Plus: Sneak a peek at Room & Board clearance sale
As Minneapolis glass blower Dan Mather's fortunes go, so go bargain hunters'. Landing a big order to make glass ball ornaments for a catalog means that more not-quite-perfect pieces ("seconds") will be discounted 50 percent or more at Goldenflow Studios. Normally $22.50, Mather's 3 1/2-inch round seconds are $10 each. He also sells a few seconds of his signature Goldenflow snow domes, filled with gold or copper chips. Medium-sized Goldenflow seconds are $15, regularly $46. Small seconds are $10. The studio is open from noon to 4:30 Saturday at 1300 NE. Quincy St., Mpls., 612-623-4223, www.goldenflowstudios.com.Get a peek at Room & Board's clearance
Room & Board's annual furniture clearance sale starts Dec. 26, but you can get a sneak peek now. All items that are being discontinued, such as the Dublin sofa, are already labeled on the website as "discontinued," but the clearance prices won't be listed until midnight on Dec. 25. You can avoid the in-store rush on Dec. 26 by ordering online and picking it up at the Golden Valley warehouse to save on shipping, but you'll save the most on floor models in the store (7010 France Av. S., Edina, 952-927-8835, www.roomandboard.com).Free flu shots for the uninsured
Walgreens is offering free flu shots while a limited number of vouchers last. The vouchers are available to those without medical insurance who are age 19 or older. Only the 24-hour locations (about 17 in the Twin Cities) will offer the vouchers and flu shots. For the nearest 24-hour location, go to Walgreens.com or call 1-800-925-4733, ext. 4.Free shipping day Friday
Nearly 2,000 retailers have signed up to offer consumers free shipping for items purchased online Friday. Check the list at Freeshippingday.com. Participating retailers include Bliss, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Brookstone, Cabela's, DSW, Herberger's, Macy's, J.C. Penney, Sears and Toys 'R' Us. Free shipping day isn't a slam dunk for savings. Some retailers such as L.L. Bean and Zappos offer year-round free shipping, but look for online companies that offer discounts on top of free shipping for maximum savings.