Shopping deals in Oak Bluffs

Though the streets look bare, inside stores, shelves are full of sale items. — Photo by Tim Johnson

Summer is just around the corner and stores are finishing their spring-cleaning to set up for the summer onslaught. If you haven’t taken advantage of some great sale opportunities out there, it is still not too late. In Oak Bluffs you will not only be able to save some money during fabulous sales, but you’ll be able to get ready for summer by ensuring that you are looking good.

A new arrival this year to the Circuit Avenue family is Soft As A Grape, which has been a long-standing face in the Edgartown shopping scene. They have decided to expand on the Island and have now opened this additional store so that you will have more opportunity to shop their fabulous wares. Not only can you take advantage of their sales on everything from ball caps to tee-shirts and sweatshirts, but you can also mix and match for an even greater discount.

The best deal going seems to be the colorfully lined sweater jackets that are 100 percent wool and made in Nepal. You can snap up this winter layer or summer topcoat for just $10 each. Did you know that Soft As A Grape has also been doing custom screen-printing and embroidery for more than 30 years? Keep that in mind when you have to order staff uniforms or have a team that needs to have their tee-shirts logo’d. They can take an existing logo or have their design team help you make a special one. For more information, you can reach them at 800-426-9525 or via the web at

Basic’s, one of our favorite year-round staples for the whole family, is heralding spring with some huge sales for kids, men, and women. You can stock up on summer items or winter items for next year. Kids grow fast, so it’s a good thing that Basic’s is offering items on sale for sizes 3 months to youth size 18/20. Summer will be easier to prepare for with swimsuits that are only $7.99 each and shorts on sale for all sizes. There are many racks of clothing (most being 50 percent off) for men, women, and kids that have everything ranging from jeans to fleece zips. If you are into the outdoors, the Keene Hiking boot sale of 50 percent off might be your best find of the season. Why not add in a Columbia Back Pack for 25 percent off to complete your outdoor look? There is no time like the present to get prepared for next winter with a sale of 50 percent off hats, gloves, scarves, and lined Crocs (they have to make room for the summer Crocs). If you are an Ugg lover, now is the time to capitalize on the unheard-of 35 percent off all Uggs in stock. They won’t last long just like the discounted shoe closet, which still has a few pairs left for $9.99.

Have you started to think about summer? Are you dreading the first time you have to put on shorts because you have the winter white legs and your feet haven’t been seen in six-months? Fret not: Treat Yourself Multi Service Salon is offering their services at your place or theirs. Their tanning options are vast, according to their sign, “We offer high end performance beds and airbrush spray tan. We carry a full line of designer skin tanning lotions for your needs.” Their spray tans start at $5 for the face or $25 for a body spray. Their daily specials will help to take care of your winter feet and hands. Mondays is Manicures for $14. Tuesdays is a mani/pedi for $40. Wednesday is a pedicure for $35, and Fridays are a spa pedicure for $50. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. They are open seven days a week and you may reach them at 508-696-3800.

B*Tru is offering 50 percent off selected merchandise, while Glimpse of Tibet has a storewide sale going on. Craftworks, which is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, has their own 30 to 50 percent off sale storewide.

If these great deals aren’t enough to get you down to Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, I don’t know what would. Happy shopping.