Metro-East Living

What’s Out There: A trio of shopping items from metro-east retailers

With all the talk about the impact of the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” on fashion color, it’s a bit unexpected to see examples in the baby aisle at Home Goods in Fairview Heights. These subtle shades of gray are neutral enough to share space with pink or blue in your little one’s room, but could just as easily be used in other parts of the house (except the ones that say “baby,” of course). Prices start at $5.99 for a fabric storage bin, with $29.99 for a hamper and $59.99 for the three-drawer chest.

The fight to cure breast cancer goes on year-round. Show your committment with these pink and white laces from Hallmark in St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. They’d be perfect if you’re putting together a team for the Koman Race for the Cure in St. Louis on June 13. Regularly $2.99 for two pair, they’re now on sale for $1. Part of the proceeds goes toward research.

Trays can add elegant practicality to a home: Hide a marred or stained surface. Slip a rectangular one under cosmetics in the bathroom for easy cleanup, or make a square tray part of a centerpiece on an indoor or outdoor table. No matter how you use them, you’ll spend some time mulling your choices of size, shape, color and material at Hobby Lobby in Fairview Heights. Prices range from $14.99 to $39.99.

HomeGoods in Fairview Heights has a nice selection of spring wreaths for your front door. You’ll find dried-flower wreaths as well as silk arrangements with a variety of flowers and greenery. Tulips and big blossoms are popular with a grapevine background. Prices ranged from $19.99 to $49.99.