Black Friday Deals from the Lakeside Collection!

Black-FridayThanksgiving may be a day for snacking and napping, but get plenty of rest because after Turkey Day comes Black Friday. This year, Lakeside Collection’s Black Friday deals are bigger than ever, giving you the chance to get incredible deals on exclusive items, already reduced merchandise and perennial favorites. Enjoy up to 80-percent off hundreds of items from stocking stuffers to big-ticket gifts!

Black Friday got its name from retail workers who saw the busiest shopping day of the year as a challenge. Thousands of shoppers descended on stores to get the lowest possible prices, but if you’ve been in a mall for Black Friday, you understand why salespeople sometimes fear it. The crowds and cranky attitudes are enough to sap the holiday spirit out of anyone, but by shopping online, you avoid the rush and get to enjoy choosing thoughtful presents for the people you love.You already know you can find outstanding prices, great brand-name products and excellent customer service when you shop with us, but the best part of our Black Friday sale may be what you won’t find.

Forget about hitting the malls or big box stores on the busiest shopping day of the year; they’re filled with pushy shoppers, harried salespeople and traffic. With online catalog shopping from Lakeside, you skip the grumpy crowds, long lines, and parking space hunts in favor of putting your feet up and browsing at your own pace. Instead of braving the cold, you get to curl up with a cup of coffee or cocoa and find everything you need. You don’t even have to get dressed; stay cozy in your favorite robe as you find the perfect gifts for relatives, friends and everyone in your office.Because the discounts on our Black Friday sale are so big, they’re only available for a limited time.

The sale ends Saturday, November 30th, so place your orders before then to ensure the best prices of the season and delivery before Christmas. By ordering today, you can make sure that there will be enough time to wrap gifts and have them under the tree well before Santa Claus makes his visit. Plenty of holiday items, including gift wraps and tags, will be on sale too, so you can buy everything you need for making this Christmas merry and bright.It’s the perfect time for buying gifts, but the Lakeside Collection Black Friday sale is also great for stocking up on staples.

With the season’s lowest prices on items for your home, wardrobe essentials and delectable gourmet gift baskets, you’ll be tempted to pick up a few treats for yourself – and at these prices, you can afford to do both. Go ahead; you deserve a treat too, especially when you’ve made the smart choice to save on gas and shop online with Lakeside Collection!Don’t let this season’s Black Friday pass without a visit to the Lakeside catalog. These prices are just too good to miss, and we’re offering a wider range of treasures than ever before. Consider it our gift to you this holiday season!

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, Lakeside is getting into the holiday spirit a little early with our favorite items. Kids love to give gifts for the holidays as much as anyone, but they can’t just hop in the car and pick out the perfect gift at the local mall. Helping children make gifts teaches them about the joys of giving as well as receiving. This year, give them the tools they need to make their own thoughtful gifts for friends and family. By starting now, kids can make something for everyone on their gift lists by Christmas.

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Even young children can make beautiful presents with these plush craft fabric by numbers kit. With no sharp needles or scissors involved, a child can create a colorful design in pre-cut fabric on a stuffed plush pillow. Each kit contains everything needed to make a beautiful butterfly or a whimsical frog prince. It’s also a great craft project for parents because it involves no messy glues, paints or glitter to clean up after the craft is complete. The kits are designed for children ages 4 and up, so even pre-schoolers can enjoy the fun of making gifts for others. Your child’s friends will appreciate these colorful cushions as decorative accessories and as thoughtful presents.
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For older kids who love to create, the BFF Chunky Cord Bracelet Kit lets them weave colorful accessories for everyone on the gift list. Each kit comes with enough thread for 6 bracelets and the weaving frames work equally well with threads you’ll find in any craft store. Easy-to-follow instructions and foam weaving forms let your child design and make bracelets, necklaces and hair ornaments. The kit contains a foam pattern wheel and colorful thread.

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Kids who like to help in the yard will be charmed with these Fairy or Gnome Garden Kits that let them create an enchanted garden for someone special. You supply the container and a few low-growing plants; the kit provides accessories such as a tiny watering can, birdbath and garden arch to create a whimsical tableau. Designed for older kids who have the patience to get the garden started, the kits are designed for indoor or outdoor display. The sets are perfect for a kitchen windowsill garden filled with herbs or for a miniature flower bed.

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Even the youngest children can participate in holiday giving when you offer a little help. Let toddlers lend a hand with these sweet Handprint Ornament Sets that turn your child’s unique print into a cherished holiday heirloom. Apply the non-toxic white paint, let the child grasp the base of the ornament and finish the design with hand-painted details you add yourself. Each kit contains a red or green ornament, white ribbon for hanging, white paint, a wedge-shaped sponge, a black permanent marker for details and orange wax for adding carrot noses to your snowmen. Young kids love helping, and with this kit, they get a chance to leave a lasting impression without making a mess. Older kids can get in on the fun too by drawing in the details or adding hand-painted stars with the leftover white paint.

Give your children an early holiday present with these or any of Lakeside’s other creative art and craft kits, and you give them the fun of making something special for friends and family. It’s never too early to teach kids about the joy of giving!

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

Now that November is here, it’s sweater weather for everyone, including your beloved pets. When you’re chilly, you can pull on a pair of favorite socks or adjust the thermostat, but your pets have to rely on their own fur and feathers to stay warm. This week, we’re taking a look at ways you can pamper your pooch and coddle your kitty with a holiday-friendly twist.

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As anyone who has ever enjoyed sharing a blanket with a pet can tell you, cats and dogs gravitate to enclosed areas. They like to feel protected on all sides, a habit left over from the wild when they looked for hollow logs or small caves to use as dens. Dragging a hollow log into your home isn’t really practical, but this adorable Santa’s Hat Pet Cave gives dogs or cats the protected nest they crave with a little holiday whimsy for you. For cats, the Santa’s hat bed is even more fun; the pom-pom attachment makes an irresistible toy for playful kittens. The red velveteen fabric readily sheds pet hair while the fleecy base has extra cushioning to keep your pet cozy on chilly winter nights. This Santa-themed pet bed is cute enough to be a decoration all by itself, but with your pet’s sweet, furry face at the opening, it’s too adorable to miss.

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Even with a fur coat, pets sometimes need an extra layer or two to stay warm. When it’s snowy outside, keep your pet cozy on walks with this merry striped hat and sweater set. Ideal for short-haired and medium-haired dogs, the machine-washable set has a soft fleece lining and stripes of red, green and white. The matching hat has a sweet pom-pom top and a comfortable elastic strap to hold it secure and protect delicate ears from chilly weather. Long-wearing acrylic is dye-fast and water resistant to help keep your pup comfortable even when sleet or snow is falling. Make walks more fun for you and your pet with extra protection from the cold. Available in small, medium and large, it also fits cats, although not all of them will be as fond of hats as the Dr. Seuss character.

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Pets don’t always pay much attention to the holidays unless they’re smelling a turkey in the oven or attempting to sneak treats during parties, but they always appreciate new toys. This Christmas, give your pet this set of Stuffing-Free Dog Toys and enjoy playtime without the worry of sending stuffing bits flying. In Santa, reindeer and snowman themes, the toys have squeaky inserts in the tops and feet, giving your dog another reason to love these colorful characters. Each polyester fabric toy has a fleecy exterior that’s easy for you to clean and is appealing for dogs to chew. The only stuffing you want your guests to see is the kind that goes with the turkey, so choose these un-stuffed fabric toys for your pet’s Christmas celebration.

Even if you don’t have pets, you’ll warm the hearts of people who do when you think of their furry friends this holiday season. Everything in this week’s collection also makes a fantastic gift, so surprise someone with a little something for the family pet.

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, we want to help you make a name for yourself! With personalized items from the Lakeside Collection, you can show pride of place, define a personal space or make a customized statement. Fly your family flag proudly or give a child something special to help personalize a room or dorm. By ordering early, your personalized items will arrive in time for the holidays, so choose a customized gift today and surprise someone with a completely unique Christmas present.

Personalized-flagIvory and gold details on a black background make this personalized scroll flag an elegant addition to any foyer, front porch or flag pole. The polyester flag and its custom text are sturdy enough for outside use yet sumptuous enough to display in your home. Bright poppy accents highlight your name or monogram in the center of the flag, which is a generous 37 inches long and 27 inches wide. When hung outdoors, the flag is a stylish way to let neighbors get to know you, help friends find your home or show family pride. Inside, it’s a beautiful decorative accent for an entryway, rec room or den.

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Sometimes, the most meaningful statements you can make aren’t written in large letters but carried close to your heart. One of our weekly favorites is this personalized family pendant inscribed with the names of children, grand-kids or someone else special lets you carry a sweet reminder of your loved ones wherever you go. Choose brilliant gold tones, sleek stainless steel or fashionable black for this stylish ring-shaped pendant adorned with fiery cubic zirconium gems. With room for up to five names, each pendant is a beautiful reminder of the love that’s always with you. These personalized pendants also make beautiful gifts and come with an 18-inch chain in an elegant gift box.

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Kids love personalizing everything. From their sneakers to their notebooks, they take pride in ownership. Give them a custom personalized wall plaque and let them tell the world whose bedroom or playroom it is. The cute, colorful designs complement any decor and taste, so choose a look that suits your child for an even more kid-pleasing gift. Sweet ballet slippers, quilted pastels, sports themes, contemporary designs and floral patterns give you plenty of options no matter what your kids enjoy. Each plaque has room for up to 10 characters in fonts and cheerful colors that coordinate with the plaques for a designer look. The sturdy wooden plaques work beautifully in a nursery or toddler’s room too. Let your little one practice reading his or her own name with a customized plaque.

Check out the full range of our personalized items and order early to have custom gifts ready in time for the holiday season. Our personalized plaques, flags and art prints are non-returnable once printed, but you’ll have plenty of time to double-check the name or message to make sure it’s correct. You might not see your name in lights on Broadway, but with personalized items from Lakeside, you can make a name for yourself anytime you like.

Lakeside Collection: Our Weekly Favorites

Winter may not have put in an appearance yet, but with autumn comes a certain crispness to the air that means colder weather isn’t far behind for most of us. This week, we’re looking at ways to stay toasty on cool fall afternoons. Autumn’s brisk weather feels wonderful after summer’s sultry heat, but as days shorten and nights grow nippy, it’s even better to come inside and enjoy the warmth of home. Create your own cozy atmosphere with a few of our favorite things this week from Lakeside. Whether it’s a blustery October day or deep into November’s chill, you’ll love wrapping yourself in warmth.

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Don’t wait until the holidays to enjoy feeling enveloped in comfort. Treat yourself or someone special to one of these cozy throw and socks tote sets and take the chill off after a day outside. Available in four stylish colors, the sets include a pair of non-slip socks in festive stripes, a wonderfully soft coordinating throw and a reusable canvas tote bag to keep everything together. Spandex and polyester blend fibers make the socks wonderfully soft and stretchy enough to fit most sizes. The rich hues of the plush poly throw complement any decor, and the matching tote looks as crisp as fall apples. Choose a set in warm chocolate, cozy burgundy, fresh blue or toasty beige. If you’re buying as a gift, pick out a set for yourself; you’ll want to bundle up too!

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Piling on blankets is one way to stay warm, but you can keep your whole house more comfortable while lowering energy bills with the right window treatments. These insulated suede curtains have the luxurious look of suede and put another layer between autumn’s chill and your cozy bedroom or den. Open them during the day to let the sunlight pour in, then close them at night to eliminate drafts from loose window frames. The thermal backing on each set of curtains can also help your home stay cooler on those unseasonably hot days. Because they’re lined, these stylish tab-topped window treatments act as blackout curtains too. Your bedroom will be more restful when you block out unwanted light and sounds from outside.

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Warmth is more than a physical attribute; it’s also an emotion. When you think of a warm greeting or a warm smile, you aren’t talking about the temperature. Create a warm, welcoming environment in your home by appealing to different senses. Cuddling up under a fleece throw feels good, but when your home holds the scent of spiced apples, oatmeal cookies or other cozy fragrances, you’ll feel warm in every way. We love this ceramic warmer and simmering fragrance chips to evoke a warm, cheerful mood in any room of the home. The set has no open flame and plugs into any outlet to warm fragrance chips, wax tarts or jar candles without producing smoke or soot. We also like the warmer’s flat plate for its versatility; it works with the attractive clear glass jar that comes with it or with your own favorite scented candles.

Get cozy with Lakeside this week, and you’ll enjoy fall’s cloudless skies and brisk nights even more.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Christopher Columbus

Christopher-ColumbusOctober’s biggest celebration may be Halloween, but trick-or-treating isn’t the only event happening this month. It’s also the time when we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ trip to the New World with Columbus Day. You probably know most of the major facts about the explorer’s most noteworthy voyage. However, did you know that only one of his three ships’ names is accurate. Or did you know that he tried to find financial backers in three other countries before the Spanish throne funded him?

In honor of Columbus Day, here are some more wild facts you might not know.

Christopher Columbus wasn’t the explorer’s real name
He hailed from Genoa, and his name in Italian was probably Cristoforo Colombo. Other languages have translated his name in different ways, including the Spanish Cristobal Colón.  Even in his native Genoa, details about his true name are foggy. In the 1490’s, spellings weren’t standardized and record-keeping was tougher. We could be celebrating Colombo Day in October if it weren’t for English and American writers who wanted to make the explorer’s name more familiar to their readers!

The Niña and the Pinta aren’t accurate names either
In fact, people who think they know all three of Columbus’ most famous ships are only 33 percent accurate. The Santa Maria was indeed one ship’s name, but the other two famous names we know today were nicknames. The Niña was christened the Santa Clara, but the little ship soon acquired the nickname La Niña, or “little girl”. This was a reference that might also have been a nod to its owner, Juan Niño. Historians aren’t sure what the Pinta was named, but its colorful nickname roughly translates to “painted lady.”

Christopher Columbus didn’t go to Spain first
The explorer wanted a wealthy backer for a trip across the Atlantic, but the most affluent prospects at the time were royal families. He spoke to Portuguese, English and French monarchs and was turned down by all of them. The Portuguese told him his calculations were off, and told him he would never find India in the time Columbus allotted for the trip. They were right – Columbus never reached India by sailing west, but he did reach the Americas, and was one of the first Europeans known to do so. If you’d like, you can celebrate Leif Eriksson Day. It commemorate the Norse explorer whom historians believe landed in Newfoundland about 500 years before Columbus’ voyage. It’s traditionally celebrated on October 9, a little before Columbus Day.

The explorer made four trips to the Americas, not one
Although his most famous trip was his first in 1492, he also made the months-long voyage in 1493, 1498 and 1502. Each trip brought more ships than the last. His travels around the turn of the 16th century helped spark a passion for exploring and a rush to the territories the Europeans called the New World.

Christopher Columbus always believed he’d found his destination and not a continent new to Europeans
He was convinced the silks, spices and dyes from lands east of Europe were still to be found west of the Caribbean islands and Central American coastlines where he put to port. It wasn’t until after his passing that maps with the new islands and shores had a name to put to the unfamiliar land: America.

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Weekly Lakeside Favorites: Light Fixtures

As fall days are growing shorter, we thought this would be the perfect week to shine the spotlight on lighting. From candle accents that add a warm glow to your home to task lighting that lets you see every detail clearly, the right lighting choices illuminate your life. We’re showcasing some of our year-round favorites this week, but don’t forget the special place holiday lighting plays in your seasonal decor. You’ll find a wealth of ways to light it up with Lakeside!

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Be the star at your next backyard gathering or dinner party with these twinkling Hanging Star Candle Holders. Available in red, green and gold, these antiqued metal and glass holders hang suspended from decorative chains for a celestial effect in any indoor or outdoor space. They’re unlike conventional light fixtures yet they are enchanting when hung from tree branches for an evening garden party or in windows for a festive touch. The holders open in the back and can fit standard tea lights or LED everlasting candles with ease. Each star is 10 inches wide, so they’re large enough to make a dramatic statement by themselves or in groupings of two or three. Choose a single favorite shade or create a beautiful play of hues with stars in all three vibrant colors.

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Lighting takes a practical turn when you use our illuminated floor stand magnifier lamp for everything from detailed hand sewing to reading small print with ease. The stand adjusts for easy positioning while its flexible gooseneck design lets you bend and tilt the generous magnifying lens anywhere you need it. A dozen bright white LEDs on the back of the magnifier’s frame cast clear, shadow-free light on your craft project or art, letting you see every detail. Perfect for miniature painters, embroiderers, fine artists and avid readers, this stand-alone frame lets you keep both hands free while sharpening your vision. The screen is lightweight acrylic, so it’s easy to move and reposition. Once you see how much of a difference glare-free lighting and magnification makes to your next project, you will wonder how you did without this craft essential.

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In your master bedroom, guest room or den, light fixtures can be both pretty and practical when you choose our exclusive adjustable wall lamp. Clean-lined, contemporary styling goes with any decor, and the lamp height adjusts to fit over your bed, sofa or favorite easy chair. The graceful curve of the lamp’s metal body ends in a classic white shade for maximum light with no glare or eye strain. Because they mount to the wall, these lamps free valuable real estate on end tables and nightstands, giving you more room for decorative objects, books or a glass of water. Each individual light fixture accepts up to a 40-watt bulb and casts plenty of light for reading, crafting or sewing.

With the right lighting, shorter days feel warm and bright even as the weather turns cooler. Let Lakeside light up your life with essential task lighting, light fixtures, practical reading lamps and decorative candles to create special effects throughout your home!

5 Entertaining Tips Everyone Should Know

Party season is right around the corner, and we have some great party tips to make your next get-together memorably festive. Whether it’s your turn to host an office party, a birthday celebration or just a good excuse to have fun with friends, these tips will provide you with what you need for success.

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Pick a Theme

Holiday parties have a built-in theme, but even if you’re hosting a mid-week gathering for no particular reason, coming up with a concept for decorations, drinks and food can help you create a festive atmosphere. Luau and tiki themes are always hits for backyard barbecues, but don’t feel constrained to popular party ideas; you can go as wild as you like with your concept. Guests will be charmed with a Mardi Gras masquerade or a retro party with dishes and drinks from vintage cookbooks.

 

 

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Cook Ahead

When you get most of the cooking done ahead of time, you give yourself more freedom to enjoy entertaining. Instead of spending your party in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on some complicated dish, plan a simple, straightforward menu of foods you know your guests will love. You and they will remember the fun more than the food, so prepare something elegant and easy. Lasagna, roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese are a few possibilities.

Cookware that looks and performs beautifully, such as this set of three handled baking dishes, lets you assemble and store entrees or side dishes the night before and pop them in the oven shortly before guests arrive. They go straight from the oven to the dinner table, saving you another step and giving you more time to spend with your guests.

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Make It Inviting with Light

What makes a chic nightclub or formal restaurant special? In many cases, it’s the lighting, not the decor, that makes the difference. Try some special effects with lighting to make your next get-together magical. Outside, try stringing colorful paper lanterns or white fairy lights above your deck or patio. Interior spaces take on a beautifully warm and welcoming glow with candles. Kids and pets don’t always get along with candles, though, so choose child-friendly alternatives such as this electric pillar candle light string for part of your table design.

 

 

Create a Play List

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Music makes a party, and you have more options than ever for music that complements your theme. Internet radio stations have hundreds of stations with dozens of exciting musical genres from which to choose. You can even find music from favorite television shows or movies to play as background music for a season finale party or Oscar night. For holiday parties, look for unique takes on classics; an album of vintage Christmas music, for example, makes your party memorable and will get people talking.

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Appeal to All the Senses

You’ve already decorated, cooked and chosen the music, but don’t forget to make an impression on your guests’ noses. Bouquets of fresh flowers, incense or candle warmers have the staying power to perfume the air for hours without coming on too strong. For a dinner party, choose scents that go well with food and won’t overpower the meal, such as vanilla or spice fragrances. A summer cocktail party might call for something exotic and tropical.

Entertaining can be as much fun for you, the host, as it is for your guests when you plan. Start thinking about creative, fun party ideas today, and you’ll be set from now until the new year!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

This week, we’d like to celebrate all the artists who add a little more beauty to the world in so many ways. Some artists work with pencils and paper while others prefer canvas and paint, but they aren’t the only artists who deserve the spotlight. Sculptors, writers, carvers, musicians, woodworkers and chefs also merit praise for their creativity. If you do anything that’s just a little more beautiful, decorative or delicious than it absolutely has to be, then you’re expressing yourself artistically. Take a look at some of these tools you can use to develop your art and find new ways to be creative.

Everyone from aspiring artists to professionals will find something to love in this huge Deluxe Sketching and Drawing Set in its own sleek carrying case. Colored pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal sticks, chalk pastels and blending stumps inspire creativity and exploration. Learn how to use new artistic media, hone your skills with familiar tools or discover mixed-media art with this comprehensive kit. With an artist’s wooden mannequin for help with figure drawing, a guidebook for novices and enough compartments for any artist to work “en plein air”, this set is an outstanding value.

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While some artists use pens and pencils to create, others use tools to shape wood and metal. With this Hand Tool Set, artists and artisans will have all the basics for creating art as well as doing more mundane tasks such as hanging a painting or repairing a wall. Plenty of art forms start with hard work and the right tools to make that effort easier. An assortment of pliers are perfect for everything from creating wire armatures to attaching jewelry findings, and the set’s utility knife works beautifully for carving or collage. Wrenches, screwdrivers and a compact hammer make the kit a great choice for practical tasks too. Even an artist needs to perform the occasional plumbing repair or hang a shelf, and this kit has just the right tool for the job.

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If you’re not sure a chef counts as an artist, one bite of a truly amazing dish will change your mind. A chef’s art is one you can appreciate with every sense, and a great cook can create art every night at dinner. Home cooks and professional chefs alike need an array of tools to craft their culinary creations; this Hors D’Oeuvres Baking Set is a great place to start. This kit contains a big baking tray that holds up to 24 miniature pies, quiches, tartlets or cakes and a wooden press that forms perfect pastry shells every time. The non-stick pan is sturdy enough for professional use and easy enough for a home kitchen. Let your imagination go and use this great set to make everything from savory hors d’oueuvres to sweet desserts. Serve bite-sized delights at your next cocktail party or dinner and show your guests a delicious sample of your artistry.You don’t have to be Rembrandt to be an artist; you just need a little ingenuity, a desire to make something lovely and a good set of tools to unleash your creativity. Get in touch with your inner artist and see where your imagination leads you!

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New at The Lakeside Collection

We’ve got a lot of new products to share with you, something that we at the Lakeside Collection take pride in. The Lakeside Collection always has a new selection of products to share with our customers. One of my favorites is the Sherpa Throws which on one side, there is a soft damask-style rose design, and the other features warm and plush micro sherpa perfect for those cold winter days headed our way.  Another new product from the Lakeside Collection is the Smith & Wesson Knife which makes a great gift for men. The knife has a teflon coated stainless steel blade with tanto point and we are carrying it for only $9.95 when it normally retails for around $20.

Have you received our newest catalog? You’ll find these items along with hundreds of other products usually priced $9.99 or less. What have you ordered?