The first day of spring is a little more than two weeks away. Local retailers are jamming racks and aisles with pastels dresses, royal blue sandals and, yes, spring-break beach towels and bikinis.
It’s been a weird winter, a bouncing ball that’s left me throwing up my hands and checking the weather app on my phone a lot more than usual. One week it’s in the 70s, then there’s a snowstorm that closes schools but has melted by the end of the day. Hard to figure whether I need boots or my flip-flops to get the paper off the front lawn!
If I can’t get any relief seeing color in my garden yet (yes, the daffodil leaves are up), perusing the aisles of area stores gave my spirits a bit of lift. Here is some merchandise to bring a little brightness to your life.
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Oh, I was just about drooling at Gordman’s on Tuesday, where both my fashion sense and my desire to be a cheapskate were in full bloom! The sandal aisle (not the shoe section) at the Fairview Heights store was such a riot of color, I had a hard time picking what to photograph. There were peach daisies in a row on one pair ($9.99), rhinestones edging a turquoise set ($12.99) and neon yellow with cutouts on a third ($7.99). Don’t miss other styles in shades of teal and blue, gold and bronze and more. If you’re going to buy inexpensive sandals, it’s nice to see stretchy straps on many for added comfort.
If you must wear green on March 17, check out the $1.99 and $2.99 ankle- and knee-length socks for St. Patrick’s Day while you’re at Gordman’s.
If you’ve already bought an Easter dress for that little girl in your life, you’ll find a variety of ribbons, bows and decorated clips for her hair at Sears at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. Most come in sets of pretty ribbon bows, roses and daisies and are priced at $4.98. You’ll also find floral headbands.
Color packs a wallop at Lane Bryant at the mall. For women who wear size 14 and up, you will be no wallflower in this spring’s color palette, including fit-and-flare lace dresses in rose violet ($79.99), wide- leg crepe trousers ($69.95) in six colors, including primrose yellow and bitter cherry, and ankle pants ($59.99) in seven shades, from tropical flower (dark tangerine) to vibrant blue. Remember, too, that some clothing can be ordered in petite/short and tall/long.
Mop it up
After seeing the Academy-award nominated movie “Joy,” about inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, I’ve noticed her products popping up around the metro-east. For example, I spotted her Miracle Mop at both Macy’s and Target while out this week. But, prices were incredibly different, leaving me a bit confused. At Macy’s (sort of hidden by a display of towels), the original mop was marked $39.99 and the bucket $29.99. I also saw her Huggable Hangers (10 for $17.99) on display.
At Target in Fairview Heights, the mop is $19.99 and the bucket is $14.99. It’s easy to spot the items on an end-cap. And, it’s easy to see where the bargain is!
Holiday shop closing
The Christmas Cottage & Home Decor in Fairview Heights (just east of Schnucks at 705 Lincoln Highway) will be going out of business in about 90 days, says owner Bob Bruns. The cute little standalone shop is full of merchandise, from Christmas to Easter to St. Patrick’s Day. Stop in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday beginning March 10 to get some bargains. Bob said prices will be reduced 25 to 50 percent to begin the clearance. Need more information or want to buy in bulk? Call 618-622-9722.
Buy the book
Through early April, Kohl’s stores are offering children’s books and matching soft toys from the late author/illustrator Leo Lionni for $5 each. All of the net profit from the Kohl’s Cares collection benefits children’s health initiatives nationwide. Depending on the store, you’ll find books/toys about Frederick the mouse, Cornelius the crocodile and the green frog from “It’s Mine,” as well as two other books by the award-winning Lionni.