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

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With the cool fall weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of how to keep ourselves warm in the months to come. Of course, while we’ll want to keep warm, we’ll also want to keep stylish.

That’s where the Labor Day sale at Vivre comes in.

Pincord Shirt Among other fabulous deals, there’s this superfantastic cotton pincord shirt by David Chu in your choice of lime, sky blue, brown, orange or navy. Whether your personal taste leans toward the classic or the avant-garde, you can find a color to make you happy. It’s perfect for layering, too.

Originally priced at $225.00, it’s been marked down to just $112.50. That’s half off, which is nothing at all to sneeze at. Even at that, it gets better. Today and tomorrow, if you enter the sale code: LABORDAY08, you’ll get another 25% off selected items. Choose from footwear, jewelry, coats, belts, hats, purses, oh, yes, and the pincord shirt featured here today, and knock a quarter of the sale price off the bill.

Call a Spode a Spode

Now through September 2, Amazon is having a Labor Day sale on over 400 fabulous items. Choose from furniture, artwork, appliances, pet supplies and more.

What do I like? Take a look at this deal!

Spode Blue Willow Tea Set This Spode tea set is made in the Blue Italian pattern first developed in 1816. Unlike the antique version, though, this set is dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s still just as pretty as the original and bound to become a family heirloom.

Originally priced at $325.00, it’s now on sale for a mere $54.99! That’s a savings of 83%!

Set includes: one 12-cup teapot, one 12oz. creamer, and one 12oz. lidded sugar bowl. Just add tea cups and cucumber sandwiches!

Perfect Pair in Peridot

It’s hard to go wrong for a formal event with a pair of earrings in the gemstone of your choice. One of my personal favorites is peridot with its bright green sparkle. It also happens to be the birth stone for August, in case you August babies out there need an excuse beyond ‘pretty’ to treat yourselves.

Of course, a good sale is a great excuse, too.

Pear-Shaped Peridot and Diamond Earrings These gorgeous peridot and diamond earrings are elegantly classic, yet colorful. Formal enough for a night at the opera, yet sassy enough for dinner at your favorite little trattoria, you’ll find plenty of excuses to wear them.

Don’t worry, the price won’t stop your party mood! The suggested retail price on these beauties is $699.00, but if you go to Ultra Diamond’sGreen Gemstone Collection, you can get them for just $139.00! That’s a savings of $460.00. What could possibly be better than saving that much money?

I don’t know. Perhaps all the compliments you’ll get on your new peridot earrings.

Sea the Beauty

As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the shapes and colors and textures of things that live in water. That’s why I’m so drawn to this superfantastic Ocean Flowers Botanical Art Set. available from VivaTerra.

3 Framed Pieces of Seaweed Framed in light wood and mounted on acid-free paper, these wonders of nature will grace any wall with elegance. What’s more, since they are pieces of nature no two sets will be quite the same. Yours will be as unique as you are.

Originally priced at $139.00, they’ve now been marked down to just $95.00 for the set. That’s 30% off, which just goes to show that it’s wise to watch the flow of prices as well as of water.

Mommy Chic? Or Chic Mommy?

It can be hard to keep up superfantastic style when you’ve got a baby or a very small child to care for. Let it never be said that the Manolosphere is unwilling to help the new mother maintain the level of chic she wishes to embody.

Christine Price Haute Olivia Diaper Bag/Purse The Christine Price Haute Olivia Diaper Bag/Purse is here to help you look every bit as fabulous as you are while still carrying everything you require to tend to your baby’s needs. It comes in your choice of white, pink, or espresso Nappa calfskin leather with a distinctive striped strip down the front.

Multiple pockets will hold everything you need from bottles to your cell phone, and it comes complete with a changing pad.

Of course, a terrific bag like this doesn’t come cheap…most of the time. In fact, it usually costs $399.00. But if you head over to Overstock.com today, you can get it for just $89.99! That’s 77% off the regular price! Get it today for yourself or the soon-to-be mom of your choice.
Trust me, you can buy a lot of diapers with the money you save.

What’s cooking? A Heck of a Bargain!

Every now and again, cooking.com has a deal that’s way too good to pass up. Okay, they have them a lot, but every now and again, there’s one that’s better than most. Well, I found one of those deals today.

Cuisinart 12-qt. MultiClad Stockpot with Cover
Witness the Cuisinart 12-qt. MultiClad Stockpot with Cover. It’s the perfect thing to make stocks and soups in all winter long for many years to come. Made of sturdy stainless steel, it looks as good as it cooks, too.

If you bought this just anywhere, you could expect to pay $220.00. Cooking.com, though, has it for just $129.95. Great deal? You bet it is! But it gets even better.

Now through September 15, if you spend $100.00 or more on Cuisinart open stock cookware, you’ll get a rebate form you can turn in for a bonus saucier pan! Better yet, spend $200.00 or more and get both the saucier pan and a tea kettle free!

Best of all (and something to really appreciate if you’re buying a 9lb item like this stockpot), if you use the code C98859 at checkout, you’ll get free shipping as well.

So, to sum up: a family-sized stockpot to last for years at nearly $100.00 off the regular price, a free saucier pan (and a kettle if you add another $70.00 0r more of Cuisinart open stock cookware to your order), plus free shipping.

How do you beat a deal like that? You don’t. You take advantage of it!

Are You a Fortunate One?

We can all use a bit of good fortune in our lives. That’s why I’m liking this clever fortune cookie necklace by Rachel Leigh that I found at Pink Mascara.

Fortune Cookie Necklace The cookie lies at the end of a 20″ silver ball chain and comes with a silk ribbon that says “Live, Love Laugh” on it. Legend says that if you make a wish and tie the ribbon in a bow behind the cookie, when the bow wears out and falls off, your wish will come true.

Will it really bring you good fortune? Well, it will probably bring smiles to a lot of faces which can cause ripples of good will in the world. And who knows? Maybe when the ribbon falls off, you will get a wish. Or you could remove the ribbon yourself and just use it to subliminally express your wish for Chinese takeout to your significant other on a night when you don’t feel like cooking.

In the meantime, it will certainly look superfantastic. Not wild about the silver and blue? Not to worry. It also comes in: gold with mint ribbon, silver with yellow ribbon, and silver with pink ribbon.

And the price is certainly fortunate right now. Once upon a time, it would have cost you $123.00 to get this cookie. But since you waited, you would pay just $86.10.

Now that’s what I call good fortune!

Polished PJs

There’s nothing like a classic pair of pajamas made in a comfortable cloth with a fun, attractive print. That’s why I fell in love with these superfun Kay Unger 100% cotton voile menswear-style pajamasicon in a cute pattern of nail polish bottles.


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Crisp cotton is comfortable most of the year and the print will make anyone who happens to have reason to see them smile…including you when you look in the mirror.

The price won’t keep you awake nights, either. Regularly priced at $130.00, Saks Fifth Ave now has them for just $64.90. That’s a little less than half price. That’s enough to give me sweet dreams.

Blue Sale, Red Shawl

Bluefly is currently holding it’s semi-annual Blue Sale. They’re blowing out literally thousands of gorgeous, superfantastic items for men, women, and the homes they live in at bargain basement prices.

Among all the lovely offerings, I found this beautiful and cozy cashmere/silk blend ombre shawl by Kashmere.

Kashmere Ombre Dyed Shawl The color develops from a warm ivory, through pale pink, to a bright geranium pink at the edge. At 20″ x 80″ it should also keep your shoulders comfortable until the frosts hit. Heck, out here in California, we could probably wear it until Thanksgiving! No matter where you live, though, it should come in handy whenever you want a touch of warmth combined with a touch of class.

The retail value on this exquisite piece is $150.00, and Bluefly has been selling it for $85.00. Well, now Bluefly has marked it down to just $74.99. But wait! There’s more!

During the three-day “Blue Sale, you can save even more. Now until 6:30am 8/25/08, if you buy one Blue Sale item, you can get another 20% off. Better yet, get two Blue Sale items and save another 25%. Best of all, buy three or more Blue Sale items and get 30% off!

Ooh La La in Black and White

Do you need to find a gift for a couple getting married, student moving away from home for the first time, or just about anyone you know who isn’t averse to a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa in the morning? Want to give something pretty and practical but inexpensive?

How about this:

Rosanna Parisian Wallpaper Mug Set Rosanna’s Parisian Wallpaper Mug set is the perfect thing to solve your gift-giving dilemma. Four elegant 10oz. stoneware coffee mugs come packed in an attractive matching hatbox. Just add a colorful ribbon and wait for the thank you note!

Oh, and did I mention the price? The regular retail price on this set is just $30.00, which is more than reasonable. I would certainly pay that to put a smile on the face of someone I care about. On the other hand, I could go to Amazon, get the same set for just $9.00, and put the same smile on even more faces.

You do the math. I’ve got mugs to buy.

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