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Save Some Money with Coupons from the Bargain Barn!

Melissa-and-Doug-PuppetsEveryone loves a good deal! Now through January 27, 2012, save $5 off any purchase of $20, $10 off any purchase of $50 and $20 off any purchase of $100 at the Bargain Barn! Click here to get your coupons!

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Last Minute Unique Gift Ideas from The Bargain Barn!

For those of you last minute Christmas shoppers who are still trying to sort out your gift list, the Bargain Barn is the place to go for that unique, specialty item you won't find elsewhere, or that gift for the person who has everything. Here are some of the top ten gifts at the Bargain Barn (in no particular order), that won't break the bank!

Collector Metal Signs: $8 each
Sometimes a sign says it all. The collector signs can add that finishing touch to a game room, liven up an office, or make a statement in the kitchen. From vintage pieces to whimsical artwork, there is certainly a sign for everyone.


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Need a Last Minute Gift?

Well its that time of the year again - time to scramble for a last minute gift! Sure you could run out and get a gift card to a big box store, but why not try something a little more creative? Each of these five of these ideas will take you less than 5 minutes of your time to purchase, and you'll have a unique and thoughtful gift.

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PortageLife Holiday 2011 Gift Guide

Legacy-CineMagic-Movie-PosterChristmas is on its way and holiday shopping is in full swing. With how overwhelming shopping during the holidays can be, we’ve decided to simplify the process and give you some ideas from great local businesses. Get your shopping done and stimulate the local economy, all at once!

Preserve that special memory in a unique way with Legacy Photo Design! Through their CineMagic Personalized Movie Posters, stylized with your photos in a dramatic fashion to forever remember your special moments, or the CineMagic SportsLine, a fun way to remember your child’s years in youth sports, give a gift that will be remembered forever.

Can’t get enough posters? Check out Air One Aerial Photography’s series of posters that artistically represent Valparaiso, Northwest Indiana, the lakefront and other major visual references throughout the Midwest. While you’re browsing posters in the store, check out their book that offers a bird’s eye view of Northwest Indiana, “A Different View,” featuring over 100 color images, great for the photography enthusiast, the aeronautic fan, or anyone who is interested in seeing the region from up in the air. Now until Christmas, save 20% on the book!

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Money Saving Tips for the Holidays

holidaysavingtipsDecember has arrived, and with it come an host of opportunities to overspend. With an array of seasonal activities — from entertaining and decorating to shopping and gift-giving — budgets can easily be cast aside, and debt can quickly mount. Avoid starting the New Year with a stack of unwanted bills, and follow these simple money-saving tips for the holidays.


Traditionally, gifts account for a sizable portion of holiday expenditures. To avoid financial surprises, set a total budget for your holiday gift spending. Then, make a list of everyone you plan to purchase a present for, and determine a spending limit for each individual. If you tend to have a tough time staying within your spending limit, carry cash rather than credit cards. This way, you’ll have no option other than to buy exactly what you can afford. If buying gifts isn’t financially feasible, give something without a price tag, and gift your time. Turn your hobbies and skills into handmade gifts or valuable services. Or, if you have friends or loved ones with young children, volunteer yourself as a babysitter. In doing so, you’ll provide a much needed night out, a gift that all parents can appreciate.

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A Unique Shopping Experience Awaits You at the Bargain Barn

Bargain-Barn-1Shoppers looking for a whimsical buying experience should look no further than one of Valpo’s newest stores, the Bargain Barn, Inc. The store boasts 21,000 square feet of high quality home and garden décor, furniture, clothing, accessories, even building materials, and so much more. Run by sister and brother team Tevlyn Schwerd, Creative Director, and Nick Schwerd, General Manager, the Bargain Barn brings unique items at super affordable pricing.

The name indicates a casual, relaxed setting for your shopping experience and that is entirely the goal of the store. “We’re not really formal with business here,” stated Tevlyn, “That’s the environment and mood we want [for our shoppers]. Part of our charm is that we talk to everybody.” Both Tevlyn and Nick bring a Disney background to atmosphere of the store, having trained as “merchantainers” at the theme park, learning how to cater to their customers. “It’s all about the customer,” Nick said, “Once you step on “stage”, you bring your A game.” Tevlyn and Nick have passed this mindset along to their staff, making interactions with the customers a vital part of the Bargain Barn experience, not only to ensure a happy shopping experience but also to get feedback on their products. “We use a lot of customer feedback in how we price our materials,” stated Chris Stevenson, Online Sales.

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Engstrom Trunk Show, Open House Brings Excitement to the Shopping Season

Engstrom-Trunk-Show-2011-1Just in time for the holidays, Engstrom Jewelers kicked off its Open House weekend with a Trunk Show, featuring unique pieces only available for one day. Business was bustling, as the morning's weather reinforced the excitement over Engstrom's Snow Promotion. "The snow this morning was a great reminder of what happened in the past, when twice Engstrom's customers got their money back for their purchases," stated owner Greg Engstrom, "Jewelry is the best token of love and appreciation, and even more so for us, since we give everyone the hope of a refund by our insurance if we get the snow."

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