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Steals+deals: Garden sales coming, going and gone

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT
  • Star Tribune
  • May 23, 2012 - 1:52 PM
Garden sales coming, going and gone

At least one garden sale is remaining the same this year. Jan Ehrlich, a sales rep for garden supplies, will hold a sample sale with discounts of 50 to 75 percent. Quantities are limited, but the selection includes cast stone animals and gnomes ($7 to $50, regularly $15 to $100), small to extra-large glazed pots ($4 to $80, regularly $10 to $180), 3- to 6-foot trellises ($6 to $20), cocoa moss hang- ing baskets, urns, topiary towers, arbors and selected herbs and perennials. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ehrlich's home (330 8th Av. N., Hopkins, 952-934-6179). Cash and checks are accepted, but there will be no early sales.

The Wolf Garten/BlueStone garden tools sample sale in Golden Valley will not be held this year, but next year looks likely, said a sales rep.

Linder's has dropped its half-off-everything sales at the flower marts, but various sales at the marts will begin throughout June.

Memorial Day sales

Bargain hunters know that Memorial Day sales aren't usually as enticing as on July 4 or Labor Day, but that's not true for thrifters, aka thrift store shoppers. On Memorial Day, stores such as Value Village, Savers, Unique and Valu Thrift discount almost everything 50 percent. One exclusive feature at Value Village, with stores in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield and St. Paul, is its new rewards program ($10 to join but you get it back in an immediate $10 store credit). Get 10 points for each dollar spent, 200 points for each month you donate, and 400 for volunteering at one of the stores. Get $10 off anything except sale items for signing up and $10 more after 2,500 points have accrued.

At Premium Outlets in Albertville (www.premiumout, check out the holiday weekend deals listed on the website store by store or call your favorite one for details. Here are some highlights valid through Monday: 10 percent off factory-renewed products at Bose, 20 percent off storewide at Le Creuset (starts Friday), 30 percent off everything at Loft Outlet, 40 percent off the entire store at New York & Company, and 50 percent off the entire store at Puma.

You have until Memorial Day to save during Menards 11 percent off everything sale. Get the most bang for your buck by buying sale merchandise you need. If an item isn't on sale this week, consider waiting until Sunday for the new sale flier. Getting the 11 percent off requires you to send in a form and the original receipt for a store credit voucher.

You can still get the discount without the hassle of the mail-in rebate by taking Menards' 11 percent flier from Sunday's paper and asking Home Depot to match it. Sometimes the Depot will just take off the discount immediately, and sometimes it will give you the savings in a gift card. It depends on the cashier. Lowe's will not match Menards' rebate discounts but will match their regular or sale prices.

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