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Yankee Shopper • Berkshire Penny Saver


Improve an Interior in a Weekend or Less



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A Hersam Acorn Newspapers Publication Mary A. Garcia, cover design Melissa Miller, page design TriState Pennysaver News 109 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201 802-447-3381 Vermont News Guide 99 Bonnet Street, Manchester, VT 05254 802-362-3535

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Few industries have boomed as much as the home improvement industry since the turn of the century. Even in the midst of a recession, homeowners continue to look for ways to improve their homes, be it for resale or simply to tailor the home more in their own image. One of the problems many homeowners face, however, is finding the time to take on a project. This is especially true nowadays, as growing financial concerns have made the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement more popular than ever. While homeowners continue to seek ways to save money on projects, they’re also looking for the time to do them. Fortunately, they can do both. The following projects won’t take more than a weekend and they won’t break the bank, either. • Work on a wall. One easy way to change the feel of your home’s interior is to add an accent wall. This is as simple as painting one wall a different color than the rest. Decorators typically recommend finding the dominant color in a given room, and then painting the wall you want to be the accent wall with a color that complements the room’s dominant color. • Change the lighting scheme. Homeowners who have been in their homes for a long period of time often grow bored with their home’s interior. But this doesn’t require a complete room overhaul. Instead, changing the lighting scheme by simply purchasing new lamps and bulbs can make a significant difference in how a room looks and feels. What’s more, all it requires is a quick drive to the home improvement store, many of which carry an array of lighting choices. • Shop for antiques and art. Another way to overhaul a room’s interior is to add some antiques or hang new, more colorful (or more toned down) artwork. Artwork and accessories such as antiques can give a room a completely new look without requiring much sweat equity from a homeowner.


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How to Choose Outdoor Furniture The trend toward outdoor living continues strong, and many homeowners are interested in outfitting their outdoor spaces with new patio furniture and accessories. How to shop depends upon needs and use of the space.

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1. First assess the space you have. What do you do in the areas of your yard, and how do you want them to be divided? For example, many homeowners like to set up different zones depending upon space. One area can be a conversation place with a few intimate seats and perhaps a small bistro table. Another area can be the main dining and entertaining spot with large patio table and chairs. A secluded area can be established for resting, with a lounge chair or hammock. continued on page 5     

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Make Sure Summer Fun is Safe The warm weather is here and that means plenty of outdoor excursions and activities. Whether your plans involve trips to the beach, park, forest or simply your own backyard, make sure safety is a priority. Get the most out of your favorite outdoor activities with these precautionary tips, courtesy of GHI Insurance company. Sun Safety Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It can be prevented by taking steps to protect your skin. Remember, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays shine down even on cloudy days. So even when the sun seems to be hiding, follow safety measures.

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2. Look through catalogs from outdoor furniture retailers or from your favorite home center or department stores. Get to know the sizes of furniture and the styles of the season. There are a few major materials from which outdoor furniture is made: plastic, wrought iron, wicker, and wood. Know the price points of these items so you can comparison shop and get the best deals for your budget. 3. Before buying, visit area stores to get a feel for the furniture and test out cushions, etc. Because sizes of furniture pieces can seem abstract when you’re simply reading measurements out of a catalog, it helps to see the items you’re considering buying in person. Go over warranties, care questions and ����� potential sales/markdowns with a salesperson to be dou���� bly sure about your potential purchase.

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4. Pay special attention to the cushions and the materials used to construct the furniture. They should be durable and treated properly to withstand different weather conditions. Today’s outdoor fabrics are more durable and attractive than in the past. So you may be able to create a look in the yard that rivals a living room set-up indoors. 5. In today’s economy you may be able to negotiate a good deal on price. If budget restraints are a problem, don’t overlook the opportunity to buy floor models or discontinued styles. Just remember that warranties or return policies may be different or nonexistant on these discounted items. Deep discounts also are typical at the end of the season. So you may want to get as many necessities as possible now, but wait until Great Places To Shop 2009

6. Plot out the areas of your yard you’d like to fill on paper first, this way you can move around your paper furniture and decide on placement and size. There are also virtual computer programs that can be used to visualize what your yard can look like with the right furniture and accessories. 7. Once you get your furniture home, finish off the look with decorative items that really set the stage for an outdoor room. Candles, small potted plants, an outdoor area rug.



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the rules of safe swimming, including no running near a pool and no diving in waters less than five feet deep.

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Craft Idea Helps Individuals to Shop Green Plastic and paper bags have been the primary means of toting home groceries for as long as many can remember. Decades of disposable bag use has had quite a negative impact on the environment. Changing individuals’ shopping habits and use of disposable bags may be as simple as offering them a gift that is both creative and green. Estimates say that each year as many as one trillion plastic bags are consumed. Most of these bags end up as litter and trash. The trouble with plastic bags is that they don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade, according to This means they break down into smaller bits that can poison the soil and be ingested by animals but never fully go away. Hundreds of thousands of marine animals die every year due to supposed plastic consumption.


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Although many people collect and reuse their plastic shopping bags, the majority eventually make their way to the trash. However, for every reusable shopping bag a person relies upon, there is the potential to eliminate the need for hundreds or thousands of plastic bags. That helps save money and the enivronment while reducing oil consumption. In an effort to reduce plastic bag consumption, many retailers sell reusable tote bags. These bags are made from canvas or other materials and are purported to be stronger than plastic or paper counterparts. Plus, because they can be used repeatedly, they’re a smart choice for those looking to go green. Consumers will find that the majority of these bags are emblazoned with the logo of a store or another advertisement-driven slogan or image. The idea of carrying around a walking billboard may not appeal to some. With a few supplies, one can create a reusable bag that fits his or her personality and style. Kids can even get in on the act and give the bags out as gifts.


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Check out your nearest craft/hobby or big box store, which is likely to sell canvas tote bags. They may even come in multiple colors. If you don’t have luck there, you can probably purchase them online, and maybe even in bulk. The same craft stores will offer many supplies for embellishing the plain tote bags. Choose among paints and stencils, iron-on transfers, beads, foam kits, and so much more. Office supply stores even sell specialty paper that enables you to print out photos or other designs and then iron them onto clothing, bags and other items. People may be more inclined to go with a reusable tote for shopping and errands when it’s a handmade gift or something they simply made themselves. Here are the many ways to put a reusable bag to work: • store several in your car so they’ll be on hand for shopping excursions • give one to children for carrying extra items from school that may not fit into their backpacks

• keep one tucked in a desk drawer at the office for lunch-time excursions • give one to a person who enjoys knitting or crocheting to hold needles and yarn • hang one in the closet to collect loose mittens, gloves and hats • keep a reusable bag in the pantry or on the back of a cabinet door to collect the plastic shopping bags you may still accumulate • create one especially for pre-schoolers with their name on the front to hold nap time blankets or a change of clothes There are many other ways to put reusable bags to use. Spend some time thinking of your needs and the needs of those around you.



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