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Last day to save at Ivy Lane!

Get summer ready at Ivy Lane this week! Buy a top, get a bottom 50% off. Hurry, sale ends Thursday, 5/21!

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

 

 

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Weekend fun at MarketPlace 120

 

It’s an event-filled weekend at MarketPlace 120! On Saturday, May 16, don’t miss PJ Svedja’s last gallery show from 4-7pm. Then stick around for the local comedians Carlos Rodriguez Conrad Bromberek Steven Knows AK Bjorn Martha Fritz from 8-10pm. Hors d’oeuvres included with ticket. Cash wine bar available. A Fountaine Lewis Production $10 per person.

The fun continues on Sunday when Susan Hurst presents Floorcloths – Around the Home from 1-4pm.

For details, tickets and registration information, call 678-540-7511 or visit marketplace120.com.

 

MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta.

 

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Charity yard sale to benefit autism awareness program

 

A charity yard sale will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at Arylessence at 1091 Lake Drive, Marietta 30066. All funds raised will be donated to the Arylessence Foundation to make a better world for those with autism.

For questions, contact Chuck Martin at 404-891-1182 or foundation@arylessence.com.

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Creepers Car Club at MarketPlace 120

 

 

On Saturday, May 9th from noon to 5 pm, the Creepers Car Club will be coming to MarketPlace 120 in Marietta. The parking lot will be filled their vintage cars and trucks. It will be an afternoon of music, food, door prizes and more, a true blast from the past!

Proceeds from food and Door Prize tickets go to the Creepers’ Charities, The Special Olympics of Cobb and the Children’s Miracle Network.

MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. For more information call 678-540-7511 or visit marketplace120.com.

 

 

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10 Days of Giveaways at The Avenue East Cobb

Enter the 10 Days of Spring Giveaways from The Avenue from May 1 – 10 to win great prizes like Tory Burch sunglasses, a Coach watch, an Apple iPad Mini, shoe shopping spree and more. Each daily entry at avenuegiveaway.com will qualify you to win the grand prize $500 shopping spree selected on May 10.

 

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Get 20% off Vera, Kate and more at Ivy Lane

 

Shop Ivy Lane this week for 20% Off all Vera Bradley, Kate Spade & All for Color. Get them before they’re gone! Sale ends Sunday, May 3.

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

 

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Play with your food at MarketPlace 120’s newest class

Play with your food at MarketPlace 120 this Sunday, May 3, 1-4pm, when Susan Hurst presents Floorcloths.

Floorcloths are one of the earliest forms of floor covering, attaining great popularity in England in the 1700s. Eventually the invention of linoleum eliminated the interest in these rugs. In the last few decades however, the desire to decorate homes in a more personal way has stimulated new interest in this old art form

Create a 2×3 foot floor cloth using stencils made from common vegetables. Classes are $60 per person and include all materials. Classes held at MarketPlace 120, 562 Wylie Road in Marietta.

For more information call 678-540-7511 or visit marketplace120.com.

 

 

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Bargain hunting tips from a garage sale expert

There are garage sales galore all around East Cobb this weekend, including the subdivision-wide sale in Indian Hills. Before you get your bargain on, read these tips for successful garage sale shopping from moneycrashers.com. 

It’s that time of year again: Time for shorts, sun, and, of course, garage sales. For some people, there is nothing more exciting than driving around the neighborhood and catching sight of a lawn full of multicolored clothing, vintage vinyl, and sparkly trinkets.

I’ll admit I’m guilty of being one of these people. Even if there’s nothing I can see that I need, I can’t resist stopping at a garage sale when I’ve got some extra cash. And even though most garage sales are full of great deals on items that cost a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere, there are still multiple ways to save even more.

Saving Money at Garage Sales

1. Research Online

To be truly successful at scoring great deals at a tag sale, you have to start at home. Before grabbing your wallet and heading out the door, do some “pre-shopping” online.

Several websites exist that are dedicated to helping you find the best deals in your neighborhood. Sellers advertise directly with such sites, which allows you to browse (and sometimes view photos of) their wares.

  • Garage Sales Tracker allows you to search garage sales, flea markets, and consignment shops in your local area so you can get a general idea of the items being offered for sale. This allows you to determine whether the trip is worth your while. The site also offers an iPhone app which you can use to locate garage sales closest to you.
  • Yard Sale Search helps you find tag sales in your area for free no matter where you live in the United States. Enter your zip code, and a printable map appears detailing the locations of the sales. Click on the garage sales that most interest you and read over details such as date, time, location, and items for sale.
  • Craigslist is another great resource to locate a great garage sale before you leave the house. First, locate your city on the website. Beneath the “For Sale” header is a link marked “Garage Sale” on the right-hand column. Click this link and scroll down to view sales in your area.

If signing up for websites and searching the Internet just isn’t for you, there are plenty of other places to look offline. For example, most local newspapers are updated every Thursday and Friday before most garage sales take place. Church bulletin boards, supermarkets, and coffee shops also post flyers to draw traffic to their sales.

2. Learn to Negotiate

If you’re like me, you hate to haggle. However, negotiation doesn’t have to be an unpleasant process. By utilizing a handful of simple tactics, you may be able to score a cheaper price.

  • Look Poor. Don’t show up to a garage sale looking unkempt and disheveled, but don’t wear your best clothes and shoes either. Many sellers will not budge on price if you look like you can afford more than what they’re asking. Leave the fancy jewelry at home and just keep it casual. Also, make a point to bring small bills so you won’t have to feel awkward presenting a $50 when you just haggled to get the price down to $5.
  • Form a Relationship. Don’t just mill around – find the seller and strike up a conversation. Ask him or her about the pieces you’re interested in, and where and when they were acquired. Forming a humanizing connection can make acquiring a deal easier.
  • Start a Collection. Instead of inquiring about items piece by piece, start a small collection and ask how much for all of them. Sellers love to move items in bulk, so you may end up getting a great deal by buying multiple items, rather than single pieces.
  • Be Willing to Walk Away. If the seller is asking $50 for an item, don’t offer $5. Being unrealistic will just sour the whole deal. Instead, offer a reasonable amount, such as $30, and negotiate from there. If the seller still won’t budge, start putting things back – this may cause him or her to reconsider. If not, walk away.

 

3. Time Your Shopping

In addition to savvy negotiation tactics, timing is also important when trying to acquire a low price at a garage sale.

  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm. One of the best times to visit a garage sale is early in the morning, just as the sale starts. Big-ticket items such as TVs, stereos, and furniture will likely be sold within the first couple of hours, so get there early if these are the items you’re looking for.
  • But the Night Owl Cleans Up. Late risers don’t have to rule out finding great garage sale bargains. Showing up anywhere between 11am and 2pm means finding items reduced in price by 50% or more. Sellers are more likely to bargain as the day wears on, as it’s never pleasant to have to pack up and put a bunch of unsold items back into storage. Clothes, books, CDs, and various knickknacks sell best this time of day.

4. Flip Your Purchases for Profit

If you’re a savvy garage sale hunter, you can get more bang for your buck by reselling some of the items you score. Stick to reselling items you know people are likely always going to want or need, such as baby clothes, shoes, DVDs, and paperback books. You can easily set up an account on eBay or Craigslist to sell items online. Alternatively, you can have your own garage sale.

Before purchasing more expensive items, such as cell phones or tablet computers, do some serious research beforehand. Investing in high-end electronics requires a considerable amount of money, and making a profit isn’t always guaranteed. It may simply be best to avoid electronics and other pricey items if you’re not familiar with them.

Final Word

Garage sales are filled with many enticing items that catch the eye, but ask yourself the following questions before making any purchase: Do I really need this? Will it go well with my existing décor? Could I give it away as a gift? Does it have resale value? If the item doesn’t meet any of these criteria, ask yourself why you still want to make the purchase.

Occasionally, there’s nothing wrong with buying something you don’t need just for the fun of it. However, the best way to save money and get the most bang for your buck at a garage sale is to know what you need and to be aware of what you don’t need.

What’s the most interesting or unusual piece you’ve picked up at a garage sale?

(Reprinted from http://www.moneycrashers.com/garage-sale-shopping-tips/. Photo credit: Paul McKinnon, Shutterstock)

 

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NY Times Best-selling author coming to Book Exchange

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On Saturday, April 25 from noon to 1:30 pm, Book Exchange kicks off its 40th Anniversary festivities by hosting a Mix ‘N Mingle with former area resident and NY Times bestselling author, Steve Berry. The event celebrates the March 2015 release of the tenth in his popular Cotton Malone series, Patriot Threat.

Available for purchase at the Book Exchange event, Patriot Threat, Berry’s trademark mix of history and suspense that’s 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation, just debuted at #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List and poses a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

Berry will talk about this latest release, sign autographs, and share light snacks and refreshments with guests. While there is no charge for this event, an RSVP is required no later than April 24th.

For more information or to RSVP call Book Exchange at 770-427-4848.

 

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Gifts for Grads at Ivy Lane

Graduation registry is now offered at Ivy Lane. Receive a FREE gift when you register. Plus shoppers receive 10% off their registry purchase.

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

 

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