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And bargain-hunt with the Junior League.

  • WHITE SALE: At B and B.



If the huge Bridalpalooza at the Statehouse Convention Center last month was a little overwhelming for your taste, there’s a more intimate alternative this weekend at the newly restored Baker House Bed and Breakfast in historic Argenta.

This bridal fair doesn’t have a catchy name, but participating businesses are Peachtree Catering, the Bridal Cottage, Red Letter Days Inc., Fairy Tale Florals and Moments By Jerome Photography. There’ll be door prizes and other giveaways, and smaller crowds should translate into more individual attention for brides-to-be. Plus you get to see inside the Baker House, a beautiful century-old Queen Anne mansion that can be rented out for weddings. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the house, 109 W. 5th St. (the corner of 5th and Main) in North Little Rock. Admission is $3.

Spring(ish) is apparently becoming the season of consignment sales in Central Arkansas. First up is a new one from the Junior League of Little Rock, long known for the annual Bargain Barn rummage sale. Bargain Boutique, as the event is called, is this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Women’s City Club, 401 S. Scott. St. There’ll be women’s and children’s clothing to choose from.

In two weeks it’ll be time again for Duck Duck Goose’s annual March event, a huge, but from what I understand very well organized, sale of children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment and furniture, plus some designer women’s items. The sale is March 2-4 at the Hall of Industry building at the State Fairgrounds, but consignors and volunteers need to sign up ahead of time. Check out the web site, www.duckduckgoosesale.com, for all the details.

The weekend after that it’s Zany Zebra, a smaller children’s consignment sale in Cabot. Details in my next column.

Other items of interest:

• If you’re related to a teen-ager, you probably already know about Hollister Co., the surfer-chic clothing chain that opened recently in Park Plaza. The clothes — heavy on the denim and tank tops — are sized for the skinny and the skinnier, and the music’s a little loud (stop laughing, Mom), but the place was packed when I stopped by on a recent Friday afternoon. My favorite find: A T-shirt that says “Your brother’s cuter.” Heh.

• Poor Little Rich Girl, the Hillcrest consignment boutique, will be staying in the neighborhood when it moves out of a building at Kavanaugh and Beechwood that’s being torn down to make way for a new bank. The new location is just half a block away at the former Beechwood House, at 611 Beechwood. The move is scheduled for Feb. 23, but in the meantime, all winter merchandise is half off.

• Help the Design Center celebrate its 35th anniversary next week by stopping in and buying yourself a gift. Everything in the store is 25 percent off Monday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 25, and between the housewares, cards, jewelry, bath and body products and other assorted random cool stuff, it should be pretty easy to find something to like.

• Sauceco., home of shiny pretty kitchen gadgets and a roasted garlic and onion jelly I could live on exclusively for the next six months, is giving away a red KitchenAid mixer in a drawing at the end of the month. You’ve got until Feb. 28 to stop by the store and register.






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