Category: Bargain Basics

rva guides poster
July 1st, 2016 by RichmondBargains

Starting with the Richmond Type Map in 2010 ($40), over the past few years I’ve collected a number of Richmond-themed prints to adorn our walls; I love the visual punch they pack at an affordable price, and their connection to the place we call home, including supporting local artists and causes. (My unicorn, though, is to acquire one of those seasonal banners that hang on the lightposts downtown!)

If you’re a Richmonder decorating on a tight budget, here are some places to purchase prints and posters:

RVA Guides (pictured above) – A series of 6 posters, with three more to come in September, sponsored by the Richmond Association of Realtors, these 11″x17″ images are available for FREE download as a PDF. They are also printed on heavy cardstock and available for purchase at the RAR REALTOR® Store (8975 Three Chopt Rd). The 11×17 is $6 and the 24×36 is $8 (!). You can also customize items or purchase them ready to order from this CafePress storefront.

richmond outside free shipping
Richmond Outside – *Free shipping* through July 4 with code “July4″ ; 18″x24” posters are $15 and there are also pint glasses, notecards, t-shirts, and fine art prints. Some of the proceeds benefit RVA outdoor non-profits like the James River Association.

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Richmond Magazine – Periodically releases Richmond-themed prints for $5, cash or check, available for purchase at the Richmond Magazine office (Stop by to see what they have available. 2201 W. Broad St., Suite 105)

lightbox print co fan houses
Other good sources include Studio Two Three (3300 W. Clay St and online), Orange (3007 W Cary St) – they carry Justin Tran’s neighborhood prints that I love, among other Richmond-centric art -, and Etsy (I have the Lightbox Print Co. prints pictured above ($15 each), and avoided shipping by picking up locally. Find their website here)

jpl mars
P.S. Definitely NOT Richmond, but NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this cool “Visions of the Future” poster series that are free to download!

What are YOUR favorites?

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June 11th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

rva cheap summer activities 2015
Summer’s here! I’ve compiled some free & cheap activities previously posted if you’re looking for things to do 🙂

$1 kids movies at Regal Cinemas
Free kids movies at Bowtie Cinemas
Free outdoor movies in Richmond parks

Music in the Park
Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts
Summer Sounds at Stony Point
Rock n Roll at West Broad Village
Jammin’ on the James
Concerts in Pole Green Park

Reading Clubs:
Local Libraries have reading progams and host lots of events too
Barnes & Noble Destination Imagination

Free bowling at AMF
Kids Bowl Free

Roller Skating:
Kids Skate Free

Flying Squirrels “Score an A Free Ticket Program” and free Kids Club Sunday games

See also: posts tagged “summer 2015” and the Richmond Bargains event calendar

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February 23rd, 2015 by RichmondBargains

popular ebooks on overdrive
most popular ebooks on Henrico’s Overdrive
Read this post before paying for another ebook, magazine, or Rosetta Stone language…

Are you making full use of your library? We borrow plenty of books and movies, but I know I don’t come close to utilizing the full spectrum of library offerings. Today I want to highlight a few of the fabulous digital options that are open to Henrico County Public Library cardholders (for free of course!)

    eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive – Most of my book reading is done on my phone’s Kindle app these days. By investing a little time into creating my Overdrive account and learning the navigation, I save myself trips to the library or paying for content. You can place holds on the ebooks you want if they are currently checked out, and the library will notify you when they’re available. You also don’t have to worry about late fees; your checkout automatically expires after two weeks. Check out the library’s ebook help page or call you local branch with questions. There’s also Freading ebooks (independent publishers) and Tumblebooks (for kids)

    Digital Magazines through Zinio – Options include Better Homes & Gardens, bon appetit, Car & Driver, Cosmopolitan, dwell, The Economist, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Family Fun, National Geographic, and many more.

    Research Databases – Sounds boring right? But not. You can access Consumer Reports, Rosetta Stone (level 1 for 30 languages), Richmond Times-Dispatch, World Book Online and others all for free

*Any resident of Henrico, Richmond or Chesterfield may register for a Henrico County Library card – more info here.*

I happen to be most familiar with Henrico’s digital offerings, but other counties have them as well. For example:

Chesterfield County Library ebooks: Overdrive, Freading, Zinio magazines, etc.
Richmond Public Library ebooks on Overdrive

Chime in with your favorite library resources!

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January 30th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

flying squirrels fireworks schedule

The Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team announced its 2015 promotion schedule this week. The season opens April 9.

Start saving your McDonald’s receipts because BOGO Mondays will be back. There’s no mention of the Wash Em Down Wednesday drink specials, but there will be a happy hour at Friday night games. It also doesn’t specify the return of free Sunday admission for Kids Club members, but that will hopefully be promoted later 🙂 :

    The schedule proudly features 21 new and improved fireworks shows, 11 Free Shirt Fridays, 18 unique giveaways and 11 Kids Club Sunday’s with giveaways. Fireworks displays will accompany every Thursday and Saturday night game at the Diamond, while Opening Night on April 9th will feature the Squirrels first ever “Dueling Fireworks Extravaganza”(simultaneous fireworks shows to occur on the field and in the traditional location). New for 2015 is the Squirrels Free Shirt Fridays and Happy Hour for all 11 Friday night contests. A different Squirrels themed shirt will be given to the first 1,000 fans and Happy Hour drink specials will be available from 5:30-7:30PM. The team will of course pay homage to the Giants championship success with a World Series Replica Ring (April 28th), Hunter Strickland Bobblehead (July 7th) and a Joe Panik “Panic Button” (July 21st). Squirrels Tails Kids Club Sundays are once again a focal point with this year’s schedule featuring giveaways such as the Nutzy Pillowcase (April 12th), Nutzy Toothbrush Holder presented by The Children’s Hospital at VCU (May 24th), and the always popular Nutzy Cape Giveaway (August 2nd). A full and detailed promotional schedule can be found HERE.

    Fans are invited to bring a McDonald’s receipt to the box office for any of the Squirrels eight Monday games and receive a buy-one-get-one ticket offer.

Note that ticket prices will be increasing this year. General admission will cost $8 in advance and $9 at the gate, silver seats $10 in advance and $11 day of game, and field level is $12 in advance and $13 day of game.

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December 17th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

Braved the pre-Christmas Short Pump traffic to check out the newest RVA Goodwill this week

First, where is the Short Pump Goodwill located? At 4200 Tom Leonard Drive, right behind… Tom Leonard’s Farmers Market. (It really doesn’t require much traffic braving to reach because you just turn right at the first traffic light after the ramp from I-64.)

tom leonards short pump

short pump goodwill location

Drive to the back of the parking lot to reach the drive-through donation center. (The parking lot sidewalk doesn’t connect all the way to the drive through, so it might be best to drive through for your donations, if you have them, before parking to shop)

There are two big rooms, the “Home Store” to the right when you enter, with housewares, books, furniture, and electronics:

goodwill home store

goodwill books

And the main clothes, shoes, and accessory space:

goodwill clothes

goodwill entrance

It’s very spacious, lots of room around the aisles. Pricing is consistent with other area Goodwills ($4.99 for a women’s long-sleeve shirt), and items are sorted by category then color. In the connecting hallway at the back I spotted four dressing rooms, which seems like low capacity for a store this size.

Half-price “color or the week” sales will begin January 18-

goodwill discount color

    Short Pump Goodwill hours:
    Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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December 9th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

short pump goodwill

The second-hand options in the Far West End are expanding:

At 9 a.m. this Thursday 12/11, Goodwill of Central Virginia will open its new Short Pump store next to Tom Leonard’s.

Here are some photos of the new store

(4200 Tom Leonard Drive)

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August 4th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

tickles and giggles 1(Photo: Tickles & Giggles)

Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of the Richmond children’s consignment sales list! Sales will be scattered August through October plus one or two in November, and I’ll update this list as additional ones announce their dates. A few notes on this list – Fancy Pants will be held at Eurotrash in Carytown for the first time, and Ring Around the Rosy’s and Kids Layne’s owners are stepping down from the biz.

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 ClosetAugust 2-16 (West End)

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

    Public Sale:
    August 2nd, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    August 3rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    August 8th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    August 9th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    August 10th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    August 15th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    50% Off Sale:
    August 16th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (marked items only)

Tickles & Giggles Children’s Consignment SaleAugust 15-17 (Ashland)

    Presidential Business Park
    323 Business Lane
    Ashland, Virginia 23005

    Public Sale:
    Friday: 1pm to 8pm
    Saturday: 8am to 6pm

    50% Off Sale
    Sunday: 8am to 2pm

Fancy Pants RichmondAugust 26-28 (Carytown)

    3009 W. Cary St

    Public Sale
    Tuesday, 8/26 5 – 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, 8/27 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Thursday, 8/28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. **50% off entire purchase**

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment SaleSeptember 10-13 (Bon Air) Review: March 2009

    Bon Air Community Center
    8725 Quaker Lane

    Public Sale:
    Wednesday September 10 …. 9a to 8p
    Thursday September 11 …. 9a to 8p

    25% Off Sale:
    Friday September 12 …. 9a to 8p

    Half-Price Sale:
    Saturday September 13 …. 8a to 2p

Mothers of Young Children Clothing and Toy SaleSeptember 13 (West End)

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

    Public Sale: 8am to Noon

Christ Church Consignment SaleSeptember 20 (Short Pump)

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

    Public Sale
    7:30am – 4:00pm

    Half-Price Sale

Southside Mothers of Multiples Yard SaleSeptember 20 (Midlothian)

    Manchester Middle School
    7401 Hull Street, Midlothian

    Public sale: 8am-11am

Threads Consignment SaleSeptember 25-October 4 (West End)

    Canterbury Shopping Center
    10618 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23229
    (Corner of Pump & Patterson)

    Public Sale

Brandermill Church Consignment SaleSeptember 27 (Midlothian)

    The Brandermill Church
    4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian 23112

    Public Sale: 8am-11am

St. Andrew’s UMC Consignment SaleSeptember 27 (West End)

    9801 Fort King Road
    Richmond, Virginia 23229

    Public Sale
    September 27 8am-12pm

    Half-price sale
    September 27 1-3:30pm

Richmond Area Mothers of Multiples Yard SaleOctober 4 (Mechanicsville)

    Chickahominy Middle School
    9450 Atlee Station Rd, Mechanicsville VA

    Public Sale: 8-11am

Oakland Baptist Church Consignment SaleOctober 2-4, October 11 (Gum Spring in Goochland Co)

    Oakland Baptist Church
    2965 Oakland Church Road, Gum Spring 23065

    Public Sale:
    Thursday October 2 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Friday October 3 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    1/2 Price Sale
    Saturday October 4 – 9am-Noon
    Saturday October 11 – 9am-Noon


Sales that have not yet announced dates:

Monday’s Child Consignment Sale (Chesterfield)

    Public Sale

If you know about a sale I’m missing, please email me or add it to the comments!

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July 24th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

My husband Brad and I aren’t big dinner daters – planning a babysitter and bedtime plus the cost of meals (and wine!) tend to deter us on all but the most special occasions

Last week we dropped the boys off with a friend and spent a morning exploring Byrd Park and Cary Street neighborhoods on foot. I have trouble walking and photographing simultaneously, but here are a few pictures from our journey:

footbridge over the Downtown Expressway
downtown expressway footbridge
downtown expressway
boulevard exit sign
uptown community garden
Light of Human Kindness wall at the old GRTC bus depot
light of human kindness wall
rva mural project cary street
sidewalk in Byrd Park
byrd park neighborhood

So taking a walk in a new place isn’t exactly revolutionary, but don’t underestimate it in date value! You get exercise, conversation, and entertainment (all free), and see things about your city you miss when driving. (You still have to arrange childcare, but I’ve found that tends to be easier and/or cheaper during the day) With any luck or a little prior planning, you’ll run across a coffee shop, ice cream parlor, farmer’s market, or other establishment where you can grab a treat, too!

Obviously, walking WITH kids works great too (as long as yours aren’t in the awkward “too big for strollers, too tired for long-distances” stage like ours are). You need a sturdy stroller for non-walkers because city sidewalks tend to be uneven.

What walks do you recommend? What about your favorite cheap date?? (Comment here or on Facebook)

I am contributing this post to Friday Favorites on VirginiaBloggers – read other bloggers favorite posts here!

Posted in Bargain Basics, Visitors

ideas for free summer vacation activities in richmond, va
June 10th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

ideas for free summer vacation activities in richmond, va

With school finished for some and nearly done for the rest, it’s time for the 2014 master list of free and cheap things to do with kids around RVA this summer!

$1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Regal Cinemas

Free movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Movieland

Free Movies in the Park at Richmond parks on Friday nights

3 games of Free Bowling every weekday at AMF Lanes, with program registration

Free Family Summer Camp events and workshops at Bass Pro Shops

Ha’Penny Stage events during Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts
Plus many more free concert series!

– Kids who join the Squirrel Tails Club get Free admission to Sunday Flying Squirrels games

Summer Reading programs at local libraries encourage reading with events, rewards, giveaways & more! : Richmond City, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Pamunkey Regional (Hanover, Ashland, Goochland)

Free book through Barnes & Nobles’ Summer Reading Program

– Free Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops on alternating Saturdays, and Home Depot Kids Workshops on the first Saturday of each month

Free kids craft events at Michaels or $2 Kids Club craft sessions

Free events and programs organized by county Parks & Rec: Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond or explore a new park in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, or Henrico

Plus subscribe to email updates, because every Wednesday I post The F.R.E.E. List sharing events $5 or less coming up in RVA that weekend! (Or bookmark the Calendar page here)

What else? What are your plans for free family fun this summer?

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May 28th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

free richmond walking tour

Are you interested in learning more about the history of Richmond? Matthew contacted me with details about a free walking tour of RVA that he’ll be leading each week:

Richmond Tour Guys: Free walking tours of Richmond VA meet every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM

      (Starting on May 31st, 2014) in front of Brown’s Island right next to Tredegar Iron Works. It lasts 2.5 -3 hours depending on what questions you have (with a short break half way through).

The tour is free. No strings attached. Why free? Because our guides love history and sharing it via guided tours and hope that you enjoy the tour so much that you will tip them.

The tour includes stops at:
Tredegar Iron Works
A stroll across Brown’s Island
The former slave markets of Shockoe Bottom
Shockoe Hill which includes White House of the Confederacy, the Capital Building, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
and several other stops in between.

The guide will provide insights to the buildings and to the city that will bring all of these sights to life! All you need to bring the sightseeing tour is curiosity, but you may find some water and sunscreen useful!

Matthew Maggy’s bio:

Matthew is the main tour guy. He has a passion for history and teaching. Having learned the art of guiding historical sight seeing tours in Spain, he desires to ply his trade of sharing interesting facts and giving context to buildings throughout his new adopted home of Richmond, Virginia.

Matthew is a traveler who enjoys reading books on history, volunteering, and locally brewed beer.

Richmond Tour Guys website / Richmond Tour Guys on Facebook

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