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Now’s the time to snatch up deals for fun at the beach or the lake

Take 20 percent off all melamine and acrylic plates and pieces at Pier 1 Imports in Fairview Heights. You’ll find plenty with a beach theme to decorate this summer.
Take 20 percent off all melamine and acrylic plates and pieces at Pier 1 Imports in Fairview Heights. You’ll find plenty with a beach theme to decorate this summer. sboyle@bnd.com

Avast ye maties, summer may be a few weeks off, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from offering a sea of maritime goodies for your home, lake house, porch, deck, patio and pool.

And while the weather may not be quite warm enough to slip into a swimsuit and take a walk off a plank this holiday weekend, you can still stock up now for future pool and beach time.

My first stop this week on my shopping tour was Pier 1 Imports in Fairview Heights. The place has gone gaga over sea creatures big and small, decorating everything from goblets and plates to placemats and pillows.

I especially liked the red ceramic lobster-claw salt and pepper shakers for $9.95. A silver ice scoop ($14.95) has a seahorse handle, plus take 20 percent off all the melamine plates and serving pieces (regularly $6.95 and up) peppered with sea turtles, octopus, star fish and shells. I also spotted a wood and marble cheese board ($34.95) shaped like a whale.

Want to put a message — or flowers —in a bottle? Deals/Dollar Tree in Fairview Heights — the one across from TJ Maxx — has tall glass bottles with corks for a buck each. I spotted clear, green, blue and red ones. I can see lining up a few on a long table and putting a single stem in each. This retailer, and other locations, is also a great place to pick up $1 inflatable pool toys, noodles, flip-flops, beach games and swim goggles.

Big Lots in Fairview Heights has citronella candles, some in decorative pots, with prices starting at a three-pack of small candles for $3.

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Decorate your outdoor table for this weekend’s party with glass bottles from Dollar Tree in Fairview Heights. Suzanne Boyle sboyle@bnd.com

Plus, check out the metal drum tables. Similar ones I’ve seen elsewhere are upwards of $60. The ones at Big Lots are in the $24 to $34 range, with some painted glossy red, cream or turquoise. Shapes and heights vary, too.

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Metal drum tables are inexpensive at Big Lots in Fairview Heights. Suzanne Boyle sboyle@bnd.com

At Ben’s in downtown Belleville, get the kids ready for the pool, beach and picnic with Melissa and Doug kick balls, on sale for $6.88 in bug and butterfly designs. Plus, this retailer is always a great place to pick up patriotic paper and plastic tableware supplies for this weekend.

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Drink floats from Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights. Bigmouthinc.com

Want to drink while you’re in the drink? Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights has Bigmouth Inflatable Fruit Drink Pool Floats.

A set of three ($9.99) brightly colored inflatable rings that look like pineapple, lime and watermelon, hold your drink (and maybe your phone if you’re careful) while you are in the water.

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