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

Do Right By Dad

Father’s Day is nearly upon us. If you haven’t done anything about that, don’t panic! I’m here to help you find just the right thing to make your father – or that special father in your life – happy as can be without breaking your bank account.

Once upon a time, everyone knew what to give for Father’s Day: a tie, an accessory for the barbeque, something car-related…maybe an electronic gadget. What else was there to give?

Well, times have changed and now anything goes. Why not break out and give him something unexpected.

Fellini Unisex Sunglasses These stylish Fellini sunglasses by Blinde Design will make any dad feel extra cool out in the sunshine. They come in your choice of blue or charcoal grey, complete with a soft black case and cleaning cloth.

You can get these babies from Overstock.com at an incredible deal. The suggested retail price is $280.00, but if you hurry, you can get them for just $49.99! And since they’re unisex in design, you might want a pair for yourself, too.


Table This and See the Light

Botanical Scroll Table Lamp If you need to shed a bit of light on a corner of your home, this handsome yet whimsical table lamp with its botanical scroll design (shade not included) might be precisely what you’re looking for. It will grace nearly any table or desk with style.

It’s attractive, elegant, and powerful, since it will use up to a 100w bulb. Best of all, it’s on sale at Pottery Barn. The original price was $120.00, but it’s now on clearance for just $59.99. That’s half off!

Chop To It!

It’s almost hard now to remember a time when food processors weren’t basic kitchen equipment. Much as my Depression Baby parents told me tales of the days of ice boxes before refrigerators roamed the earth, I tell wondering youngsters of the days when we used knives even for the huge chopping and dicing jobs and only ever used mixers for mixing ingredients. Their eyes grow huge in wonder and disbelief.

Those days are clearly gone for good. If you cook seriously, chances are you have a food processor. But if yours is on its last legs or if someone you love is about to set up housekeeping and will need a few good kitchen items, then now is the time to hurry over to Cooking.com to take advantage of the fabulous savings on this sturdy Cuisinart Pro Classic seven-cup food processor with accessories.

Cuisinart Pro Classic 7 Cup Food Processor The workbowl is resistant to both heat and cold. It’s also shatterproof. The set comes complete with medium (4mm) slicing disc, shredding disc, as well as chopping and dough blades, and an exclusive how-to video full of tips and tricks for using your new food processor.

How much would you pay for all of that? Well, the suggested retail price is $220.00. Cooking.com usually carries the set for a thrifty $179.95. Right now, though, all this can be yours for a mere $129.99! That’s nearly a hundred dollars off the suggested retail price! Now that’s what I call cutting costs.

Viva, Vivo!

I love a good, dramatic cuff bracelet. I love sterling silver. I love a strikingly simple design. Combine the three and imagine how much I’m loving this fabulous, simple yet dramatic sterling silver cuff bracelet by Argento Vivo.

Argento Vivo Sterling Rectangle Cut Out CuffWith its off-center rectangular cut outs, this bracelet is sure to be superfantastic on your wrist. Elegant, dignified, and yet a touch sassy, it’s the perfect accessory for the woman who is confidant in her own style.

And of course, since you’re seeing it here, it’s a great deal. The retail value is $192.00, but if you hurry over to Bluefly.com, you’ll find it for a mere $115.00. That’s 40% off, which is always a good idea in my book!

Bittar and Blue for Green

What’s even better than a good sale on a superfantastic item? A good sale on a superfantastic item when the profits go to a good cause, that’s what!

The New York Botanical Gardens work to provide excellence in horticulture, science and education. They currently have an extensive collection of the sculptures of Henry Moore displayed throughout the gardens.

I may have the worst case of black thumb on record (I look at plants and they die horribly. I’ve killed cacti by failing to water them enough. I feel terrible about it, but I don’t seem able to overcome this particular problem.) but I do appreciate plants. I want them to grow and thrive. I also want to wear beautiful jewelry and have pretty things in my home.

Thanks to the gift shop of the New York Botanical Gardens, I can support plant life, wear beautiful jewelry, and still save money! Trifecta!

These gorgeous sterling silver and blue topaz earrings by Alexis Bittar, for instance, make my heart sing.

Alexis Bittar Blue Topaz Earrings They’re gorgeous. They look cool as ice on a hot day and sparkle beautifully. They also happen to be on sale!

Normally priced at $128.00, they’ve been marked down to just $89.60. Of course, if I got a membership, the price would fall to just $71.68 (ah, the benefits of joining things!). Either way, the profits go to plants and art, both of which I can support in a big way, even if I’m not terribly good at making either one. Everybody wins, and that’s way ahead of what’s in second place.

Al Fresco? All Right!

As spring gives way to summer, it’s nearly impossible to resist the lure of the great outdoors. It even becomes tempting to eat out of doors. Of course, one could throw together random bits and pieces all higgledy-piggledy in any old hamper, but why would you want to when picnicfun.com is having a huge Memorial Day sale on perfectly coordinated picnic baskets?

Whether your taste runs to the classic or the funky, there’s one to fit your style and specific needs. My personal fave? That would have to be the Dotty Spotty Willow Picnic Basket for 2 for its perfect combination of light-hearted, attractive look and solidly practical fittings.

Dotty Spotty Picnic Basket for Two The handwoven natural willow basket has attractive cotton straps in soft but bright robin’s egg blue that gets me in the right mood for a fun afternoon.

Inside, there are two cotton napkins and a matching tablecloth in a cheery, colorful polka dot pattern, two plates that echo the same pattern on the rims, two tumblers that are perfect for anything from lemonade to a relaxed glass of wine, two sets of silverware, a corkscrew, and an insulated food cooler in that pretty blue.

Normally this lovely basket would cost you $87.50, but picnicfun.com has it on sale for just $70.00 right now. Whether you’re looking for a picnic set for yourself, a special pair of newlyweds, or a special anniversary gift, this is a great deal on a superfantastic set up.

Octopus’ Garden

Sometimes you see something so off-the-charts fabulous and utterly itself that you dream of it no matter how much it would blow your budget. Well, my friends, I saw that very thing today while checking out the huge sale on shoes and handbags at eLuxury.

JP Gaultier Octopus Purse How can I resist? This delightful cephalopod by Jean Paul Gaultier calls me from the deep and I cannot deny him. I reminded myself that he was prohibitively expensive, but he reminded me he’s on sale!

<>While once he would have cost me $1,295.00, he’s now just $778.00. Must. Resist. Octopus.

But I am weak. I cannot resist either a good cephalopod or a good sale.

For those of you who are stronger than I, it’s still a great idea to head over to eLuxury right now. After all, with shoes and handbags as much as 40% off, there are some amazing deals that truly do fit a reasonable budget.

As for me, I’ll be over here dreaming of octopi.

Give Him a Hickey for Father’s Day

A handsome necktie by Hickey, that is.

Hickey Champagne Necktie This handsome and celebratory tie won’t be just another Father’s Day gift. It actually looks like a celebration with its tiny, festive champagne bottles.

And at the price it’s on sale for at Bluefly.com, perhaps you can afford a full-sized bottle to go with it. The retail value is $118.00. Bluefly was selling it for  the excellent price of $71.00, but now they’ve marked it down to just  $54.99!

I say break out the bubbly!

Get the SCOOP

Going to a party? Need a superfantastic clutch or small purse to hold necessities? Then head thee to HSN and take a look at this one by SCOOP.

SCOOP Mesh Evening Bag Metal mesh is always elegant for evening. The bronze and white (it would appear the gold is gone, sorry) are classic enough to last a lifetime. The red and the leopard add a touch of humor that never goes amiss.

Best of all, it’s on sale. Originally priced at $98.00 (which wasn’t at all bad for a slinky metal mesh evening bag to begin with), it’s now marked down to just $57.90, which is a real steal! And if your bank account will groan even at that slight dent, you can even break it down into two payments of $28.95. That’s a deal not to be missed.

Shop the Sale, Reap the Rewards

It’s time once again for the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. That means no end of terrific deals on superfantastic goodies for women and kids! Now through May 26, prices have been slashed as much as 40% on designer clothes, fabulous accessories, and of course shoes.

I’ve fallen in love with this fun and flowy silk chiffon tunic by Blumarine.

Blumarine Silk Chiffon Tunic Its flowing lines and bold colors are right on trend for the season, and the touches of embroidery at the neckline add a handcrafted feel dear to my heart.

Best of all, it’s 40% off! Originally priced at $1,095.00, it’s now just $649.00.
Oh and if you use your Nordstrom credit card to pay for your bargains now through the 26th, you’ll get double the reward points!

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