It’s summer and we are bleeding money around here, it seems. We searched for some less expensive experiences and finds around town that would definitely enhance your hot, sunny days. We have divided them into “Things” and “Things to Do.” None will break your budget, and all are definitely experiences to try.
These foldover seersucker clutches at Work the Metal are $14. Want your monogram on it, then it’s $18. This leads us to encourage you to get the initials of all your favorite friends, college graduates and birthday friends, and get each of them this great gift.
A great clutch has to have a coin purse inside to carry your money and cards. These are only $6 at Hallmark USA Gardiner Lane. Buy a bevy of them, and keep them in all your bags and even your car. Best part about this store (and its sister store in Oxmoor Mall) is that they will ship it to you for free, so you don’t even have to leave home.
The entire StyleBlueprint team is outfitted with pop sockets, and we don’t know how we ever survived without them. They are ergonomically correct and make it easier to hang on to your phone. Most importantly, you can prop up your phone to watch a video or talk on Facetime. It expands and contracts back to go in your pocket. Find them online at popsocket.com for about $10 each.
We would be remiss if we did not mention 6pm Outlet for their shoes. They are good all the time, but go there in the summer to stock up on sandals and tennis shoes, and, most importantly, winter and fall outerwear from last season. Never will you find a winter parka at such a good bargain than at the Zappos outlet in July. Don’t forget about the major markdowns each Wednesday!
Summer seems to be a time for moving, purging and redecorating. Eyedia has rooms of consigned furniture that are good as is or could be your next DIY project. If you don’t want to buy new, go here to see if you can find something used for a fraction of the cost. Here is just a sampling of some of the great headboards and beds we saw.
Home makeover book
While we are discussing summer projects and redecorating, why not spend $22.99 for this book at Vintage Style and Designs and then learn how to makeover your home for $50. When it’s all said and done, you’re only out $72.99 and you have a whole new look. Sounds good to us!
“Things to Do”
Valid for practically all the summer, until August 6, this Cultural Pass is a great way to be a tourist in your hometown for free. Pick one up at your local library and enjoy all Louisville has to offer. You can register and track the progress of your Cultural Pass online at lfpl.org/culturalpass. There are restrictions:
- Participants must have or be eligible for a Louisville Free Public Library Card.
- Only one adult will receive free entry per visit when they accompany a youth under 16.
- Only one adult will receive free admission per family regardless of the number of passes.
- Each youth (ages 0-21) is eligible for one pass.
- All rules and regulations for specific sites must be followed to gain entry. Please note special restrictions for some participating organizations are printed on the Cultural Pass.
- The Cultural Pass is valid for a one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions. No special exhibits or concessions are included with the Cultural Pass.
- Organizations reserve the right to deny entry if rules and restrictions of the Cultural Pass are not followed.
- The Cultural Pass is intended for family use. As such, it is not valid for group visits.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Also free and running all summer in Central Park in Old Louisville is the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Performances are held at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre, which seats up to 1,000 audience members. This summer, enjoy Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale and the ever-classic Romeo and Juliet. This festival lasts until August 16. Check out their website for dates and times at kyshakespeare.com.
Old-Fashioned Crescent Hill Fourth of July
This is just a FREE, good old-fashioned Fourth of July that takes place every year in Crescent Hill from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The day kicks off with a great family-friendly parade along Frankfort Avenue at 10 a.m. There is an artists’ fair, with 85 juried booths. Live music, a food court, a cake booth, a pet contest and a children’s fun zone are also part of this day full of entertainment. The day culminates with fireworks at 10 p.m. All festivities (besides the parade) are located at the Peterson-Dumesnil House at 301 S. Peterson Ave. For more information, visit crescenthill.us.
It’s hard to believe that the concerts that come to 91.9 WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday are free. Truly, they are that good. The great talent, in addition to the perfect backdrop of Waterfront Park, makes this a Louisville favorite on summer Wednesday nights. For a list of performances, visit waterfrontwednesdays.wfpk.org.
Free Movies at Iroquois Amphitheater
Did you know there are free movies most Mondays and some Saturday nights all summer at Iroquois Amphitheater? Everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Star Wars is shown in this beautiful outdoor venue for free, starting at 8:30 p.m. For a list of showings, visit iroquoisamphitheater.com.
For only $10, you can get endless inspiration on home decor, interior design and construction ideas at Homearama, running from July 16 through July 31 at Norton Commons and Rivercrest in Bullitt County. With two venues to choose from and visiting hours seven days a week, you will be surprised how much you can learn from just a few houses. They are showcasing the best Louisville has to offer in the way of design. For more information, visit bialouisville.com.
Enjoy a summer that’s easy on your wallet!
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