Ellen Degeneres Debuts Her Line ED on QVC

Ellen DeGeneres keeps flexing her many talents from comedy, tv host, furniture and decor, and now a new line on QVC.  Last night, her home decor line with a few articles of apparel was debut on  as part of their Countdown to Christmas promotion.

MDM especially  liked the Cast Iron Word Wall Hooks for $21.70  featured price + 5.00 sh.  We could see all kinds of applications in the home:  hold keys, etc. in the entryway, cooking utensils in the kitchen, Xmas socks near the living room fireplace, clothes catch all in the bedroom, and on and on…


FB FIND OF THE WEEK #2: DIY Hair Dryer/Flat Iron Storage Stand


After seeing this on FaceBook, MarkdownMom found directions for this project at Pinterest This project will run you under $10 to make.

Supplies : 3x3x2.PVC Pipe – Wye Shape.   Spray paint  (in color of your choice) plus other decorating supplies.   MDM suggests add a weight at the bottom or, if attaching to a cabinet , 10 x 3/4wood screws .

Quick, Handy, and Cheap!

MarkdownMom Exclusive: SR Harris Designer Fabric Outlet Opens Store In Burnsville!

SR Harris is known to crafters, fashion designers, and interior decorators alike as a premier outlet of fine fabrics.  Located in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Park, they have expanded by opening another store in the Burnsville community–about 10 miles (13 minutes)  SW of Mall of America at 3715  Hwy 13 with 15,500 sq. ft. of sheer imagination!

Embroidered fabrics laden with swarovski crystals, real and faux fur, batiks, silks, quilting cottons, etc., and all the accoutrements to finish that special project.  Plus get these fabulous fabrics at 60% off msrp. and always look for their special coupon deals!

To be one of the first customers through their new store doors  sometime this fall, follow them on Facebook!


Repurposing: When Old Is New Again

Finds at flea markets, thrift stores, or backyard sales don’t have to be antiques to have value.  Designers today have found that there is money in thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to old things.  HGTV is replete with repurposing, achieving that quirky artisan look, that corner that lends interest to a room, the je ne sais quoi item that draws attention by using “old junk.”

A new development in finding these objects is the rise of retailers to include these one-of-a-kind items for sale online.  For example,, Haute Look, an outlet for Nordstrom, has  new category labeled “Authentic Vintage Curiosities & Beyond.”  Here you will find old shipping boxes with faded manufacturers names or advertising that lend themselves for storage & organization, colored bowling pins to keep stacks of books in line, or a french gymnast bar for your exercise room, just to name a few.

Another retailer dedicated to a certain style, Napastyle, has a new spin-off Barn Door, advertised as a site for  one-of-a- kind finds & deals, so you know you are dealing with limited supplies of any item.  Napastyle first started bringing in collectibles from Europe a couple of years ago where there was a plentiful supply, and now this new site has expanded to include vintage, rare, deals, and even a “Final Markdown” category that span American eras such as early homestead, depression, to mid-century. Vintage tins, furniture, and home accessories such as scales and more are part of their inventory.

You must know your antiques and collectibles to find a bargain, but these sites are good to find a particular item to complete your collection or for us bargain hunters, this is another reference point to find what is popular, or the retail prices of what we currently own.

Did You Know???

So many deals, so little time.  Many of the high-end retail stores have developed their own “deal” sites where they are able to sell their out-of-season merchandise, odds & ends, or slow moving items.  For instance:

Nordstrom has Nordstrom Rack and Haute Look

Neiman Marcus has Last CallPreview

Sak’s has Off Saks Fifth

But did you know that for the larger deals shop the “Clearance” or “Sale” categories within these sites?  Even discounters such as Groupon have a clearance section where the deals may only fit  a select few, but they are tremendous.  Also MarkdownMom recommends that you take advantage of further discounts by waiting for their additional promotional discounts or the Last Call Dash and Daily Deal at Neiman Marcus Last Call held at various times during the day.  But MarkdownMom warns it’s important to know the lowest price offered by these sites since promotional discounts are sometimes taken on a previous higher price and not necessarily reflect the lowest price you could have bought this item.

Gordmans Good For Men, Women, Kids & Pets!

Gordmans has come to Roseville, Minnesota and for bargain hunters this is an opportunity to save more on gourmet coffee, Rachael Ray cookware, designer shoes from DSW, handbags from Ralph Lauren and Nicole, Burberry perfume, apparel, furniture accessories and more at 60% savings.  Plus MarkdownMom says save more by going to their online site for special events like their Fourth of July savings of an extra 33% off clearance and don’t forget to download  their coupons!

MarkdownMom, being true to her name, recently bought a pair of reg. $89/each lamps on clearance for a total of $39.98–a savings of 75%+ off

And when you go to Gordmans–and you know you will–tell them MarkdownMom sent you!

Tip Of The Week #70: Outlets & Deals

Designer brand name apparel and accessories, professional culinary cooking pieces, name brand shoes, latest hot cosmetics and fragrances–yes you can get these and more at outlet stores, but are you getting the best deals?  MarkdownMom has written on this before recommending that you look for the clearance racks in the outlet stores for the best deals–yes, they do have them.

Buyer Beware:  Not everything is on sale compared to retail stores. Initially, outlet stores were used to sell not-in-season merchandise, slightly flawed items, etc.  Now many retailers produce special lines for outlet stores such as The Gap has  Nike® and Adidas®.  These may be of lesser quality in workmanship and materials.

However, not all retailers are following this trend.  Le Creuset® cookware is same quality, but may have flaw or chip.  Apparel shops like Dress Barn carry the same items as in their stores.  Remember the percentage off is based by manufacturers suggested retail price which is seldom sold at that price.

MDM Says:  Be sure check with clerks at the stores and do your homework to find out if merchandise is the same as the original.

Who Wu! Coming To Target and More!

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Jason Wu is the latest designer coming to Target.  Wu, designer for such notables as First Lady Michele Obama, Diane Kruger,and Natalie Portman,  has produced a collection of 53 pieces ranging in price from $19.99-$59.99 with the theme American Girl In Paris, arriving at Target Stores and its’ online site February 5th.  Target has lured designers  beginning in 1999 into its’ retail stores in recent years and Wu is its’ latest offering.  Wu’s line, unlike the recognizable Mossimo stripes, will not be as easily identified, but will be a very youthful and sport classic lines.

In yet another move to spark sales, on May 6 Target will be offering limited items from well known specialty shops such as The Candy Store in San Francisco, The Privet House home accessories of Connecticut; The Webster House, an apparel store in Miami; Polka Dog Bakery in Boston; and The Cos Bar, cosmetics in Aspen.  Additionally it will test market Apple stores in 25 of its’ stores.

MDM Says: If you want to have a chance at getting any of the Wu designs at Target, you will have to act fast on February 5th since not only buyers scoop the deals, but also speculators to resell on Ebay®.

Warehouse Sale

Pottery Barn has a super sale once a year and it’s happening now!  Up to 75% off.

MarkdownMom found these terrific house numbers in burnished antique bronze with a branch motif, 8.5″-10.5″ high, reg. $14, on sale $9.

MDM Says:  Supplies and selections become very limited in short order so don’t wait long to shop!

After 2011 Christmas Sales Begin!

MarkdownMom has received numerous inquiries asking when the After Christmas Sale begins.  One way is to check last year’s calendar for a general idea.  However, the current economic environment can and does affect when retailers will start this process.  Markdowns will start on merchandise dedicated specifically to the season like decorations.  Having said that, the sales have begun.

Target.  Initial markdown instore of 30% on  decorations and candy.  Pick-up a extra holiday gifts for unexpected guests.  Although  MarkdownMom considers 30% a sale and not a true markdown be aware that many nonfood items will be sold by them to other vendors in bulk, so closely monitor price reductions.

Menards®.  Current holiday merchandise is marked down  50% instore and they will slash prices incrementally each week.

Sephora.  Not a real sale, but the perfume and makeup gift packages that are offered at this time of year have real savings on name brand fragrances and cosmetics.  MarkdownMom recommends scooping up a few of these bargains for future gift-giving.