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Posts about Storewide sales

Finally, good deals on Coke/Pepsi. The 4th of July must be near.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: June 26, 2012 - 4:11 PM


The week before the 4th of July is a good time to stock up on supermarket items that traditionally go on sale before the 4th, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue sauce, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips and soda pop. This week Rainbow and Cub have Pepsi on sale. Rainbow’s price is $1.98 per 12-pack, but you have to purchase five 12-packs and spend an additional $10. Cub’s price is $2.22 per 12-pack, but you have to purchase four and bring the coupon from Sunday’s flier.  You have until Wednesday, June 27 to get a deal on Coke at Lunds/Byerly's. 

The store has four 12-packs of Coke on sale for $9 (must buy four). Target, which has 4 12-packs of Pepsi on sale this week for $11, might match the Lunds' price, but not Rainbow or Cub's. Target will not match prices with minimum spending amounts or required coupons. Wal-Mart tends to be less restrictive in its price-match policy. 

There will probably be more soda pop sales next week, but the prices quoted above won't get much lower. Paying around $2 for a 12-pack was a good deal five years ago, before prices nearly doubled due to the high price of corn syrup.  

Weekend tent sales at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Fun Sisters and E Fetus

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: June 8, 2012 - 4:23 PM


The annual tent/garage sale at Cooks of Crocus Hill (877 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-228-1333) is large this year, said co-owner Marie Dwyer. It's the addition of closeouts from the Stillwater store, Chef's Gallery. Dwyer said there are lots of kitchen tools, cookware, tabletop, linens, knives and furniture.

On Saturday from 10 to 4 Saturday, Fun Sisters (4253 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. 612-822-9872) will have its annual tent sale with discounts of 50 percent or more on purses, jewelry, shoes and clothing. Sample sale prices: $6 for jewelry that was $15 - $18, $5 for bracelets that were $10 - $15, and $10 - $15 for clothing that was up to $40. The regular store will also be open for the sale. owner patsy Skiba is especially hot on the bag that looks exactly like the one Pippa Middleton wore. It's $42 at the Fun Sisters.

 During Eversharp's annual tent sale,  knives are sharpened for $1 each, serrated knives $2, and household scissors $4, with a limit of 10 per visit. The factory store will also sell a Classic set of six Wüsthof Trident knives and block for $229, regularly $580. At Amazon, the sets sell for $300, but 100 of the sets that Eversharp is offering are also signed on the block by Harald Wüsthof, the seventh-generation member to run the German family business. A new Wüsthof 8-inch offset deli/panini knife with a Blackwood handle sells for $79 at the sale ($160 at Amazon). The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 344 NE. Taft St., Mpls., 612-379-1300.

Okay, the folks at the Electric Fetus aren't falling neatly into my theme of weekend tent sales, but they are having a storewide 20 percent off sale for their 44th anniversary through Sunday. The discount applies on new and used CDs, DVDs. records, and gifts but not smoking accessories.


The biggest neighborhood, church garage sales, part 2

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: May 15, 2012 - 1:25 PM


Today's Variety section of the  Star Tribune contains an invaluable resource for garage salers. It's part two of the largest Twin Cities neighborhood garage sales and church rummage sales between now and October. 

The calendar is a big time saver. Instead of driving around to hit a sale here and a sale there, it points you to a neighborhood where 40 or more homes are participating, including the Richfield citywide sale, Linden Hills, Victory and Nokomis neighborhoods in Minneapolis and Mac/Groveland and Como Park in St. Paul. 

Nearly 50 sales are listed in part two. If you're printing them from the link above, print parts 1 and 2. Part 1 includes some sales through August that are not included in part 2.  

Feel free to add your own favorite mega neighborhood or church sale.  


The best sale Cooks of Crocus Hill has had and 'Wolves tickets for $2

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: April 25, 2012 - 2:20 PM


Storewide sale on high-end kitchenware


Cooks of Crocus Hill has purchased the Chef’s Gallery in Stillwater (324 S. Main St., 651-351-1144, and will be renaming it. During the transition, nearly the entire store will be discounted 20 to 50 percent. (Small electrics, classes, events and crop shares are not discounted.) The best deals are in the large back room, where everything will be discounted 50 percent or more, including Riedel wine glasses, Vietri tabletop items, Bodum and Sodastream brands. In the main store, get discounts of 20 to 30 percent. This is a rare opportunity for storewide savings. The sale runs Wednesday, April 25 through Monday.


Greed Gone Wild sale

The same garage sale bargainistas who troll through well-heeled neighborhoods for higher quality items will want to check out the Greed Gone Wild sale (4416 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 612-810-4357). Local stylists with an eye for quality and design clean out their attics and closets and sell what’s in them twice a year, including new and used dinnerware, chandeliers, goblets, silver trays, crystal, accent furniture, toys, jewelry, clothing, fabrics and books. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.


Timberwolves for $2

Only a couple $2 tickets remained Wednesday morning (literally two) for the Timberwolves last home game vs. the Denver Nuggets on Thursday April 26 at 7 p.m. But after those are gone, check out the $3, $4, $5, $10 or  the courtside or free-throw line tickets for $50. Club level tickets (including valet parking and complimentary food and drinks) are between $58 and $126. You can purchase the tickets from TicketNetwork or Target Center. The best deals at TicketNetwork are the printable e-tickets. If hard copy tickets have to be overnighted by Fedex, it costs an extra $25. Yes, it's true that the Wolves aren't in the playoffs and Rubio is injured, but courtside seats can cost $300 or more and club seats with VIP access can be close to $1,000.   


Weekend deals: Rueben BOGO, storewide Cook's sale

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: March 22, 2012 - 7:56 AM

The ground is still too soft to work in the lawn or garden this weekend, so dust off the chaise lounge, air out the beach towel, and start on the base tan that looks as if you spent spring break in Cancun. 

But before or after peak sunning, here are several deals worth a look this weekend. 

(877 Grand Av., St. Paul; 3925 W. 50th St., Edina) discounts nearly everything in stock 20 percent . Only regular-priced items, electrics and crop shares are exempted. 


Arby's is offering a buy-one Rueben get-one free for St. Patrick's Day, but the offer is also good Friday and Sunday. Click here to download the coupon.

The kids consignment sale kickoff begins this weekend with the Just Between Friends sale in Eagan (High Performance Academy, 2950 Lexington Av., , 763-226-5526). Much better selection than a garage sale and lower prices than Once Upon a Child consignment, the Eagan sale is one of the larger kids consignment sales with a huge amount of clothes and toys, all in very good to excellent condition. For a complete list of other Twin Cities kids consignment sales this spring,

go here or here.   




Cooks of Crocus Hill


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