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Items for upcoming holidays are on sale

Miniature villages are becoming a popular item as collectibles not only at Christmastime but all year long. Dillard's department stores are offering the 1994 Liberty Falls Village Collection for $5 a piece during the next few weeks.

The approximately 4-inch building collection started with a piece called Dr. Steven's Home and Office last week, and beginning today Cox's Furniture and Undertaker building is available. The first week's offering will also be available while supplies last.

Accessories also sell for $5 a package and include pewter figures (five to a box) and artificial trees (six to a box). Other buildings available over the next few weeks include a courthouse, a mansion, a feed and grain store, a restaurant and a newspaper office.

"This is an exclusive for Dillard's," said Stan Fossitt, sales clerk. "But we take no phone orders, and we can't mail them."

Dillard's also has some interesting Halloween embellished items available, including fingertip towels at $3 each, placemats at $1 to $4, napkin rings for $3, soap dish for $4, tissue holder for $14, socks for $4, haunted porcelain mansion for $20, ghost barrettes for $12 and black stockings decorated with white skeletons for $10.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner Dillard's also is offering items for that holiday: Fitz and Floyd Thanksgiving banquet items including salt and pepper shakers for $20, candlestick holders for $40, serving bowl $45 and a 12-inch serving plate for $60. There are Golden Harvest tablecloths for $12 and pilgrim shaped napkin rings for $2.

Byrons has all women's dress shoes on sale at 50 percent off this week. Mushrooms, Imaginations, Naturalizer, Life Stride, Mootsies Tootsies and Hushpuppies are $15 to $24.50. All sleepwear and loungewear also is on sale at 30 percent to 50 percent off, and all kids pants sets and fleece sets are 40 percent off. Hanes fleece shirts and pants are $7.99 each for men's and women's, and $5.99 for children sizes 4 to 20.

For last-minute Halloween shopping, Kmart has candy on sale at $4.97 a bag (bags contain 2.75 to 4 pounds of candy depending on variety). Snack-size packages of candy are two for $3. Make-up kits are $2.99 and trick-or-trick novelties including lightsticks, 8-inch pumpkin bucket or pumpkin flashlight are 99 cents each.

Walgreens has a rocking chair witch that cackles and rocks on sale for $12.99, and a light-up pumpkin for $9.99. Several Halloween clothing articles are on sale, including hats for $2.99, T-shirt or pajamas for $9.99, boxer shorts for $4.99, socks for $1.99 andpantyhose for $1.99.

Eckerd drugs has Halloween candy two for $3 and hair spray, boo beam wands, vampire capes and children's makeup kits or crayons are all two for $3.

Sears has large cotton bath towels by Utica for $3.99 and bath sheets for $7.99 on sale during its Sears Days Sale. Bed-in-a-Bag, any size that includes comforter, bed ruffle, sham, flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcases are $79.99 and king or queen size sheets are $9.99 each. All Craftsman power and hand tools are on sale at 10 percent to 30 percent off through Saturday

Montgomery Ward has men's outerwear, jeans, shirts, sweaters and pants on sale at 20 percent to 50 percent off. Boys' and girls' outerwear is on sale for 25 percent off and kids' fleece sets are $14.99. Women's blazers and blouses are $22.99 and American Weekend shaker cardigan's are $12.99.

Target stores have the lowest prices of the season on sweats for the family. Girls and boys are $5.94 and men's and women's are $7.44. Infants and toddlers are $4.88, and men's extended sizes are $9.44. Target also has some last-minute Halloween items. Animated and illuminated display figures are $9.99, pumpkin decorating kits are $2.99 to $3.99 and partyware including packs of cups, plates, napkins and treat bags are 99 cents a package.

Tampa Bay Center, 3302 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is featuring several events on Halloween in conjunction with the Hillsborough Education Foundation to help raise money for scholarships for high school students. A costume contest, trick or treating and fun and games are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. to help provide a safe holiday. The costume contest has three categories: parent/child, scariest and cutest. Prizes for winners include a weekend at Disney World, tickets to Busch Gardens and tickets to Celebration Station. A donation of $1 is required. The games include a pumpkin coin toss with money going to the foundation.

Children of all ages are invited to a Halloween Treasure Hunt on Halloween at West Shore Plaza, 200 N West Shore Blvd. There will be a Witch Trickery Magic Show at the mall's Center Court at 5:30 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. costumed children can go from store to store for trick-or-treating.

Neighborhood children are invited to the annual Hyde 'N Shriek event and journey from store to store at Old Hyde Park Village, Swann, Snow and South Dakota avenues on Sunday. Merchants will distribute free candy to all costumed children from 1 to 3 p.m.

Information for this column should be sent to Michelle Jones, 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602, or faxed to her at 226-3381.