Metro-East Living

January is the month to stock up on end-of-season merchandise

Add some spring color with these faux greenery balls from Gordman’s in Fairview Heights.
Add some spring color with these faux greenery balls from Gordman’s in Fairview Heights.

At St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, now is a pretty good time to do some stocking up of out-of-season merchandise.

If you shop ahead, like I do, you can find real deals to get you through, for example, next summer or fall. I admit it takes some time and some picking through piles of things you’d never buy, but a dedicated bargain-hunter never lets that stop him or her.

With kids in the family, it can be especially hard to keep up, but if you can anticipate sizes down the road, you can stockpile some basics. At Gymboree, through Sunday, you’ll find a good variety of clothing for children marked down to $3.99 and up.

All basic denim is $7.99 at The Children’s Place through Sunday at the mall store.

At JC Penney, final markdowns are as much as 80 percent off on end-of-season shoes and clothing. That deal is good through Sunday also.

You’ll have to hurry to get Victoria’s Secret deal: Through Friday, get five pairs of clearance panties for $15.

Teavana has 30 to 70 percent off on select tea and tea ware through Sunday.

Beyond the mall

Since January is typically the time that new exercise regimens and equipment are touted to help us all reach our goals to be healthy and fit, I did run across the Simply Fit Board at the Target store in Belleville. The curved plastic board has gotten a lot of publicity thanks to “Shark Tank,” and is a simple device that wobbles a bit when you stand or press your hands onto it; the unsteadiness is meant to help you work your core and legs. The ones at Target are $39.99, which is the price online, so you save on the shipping.

We may not be able to grow anything green outdoors right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find plenty of faux greenery to brighten up the indoors. At Gordman’s in Fairview Heights, I came across these softball-size balls covered in faux moss, succulents and even cotton (which looked real). At $4.99 each, I thought they would look cool in a basket or tucked away on a shelf next to some books.

I noticed that at, you can pre-order patio furniture and get free shipping to the store, as well as take 25 percent off, depending on the maker.

If you knit or crochet, Michaels in Shiloh has a mega yarn sale going on through Saturday. All yarn is on sale, with prices as high as half off.