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

Spade Work

Sometimes you just need to have something because it feels fun. I’m betting I’m not the only one thinking that this adorable woven PVC satchel caseicon with leather handle by Kate Spade is a whole lot of fun.


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With its retro look and cheerful white and coral color scheme, it’s sure to bring a smile to lots of faces…including yours. The 14k gold hardware shines prettily, and the lining is seersucker. There’s even a zippered interior pocket for convenience.

Of course, it’s easier to smile when you have a good secret. My favorite sort to have is knowing that I spent a lot less on something superfantastic than other people think I did. The retail price on this purse is $375.00, but if you go to Nordstrom right now, you can get it for just $224.90. That’s 40% off, which is a great secret to have.

Brace(let) Yourself

If you’ve been watching this space for any length of time, you know I have a bit of a thing for dramatic cuff bracelets. Well, I found another one that I can’t wait to share with all of you.

Hammered Silver and Labradorite Cuff Hmmered sterling silver, silver chains, and a gorgeously faceted labradorite cabochon add up to an elegant, yet offbeat piece of jewelry sure to get a lot of attention. It will look great with jeans, or with just the right little black dress, too.

And did I mention the price? Coldwater Creek used to sell this beauty for $175.00. Right now, though, they’ve got it on sale for just $121.99!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a place to spend that other $53.01, you might head over to the big sale CC is having on women’s shirts, too. Just a thought. After all, they’re up to 70% off.

Pull Out a Plum

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a weekend trip. It’s fun to just drop everything and whisk off for a couple days for a quick change of scenery. Of course, it’s no fun if you don’t have a fabulous little bag that holds just enough gear for two or three days. After all, you don’t want to lug around something huge and bulky to hold a couple spare smalls, a skimpy nightie, a shirt or two, seventeen books, and five pairs of shoes.

What? That isn’t what you’d carry? To each their own, I say. All the same, what you want is something roomy enough to carry necessities but small enough that it isn’t a hassle to carry around. Well I found the solution at Bluefly.

Tufi Duek black leather 'Ana' large weekend tote
This delicious confection of plum leather and coffee suede looks good enough to eat, but is really a superfantastic way to get your basics from point A to point B. At 20″w x 13″h x 7″d, it’s the perfect thing to handle your needs without getting in your way. The 17″ drop handle is short enough to carry in your hand, but long enough to sling casually over a shoulder, if you prefer. The twill nylon lining includes one zippered and two patch pockets! Now that’s convenience. The metal feet will protect the leather bottom for years of wear.

Oh, and since it just mere three pounds, it won’t weigh you down, either.

Yes, I’d say this is pretty much the perfect weekend bag. Even the price is good, if you act now.

The suggested retail price is $635.00, which isn’t all that bad for something this handsome, this practical, and this sturdy. But I don’t like suggested prices. I like discounts. The good news is that Bluefly carries this bag. Normally, they carry it for $381.00, but they’ve just slashed the price again to a mere $342.99! That’s 46% off the original price, and that’s what I call a plum of a deal.

Flatware That’s Anything But Flat

So, you’ve got the table, the chairs, the plates, and the food simmering in take out containers…but what are you going to use to convey the food to your mouth?

Okay, most of us aren’t really so lost that we never bothered to get any flatware at all. Still, what one has may not be precisely what one would like to have in that regard. If that’s your case, allow me to direct you to Smart Bargains and this handsome 18/10 stainless steel flatware by Tracy Porter:

<>Tracy Porter Evelyn Place Setting The detail of the Evelyn pattern is exceptional, and yet the shape of the handle guarantees a comfortable grip. It would coordinate with many different looks seamlessly, too. Each set includes: 1 dinner fork, 1 salad fork, 1 knife, 1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon.

Best of all, it’s on sale at 42% off! It’s usually $69.99 a place setting, but right now Smart Bargains has this fabulous pattern for just $39.99 a setting! Whether you’re looking for one place setting to fill out the set you already have, a new pattern to add to your mix-and-match collection, wanting to upgrade to a new look for the entire table, this pattern would be a great place to start looking.

Get De Pendant

Garnet and White Quartz Pendant set in Sterling Silver I must admit I’ve fallen in love…with this garnet and white quartz pendant set in sterling silver. It’s 3.50 carats of natural garnets on an 18″ chain that should sit prettily around your throat.

And of course since you’re seeing it here you know it’s on sale. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $369.00, but if you head over to Finejewelers.com right now, you can get it for just $189.00, or very nearly half off. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t break my heart over that deal!

‘Dile Up the Superfantasticness

Crocodile, that is.

Resin Crocodile Bracelet This exquisitely detailed resin crocodile bracelet by Angela Caputi will surely make an impact every time you wear it. Choose from basic black or clear to bring out your inner animal. Either way, it’s a light-hearted yet biting fashion statement you’ll love.

And of course it’s on sale. Originally $225.00 and worth every penny for the workmanship and design quality, it’s now marked down to an amazing $90.00 at Vivre. That’s right, it’s just $90.00 now! But hurry, time is always ticking on and you don’t want to miss this deal!

Fiery Fall Color For Your Ears

One of the things I love best about Autumn is the colors. Suddenly the world is full of rich, warm colors like red, orange, chocolate brown, forest green and gold.

Of course, if you’re wearing those colors on the rest of your body, then why not wear them dangling from your ears at the same time? What’s that you say? You don’t have any earrings in those colors? Don’t worry! I’ve got the solution for you.


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These spectacular chandelier earringsicon feature garnets and citrine mounted in 14k yellow gold will turn heads wherever you go. what’s more, they’ll go with all the lucious fall colors you already want to wear.

Best of all, they’re on a great sale at Overstock.com. The suggested retail price is $185.00, but right now you can get them for just $110.99. That’s a whopping 60% off!

Take a Stand

If you need more than a smile for your umbrella, then you’re going to need something to keep that umbrella in over the next few months. Why not make it something attractive?

Cherry Blossom Design Umbrella Stand This 17″ tall, 8″ diameter procelain umbrella stand by Asian Design Ceramics will hold umbrellas and walking sticks with ease while adding a cheery bit of color to the room. The hand painted cherry blossom design on an ivory crackle-finish will fit easily into a wide variety of color schemes, too.

Even if you don’t use it to store umbrellas, it makes a pretty accent piece that your friends are sure to admire.

Best of all, Amazon has it at a great sale price. The list price for this lovely piece was $209.95, but right now Amazon has it at the bargain price of $79.33! That’s 62% off the original price, and not one iota off the original beauty.

Smock It To Me!

I’m a complete sucker for old world details on modern pieces. Add a touch of lace or a bit of embroidery to a really sleek outfit and I’ll follow you anywhere.

That’s why I got so excited when I saw this fabulous suede jacket with smocked detailing at Monterey Bay Clothing Company.

Monterey Bay Smocked Suede Jacket The smocking adds a touch of femininity and grace to a simple, yet well-cut jacket. Wearing this, you’ll feel every inch a woman…but one who can take on the world and make it cry uncle. Oh yes, and it comes in petite as well as regular sizes, which is always nice.

Best of all, it’s a terrific deal. Originally priced at $149.99, the price has been slashed to just $27.00!

This is a deal not to be missed, my friends.

Arise, go forth, and shop!

Opt For Op Art

Sometimes you just need a really striking purse to make an outfit pop properly. It’s a tricky balance finding one that’s spectacular enough to stand out, but still classic enough not to look gaudy.

BCHEVTOT BLUE MULTI This fun op art inspired chevron patterned tote bag by BCHEVTOT hits just the right note. It’s fun and funky enough to get noticed without being a distraction. And at 17″w x 15″h x 4.75″d, it will carry everything you need to get you through the day.

Of course the fact that it’s a good deal doesn’t hurt matters. Regularly priced at $175.00, it’s been marked down at Steve Madden to just $119.99. That price looks good to me!

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