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IN THE BAG

Shopping column: Take a trip to Spencerville for the Art Farm studio show

Friday, November 23, 2012 - 12:01 am

On Nov. 30, the Art Farm will celebrate its annual Holiday Studio Show with an opening reception 5-10 p.m. The gallery features 12 local and national artists.

Mediums include functional and decorative ceramics from two locals, Joe Pelka and Kim Rorick; and handmade glass bead jewelry from Lavana Shurtliff and metal art from Cherie Haney, both of Michigan.

Other mediums include 2-D fiber art; oil paintings and prints; organic bath and body products; recycled wearable fiber art; hand-knit felted wool hats; and blown glass pieces.

Hosts Lisa Vetter and Paul Siefert will sell their found object functional art and Vetter's jewelry.

Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. The show runs Dec. 1-31. It's at 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. Phone: 1-260-238-4755. For more information, go to www.artfarm.shutterfly.com or www.facebook.com/theartfarm.

Holiday boutique

The Garrett Museum of Art is hosting its second annual Holiday Boutique. Work from local artists and craftspeople will be available for purchase, such as pottery, paintings, woodcarvings, stained glass and jewelry. The boutique runs from today through Dec. 23. Shopping hours are 5-8 p.m. Fridays; 4-7 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Special shopping hours for groups can be arranged with Teresa Stafford at 442-7605. The museum is at 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett.

Donate gently used clothes

Christopher James Menswear, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza, accepts gently used business professional clothing at any time to be donated to Blue Jacket, a local nonprofit that provides training, employment and vocational direction to ex-inmates and other hard-to-employ people. Blue Jacket accepts men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories, and Christopher James will provide a receipt for tax purposes and will give a 10 percent discount on any in-stock suit or sport coat purchase with any donation made.

Local company releases CD

Follow me here. This is a little complicated.

The Good Ones Clothing was launched this past spring by Cattywampus Records LLC, a partnership between local marketing and design company One Lucky Guitar and another local company, Matilda Jane Clothing.

One Lucky Guitar created The Final Hurrahs, a fictional band featured on apparel from The Good Ones Clothing. Although The Final Hurrahs is a make-believe band, they've managed to put out an actual CD, called “Numero One.”

The CD features 17 songs written, recorded and performed by Josh Hall, a Fort Wayne musician. The Good Ones Clothing's Matt Kelley was executive producer on the album.

By the way, The Final Hurrahs band is also used in videos, coloring pages, stickers, desktop graphics and ring tones on the clothing company's website.

For more information about The Final Hurrahs and The Good Ones Clothing go to www.thegoodones.com. Watch The Final Hurrahs' videos at www.vimeo.com/goodones/videos.

Finally, read One Lucky Guitar's journal about making the album at www.oneluckyguitar.com/dial/numero-one-the-album.

Open house in Grabill

The Grabill Country Shops, at the corner of Main and State streets in Grabill, is having an open house 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. More than 100 dealers sell antiques, crafts, clothing, photography, artwork and more. A Vera Bradley dealer there will have special prices on some items. The Coffee Cabin will sell coffee, cocoa, sandwiches and treats. Grabill Country Shops will be open until 7 p.m. on Fridays through December.

Buy that extended warranty?

Here are some tips from Angie's List on when to buy an extended warranty, and when to say, “no thanks.”

You probably don't need it if you always have the latest version of what you're buying; you're paying with a credit card, which may provide warranty protection; your homeowners insurance will cover you; or you're buying a product with high reliability ratings.

If you're considering an extended warranty, Angie's List advises you to read the fine print; don't allow yourself to be pressured by a salesperson; make sure the extended warranty starts after the manufacturer's warranty expires; and try to negotiate a cheaper purchase price for the item (or the warranty) if you agree to purchase a warranty.

Know of a store opening, closing or remodeling? Find a good deal? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, e-mail clarson@news-sentinel.com or write to: In the Bag, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. To read other columns, go to http://www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON