You never know what you’ll find at Buddy’s Small Lots. It might be a rechargeable kids’ go-kart, or a portable, pop-up beach canopy to keep the sun from staring at you in your swimsuit. Or it might be a Sunbeam stand mixer, the latest as-seen-on-TV invention, or a wood patio table. In any case, what it will be is steeply discounted. With a rapidly changing inventory of brand-new items, Buddy’s is just about impossible to sum up. Along with outfitting a home or dispatching holiday shopping in one swoop, customers can leave with the makings of a decent meal—the store also sells popular brands of milk, eggs, canned goods, and other grocery staples.
It is not difficult to find NJ Mattress Factory—simply look for a showroom with rows of blanket-less beds. Once there, you will see sewn onto bare mattresses patches with the names Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster, Simmons Beautyrest, and Tempur-Pedic, a who’s who of mattress brands the store is authorized to sell. Any questions can be directed to the seasoned staff, whether they are about mattresses or the shop’s bedding accessories, which include Tempur-Pedic pillows and mattress pads that can fend off water, microbes, allergens, and that one nightmare where you are forced to stuff your mattress into an airplane’s overhead compartment.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and giant piggy banks?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
At any given time, more than 200 pieces of unfinished ceramics can be found on the shelves at Brushes & Bisque. Though the pieces will soon find use as coffee mugs, dinner plates, and jewelry boxes, they still require a final glaze before they can hold treats or treasures. During classes for kids and adults, painters work with provided tools and materials to coat the pieces with an artistic touch.
In addition to pottery painting, Brushes & Bisque offers clay classes, also with provided tools and materials. Kids? clay classes cover the basics of coiling, pinching, and glazing, and adult pottery classes equip sculptors with a pottery wheel.
Back in 1959, Joe Spirko and his wife Linda started a tiny fruit stand, home to fresh-grown fruits and veggies, hand-cut flowers, and some seed packets. From those humble beginnings, Strawberry Blossom & Ploch's grew quickly, expanding and then relocating to accommodate local demand. Today, the home and garden center occupies more than five acres of land, where visitors are invited to meander through greenhouses, ask questions, and stock up on black gold: dirt. Indoor and outdoor plants can be found, as well as ground-cover, bulbs, and everything to make the exterior of your home beautiful, including tasteful lawn furniture and accessories for grilling.
eToys.com makes it easy to find gifts for kids big and small. Search by age group to find name-brand items for babies. For older tykes, opt for action figures and video games, or get hearts pumping with trampolines, bikes, and outdoor play sets. Shoppers can also peruse the online toy shop's goods by theme to find the perfect birthday or holiday present.