Metro-East Living

Thinking of decorating? Take advantage of these deals for inside or outside your home

Perhaps too attractive to step on, these stepping stones from Here Today in Fairview Heights are $5.99 each.
Perhaps too attractive to step on, these stepping stones from Here Today in Fairview Heights are $5.99 each. sboyle@bnd.com

It was a day for thinking about decorating, inside and out.

A stop at Marshall’s in Fairview Heights had me musing on a beachy bathroom redo using white metal wall hooks, with touches of faux gold gilding, in whimsical designs: octopus, flamingo or mermaid? At $3.99 and $4.99, I could have taken them all home!

Next door, at Five Below, I locked onto some fun, multi-colored rugs that combine shaggy with raggy for a great cause. The 20-by-32-inch $5 Shag Chindi Rugs are made at the Chindi Women’s Centre in Mumbai, India, which provides employment to women, enabling them to become independent craftswomen by turning textile waste into homeware, accessories and jewelry.

“Our craftswomen collaborate with product developers and fashion designers to create knitted, crocheted and sewn products made primarily with textile scrap that would otherwise end up in a landfill,” says the website, www.chindi.in.

Nearby, Here Today had some very attractive square stepping stones that felt pretty heavy and sturdy. Still, you might want to prop one or two up in your garden instead of walking on them so the designs on them can be better seen: bicycle wheel, keys or cogs. Each was $5.99.

Fairy gardens using moss and tiny live plants have become very popular indoors and outdoors. Of course, you have to add your own touch of personal design, so Gordman’s in Fairview Heights is now carrying a variety of fairies, mini tables, chairs, arbors, ponds, benches, arched bridges, mailboxes, houses and more. Prices range from $1.99 for a miniature bushel of tomatoes to $16.99 for a sunflower fairy house that lights up using solar power. Most items are in the $3-$5 range.

I know there have been magnetic dart boards and darts around for a long time, but Marky Sparky, the company that makes Doinkit Darts, sold at Ben’s in downtown Belleville, has really put some time and thought into the design and engineering: High-quality Neodymium rare earth magnets are used in the six durable, balanced, lightweight darts, making them fly perfectly true, says the company. The set, with 16-inch board and six (6.23 grams) darts, is $29.99. The darts also are sold separately, a set of six is $14.99, and will work on any magnetic dartboard. Meant for ages 6 and up, so the whole family can play.

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