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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For Dreamers Gallery (743 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 730-1234) owner Joyce Breasure-Herrick holds a food drive around mid-June every year, so for every two food items a customer brings in, he saves a dollar on every $10 spent on brilliant glass works, jewelry and pottery. During the second week of November, For Dreamers gives away a $10 gift certificate every hour.
At Forney’s Too (102 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 734-2425), a shopper can find anything from Webkinz to Vera Bradley handbags. Hit its big sale right after Christmas, when all holiday merchandise shoots down to 50 percent off and more. Around June and January, retiring Vera Bradley styles and patterns go on sale, usually up to 25 percent off.
Grab a leash and bring the pup to Happy Dog Healthy Dog (1825 Delaware Ave., Wilmington 428-1919) a week before Christmas for discounts on doggie toys, treats and collars. Many items are 70 percent off. Happy Dog’s food line, Walter’s Whole Foods, are all-natural products made for dogs with weight issues, allergies and cancer. Owner Diane Meyer specializes in massage, Reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction), wellness and end-of-life therapy for dogs.
Known for its selection of freshly cut flowers, Petals Flowers & Fine Gifts (Del. 100 and Rockland Road, Montchanin, 654-9556) also offers a wide variety of gifts and services for chic, classic tastes. January’s after-Christmas sale is the best time to shop. Seasonal items are reduced by 50 percent. On the third Friday and Saturday of each month, a storewide 30 percent discount is applied to items such as stationery, garden decor and home accessories. Petals has recently stocked three lines of jewelry, including 14-karat gold earrings for $35 to $100, Swarovski crystal rings for $100 to $300 and chunky hammered gold accessories for $300 to $1,000.
The Ladybug Shop (131 N.W. Front St., Milford, 422-5470) is devoted to the helpful bug and loaded with gifts, toys, collectibles and home decor items. Seasonal items are on sale from the first week of October through the holidays. Look for things like Christmas candy dishes, Thanksgiving table settings, candle holders, ornaments, kitchen and home items for at least 20 percent off. Spend over $25 and get a free ladybug coffee mug.
Ninth Street Books (104 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, 652-3315), an independent bookstore that has served Wilmingtonians for 32 years, holds great back-to-school sales August through September. Find 20 percent discounts on hardback dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and calendars. The sale room is brimming with titles marked down 50 percent to 80 percent. A customer rewards card will save you 10 percent off a purchase of five or more books. Co-owner Gemma Buckley gladly does special orders.
Anyone in the market for a great movie poster should head to Rockford Map and Globe Company (1800 Lovering Ave., Wilmington, 576-8900), where posters are always 50 percent off. On weekends, laminated wall maps are knocked down at least 30 percent. Rockford’s art gallery department houses paintings, photography and prints commemorating local icons such as Kelly’s Logan House. During the Art Loop, find art items reduced by 10 percent. Frames are never on sale, but they’re still about 40 percent cheaper than frames sold at larger venues.
Next door neighbors Scandinavian Occasion (135 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3945) and Valhalla (137 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8489)—hot spots for gifts and jewelry, respectively, spin big savings around the holidays. Thanksgiving through Christmas, save big on candles, lamps, Scandinavian crystal and more at both stores. Catch the newest craze in jewelry, Lovelinks, at Valhalla, where it’s buy five, get one free.
About every six weeks, The Soap Fairy (130 Second St., Lewes, 491-0510; 215 N. Rehoboth Blvd., Milford, 491-0620) owner Scott Blackson sends out email coupons with special deals, like half-off sales and even free soap. That means a lot at The Soap Fairy, where luscious handmade soaps such as rose-geranium and lavender-oatmeal, bath salts, balms and lotions make up the bulk of the inventory.
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