratch and dent, many are in-the-box new, with prices 35 percent or more reduced. Others, including grills and outdoor furniture sets, are more than half off.
Now is the time many college grads are seriously into job searches. If you're a guy and need a suit, Kohl's is offering 70 percent off spring suits, sportscoats, separates and dress shirts, but only from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for its Early Bird Special. You can buy a Chaps suit for $169.99, too.
In case you've forgotten, Hancock Fabrics is still alive and well in O'Fallon, the same strip mall as Penn Station on U.S. 50. Its Summer Savings Sale is going on through Tuesday, with everything from patriotic prints and batiks to madras and gingham checks half off. Drapery and outdoor fabrics are 40 percent off. Plus, machines are on sale, too.
Don't want to expose your face to the sun, but still want a sun-kissed glow? Try cosmetic company Tarte's Brazillance self-tanning face towelettes (10 for $21). They go on clear, then your skin dries to a natural look. Customer comments (tartecosmetics.com) say it doesn't streak, can be applied overnight, evens out skin tone and leaves no orange color. One commenter even said the towelettes are large enough that she cuts them in half and tapes the packet shut so she gets double the amount. You'll find them at Ulta Beauty in Fairview Heights.
If you have a Lego fan in the family, you probably know the "The Lego Movie" came out on DVD on Tuesday. Naturally, there are all kinds of products to go along with the release. At Walmart stores, you can pick up Lego T-shirts for boys for $6.97, while the movie's Ultimate Sticker Collection is $11.69, and books for young readers are $3.69. There are plenty of Lego kits to buy as well.
Collapsible mesh chairs are lightweight and easy to carry down to the beach or to the sidelines of a summer game, but I need sun protection overhead, too. Kmart has on sale for $22.99 the Sportcraft Canopy Chair. It's regularly $36.99 and the sale price is good through today only.
Target has Speedo water shoes for kids on sale for $17.