Online Home Shopping Networks Source Of Designer Haute Couture!

The online shopping networks traditionally selling kitchenware and household items to homemakers have evolved into a source of designer runway fashion at bargain prices.  What is even more remarkable MarkdownMom has found over the years is that many fashion trends are available online ahead of mainstream brick and mortar stores.  For instance, MarkdownMom began buying the high/low hem dresses nearly two years ago from ShopNBC (now SHQP) at great prices.

Recently, MDM saw this dress at ShopHQ reminiscent of Eileen Fisher’s Handkerchief Dress w/Ties done in colors (pale pink, dk. navy) at substantially more.  This Casual Convertible Maxi Dress from OSO is offered in 4 colors and although it is made of cotton and not a silky fabric or pure linen, the design element is the same, offering two looks with its’ adjustable hem at a feature price of $47.93 (on 2 value pays) making it extremely affordable.  With its’ six gore skirt in a light weight cotton, this dress looks great with its’ hem up or down and is a very sophisticated fashion statement!

Home shopping networks and so-called big box stores like Target (Mossimo) have recruited top names from the fashion industry to bring their style and uniqueness to midAmerican consumers recognizing the growing number of professional women in the workforce and at home who want style at an affordable price.  HSN, QVC, and SHOPHQ  not only have special lines from designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Mackie, George Simonton, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson (to name a few), celebrities such as Iman, Joan Rivers (and many others), but have become a venue for new female entrepreneurs such as Lori Goldstein and Joy Mangano, plus their own in-house designers as well.  Thus making online shopping an ongoing source of what’s hot, new and undiscovered in the fashion world.  A boon for both the consumer and the designer as well!


Weekend Sales

Easy Pay and ValuePays at home shopping networks.  QVC has 3 easy pays today and ShopNBC has 5 valuepays on everything this weekend.

Lane Bryant is down to its’ last gold dot sale items this week for flat price of $6.99 each.

Sears.  Has loads of racks of clearance clothes for $7.99 and less.

Shopko. Entering the store, you are greeted with racks & racks of sweaters and more 90% off!

Dillard’s.  Up to 75% off  Sales and Clearance!

Slice, Dice, Scoop, and Scrape!

Sounds kind of gruesome, but to avid kitchen gadgeteers the thought of being able to do 4 prep jobs with one tool spells must-have!  The Kuhn Rikon set of 2 Scrape and Scoop nonstick knives makes short work with blades made  from Japanese high carbon stainless steel.  Nonstick coating in 1 of 7 popular colors insure a speedy clean-up.  Wide chef knife comes with a knife cover for safety and protection.  Get a set of 2 at QVC for $19.86+sh.

Kuhn Rikon makes it easy to be knife happy!

A Little Bit of GaGa On My Feet!

Lady GaGa is famous for interpretative costumes and her sky high shoes.  Now you can get a similar shoe look without worrying about taking a tumble. QVC has introduced a new line of footwear from Sun Luks.  Sizes range from 6M-10M in variety of colors at the reasonable price for haute couture of  $49.00+shScrunch Peep Toe  4″Wedge will be hot, hot, hot for this summer.

Sun Luks Brought To You By Muk Luks–Who Would Have Thunk It!

Wednesday Steals: Where To Find The Bargains After Christmas

Good Morning America yesterday directed bargain hunters to where the After Christmas Bargains can be found.  Expect bargains on televisions, deals will be continued up to Super Bowl Day.

Best Buy and Sears have already started offering sales on tv’s,  be sure to check the web before going to the stores for prices and free shipping. Sears has free delivery on television sets valued at $799 or more. Best Buy is also offering deals on smart phones and IPhone cases. 

Zales and Gordons.  Will be having jewelry sales with up to 60% off.

WalMart, Target &  Having sales on toys.  MarkdownMom was at Target on Saturday and selected toys at that time were reduced by30%.  Check out selected computer sales at Walmart, too.

Shopko.  In store 7o% off Christmas merchandise including holiday theme pajamas and tops, holiday wrapping and decorations, and promo toys offered for the holidays, like The Series 20″ tabletop air hockey game, reg.$39.99, sale priced $10!  Check on line for End of Year Closeouts.

QVC.  Year-End Clearance with 1 Extra Easy Pay paymenttoday only!

Fall Fashion vs. Summer Sales

QVC.  There is a dichotomy going on at QVC’ this week.  On the one hand, clearance is going on for Fall fashions including coats from Dennis Basso, in some cases even on easy pay. On the other hand, new featured price Fall fashion is being offered by Dennis Basso and George Simonton, among others.  What may be happening is that designer overstocks from last year are being sold as clearance at the same time new Fall merchandise , with special pricing, is being offered to boost flagging sales.  At any rate, the bargain hunter can pick-up some bargains at the same time seeing how they will fit in with the upcoming season’s trends.  Worth a looksee!

Lane Bryant Instore End of Season Blowout Sale.  Great deals on summer togs including tops, slacks, and jewelry.  Most items are 50% off markdown price, and be sure to bring in your coupons.  Buy $75 worth of sale items and apply the coupon for an additional $25 off.  This can equate to getting some items absolutely free.  In real terms this means merchandise that retails for $150, you can end up paying only $5o!  That’s a total savings of 70% off.  Lane Bryant is also getting a special line of  jeggings for Fall.

5 Ways To Pink Up!

One of the hot colors for Spring is Pink, all shades of pink.  Wear the color alone or mix it up with the other Spring colors; whatever, you choose how much or how little.  Here are a few bargains MarkdownMom found to incorporate that pretty in pink as part of your style:

1.  Nail Polish.  Easy and economical painting your nails can perk up your spirits.  Essie®’s Ballerina Slipper is a pale pink as seen on Martha Stewart’s The Pink Show show this week.  Find it in salons and stores like Trade Secret® for $8.99, or online best price at Amazon for $4.00 + shipping is around $7.00.

2.  Apparel.  J.Crew is taking an extra 30% off sale items.  Use Promo Code: Extra30 at checkout.  Selections on pink on sale include this wonderful go anywhere shift of embossed cotton piazza dress in tea rose, reg. $88.00, sale priced $19.99 +30% off= approx.$17.02+sh, sizes 0,2,10.  Not your size?  Don’t worry there are other selections in dresses and slacks  pretty in pink.  However, you must hurry, offer good only through today, March 12, 2010!

3.  Jewelry.  Gemstones are hot in jewelry this year and one of the most economical gemstones is rose quartz.  MarkdownMom found these classic 14kt gold over sterling rose quartz earrings, a full 1.0″ long and 0.5″ width for only $15.99 at Target.

4.  Shoes.  How cute are shoes this season?  Oh, so cute in pink!  One of the many selections from Zappos, these platform heels have it all.  A little naughty, but more Haughty these 5″, 1″ platforms from Chinese Laundry are peep toed, wrap heel, cut-out design with a back zip!  In fuschia, reg.$88.95, on sale $73.12

5.  Handbags.   Just in time for the Easter Parade is this adorable tote at QVC F by Fortuna Valentino Canvas Tote w/ Bow, reg. $44.00, sale $36.50

So Many Fabulous Pink Fantasies !

What A Pain!

Whether you are an evolutionist or creationist, both can agree whatever the design  source all of us have had back problems.  Nothing is worse than having to sit at a desk day in and day out, or in your car in traffic for hours on end with an achy,  breaky back!  Doesn’t back pain make your brown eyes blue with the pain?

QVC has got a great deal to help lessen that condition with this adjustable back rest.  Now you can buy those fancy motorized, messaging, back supports–but a good one will run you up to $100.  And your comfy favorite chair is hardly portable to bring with you.  Take the pain out wherever you are with these portable mesh back rests.  In this package deal get 2 back supports for $15.62+sh.  Just think one for the office, and one for the car.   Markdown Mom bought a set for her college kids and one set for her and hubby.

Taking The Pain Out Of The Holidays One Sore Back At A Time!

How Much Do You Want To Pay For Fashion This Fall, 2009?

Runway Designers this year are cost-cutting, doing their own knock-offs of their runway hits for online shopping networks.  One of their main themes has been to update your present wardrobe with accessories or add that one indispensable piece at cut rate prices.  However, as much as we love the designers finds and their designs, for many of us owning these items is still cost prohibitive.  But look around and you can have these looks at one-fourth the cost. 

  For instance, one of the hottest trend setters who have dressed the rich, the famous, and the infamous is Rachel Zoe.  At QVC, she premiered this North/South hobo handbag–a hot and trendy look this Fall, msrp $152, qvc price $122.  Made from PVC, cotton lining this popular handbag has a side zip and comes in shades of natural, green and brown snakeskin print. 


 At Target™, you will find this Hollywood Intuition Snake Tote in natural for $22.00.  Made from polyester with interior pocket, the straps are not as long as Zoe’s handbag,there will be a difference in texture and materials used,  but again, here is the look at a fraction of the cost, in stores and online. 

You Decide What You Want To Pay For Fashion This Fall!