What to do
with those yard sale bargains
If hitting the yard sales and flea markets is your idea of weekend fun, you'll want a copy of Junk Beautiful (Taunton, $21.95). Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer, the "junkmarket" columnists from Country Home magazine, show you what to do with all those items you just can't resist. Follow them from room to room to see how they reuse, repurpose and refurbish junk, then turn to the back for how-tos.
A historic glimpse into our past
From 6 to 9 tonight, step back in history at the 1914 Bradshaw Mansion, 609 11th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. The home of former Mayor James G. Bradshaw will be open for a historic showcase sponsored by St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. Architecture talk, historic re-enactors, silent auction (bid on dinners with local historians), plus food, cash bar and music. Tour of nearby Greenwood Cemetery starts at 5 p.m. Tickets: $30 per person, $50 per couple. Information: (727) 894-4026 or (727) 735-1756.
Committed in mind, not money
Nearly seven of 10 home buyers think energy conservation is important or extremely important. But the cost of green improvements is still a significant factor in their buying decision, according to a survey conducted for the National Association of Realtors. Further, U.S.-born home buyers place less importance on energy efficiency than buyers born outside the United States, the survey showed.
in bed sheets
What could possibly be new about sheets? NeatSheets by Everest Luxury Linens offer these innovations: pockets on either side where you can tuck eyeglasses, remotes, tissues, your iPod, a water bottle. A readily visible size tag. Plus three fiber blends and several depths so they'll fit the thickest mattress. Details are at www.neatsheets.com, or call toll-free 1-800-632-8233. Price range: $40-$250.
A little help with spring cleaning
Is spring cleaning on your to-do list these days? At www.cleanhomejournal.com, you'll find tips, shortcuts and helpful directions. Download checklists for cleaning each room. Print out discount coupons for cleaning products made by S.C. Johnson, which sponsors the site.
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark