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Shopping: Spring color from wastebaskets to statement necklaces

March Down the Aisle with Dillard’s during its annual bridal show from 1 to 4 p.m. March 22. The St. Clair Square store in Fairview Heights will have more than 20 representatives from a variety of wedding-related businesses on hand. You’ll receive personal attention. a $25 gift card and a wedding planner from Dillard’s when you register. Sign up to win more than $1,500 in door prizes. Need more info? Call Janice, a Dillard’s wedding consultant, at 618-632-5000, Ext. 5735.

Don’t miss the Spring Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Fezziwig’s Marketplace in downtown Lebanon. It’s a great opportunity to sample some of the food and wine offered at this beautiful shop. Shop the new merchandise that will make any upcoming warm-weather party you give something special. Finally, you’ll get a chance to sign up and ensure a seat for upcoming culinary classes. The folks at Fezziwig’s would appreciate a call to 618-537-8422 or an email to info@fezziwigsmarket.com to let them know you’re coming.

For a birthday, Easter or just a chance to make a little princess smile, the fancy plastic teapots ($10) at Deals in Fairview Heights hold playtime goodies. Inside the pots, which sport a picture of a Disney heroine and whimsical lids and handles, are 17-piece tea sets for four. Colors range from turquoise and purple to pink and yellow and characters include Ariel, Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella and Belle.

Pretty and inexpensive waste baskets? You bet at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights. These angular containers in colorful swirly translucent patterns are from Umbria, have a built-in handle on one side and are 7.5 liters. Each is a mere $6.99 and can turn a utilitarian object into something to admire!

Fashion-forward women have known for decades that one bold piece of jewelry can be all it takes to turn a simple dress into wow. While shopping vintage and antique shops is still a cool way to find great “statement” necklaces — the latest in jewelry trends — it’s easier now to find a wide variety of these colorful, multistone baubles at all kinds of retailers. A favorite is TJ Maxx, which has a very nice jewelry counter with designer-maker pieces at significant price reductions. I’ve seen $30 and $40 necklaces there that in a department store would cost twice that. Other good choices that mix low-cost with high-fashion are Target and Kohl’s.

An anniversary sale is under way at Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights. The store that always has rock-bottom prices is celebrating 29 years in business. It’s a great time to stock up on glass stemware for $1 each (wine, flute or iced tea). Even better, I’ve seen the Asian-inspired, glazed ceramic garden “stools” for as much as $70 at other stores. Here, they’re $29.99 for the anniversary. I think they’d make really nice side tables on the deck or patio, too. Prices are good through March 22.

They may not fit in an Easter basket, but the playground balls at CVS Pharmacy in Swansea look sturdy and attractive for their price: $6.99. I liked the bright colors and patterns, too. I see a lot of soccer balls for kids on the market, but playground balls are better bouncers on hard surfaces, so kids can have a lot of fun and get to run around in this springlike weather.

While you’re there, check out the equally fun Squishy Sand at really good price. You get a 1.5-pound box of the popular moldable stuff, plus a three-piece tool set, in a box for $9.99.

Michaels Crafts in Shiloh is holding a Kids Club drop-in class on making tissue flowers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. It’s $2 per child and that includes supplies. It’s a half-hour class and for kiddos 3 and older.

A note to parents: Kids Foot Locker will be moving into the space once occupied by Love 21 upstairs at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. No news yet on when that will happen.

Also at the mall: Low-price fashion store Deb will be closing its doors by the end of the month. Still looking for a prom dress? I spied a lot of short and long formal dresses at drastically reduced prices in junior and plus-junior sizes.

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