Why Are All The High End Fashion Stores Leaving Downtown Areas In The Twin Cities?

Well, it’s official, the last vestiges of Saks, Saks Off Fifth, has left the Nicollet Mall.  First to leave the Twin Citiess was Neiman Marcus, next Bloomingdales–even from their location at the Mall of America, and now Saks Outlet Downtown Minneapolis store.  Now one can understand the former stores leaving during the economic decline, yet, one would have thought Bloomingdales would have kept their MOA store with all its’ international traffic, and Saks Outlet is a popular chic, designers bargain basement store–perhaps the downtown location was not the most advantageous, but hopefully we will see them return at a more strategic location in the Twin Cities.  As of now, its’ location will be filled with another super Walgreens store as part of the city’s downtown revitalization.

Perhaps this is yet another sign that the sick economy has not fully recovered.

Neiman Marcus Closing Store In Downtown Minneapolis

Another high-end fashion store bites the dust in Minnesota, guess that Minnesota Nice doesn’t respond well to high prices!  Well, like any store closing, it spells opportunity for bargain hunters.  The Minneapolis Neiman Marcus store is the store you recall got a lot of free advertising during the 2008 presidential campaign: It was where the Republican National Committee spent $75,000 on clothes and accessories for vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  Don’t expect prices to be at rock bottom since the final closing will occur sometime in 2013.  Can’t wait that long?  Then checkout their sale items  at last call by Neiman Marcus 50%off sale ends after today, Monday, August 6th.

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.

On The RACK~Online

For all of us who love shopping the bargains at Nordstrom’s The Rack, but can only get there a few times a year, now The Rack is coming to us.  Nordstrom has put The Rack online!  Shop the designers at 50%+ savings.

Find bargains like this dolman sleeve henley sweater by Juicy Couture, orig. $128, now 80% off $19.97.  Made of cotton, in black or gray, sizes petite, small, medium, or large. 31½” long you can wear this as a tunic with leggings.  Casual and hip, a must have in your wardrobe–for a great price!


Plough & Hearth offers more than it’s name suggests.  Besides lawn and garden objects, it has wonderful decorating items and apparel to create and keep you cozy. 

Right now they are having a Post Holiday Clearance in their Outlet with savings up to 65% off!  Autumnal and Christmas gifts galore, plus check out their Deal of the Week–this week it’s a Wright Fireplace Screen, as in Frank Lloyd Wright style, reg. $129.95, weekly deal priced $89.99

Buy $50 or more and use promo code: LNKPHFS for free shipping; otherwise shipping may be a deal breaker.

6 In 1 Plus Outlet Site

Lane Bryant’s favorite sister stores for plus sizes include Catherines, Fashion Bug, Cacique, Loop 18, and Lane Bryant Outlet have pulled their clearance inventory into one site:  Outlet.  Now you can shop all the markdowns from these six stores and place one order.

Now you can shop all the clearance of these sister stores at one time, and reduce your shipping costs to a flat fee of $7, or send them to one store for FREE.

You want to look good for the holidays, and any time saver like this is a plus!  Save time, save money, save energy–easy peasy-fashion squeezy!

At The Mall: Store Closing And More…

The Décor, a gift store, located in the Roseville Mall in Roseville, Minnesota is going out-of-business.  With jewelry, household decorating, and unique apparel, the bargain hunter has an opportunity to find that special pièce de resistance for the home and a little personal bling at closing store prices.

Macys Online get an extra 25% off Plus Size Clearance.   Add this to clearance already marked down 40%-80%, deals are just waiting to be scooped up!

Bargain Hunters Alert: New Place To Score–Bloomies!

Parent company Macy’s is opening outlets on the east coast for its’ high end store, Bloomingdale’s.   The new outlets initially to be located from New York to Florida will carry clearance apparel and accessories. 

This is a new trend for luxury stores and now Bloomies joins the ranks of Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom in catering to a clientele like MarkdownMom who hunt for deals to live elegantly on a budget.  Obviously, this is a reality check for retailers that traditionally cater to an upscale clientele in these tough economic times, but for frugalistas and fashionistas alike– get your running shoes on!

A New Outlet For Bargain Hunters!

This Bundt Is A Home Run!

Even the most frugal of us likes a sweet goodie or two, and if you have the time to try your hand at pastry, here’s how to make homemade and save big bucks!  

MarkdownMom visited the store  for Nordicware®, a store located next to its’ factory in Minneapolis.  Famous for their bundt cake molds and mixes, you can buy nordicware cookware at 10%-30% off retail, and if you go to the far left wall as you enter the door, you will find their markdown area with 50% off and more.  On her visit MarkdownMom picked up a shortcake pan at 50%off and premixed bundt cake mixes for about $3.00

Plus if you are new to baking or want to hone your skills further, they offer instore classes.  There’s nothing better than homemade, and now you can cut your costs even more at this factory store!  When you do, tell them MarkdownMom sent you.

Click Here Markdown Mom’s Nordicware Factory Store Slide Show!

Not Quite Perfect Doesn’t Always Mean Seconds

Many manufacturers sell what is commonly referred to as "seconds" at great discount prices.  These items can range from expensive ceramics to textiles and should not be confused with refurbished items.  Oftentimes, what these items include are inconsistent color changes in the manufacturing process or changes in the weave making the item a little "off," or dissimilar from the original. 

However, the term "Not Quite Perfect™,"  as MDM found can also include discontinued items and samples.  Recently, MDM visited a Lands End outlet called Lands End Inlet in Richfield at 820 West 78th Street, off of Highway 494.  There are several of these outlets in the Twin Cities,  but MDM came across this store in a strip mall and not the usual outlet mall.  Now, although the prices are less than the original retail, your best buys can be found on the 75% off racks or special promotional racks and bins.  Lands End Inlet at this site not only had the 75% off rack, but a shoe and boot bins sale, arranged by size,  with an additional 30% off the reduced price.  Like most great bargains, these buys were located near the back of the store away from the more visible traffic areas and Lands End Inlet properly identified this area as The Back Rack.  An example of the bargains in this area include jeans that retail at $45 for $14.50, and MDM was able to pick-up a turtleneck sh/sl cotton top for $5, reg. $24, not only 75% off, but with turtlenecks being shown for Fall, an item that is a classic and still en vogue. 

Upcoming events at the Lands End Inlet include the Men’s & Women’s Overstock & NQP Pants from August 30-September 9th with overstock tailored/dress pants 50% off and all NQP pants for $7.50!

 MDM loves both their online site and outlets for their classic wonderful cottons and imported woolens–you can be sure that the quality is always there at Lands End!