Don Rodgers clothier in Belleville is celebrating its 41st anniversary with 41 percent off regular prices on ladies summer casual sportswear, including tops, pants, bermudas and tunics. For men, it’s the entire selection of summer sports shirts, including short and long sleeve knits and wovens. Sale ends July 30.
Fezziwig’s Marketplace is celebrating two years in its Oldtown O’Fallon location on West First Street. Through Sunday, buy gourmet food items and get from 15 percent to 25 percent off, depending on how much you purchase. Beer, wine and tea are not included. Plus, take $5 off any August event reservation when reserved online by July 31 at www.shopfezziwigs.com. (Plus, if you’ve already made a reservation for that month, Fezziwig’s will credit you the $5.)
Help Peace by Piece Co. in downtown Belleville celebrate the big green Evolution fashion truck turning one with a birthday bash Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, there’s a summer sale going on.
Wild Birds Unlimited in Swansea says a great way to feed your backyard birds while deterring pesky squirrels and other critters is to use Hot Pepper products. I didn’t know this, but birds do not have the taste receptors for capsaicin (the stuff that makes things spicy hot), but mammals, like squirrels, do. All Hot Pepper items are now 15 percent off, including seed and suet cylinders and stackables, suet cakes and plugs and new Hot Pepper Bark Butter Bits. Sale ends July 31.
Marshall’s in Fairview Heights is stocking up on attractive “display” storage goods, a popular, ongoing trend. Baskets in a variety of sizes, shapes and weaves, rustic wooden boxes, metal cartons, and canvas satchels and totes have all found their place in home decor as a practical way to store stuff in plain sight. You’ll find everything from a $5.99 bath tote in turquoise plastic (with a metal handle) to $14.99 tall laundry totes with rope handles at this retailer. The big supply is in advance of college students and their parents looking for ways to maximize storage in small spaces.
On the topic of storage merchandise, you get to decide whether this one is worth the money: Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights is carrying the Space Saving Laundry Basket for $22.99. If you have a collapsible plastic colander in your kitchen, keep that image in mind. This big sturdy white plastic basket takes just a shove or two on top to go from its open size, 24 by 17.5 by 10.5 inches, to 24 by 17.5 by 3 inches. Makes it easy to store under a bed or slide vertically between shelves.
Bonus item I found: $19.99 Chefmate 300-watt hand/immersion blender. Strong enough to crush ice and has easy-to-grip ergonomic handle with push-button speed control.
Glitz up your dorm bed with $5 sequined toss pillows at Five Below in Fairview Heights. Plus, in case you’re in need of more swim goggles (they do wear out), this retailer has a good supply for ages from 3 to adult for $5.
One of the best ideas I’ve seen for people who like to sleep in a really dark bedroom: SmartBlock blackout curtain liners at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights. These white liner panels convert any curtain into a room darkening curtain. According to BB&B, the panels have been laboratory-tested to block out more than 99 percent of outside light, up to 40 percent of unwanted noise and can help to save up to 25 percent off home heating and cooling costs. Panels, with hook mounts, are sold separately in five lengths, with prices ranging from $16.66 (40-by-60 inches) to $34.99 (40-by-117). Some sizes need to be ordered, but can be picked up free at the store.