Sales on scents and cards

The always popular Thymes fragrances sale for bath, body and home runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (63 St. Anthony Pkwy., Mpls., 612-338-4471). Save 50 percent or more on 21 fragrances including lotions, body washes, soaps, candles, bubble baths, home mists, gift sets and reed diffusers. Prices are usually $1 to $15.

Stock up on locally designed and printed greeting cards for 35 cents each at the Stroke of the Heart warehouse sale (3792 Williston Rd., Minnetonka, 952-945-9495). Notecards and kitchen magnets also are 50 to 85 percent off. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Only cash and checks are accepted.

Everything $3 or less

It's the third annual clearance sale for Half Price Books at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds grandstand. Everything is $3 or less, including used hardcovers, paperbacks, kids' books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and video games. More than 100,000 books and 5,000 DVDs and CDs are included. This is a browser's sale, because the books are organized only by fiction and nonfiction and music is not alphabetized. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but late shoppers on Sunday sometimes get additional discounts.

Cuts, color and causes

Anyone in need of a haircut and a deal pays only $10 (regularly about $15) for a shampoo, cut and blow-dry at any Fantastic Sams ( through Oct. 18. The all-over color sale for $40 (regularly about $45) runs Oct. 28 to Nov. 18. Appointments can be made for color services, but haircuts are walk-in only.

For a cut and a cause, try any salon of Ulta Style (eight locations, on Oct. 16. Get a shampoo, cut and style with a $10 donation to breast cancer research (regularly $30 for men and $50 for women). Walk-ins only.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633 or If you spot a deal, share it at