Have at it, bargain-hunters; there is so much going on out in retail land. First, two events:
The Collinsville Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale, rain or shine, from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 303 N. Morrison, Collinsville. Perennial plants to be sold — grown in the club members’ gardens — include hostas, ferns, lily of the valley, false Soloman seal, columbine, moon beam coreopsis, bee balm, herbs and more. Club members will be on hand to answer questions.
Join in the first anniversary celebration at Philomena + Ruth in Waterloo on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Expect prizes, discounts, live music and whiskey and beer tasting (for those of age, of course). A portion of the sales Sunday will go to a local animal shelter. The shop is at 118 W. Mill St.
Maybe you've had your eye on a particular item for Mom at Wild Birds Unlimited in Swansea. Now’s the time to stop in and shop, with 20 percent off one regularly-priced non-bird food item through May 22. You’ll find all kinds of gift ideas to decorate a garden and more.
If you’re looking for an inspiring message to let your mom know how much you appreciate and love her, check out the bracelets at Peace by Piece in downtown Belleville. The very trendy Lenny & Eva interchangeable bracelets have metal “sentiments” that say “I love you to the moon and back,” “You hold your children’s hand for a little while but their hearts forever” and more. Attached to a beaded bracelet, leather thongs or a cuff, they cost about $46. Or, if Mom is a Disney fan, pick up a “Jungle Book” theme Harvey seatbelt cross-body bag, wallet, coin purse or handbag, with prices up to $128.
At Claire’s, at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Dad can take his kids to find inexpensive gifts for Mom because it’s buy three items and get three free through Monday.
Deals in Fairview Heights became a Dollar Tree store last Friday. Planning a kitchen bonding session with Grandma for Mother’s Day? Kid-size aprons and chef’s hats are a buck each.
While you’re in the kitchen, make some shortcake to pair with local strawberries. Go fancy with the Nordic Ware shortcake pan (makes six cakes), at Fezziwig’s Market Place in O’Fallon for $40.
If you’re on a budget, Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights has a deal for you: a 36-inch diameter metal powder-coated, glass-top patio table with four matching foldable sling chairs and a 9-foot market umbrella for $129.99. If you just need shade, a 6-foot diameter canvas market umbrella in assorted colors is a mere $19.99. Lots of other outdoor furniture and cushions on sale, too.
At Big Lots in Fairview Heights, I spied a really nice combination of practical and pretty (stripes or polka dots) in the form of an insulated beach tote ($15). It’s big and has a waterproof interior, a zippered top to keep the cold in, side pockets and a pair of metal ring handles with rubber grips. It easily can hold a six-pack, sandwiches, chips and fruit for a family.
Squatty beach chairs are important if you’re a summer beach bum like me I need to be able to stretch out my legs close to the sand while still sitting upright in the shade of my umbrella, reading. Home Depot in O’Fallon (and other locations) has a good selection of colorful low-slung beach chairs for $24.99 each. They’re lightweight with a sling for carrying, foldable, weather-resistant and can be adjusted into five positions. Pick up a foldable white beach side table (low, too) that comes with its own carrying case for $9.99, too.
A new line at Macy’s
Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John have partnered with Macy’s to create a limited-edition line of clothing and accessories called Love Bravery. You’ll find garments from crop tops and sweatshirts to backpacks and clutches ($59) in the shape of sunglasses, pianos or hearts. Meant to inspire compassion and combat prejudice, 25 percent of the purchase price of Love Bravery merchandise will benefit Born This Way Foundation and Elton John AIDS Foundation. The line will be available on macys.com beginning Saturday and in stores May 9. Prices range from $12 to $100.