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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Archive | February, 2009
Archive - February, 2009

In the Merino

I know, I know, I talked about sweaters yesterday.

Still, another good deal on a lovely, warm way to wrap up pretty much never goes amiss, if you ask me…particularly when it’s this pretty and this good a deal.

Viva Terra Cashmere and Merino SweaterImagine yourself luxuriating in this lucious, plum-colored cashmere and merino piece of pretty. Now imagine saving half off the original price.

That’s just what you can do if you head over to Viva Terra right now! Where once it would have set you back $339.00, you can now get it for just $169.00!

Now that’s a deal nearly as cozy as that cashmere and merino!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Don’t Sweat It Edition

Spring is closing in on us quickly, but there’s still a sometimes chill in the air. I know we all are looking forward to peeling off the layers and baring our shoulders, but now is the best time of the year to get a great deal on outerwear. And so I thought I’d present a few deals going out there on sweaters.

This metallic portrait-collared cardigan is from Newport News.

Newport News Metallic CardiganTake a look at the pretty cut and elegant portrait collar. It’s going to stand you in good stead on cool spring evenings, and it will still look great over a thermal turtleneck next winter. Unfortunately, the color shown is out of stock (sorry, they didn’t have full pictures of the other colors in action), but it’s still available in Bronze, Midnight, and Magenta. Oh, and while the original price was a budget-friendly $74.00, it’s now available for just $14.99!


A Bracing Deal

Garnet Bracelet I thought I’d just let that image speak for itself. After all, garnets, diamonds, yellow gold (overlaid atop sterling silver)…what’s not to love?

Well, the original price of $125.00 could be improved upon. In fact, it’s been improved upon at Amazon where you can now get it for just $79.00.

Now where shall I wear it first?

Of Quartz I Love Them!

Every now and again, you just have to have a piece of jewelry that’s a little overstated, that makes a real statement. If you’re looking for something like that, why not consider something like this?

White Quartz and Spun Gold Diamond Earrings Just take a look at these white quartz earrings deliciously encased in spun 14k yellow gold with diamond accents. Do I even need to say any more?

How about price? The suggested retail price is $499.00, but at UltraDiamonds.com right now, they’re a mere $100.00.

Gorgeous earrings at one-fifth of the original price? That makes me shine almost as much as the pretty jewelry!

It’s a Frame, I Tell You, a Frame!

I love picture frames, but all too often I hate the prices. Why? Well, because at heart I’m always looking for a bargain. Of course, as with anything else, there are items worth their full price and things that really aren’t. Speaking of things worth every penny, take a look at this.

Wallace sterling silver leaf embossed 5x7 frameThis sterling silver leaf embossed frame is from Wallace, a name synonomous with high-quality silver for decades. The handsome leaf pattern will enhance nearly any photo you put in it, too.

Of course, just because something is worth full price doesn’t mean you need to pay it. In fact, I recommend that you go to Bluefly where you can get it for a pittance of the original price.

See, the retail value is $270.00. Bluefly usually carries it for $162.00. Then they reduced it to just $137.90. Now, though, in their Bluefly, the price has been slashed to a mere $117.29! That’s 59% off the original price!

In fact, now it’s worth every penny and then some.

Penny From Heaven…or at Least Bloomies

It’s certainly a heavenly deal. This is the Penny small clutch by Cole Haan.

Cole Haan Penny Clutch PurseJust look at how pretty it is! It’s made of black satin with a charming patent flap and a pretty silver button detail. Imagine what a perfect finishing touch this would be to any evening look.

And then imagine that you can save a lot of money while getting this gorgeous clutch.

Guess what! That dream can come true!

All you need to do is head over to Bloomingdale’s and order it there. You see, they used to sell the purse for $225.00, but right now it’s just $157.50!

Ah, a dream come true, indeed.

Heads, You Win!

I’m a sucker for a really great old movie. Sure, I love the plots, the actors, the snappy dialogue and all that, but what really makes me salivate is the great hats. Is it shallow of me? Perhaps. But a really great hat gets me every single time.

Patricia Underwood Black Velour HatThis one, for instance, is a big hit with me. I can just see Lauren Bacall or Katherine Hepburn rocking the hell out of it while sparring with Humphrey Bogart or Spencer Tracy. With its tall crown, subtle leaf pattern detail, and classic velour tailoring it just needs to be worn by a certain kind of femme fatale.

Who is responsible for this thing of beauty? Patricia Underwood. And where can you get it? Why at Bluefly, where it’s on an amazing sale.

The suggested retail price is $495.00. Bluefly usually carries it for the terrific deal of $297.00. Right now, though, you can get an even more amazing deal of just $142.99! That’s 71% off the retail price!

The only question left is: are you enough of a wisecracking dame to carry it off?

Well, that and: can you afford not to find out?

A Convertible Is a Girl’s Best Friend

No, I’m not talking cars. I’m talking purses.

Jill Stuart Crossbody PurseI’m talking about how this purse converts…

Jill Stuart Clutchinto this with little more than a flick of the wrist.

It’s the Jill Stuart Malina convertible crossbody/clutch purse, and it’s superfantastic!

It’s also a great deal right now at Shopbop.com. How great a deal is it? Well, the retail price is $298.00, but it’s on sale right now for just $208.60!

Considering the fact that it’s like getting two purses for the price of one, that’s a heck of a deal!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Midas Touch Edition

There’s nothing like gold. Whether it’s the real metal shining in a bit of jewelry or the color used to decorate glass, fabric, leather, or wood, gold adds warmth to nearly everything it touches.

Case in point, these handsome mouthblown glass goblets in the Sparkle pattern from Global Amici:

Global Amici Sparkle GobletImagine these by candlelight at an intimate dinner party. Just think how they will glow, how the mosaic pieces of green glass will catch the light, how much more delicious your wine or water will appear in them.

And then imagine the secret smile you’ll wear as your friends and family ooh and ah over them and wonder how much they must have cost. The retail price for a set of four may be $80.00, but you’re headed over to Smart Bargains, where you’ll get them for just $49.99.


Pay Less for Paisley

Whether you’re looking for an extra layer of warmth to add to a coat for the last blasts of winter or a lighter-weight wrap for the first flush of spring, a pretty shawl is a very useful item. And if you’re looking for a shawl, paisley is always a good way to go. Paisley is classic, so it will never look horribly dated. It’s been popular for shawls for over two hundred years with no sign of falling out of favor.

Combine paisley with gorgeous colors and a touch of cashmere, and you’re looking at something that will last for years, always useful, always elegant, always the perfect touch to complete a great outfit. In point of fact, one just like this is a great investment.

Precious Fibers Lightweight Printed Cashmere Wrap It’s made of a lightweight cashmere and printed with a paisley pattern in your choice of three lovely colors: caramel (shown), blue or rust.

As for the price, well, the retail value is $110.00, but it can be yours from QVC.com for a mere $81.00.

Wrap yourself up in that deal, my friends. It’s well worth it.

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