Metro-East Living

What’s out there in local stores

Yes, it’s frigid outside. One way to stay warm is to think spring. It’s less than four weeks away. Here are warm-weather goodies for you, your home and the kids.

If you’ve got the property for it, the kids can help with the hauling, unloading and picking up with this trio of rechargeable, battery-operated tractors and “4-by-4s” found at Rural King in Swansea. The John Deere with the trailer, left, is $129. The red Case Magnum, also with a trailer, is $279. It comes in pink, too. Far right is the John Deere XUV 550 Gator. It’s the priciest at $379, but has a 12-volt battery, 2-speed and reverse. All of these vehicles are meant for children ages 3 to 7.

Oh, for a day when you need to search for shade. Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights is working hard to fill the giant store with warm-weather merchandise. Brightly colored solid and striped market umbrellas paraded down one long aisle. They are $39.99 and have 6-foot diameter canopies with metal frames and poles, which tilt.

It’s never too early to shop for bargains to put away for a month or two. It gives us something to look forward to, like slipping into sandals or carrying a colorful new handbag. All of these items are from Gordman’s in Fairview Heights. The sandals, which also come in white, and the long flowing scarf are each $9.99. (Look for them next to the purses.) The mint handbag is $24.99 while the poppy-colored purse with a little bling is $19.99. Look closely and you’ll see a trio of flowery hair clips. The set is $4.99.