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Last call for Thanksgiving goods; on to Christmas!

Put your worship for all things Star Wars into a pillow from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Put your worship for all things Star Wars into a pillow from Bed, Bath & Beyond. News-Democrat

Forget Thanksgiving. That seems to be retailers’ intentions this year as I tried to find merchandise for the holiday.

I get that there is no gift-giving, but Christmas has truly shoved all the orange/green/rust/brown goods into an aisle or two, or just a table or two!

Check out all the holiday goodies I’ve found so far. Remember, Thanksgiving is just 13 days away and Christmas is six weeks from today.

Hobby Lobby move

The retailer made the big relocation and opened Monday in the same shopping complex as HomeGoods and Sports Authority in Fairview Heights, on Illinois 159 at the intersection with Highway 50/Lincoln Trail.

If you’re a regular shopper at Hobby Lobby, the setup inside is the reverse of the old store.

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving decorations, head right as you enter the door. You’ll see a pair of aisles with goods that may help you out, including a very attractive ceramic oval platter, regularly $29.99 and now half off — as is the rest of the Halloween/fall/Thanksgiving merchandise.

A holiday note or two

Ah, how we love to give grandchildren and nieces and nephews toy musical instruments as gifts. Maybe we’re getting back at our children or siblings. ... No matter, HomeGoods, next door to Hobby Lobby, has miniature blue pianos (with instruction and music book) for $39.99 and ukeleles for $19.99.

Check out the giant sleigh ($360) while you’re there.

Out of this world

Retail prognosticators say all things “Star Wars” will soar off shelves for Christmas this season — and appeal to all ages. I can attest that Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights is thinking that way: I passed a bin of big toss pillows adorned with a mug of “Chewie,” the original cast in action, the name of nemesis Kylo Ren in red vinyl letters and others. All the pillows are $19.99.

Charming replacement

A new fashion accessories retailer had moved into the Shoppes at St. Clair, which fronts the mall in Fairview Heights. Charming Charlie opened just two weeks ago in the spot once occupied by Coldwater Creek.

It’s a fun place to shop, with reasonably priced jewelry, purses, scarves, hair bands/clips, boots, tops and some dresses in a variety of styles and colors. It’s a great place for gift-shopping. Big, fluffy plaid scarves are $14, purses are under $40 and a set of three pairs of tiny earrings — one a pair of gold-tone footballs — is $10.

Note: Sizes for tops and sweaters right now is S to L. I’m told that in the future the store will be stocking some items in XL.

Oxymoron: Pink camo

Women’s pink camouflage outerwear must be more of a fashion statement than a useful hunting coverup. Think about it. But, if you’re a woman who likes the outdoors and doesn’t want to hide her style, the fleece zip-pullovers ($19.88) and hoodies ($24.88) from Realtree can be found at Walmart in Collinsville (and other locations).

Tiny store, cool stuff

If you’re thinking beyond the mass retailers for children’s gifts this year, check out Kiddo’s at the mall. While it is not inexpensive, you’re sure to find unique clothes, accessories and toys that will be appreciated and noticed.

I was taken by the bright red tutu with green satiny cutout Christmas trees and a red and white polka-dotted waistband and lining ($29.99) as well as the $12.99 diaper coverups with a reindeer face and red pon-pom nose.

Downtown Belleville open houses

Don’t miss Grimm & Gorly’s Holiday Open House Friday (today) and Saturday. You’ll get 25 percent off all holiday goods and half off all fall items. Plus, on Saturday, buy a cup of coffee from adjoining Pour@322 and get a free cupcake from Cupcakes Too.

Up the street at Ben’s, enjoy its Holiday Open House on Saturday with a trio of trunk shows, each with representatives from Baggallini handbags (25 percent off), Gingersnaps jewelry (buy two get one free) and DaVinci (buy a bracelet with five charms and get a free pair of charm gloves). Plus, register to win a Baggallini Avenue Tote, Vera Bradley Weekender and Downtown Dollars.

Peace by Piece on West Main Street is celebrating, too, as is neighboring Pairabelles and, back on East Main Street, Circa Boutique.

I’ve probably missed some downtown retailers, so stroll Main Street and see what’s going on this weekend.

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