Weekend Review: Up To 80% Off Designer Apparel!

Out & AboutMarkdownMom says if you want deals on apparel now is the time  2 shop until you drop! It’s worth braving the cold to get these hot bargains at the  mall:

Macy’s.  Selected items by Beyoncé. Apple Bottoms, Calvin Kline, Jones New York , Karen Scott and more 80% off!  Other racks have Tommy Hilfiger long sleeve shirts under $7.00!  If your Macy’s has a Marketplace. take a time out to renew your energy and try their Seafood Louie with a glass of raspberry lemonade–simply delicious!

Lane Bryant®.  For gals sizes 14 & up they are having their Gold Dot Sale , take an additional 50% off of markdown price.  Plus 50% off sweaters.

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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!

Bibs Make Baby Look Hot!

In keeping with this fashion season of upgrading your wardrobe with accessories, creating layers with jewelry has been especially hot.  Chunky necklaces paired with multiple chains, enhancers, have given rise to one piece that provides a lot of bling for the buck–the bib necklace !  Markdown Mom has found some deals that are bound to enhance any wardrobe in time for the holidays and the 2010.


For color that will go with anything, Markdown Mom likes this bib necklace from HSN.  Individual cabachon  and bezel cut faceted stones in an array of  eyecatching color will go well with any neckline. 

 Brought to HSN by host Colleen Lopez, this 22″ with 3″ extender necklace is perfect to add a little glam for the holiday season.  And at $69.95 with two flex pays, well within affordability. 

 For a classic look at a rock bottom price, check out the offerings at JCPenney

 Like this 22″ w/3″ extender hermatite and black 4 rows bead necklace, reg.$30.00, sale priced at $19.99.  In stores and online.

Wednesday Steals: Make Your Dollars Go Farther

StealTarget.  Instore savings on Fall and Winter Women’s coats.  Up to 75% off with large selection of sizes and styles. Also, new stock in Home Designs on sale for 30% off.  

Steal:  Nordstrom.  Online and instore FREE 18 pcs. Gift Set with any $85 fragrance or beauty purchase.  Includes items from the hottest beauty retailers like shiseido, bare escentuals, l’Occitane and others.   Plus optional  FREE in-store delivery.

Steal:  Crocs™ has an outlet category with savings 50%+ and many styles to choose from in women, men, and kids sizes!

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Toy Store Closing & 5 Tips In Shopping for Bargains

KB Toys are the latest in a string of retailers facing closures. Last Thursday, for the second time in its’ history KBToys filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and plans to close all of its stores. First of all, it’s a sad state of affairs to see retailers going down, this means job losses as well as revenue losses for local and state governments. Having said that, with so many stores going out-of-business, how do savvy shoppers shop these stores?

1. For the largest selection, shop early. Deeper price cuts mean less inventory to select from. Besides selection, quality diminishes as time goes on. However, have some idea of the original prices of the merchandise to ascertain a deal. If a professional liquidator comes in, items on clearance prior to the closing sale, may be returned to full retail price and then discounted by 30%-40%.

2. Check return policy. Even if store is facing Chapter 11 and closing, some will accept returns within a limited period.

3. Some of the best deals are found in buying display items. Usually these items even in a store not facing closure are discounted by 30% when a new model comes in. To insure that you don’t get stuck with an item of electronics that fails soon after purchase, make sure that even if you buy it without a box, you get a warranty card to fill out with your purchase.

4. Make your purchases using a credit card. Your credit card will provide some protection to recover your money should the item fail. Additionally, some credit cards will sell you extended warranties.

5. Stumped for gift ideas, don’t buy a gift card from a store going out of business, opt out to buy a bank gift card. A bank card will allow recipient to use it at the store closing and other stores as well. However, be sure to check to see if there are additional fees or expiration dates associated with the bank card versions of MasterCard, Visa, American Express, etc.

Retailers Gear Up For Last Minute Back-to-School Shoppers

Weekend Back-to-College and Back-to-School savings have finally arrived this Labor Day. You will find the stores crowded as the reality of getting the kids and your college bound young adults ready and settled in for another school year.

One red hot sale is at Lane Bryant where you can save 75% off msrp. With sizes from 14+ there is a terrific selection of tops, short jackets, and slacks including shorts and jeans. With warm temperatures still a part of our weather, you can save a bundle on fashion. Bonus: Lane Bryant has extra coupons good on clearance merchandise. Online Bonus: use Free Shipping promo code L0198 through September 2.

JCPenney® has some 75% off racks, but selection is limited. Best bet for shoppers are found in the petites and misses. Some items in housewares include 300 Egyptian sheets sets reg. $130 for $29.99. Bonus: Ordering online, save shipping on orders of $49.99+, promo code LABOR DAY good through September 5th.

Whitehall Company Jewelers®. Another store is in the process of going-out-of-business as part of its’ liquidation of 89 stores following filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This may be the time to check for that special someone in your life to find that keepsake at a great price! Right now, the remaining stock is marked 40% off.

Appliance Factory Outlets–How Much Can You Save?

It use to be that you would go to your local hardware and appliance stores or to the anchor stores in the Mall to find a new appliance. Now just like apparel outlets, appliance outlets are available to the consumer. Usually appliance outlets offer sales of up to 60% off the manufacturer suggested retail price. Some appliance factory outlets have a leader line, one they clearly have an agreement with to carry extensively. However, Markdown Mom finds that the real opportunities come in the high-end appliances and European designs that are usually carried by kitchen design retailers. Design appliances from Viking, Wolf and others are carried in limited supplies, but if you are in the market to upgrade your kitchen appliances, you may want to check-out the offerings at appliance factory outlets–if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just keep rechecking–sooner or later you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.

The downsize is that you won’t get promotional interest rates like 0% 28% that are offered from time-to-time at the regular stores. Usually interest rates at a factory outlet are close-end and can run you up to . Additionally, factory outlets do not deliver, or do not deliver free. Markdown Mom recommends factory outlet appliances on a cash & carry basis to avoid high interest rates and delivery charges. If you can swing a cash purchase of $1000 or more, you can find real savings. Remember, you can either sell your old appliance or save it for the “free” day at your local recycling center or landfill.

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Sunday Deals

Retailers trying to salvage this summer’s sales are using a number of campaigns to get your attention. Here are a few deals recommended by Markdown Mom:

Deal: BOGO-Buy One Get One Free and variations-is showing up more frequently. JCPenney® instore has a buy 1 get 1 for $1.00 on its’ entire stock of bed pillows this week including posturepedic and egyptian pillows.

Deal: Target® is holding Dollar Week. Now is the time to stock necessary sundries like detergent, TP, storage totes for college bound students, and the popular Magic Bullet® 17 pcs. set for $45.

Deal: Sony Cyber Shot DSCS 730 7.2 MP digital camera. Best price: instore at Shopko® $119.99 with card. Price good through Thursday, July 17, 2008.

Designer Fashions Under $20

Sex and The City not only heralded an eye opening anthropological study of single life in the Big Apple, but tantalized its’ viewers with au courant hot fashions.  Particularly spectacular were the designs worn by Sara Jessica Parker.  Now you can get designs under her label, BITTEN™, at Steve & Barry’s

This chain currently operates more than 200 super-stores in 33 states and plan to open approximately 70 stores in 2007. Steve & Barry’s shoppers typically pay 50% to 90% less for the same quality clothing found at competing department and specialty stores. Some familiar apparel lines they carry are Marvel® Comics, WWE®, Hasbro®, General Mills®’, Hershey’s® and Ford® the Starbury™.  Most merchandise is competitively priced at $19.98 or less and many items like designer jeans for $8.98!  Wow!!!

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