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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Mother’s Day weekend is the best time to buy picture frames, photo albums, wooden art pieces, and fine indoor and outdoor furniture at Creations Fine Woodworking Gallery (451 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, 235-2310). The store offers more than 2,500 items, all of which are discounted close to 20 percent during the sale. Spend $20 in the gallery and play pinball. A good score earns coupons. All stores at Hockessin Corner participate in a strip-wide sidewalk sale in June. Guests who buy from the gallery’s outdoor selection receive a discount inside.
Discounts on sterling silver, Guatemalan handmade pieces, soaps, candles and home decor items can be found in October and May at Eclectica (800½ Brandywine Blvd., Wilmington, 888-1824). Frequent buyers on the mailing list are privy to private sales in September and get 10 percent discount coupons good for December. Don’t miss the Bellefonte Shop Hop the last Friday of every month. Eclectica serves wine and hands out raffle prizes.
Labor Day through fall, Elegant Slumming (33H Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-5551) marks down home accessories up to 40 percent.
It’s easy to find great buys at 15,000-square-foot Everything but The Kitchen Sink (425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, 239-6664), but seek extra savings for the holidays during the shop’s two open house sales, November 9 and 16. All Christmas merchandise such as ornaments and collectibles from Byers’ Choice, Department 56 and Raz Importers go 20 percent off. From fall until Christmas, all wrapping paper and ribbon go for 40 percent off.
Since gardens look tired in July and August, Magpie Tea Garden (1715 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 654-2911) holds its biggest sales then. Find garden ornaments, soil decorations and wind chimes all reduced 35 percent.
Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 727-0905) shuts its doors from January 1 through Valentine’s Day, so the weeks before offer some great bargains on stunning ceramics, glassworks, paintings and photography. Savings of 10 percent to 50 percent can be had for one-of-a-kind artwork. Repeat customers (even if it’s only their second time there) get 5 percent off their purchases.
There are three yearly sales at Romanick Pottery (170 E. Main St., Newark, 738-8038): in March, October and July. But the biggest is its sidewalk sale in July, which also happens to be Newark’s Shops and Hops retail and beer festival. Most pottery is discounted 30 percent. Find great wedding gifts and bridal registries. To save an extra 30 percent, take the wedding invitation with you.
Want to find European furniture, fabulous Swedish china cabinets, antiques or ceramics? Head to Somethings Unique (3834 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 426-1950). The 6,000-square-foot space is packed with items from all over the world, and they are reasonably priced year-round. There are no set sales, but customers can receive a 20-percent discount on orders for upholstered, slipcovered and leather furniture by Lee Industries. The store has a good selection of sofas, chairs and ottomans. Dress them in one of the gallery’s 1,000 fabrics and 60 leathers.
The Bastille Day Sale from July 11-14 and the White Sale from August into early September are big events for Yves Delorme (3801 Kennett Pike, No. 115, Greenville, 656-3700). Both sales offer 20-percent discounts on bedding and bath products, but those hoping for discounts on Royal Pedic mattresses will do better in July. This year, a lucky customer won a gift certificate to C.W. Harborside restaurant in Wilmington, so there are always surprises. Customers in the mailing system get a discount coupon each season. The store also keeps a record of guest purchases and helps to match old patterns to new ones or to create design motifs.
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