A free Valentine’s Day craft workshop and new Kate Spade accessories make our Grab Bag

January 31

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In Alexandria, a Bargainista Bonanza
If icy weather made you snooze through post-holiday sales, strap on your Italian snow boots Saturday, when fashion bargains fill the Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale (George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; oldtownboutiquedistrict.com). Expect Loeffler Randall and Milly shoes from Bishop Boutique at 70 percent off; Trina Turk and Rebecca Taylor dresses from Zoe Boutique at 80 percent off; and 75 percent off plush bedding from Red Barn Mercantile.

Art That’s Full of Heart
Nothing says “I think you’re the cat’s meow” like a handmade Valentine’s Day card. Analog (716 Monroe St. NE; shopanalog.com), the vintage boutique in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, helps you show your affection via a free Valentine-making workshop Feb. 7, 6:30-8 p.m. Baltimore street artist Mary England guides wannabe love birds as they make missives from provided glitter, pipe cleaners and construction paper.

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Spice As Nice
Yes, Chinese New Year, which happens Friday, is partially about parades and firecrackers. But the Year of the Horse is also an ideal time to cook up some spare ribs or dumplings, which’d both be made more sweet-savory-yummy with Schlotterbeck & Foss’ Chinese BBQ sauce ($6, Whole Foods). The Maine-made marinade meshes black bean sauce, sherry and tamari for a spicy kick.

Shades of Spade
All dressed up but no accent pieces? Then hit the newly opened Kate Spade New York at Tysons Galleria (2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.; 703-749-7980) for a pop of color from the spring collection. Favorites include the Adelaide Clutch in Carroll Park fabric (shown, $268), houndstooth raffia flats ($278) and mod floral studs ($58).

For Football Parties, a Good Call
Whether you’re making chili or grabbing 10 dozen buckets of chicken wings to go, your Superbowl spread will be a winner if it’s set up on Cake Kitchen Papers’ touchdown runner ($30, Stylish Patina, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church; 703-663-8428, stylishpatina.com). It’s also a nice backdrop for football-themed cupcakes.

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