Gone Shopping

  • Time to snap up cool, comfy tops

    Time to snap up cool, comfy tops

    Have you pulled out your spring and summer clothing to assess what’s lacking yet? Do it soon and then get to the Ellsworth Renys where there are racks upon racks of cute and colorful short-sleeve and tank tops by Talbot’s, J. Crew, Banana Republic and more. Most were under $10. We found a cotton, V-neck

  • Shower with love

    Shower with love

    We have two wedding showers in May and only one couple has registered for gifts. So, we stopped at The Meadow of Blue Hill, 140 Main St., which has gifts for every occasion. Karen Brandenburg owns the shop, as well as its sister store in Belfast, with her husband, David Caplan. Brandenburg, herself, has a

  • Party on at the Dollar Tree

    Party on at the Dollar Tree

    Shopping for party supplies and gift packaging got a lot easier with the recent opening of Dollar Tree, which is next to Marden’s. The Dollar Tree has paper goods — paper plates, napkins and utensils — in several festive colors, including purple, blue, red, green and pink, just to name a few. We found gift

  • Spring into spring!

    Spring into spring!

    Bar Harbor shops are waking up after the winter. Not everything is open yet, but there are a handful of stalwart year-round merchants with great things. We found our way into Window Panes at 166 Main St., which is open year-round. We needed candles to help clear the stale air in our house since it’s

  • Spring dresses have sprung

    Spring dresses have sprung

    June graduations and weddings are just two months away. You can save yourself hassle by shopping early for outfits when there are still choices and sizes available. A rack of spring dresses, many in nautical stripes, cried out to us at T.J. Maxx. We succumbed to a long-sleeve, knee-length navy and white striped number by

  • Get a leg up

    Get a leg up

    Have you ever seen a white crocodile? We do whenever we gaze at our naked legs, which are scaly and white thanks to winter weather coupled with dehydration. We’ve begun applying a thin layer of petroleum before lathering on moisturizer. The petroleum serves as a crumb coat for the skin. If there was a beach

  • Mark-downs at Marden’s

    Mark-downs at Marden’s

    Generous people spill their fashion sources. We compare it to that saying, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” only for outfits. So, when we were admiring Ellsworth resident Jeni Webber’s pink cardigan, she told us to get to Marden’s, where she’d found the cardigan for a song. We did go to Marden’s and we got

  • Cold comfort

    Cold comfort

    We are cold; not chilled, but the kind of cold where we live with a wool cap on our scalp 24/7. We were inspired to hear tell of an Ellsworth woman who works in a local office with a heating pad on her lap. We would probably spill a bottle of water and get an

  • Sales sleuthing at TJ’s

    Sales sleuthing at TJ’s

    It’s that time of year when stores host final clearance sales to make room for spring merchandise. The Ellsworth American’s circulation manager Deborah Tucker found a gray sweater coat by Philosophy for $15 and a poncho in a black and white check pattern, also $15. If you go, look for yellow “final clearance” signs hanging