Get it for a Steal
Even when the economy is tip top, everyone loves a great price. These days, we like bargains even more. Here’s your guide to the best sales and everyday deals on clothing, food, gifts and more in the state.
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The Station Gallery (3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-8638) is Delaware’s go-to showroom for prints, photos and paintings, but the gallery features a sale on custom framing during July. Instead of paying at least $100 in regular retail pricing, customers will receive 15 percent off any type of custom framing for mirrors, decor and prints.
Visit Tideline Gallery (220 Lantana Square, Hockessin, 235-0860; 146 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4444) between Thanksgiving and Christmas for 20 percent savings on unique gifts, decorative pottery, jewelry and lamps. Tideline also hosts a jewelry sale in April, with discounts ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent.
Looking for sales in unusual items, such as clothing, jewelry, chocolate, purses, accessories, picture frames and artwork? Get on the mailing list at Village Imports (165 E. Main St., Newark, 368-9923) to receive 20 percent savings on select items. On the first Saturday in May—World Fair Trade Day—the store features live music and serves chocolates, bananas and coffee.
At Whiskazz and Pawzz (500 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, 235-2002) customers pant for sales in July and immediately after Christmas. All merchandise is discounted 50 percent, including Breeders Choice and Merrick foods, Douglas Paquette and Up Country collars, and Meteor Balls that light up, make noises and make dogs really happy. During sales, humans enjoy cake, champagne and soda while dogs munch treats. The store specializes in gift baskets for anniversaries, birthdays and new litters. “The guest pays for the items and the packaging and decorating is done free of charge,” says owner Alyce Duffy.
The Wooden Indian (25 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8331) celebrates its birthday on July Fourth weekend, so everything goes on sale at birthday time, though the amounts vary. Items which have been retired or discontinued sell for half-price. Retired Waterford gift pieces and Armani figurines can be had for a huge bargain.
Preseason savings are in gear at Bike Line (486 Middletown Warwick Road, Middletown, 285-0134; 212 E. Main St., Newark, 368-8779; 2900 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 479-9438). An annual sale kicks off March 15 for the Newark location. In years past, the sale lasted all weekend, and the staff set up tents outside with 50 percent discounts. Other sales include 10 percent and up on accessories, as well as 15 percent off roof-rack systems, bicycling shoes and pedal systems. Look for Tour de France sales in July. Check the web site for big, big discounts on discontinued, but still bangin’ bicycles.
East of Maui (104 Saint Louis St., Dewey Beach, 227-4703) hosts its big Midnight Madness clearance sale on the second Wednesday of every August. The sale runs from 7 p.m. to midnight when apparel from Billabong, Rip Curl, O’Neil, Reef and more go on sale for half-off. Check in on Labor Day weekend for discounts and special pricing on kayaks.
Steer the cart toward Golf Galaxy (1295 Churchmans Road, Newark, 388-9005) during spring months for great savings on clubs, bags, apparel and technology. That’s when companies come out with new lines and the old lines are marked down. Manager Gary Corsaro says discounts and promotions vary, but there’s always something going on from week to week, especially for Advantage Club members. Local pros receive the latest on sales and discounts, as well as inside information on store merchandise. Call for details on memberships and promotions.
The Ski Bum (218 E. Main St., Newark, 454-9829) celebrates its anniversary every year by holding a mondo sale November 21-30. In the past, owners have allowed trade-ins of old skis for discounts on select items. The store also has a consignment sale October 18-19 and October 25-26, when customers swap used ski equipment for store credit or cash. The customer rewards program gives back $10 for every $200 spent.
Pedal to Wooden Wheels (301 Newark Shopping Center, Newark, 368-2453) during the second weekend of March for savings on everything in the store. From Friday to Monday, bikes, equipment and accessories are reduced by 10 percent, with some extra savings on selected items. For the serious cyclist, road bikes are available from $700 into the thousands. If you still have your training wheels, make sure you have helmets as well, which start at $30. Adventure bikers can grab a car rack for about $60 to $200. Though it’s not a mom-and-pop business, it is a brother-and-sister effort, so product quality and customer service are top priorities, says co-owner Kim Harvey.
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