Archive for November, 2009

Thanks to all of our readers for sharing their best bargains on kids’ toys and clothing. Our winner will be announced on Wednesday, along with a list of our favorite entries.

In the mean time, we spotted this Where the Wild Things Are 36-piece floor puzzle by Mudpuppy for $3.99 at Lots for Tots in Falmouth. The same puzzle retails for $10.00 online. Later that day, we were thrilled to find more Mudpuppy puzzles at the HomeGoods store in Scarborough, also for $3.99.

We love these mini puzzles because they feature some of our favorite story book characters, like Lois Lenski’s Cowboy Small and David McKee’s Elmer. Plus the cute packaging includes a carry handle, making the puzzle a perfect holiday gift for toddlers.

Lots for Tots, 240 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 347-8601

HomeGoods locations in Scarborough, Bangor and Rockland:




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Cute Potato is headed to the great city of Brunswick twice this week for music and books—two of our family’s favorite things. First up: Songs & Stories from Around the World at Frontier Café on Thursday, 11/12 at 10 a.m. If you haven’t been to Frontier, the space alone is a treat. The café, cinema and gallery is housed in Fort Andross Mill and it’s spacious enough for the kids to run amok. The pastries and coffee are yummy, too. Portland Stage Company veteran, Janice O’Rourke, will be there to entertain the audience with cultural music and stories.


A favorite in the Cute Potato household

On Saturday, The Curtis Memorial Library is hosting its annual Children’s Book Sale. We’re excited to find some new books on the cheap, but we’re especially thrilled about meeting Brunswick children’s book author and illustrator, Charlotte Agell. Cute Potato #2 is a huge fan of her book, Dancing Feet, for its simple rhymes and beautiful illustrations. And Agell will be available to draw quick (and free) portraits of kids attending the event. We’re psyched, to say the least. And all the proceeds for the book sale benefit youth programs at the library. See you there!

Songs & Stories from Around the World
Frontier, 14 Maine St., Brunswick
Mill 3, Fort Andross, 725-5222
Thursday, 11/12 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, 12/17 at 10 a.m.

Children’s Book Sale
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Sat., Nov. 14th, 9:30 to noon in the Morrell Meeting Room

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Team Cute Potato strives to be thrifty whenever and wherever we can. With the holidays fast approaching, we thought you might like to know where to find the best kids’ toys and clothing deals in Maine. So without further ado, we’d like to introduce the Cute Potato Frugal Find. Our favorite this week? Check out the just out of the box Green Toys Recycling Truck we found at Lots for Tots Children’s Resale Store in Falmouth. On Amazon.com, this eco-friendly truck is $21, but at Lots for Tots? $3.00 (score)!


Eco-friendly Recycling Truck from Green Toys

Have a Frugal Find of your own? Share it with us, and we’ll post the best here. One winner will be selected at random to receive a $10 gift certificate to their family’s favorite Maine thrift shop or bargain store. Contest ends Sunday, November 29, 2009. Winner will be announced Wednesday, December 2, 2009. Good luck and happy bargain hunting!

Lots for Tots, Staples Plaza, 240 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 347-8601


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