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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Archive | January, 2008
Archive - January, 2008

Picture Perfect

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these lucious silk dupioni-covered photo albums from Neiman Marcus are worth some ninety thousand words. Each one holds up to ninety 4 x 6 photos safely for you.

Silk Photo Albums They come in your choice of three lovely colors, fastened with a tonal silk tie, and may be personalized with a single initial (as shown) for free.

It even comes with a gift box, if you can bear to give it away.

Originally priced at $46.90, this pretty album can be yours now for just $30.00.

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Okay, I admit I’m a heretic. I really don’t care much for diamonds. They rarely interest me.

But every once in a while, I do see a piece of diamond jewelry that even I can’t ignore; something like these fabulous diamond earrings available from smartbargains.com.

SmartBargains diamond earrings
Even better, I happened across them just as smartbargains.com started its huge 20% off sale on all diamond jewelry! The retail price of these wonderful 0.33 cttw earrings would be $700.00. Smartbargains usually sells them for $299.99, 57% off the original price. But if you order before 2:59AM ET on February 4, 2008, you’ll get an additional 20% off at checkout.

If you – or someone you love – long for diamonds, now’s the time to act.

Taylor Made Deal

Ann Taylor has a terrific deal for spring going right now. Selected styles are priced at buy one, get one at 50% off. That makes now the perfect time to stock up on some really pretty basic tops for the coming season.

Take, for example, this superfantastic sleeveless top.

Ann Taylor Sleeveless Top It’s a comfortable, easy care Modal/Cotton/Spandex blend and a figure-flattering style for most. What’s more, it comes in sizes from XXS to XXL! It will look great with slacks, jeans, skirts, even as a shell under a suit.

Priced at a thrifty $38.00, the second would be just $19.00. How can you beat a deal like that?

Y Wouldn’t You Get It?

One of the most useful pieces of jewelry a woman can own is a Y-shaped necklace. It works with many different necklines and adds a bit of sparkle to any outift.

Of course, if you can get it on the cheap, that makes it even nicer!

Smoky Quartz Y-Shaped Necklace
This gorgeous smoky quartz, rose quartz and pearl necklace will take you from day to evening in style. What’s more, if you order it now from Smart Bargain, you’ll get a great deal on it. Regularly priced at $325.00, Smart Bargain has it for just $149.99. That’s a savings of 53%!

A Great Time To Stock Up On Calphalon

Good cookware is worth its weight in gold, but when you can get it for a whole lot less, that’s superfantastic!

Right now cooking.com is holding a big sale on Calphalon cookware. This is sturdy, attractive cookware that will serve you well for decades. Take, for example, this handsome and hard wearing 12 quart stockpotCalphalon 12 qt Stockpot made of professional grade anodized aluminum, you’ll be able to use it to make stocks and soups to feed a large family or all your friends at once. The stick resistant surface won’t react with most foods, which means your soup will taste like your soup rather than the pot it was cooked in.

Normally, this fabulous stock pot would sell for $167.95, but for a limited time it’s on sale for just $69.99! That’s nearly a one hundred dollar savings!

If you act now, taking advantage of this incredible Calphalon sale and spend $299.00, you’ll receive this lovely 7-piece utensil set absolutely free:

Calphalon Utensil Set Freebie

But wait! There’s more! Spend $399.00 in the Calphalon sale and receive the utensil set plus this non-stick wok with glass lid.

Calphalon Wok Freebie

Now that’s what I call a great deal!

Oh, and while you’re at cooking.com, be sure to enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift certificate. Contest runs through March 26.

Slip Into This for Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is nearly here. We ladies are looking for tempting things to wear in celebration of romance, and our significant others are looking for pretty things to put smiles on our faces.

Well, there’s good news. Our hunt for pretty things happens to coincide perfectly with Bluefly’s semi-annual sale. Right now, many items are reduced up to 75% which means right now is the perfect time to shop and save.

For instance, this gorgeous Leigh Bantivoglio silk charmeuse chemise started off at a retail price of $208.00. Bluefly originally priced it at $125.00. But if you act now, it can be yours for just $109.99, a savings of 47% off the original price! And if you don’t like this pretty green, it also comes in navy or a fun animal print which may just bring out the animal in your honey.

Silk Charmeuse Chemise

Bomb’s Away!

Here’s just the thing for your next cocktail party: a cocktail shaker in the shape of a torpedo.

Torpedo Cocktail Shaker It’s nickel plated and includes a built-in strainer and pull off cap. It holds 27.75 fl oz, but even if you never use it to mix cocktails, it’s still a great conversation piece. It’s available from Pottery Barn for $24.99. That’s just about half off the original price of $49.00.

It’s All in the Wristlet

Going clubbing? If so, then a big, clunky purse is the last thing you need. All you really have to bring with you is your ID, the price of the cover charge and a couple drinks, maybe cabfare home. This is when a fun wristlet purse is perfect…like this cheerful BCBG Max Azria Mona purse now on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue.

BCBG wristlet purse
It comes in your choice of Rose or Royal (a lucious, deep violet color), and has been marked down from $98.00 to just $38.90.

If you need more incentive, keep in mind that now through February 5, Saks is offering free standard shipping on orders of $150.00 or more. Just enter code VALENTINE when you’re checking out. That’s a deal well worth checking out!

Feathers In Your Cap

Why settle for one feather in your hat when you can have one covered in them? This fabulous Miuccia Fez/Toque from Village Hat Shop

Miuccia Fez/Toque
will turn heads wherever you go. It comes in three different colors. The brown features a flower pattern, while the black and the purple have a simpler, tonal pattern, all created in feathers.

Originally $100.00, it’s now been marked down to just $86.00.

Ad a Little Art to Your Life

There was a time when advertising art really was artistic. Vibrant colors and clever uses of imagery abounded…or at least it seems that way when one looks at surviving pieces.

This gorgeous original French advertising poster singing the praises of excelsior is an excellent example.

Excelsior Ad Poster What better claim for excelsior than that it can put out the very fires of Hell?

This handsome lithographed original advertising poster is mounted museum-style on linen for maximum conservation and measures 49 1/2 x 66 1/2. Design Toscano was selling it for $2,950.00, but now has it on sale nearly half off for $1,750.00.

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