Best Shopping Deals in March

Kid’s Stuff

March is the beginning of the Children’s Consignment Sale season. You’ll be able to get great discounts on previously used clothes, cribs, bikes, toys, and more at local consignment sales.

Frozen Food

It may finally be warming up outside, but its a perfect time to think frozen at the grocery store. March is National Frozen Food Month. Look for sales and coupons. Stock up! But don’t buy more than you can eat in several months. Even frozen food won’t taste good forever.

You can also enter the March Frozen Food Month $10,000 sweepstakes on, where one winner will receive a $1000 supermarket gift card and eighteen winners will receive $500 supermarket cards.

Easy Home Meals Sweepstakes

Ski Gear

With Ski season coming to a close, many stores will have deep discounts on skis, coats, and other winter gear.

Leesburg's 23rd Annual Spring Bling

March 7, 2020

9 am – 4 pm

Ida Lee Recreation Center

Admission & parking, FREE!

Town of Leesburg Hosts 23rd Annual Spring Bling, Hometown Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, March 7, 2020

Leesburg’s Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show will be held March 7, 2020 from 9am to 4pm.

The event is indoors at Ida Lee Recreation Center. 

Handcrafted items will be on display from more than 70 local and regional artisans. Shop for one-of-a-kind items from unique art and home décor, bath and body items, jewelry, wood crafts, florals, gourmet foods, and other miscellaneous products.

The crafts show offers a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for upcoming occasions, such as Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and end-of-school teacher appreciation.  Admission to the crafts show and parking is free.

For more information, please contact the Town of Leesburg’s Park and Recreation Department at 703-777-1368 or visit


Buying Public Surplus


Local governments sell their excess property. Sometimes there are new items that were over-purchased. Most of the time, they are items that are no longer needed because their condition warranted an upgrade or because because there simply was no longer a need for it. Locally, surplus comes from the Loudoun County Government offices, Parks and Recreation, Public Schools, Prison, and Libraries. Unclaimed items confiscated by the Sheriff’s Office are also for auction.


Typical office furniture and supplies, bicycles, electronics, toys, computers, school supplies, art supplies, musical instruments, sports equipment, shop and power tools, cars and trucks from the motor pool, medical equipment, musical instruments, housewares, and clothing. The list goes on. Actually, even if you never bid on an auction item, perusing the listings is at least an interesting way to pass some time.

I recently pick up some new items for a fairy garden for only two dollars.


You will need to check out the monthly surplus auctions on the online public auction site, Public Surplus.

When you get to the site, you can browse by specific agencies, but I suggest using the search feature to quickly narrow down all the live auctions near to you. If you decide that watching the site is your kind of thing, go ahead and register with them. You can sign up to receive “Auctions of Interest” e-mails. You will also be able to save items in a watch list as you ponder over your purchase. If you win, you make arrangements to pick your item up soon after the auction ends.

Until July, 2015, there was also a once-a-month brick and mortar store where you could shop for surplus items, including books. Apparently, the auction site has been so successful that they have completely switched over to only online auction sales.


June 5-7, 2020 Virginia Free Fishing DaysVirginia Free Fishing Days 2020

Virginia’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) would like you to try out a day (or weekend) of fishing. They are sure you’ll be hooked! I’m pretty sure the pun is intended. 

For folks over the age of 16 to fish legally in Virginia, they need to have purchased an annual fishing license. But for one weekend a year, everyone is encouraged to try out fishing for free. 

This year’s Free Fishing Days are June 5-7, 2020. No fishing license required.

Around the state, DGIF will be hosting events aimed at teaching people how to fish including providing loaner rods, tackle, bait, and fishing instruction. More info on those events, visit the DGIF website.


Spring 2020 Consignment Sales in Loudoun County, Virginia

Consignment sales are where some of the best deals can be found for children’s clothes, baby gear, toys, and more. You can fill an entire closet for a fraction of the price of purchasing new.

I realize that most my readers will be satisfied with sales in Loudoun County, but I’ve also posted a few that in neighboring counties that might be worth the drive for you. Before you jump in the car, please check out the sales’ websites for detail. Some have admission to the sale, others restrict children, and many have a half price selling period – all good to know.

Consignment sales are also a great way to make some extra money selling your gently used stuff. For example: that baby swing in the basement that none of your kids would sit in for more than a few minutes could bring you in big bucks. This list is also good to get you started if you’re thinking about becoming a consignor. Remember, busier longer sales might give your items more shoppers, but smaller sales give you less competition.

Spring 2020 Consignment Sales