The F.R.E.E. List February 5-7

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

This weekend catch the RVA Environmental Film Festival each day through Sunday at various locations, Henrico One Act Showcase at Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, RVA Mardi Gras Parade at Dogtown Dance Theatre, Generation Dream Educoncert at Richmond Public Library, First Fridays along Broad, Lego Movie at Henrico Theatre ($1), and Open Studio Sundays at VMFA.

ALSO: free film festivals have returned for the spring semester at Grace Street Theatre Cinematheque (Tuesdays) and UR International Film Series (Fridays and Sundays)

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page here.

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Richmond Children’s Consignment Sales – Spring 2016

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Welcome to Spring 2016 edition of the Richmond children’s consignment sales list!

As always, visit the websites if you’re interested in selling some of your kid stuff, or if you want to volunteer and benefit from the preview shopping hours. Pregnant ladies, new moms, and grandparents can sometimes shop preview sales as well; look for information on sale websites about registering in advance.

And now the list, in order by date:

Clean ClosetFebruary 20-March 12 (Virginia Center)

    Creeks at Virginia Center
    9986 Brook Road
    Glen Allen, VA 23059

    Public Sale:
    Saturday February 20th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday February 21th 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday February 26th 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday February 27th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday February 28th 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday March 4th 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday March 5th 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday March 6th 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday March 11th 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    50% Off Sale:
    Saturday March 12th 50% Off Sale 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (marked items only)

Brandermill Church Consignment SaleFebruary 27 (Midlothian)

    The Brandermill Church
    4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian 23112

    Public Sale: 8am-11am

RAMOM Yard SaleFebruary 27 (Mechanicsville)

    Chickahominy Middle School
    9450 Atlee Station Rd, Mechanicsville VA

    Public Sale: 8-11am

Busy Bees KidsignmentMarch 4-6 (Mechanicsville)

    American Family Fitness
    6337 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

    Public Sale:
    Friday, March 4th, 12 – 8 P.M.
    Saturday, March 5th, 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.

    1/2 Price Sale
    Sunday, March 6th, 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

St. Andrew’s UMC Consignment SaleMarch 5 (West End)

    9801 Fort King Road
    Richmond, Virginia 23229

    Public Sale

    Half-price sale

Cutie Kids ConsignmentMarch 11-12 (Short Pump)

    Richmond Elks Lodge
    10022 Elks Pass Ln
    Glen Allen, VA 23060

    Public Sale:
    Friday March 11 6-8pm
    Saturday March 12 8am-1pm

    1/2 Price Sale
    Saturday March 12 1-6pm

Christ Church Consignment SaleMarch 12 (Short Pump)

    Christ Church Episcopal
    5000 Pouncey Tract Road
    Glen Allen, VA 23059

    Public Sale
    7:30am – 11:15am

    Half-Price Sale

Southside Mothers of Multiples Yard SaleMarch 12 (Midlothian)

    Manchester Middle School
    7401 Hull Street, Midlothian

    Public sale: 8am-11am

Mothers of Young Children Clothing and Toy SaleMarch 12 (West End)

    West End Assembly of God
    401 Parham Rd, Richmond VA 23229

    Public Sale:
    8am to Noon

    Reduced Sale
    1pm to 2pm

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment SaleMarch 17-19 (Bon Air)

    Bon Air Community Center
    8725 Quaker Lane

    Public Sale:
    Thursday March 17 …. 9a to 8p

    25% Off Sale:
    Friday March 18 …. 9a to 8p

    Half-Price Sale:
    Saturday March 19 …. 8a to 2p

Monkey Tails ConsignmentMarch 18-20 (Doswell)

    The Meadow Event Park, Meadow Pavilion
    13191 Dawn Blvd
    Doswell, VA 23047

    Public Sale:
    Friday March 18
    Saturday March 19

    1/2 Price Sale
    Sunday March 20

Kids ExchangeApril 22-24 (St. Joseph’s Villa)

    Public Sale:

Sales that have not announced dates:

Threads Consignment Sale(West End)

Fancy Pants Richmond(Richmond)

If you know about a sale I’m missing, please email me or add it to the comments! And if you spot an error, please let me know! I *may* have been watching Grease Live while I updated this.

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The F.R.E.E List January 15-18

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

This long weekend, there’s Poe Birthday Bash ($5) at the Poe Museum, Jewish Food Festival at Weinstein JCC, Acts of Faith Preview at November Theatre, Reel-to-Reel: Secretariat at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, MLK Day Community Movie and Conversation- Selma at Byrd Theatre, Stories at the Museum at Virginia Historical Society, Science After Dark ($5) at the Science Museum, and Fee-Free National Parks on Monday. Plus remember free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through Sunday!

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page here.

Posted in Free & Cheap Events

Lewis Ginter Free Admission

Lewis Ginter's Dominion GardenFest of Lights
Now through Sunday (January 17, 2016), Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering FREE admission. Hours are 9am-5pm daily, and the Garden Shop and Garden Café are closed during this time.

    There is plenty to see at the Garden in January! The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, passion flowers and other tropical plants. Outdoor blooms are more treasured because they are unexpected. See our January blooms page for other highlights of winter interest and blooms.

Plus, January 18 through February 26 admission to the Garden will be half-price!

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Richmond Public Library Book Sale & Book Giveaway

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Big book bargains at the Richmond Public Library Main Library this Friday & Saturday – $1 a bag on Friday 1/8 from 7-9pm and FREE on Saturday 1/9 from 10am to 4pm.

    “Book Sale: On Friday, January 8, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, the Friends are having an extra-special Big Book Sale. There are HUNDREDS of great bargains remaining from the November Sale, and they can be yours for $.25/each or $1.00/bag. (We know. We’re practically giving them away.)

    Book Giveaway: Actually, we ARE giving them away! That event takes place on Saturday, January 9 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

    One note: Please bring your own reusable bags to both events. Also, if you have paper shopping bags to donate, feel free to bring those with you.”

(101 E Franklin St)

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The F.R.E.E. List December 18-20

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

While it’s a quieter weekend than the last couple, I do have a few ideas for you: Richmond Concert Band concert at Tabernacle Baptist, Holiday Open House at Branch Museum of Architecture and Design ($5 donation), Holiday Lantern Tours at Meadow Farm Museum, Holiday Hoedown at Hardywood Craft Brewery, Science After Dark at the Science Museum of Virginia ($5), The Polar Express ($1) and Christmas with Susan Greenbaum and KOS ($5) at Henrico Theatre.

Next week? Richmond Nativity Pageant at Byrd Park Carillon (Dec 23), Miracle of Christmas pageant at Metro Richmond Zoo (Dec 21-23), and It’s A Wonderful Life showings at Byrd Theatre (Dec 24 & 25)($2).

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page here.

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No-Fee Pet Adoptions at Richmond SPCA

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From the Richmond SPCA:


    Our friends at Priority Automotive and its associated Richmond-area dealerships are generously paying (for the fifth year in a row!) the adoption fee for every dog, cat, puppy or kitten adopted from the Richmond SPCA December 3 through 18, 2015. That’s right — you provide a precious homeless animal with a lifetime of love, and Priority will cover the adoption fee.

    Our center is full of amazing pets, of various shapes, sizes, ages and personalities, just waiting for a chance to become a family’s trusted and loyal companion, and we look forward to making their ultimate holiday wishes come true. By taking advantage of Priority’s generosity, and spreading the word about our adoption program to your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, you’re also helping us to make way for the next animal in need whose life we will save. Thank you for your love of animals, and happy holidays!

    Adopters must be 18 years or older to adopt a pet from the Richmond SPCA and should bring photo identification that shows current address (a recent utility bill is acceptable if address on ID is not current). The Richmond SPCA reserves the right to deny an adoption. Please note that all puppies and adult dogs adopted from the Richmond SPCA must leave our care with an acceptable leash and collar, and every kitten and adult cat must leave our care in a safe and secure cat carrier. If these items are not with you at the time of the adoption, you will be required to purchase them in our Lora Robins Gift Shop, which has a fabulous selection of merchandise that is affordably priced with all proceeds benefitting our homeless animals.

    For more information about our holiday adoption special, please call 804-521-1307 or email Happy Holidays!

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The F.R.E.E. List December 11-13

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

In the “something for everyone” category, I would put Court End Christmas happening Sunday afternoon at ten historic downtown sites (“Carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more”)

James River Parade of Lights on Saturday night also boasts a number of viewing venues, plus there’s Caroling and Candlelight Walk in Church Hill, Chester Kiwanis Parade, Mercy Street Richmond Premiere screening at the Byrd Theatre (reservations), a screening of Elf at Henrico Theatre ($1), and Yuletides at Agecroft Open House at Agecroft Hall.

P.S. There will be a free Downton Abbey preview screening at the Altria Theatre again this January 2, but you need to reserve a ticket and there aren’t many left!

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page here.

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The F.R.E.E. List December 3-6

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

This weekend’s vast selection of RVA holiday festivities including but not limited to Dominion Christmas Parade along Broad Street, Grand Illumination at the James Center and Main Street Station Open House, Open House Present Factory at Visual Arts Center, Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont, Light Up The Tracks in Ashland, “Christmas Through the Ages” Open House at Magnolia Grange, “The Night Before” dance performance at Altria Theatre, Henrico Concert Band Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting at Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, Finnsbury Minstrel Guild at Main Library, UR Symphony Orchestra and Lessons and Carols at University of Richmond, and Executive Mansion Open House.

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page here.

Posted in Free & Cheap Events

Cyber Monday Savings

I rounded up some cool Richmond deals that don’t require you getting out of your PJ’s on this rainy Cyber Monday :)

Entertainment Books – Pay as low as $10.50 net cost for a 2016 Richmond Entertainment Book, with free shipping. (Best deal of the year)

    - Shop through your Ebates cash back account, which will give you 35% cash back on your purchase
    - Books are on sale for $19 each today, with free shipping
    - Purchase any two books (can be two Richmond or Richmond + another market) to save an extra 15% on your purchase
    - (Do NOT join the annual renewal program)

* Remember to use your Ebates today! Lots of double cash back rates today for Cyber Monday, including Walmart (5%), Living Social & Groupon (10%), JCPenney (15%), Kohl’s (10%) and many more. (I get a referral bonus if you sign up as a new Ebates user, but I would tell you you’re crazy not to take advantage of cash back shopping even if I didn’t!) *

Living Social – 25% off sitewide with code CYBER25. Max discount $20 (deals for places like Jiffy Lube, Putt-Putt, Nacho Mama’s, Padow’s, It’s Hip to Be Round)

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Kings Dominion – $39.99 for a 2016 admission ticket that includes parking – Get a KidsDineFree card for $10 with code “gobble” (50% off)

Richmond Magazine – Get a two-year subscription for $16

Colonial Williamsburg – Buy one annual pass, get one free

Flying Squirrels – 30% off your online order with code CYBER

The Nutcracker – 50% off Second Dress Circle tickets to select performances of Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker

River City Food Tours – Save 20% off gift certificates with code THANKSGIVING15

Quirk Hotel – Stay 2 nights and get your second night for $20.15! Advance purchase required, non-cancelable. Some blackouts may apply, not applicable to groups and applies to new reservations only. Travel Dec 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

Most deals listed above are valid today only 11/30

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