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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Archive | January, 2010
Archive - January, 2010

This Meshes With My Taste…How About Yours?

I confess it. I have a thing for mesh bags. I also have a thing for the mildly surreal and op-art-ish. Combine these three things, and just look what you get:

It’s the Letter mesh clutch by Felix Ray and I’m besotted. It comes in your choice of gold (shown) or black, and it’s on sale at Bloomingdale’s. In fact, a whole lot of purses are on sale at Bloomies right now because they’re having their semi-annual purse sale. Dozens of designer purses are on sale at 30% – 50% off their regular prices. That’s how it is that this delightful mesh clutch is available for just $91.00 (regularly $130.00)!

Whether your taste runs more to Felix Ray or Prada, there’s a glorious new purse waiting just for you at a bargain price. Hurry up and take your least maxed out credit card of the post-holiday season and make your spring a bit more elegant.

Now You’re Cooking!

Ah, that wonderful time of the year is here! I speak, of course, of Sur La Table’s annual sale. Right now you can get 20% – 40% off of dozens of gadgets, pots, pans, and serving pieces that will make your culinary life both easier and prettier. Twistie’s choice? Take a look:

Sur La Table 9 Piece Cookware Set
Isn’t that a lovely set? Each pan is made of an aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of sturdy stainless steel. This combination is great for quick heating and even conduction. It also has the advantage of looking superfantastic with minimal fuss on your part. The firmly riveted handles are also designed to keep cool and be comfortable to hold.

You get the 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 quart covered saucepans, 3 quart covered saute pan,  6 quart covered stockpot, and 10″ open skillet. That’s nine basic pieces in all. Whether you’re just starting out with a new kitchen or upgrading defunct cookware, that should be enough to get you properly started.

So what will all this cost you? I thought you’d never ask! Purchased separately at regular price, all these pieces would set you back $449.75. Not bad for a whole new set of basic cookware of this quality. However, if you purchase the set in one go, Sur La Table usually gives you a nice price break and lets you have it for $349.95. Now that’s a nice price. But you’re looking during the annual sale when the price is slashed to just $269.96! Why you could spend that much on a set of much, much lower quality.

But you wouldn’t be that silly, would you? I didn’t think so.

Face a Brave New Year…In Bed

Mff…? Um…? Oh. Hi. Sleepy after last night’s party. Too sleepy to be witty.

So while I go back to bed and sleep it off, fill in your own bon mots about this fabulous quilt set I found at Smartbargains.

Antique Chic Quilt Set

This pure cotton set is the perfect thing to snuggle under with its charming Boho patchwork style and oversized dimensions. It comes with one 105″ x 95″ King sized quilt, two 20″ x 36″ King sized shams, and two 16″ x 16″ decorative pillows.

So how much for all that comfort and style? Well, the retail would be $199.99. But if you get it from Smartbargains today, you’ll pay just $74.98! That’s a savings of 62%!

Don’t stop there, though! This weekend only, Smartbargains is having a huge bed and bath sale with savings up to 75% on selected sheets, towels, comforters, and so much more. If Santa or Hanukkah Harry didn’t bring you warm sheets or thick towels, it’s nice to know you can get them without breaking the bank or those New Years resolutions to be more financially responsible.

Nighty night.