With Thanksgiving turkey carving a month away, now is a good time to get those knives sharpened. In the Robbinsdale area, try Harmon Sharpening Service (2601 France Av. N., Robbinsdale, 763-588-8488), which has an everyday low price of $1 per knife while you wait (no serrated knives). Blades for saws, lawn mowers, augers and hedge trimmers and scissors and bits are also sharpened. Call before you go since the business is in a residence.
Lunds and Byerly's meat departments will sharpen up to three knives free for pickup the next day (no serrated knives).
Eversharp (344 NE. Taft St., Minneapolis, 612-379-1300, www.eversharpknives.com) will charge $1 per knife (limit 10) while you wait during its sharpening sale Nov. 14-23. Serrated knives are $2 during the sale.Choose to Reuse coupon booklet
To save money and help the planet, get a free copy of the Hennepin County "Choose to Reuse" coupon booklet with savings from 80 retailers. It's a good way to get discounts for a Halloween costume if you shop at Arc's Value Village, Everyday People, Halloweencostumes.com and Norcostco. Parents of young children can save at Bellies to Babies, Just Between Friends, Nine Maternity, Once Upon a Child and Kids Rack. Pick up a copy of the booklet at participating retailers or print a copy at www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse. Coupons are valid through November.Sales on clothes, cards and couches
Get James Jeans premium denim during the liquidation at Mode (7788 Main St., Maple Grove, 763-391-6102, www.shopmodestore.com). The women's jeans, which are sold at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue, will be $40 at Mode, regularly $178 to $229, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The designer outlet will get in about 100 pairs in waist sizes 26 to 33 inches.
Stock up on exquisitely designed greeting cards, note pads and stationery made locally by Gina B Designs (12700 Industrial Park Blvd., Suite 40, Plymouth, 763-559-7595, www.ginabdesigns.com). Save 50 to 90 percent on overstocks and discontinued patterns during the annual greeting card sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
I'd put Excelsior in the top five suburban downtowns for a shop and stroll in the Twin Cities area. When a good merchant is having a sale, so much the better. The owner of Jackie's Living With Style store (219 Water St., Excelsior, 952-472-6440) is doing a floor change. On Friday and Saturday, all mid- to high-end floor models are discounted 40 to 75 percent, including sofas, chairs, lamps, wall decor and lighting from Wesley Hall, Paladin Upholstery and Quoizel.
Just downstairs from Jackie's is Mary O'Neal's consignment (221 Water St., 952-470-0205, www.maryoneal-estatesales.com), which has an eclectic mix of traditional furniture, artwork, china, glassware and model ships.