Get your red, white and blue on at Peace by Piece in downtown Belleville. The made-in-the-USA boutique has $20 tanks in navy with red piping and tiny white stars. Lettering says “We are all made of stars.” Closed July 4.
Menard’s in O’Fallon has a $14.99 flag pole kit. It includes a 5-foot, solid-wood pole, bracket and polyester flag (2.5 feet by 4 feet). For $7.99 you can pick up a car-mount flag set.
Not exactly patriotic, but showing our state loyalty, you can pick up a kitschy kitchen towel with a tourist map of Illinois or Missouri on it for $8.99 at Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville.
Flash Find this week in-store only at At Home in O’Fallon: $24.99 (7 1/2-foot) patio crank/tilt market umbrella. Regular price is $39.99. Choose from a variety of solid colors. Base not included. Deal good through July 4.
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Get rewarded for a good deed: Men’s Wearhouse annual National Suit Drive starts Saturday; it’s a month-long initiative that collects gently-used professional clothing for men and women hoping to get back into the workforce. Donate gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, as well as ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes at metro-east locations in Fairview Heights and Edwardsville. As a thank-you, you’ll get 50 percent off a purchase of most regular priced items. Donations go to local charities, such as St. Patrick Center, Fathers Support Center of St. Louis and Employment Connection.
It’s worth a visit to Cottage Garden in Piasa to see the amazing flowers and plants sold there. Right now tropicals and succulents half off. This family-owned business carries some truly exotic stuff! Plus, perennials, shade perennials and shrubs are 25 percent off. Cottage Garden is at 6967 Rt. 111, Piasa.
Sandy’s Back Porch in Belleville has 30 percent off all its flowering tropicals.
Effinger Garden Center in Belleville has a sale going on, too: Three perennials for $12, from bee balm and butterfly bush to tall phlox and more. Herbs and annuals are buy one, get one free. Plus, take $5 off any size hanging basket or decorative planters.
Inside Gander Mountain in O’Fallon, you’ll find some good deals, such as 50 percent off a big supply of hunting camouflage apparel. Little bargains included sets of four (6-by-6-inch) red or blue official bean bags for $7.99. The retailer obviously has brought in some odd items I’ve never seen there before, including shiny kids animal banks, baby blankets and completely-out-of-season “Fashion Cashmere Touch” two-button capes for $19.99. These are actually fleece and come in about six colors. Tuck away for winter to keep you warm?
Opening: Nationwide retailer Dick’s is well under construction in Fairview Heights next to Fresh Thyme on Illinois 159 with a sign that says “Opening Soon.” Just what we need, another sporting goods store: Sports Authority closes. Sports Academy + Outdoors opens. You get my drift.