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Every once in a while a deal comes along that just makes you see more clearly how good shopping for deals on the internet can be. Today, I have one of them for you.

Crystal Cake Stand You see that cake stand? Pretty, isn’t it? I think it’s quite lovely and dignified. It would work for any occasion from a birthday party to a bridal tea to the finale of your dinner for the boss.

How much would you pay for it? Well, the manufacturers want you to pay $140.00 for the 12″ round, 5.5″ tall hand washable crystal beauty. But you’re not going to pay that much, no siree!

You’re going to head straight for Horchow where it’s on two incredible sales at once. You see, this lovely stand got added to the Special  Value list, where the price got knocked down to just $69.90. Now that’s a good deal. But wait, there’s more! If you order before 12/20, you’ll find it’s being featured as a weekly special, bringing the price tag down to a measly $48.90!

But wait, it gets better still! Now through 12/17 (that’s just one more day, folks),  everything on the entire site is on sale  25% – 30% off plus free shipping with code 1DAYDEC!

So hurry on down, because you don’t want to miss deals like this. Santa might put you on his naughty list for that. Twistie certainly will.

Keep It Cool, Keep It Classy

White wine, anyone?

In these warm, summer months it’s important to find a way to keep both you and your chablis cool. What better way than this?

Nachtmann Basketweave Crystal Ice Bucket The good folks at Nachtmann have been making superfantastic lead crystal since 1834. Today they bring you this handsome ice bucket with a stunning yet subtle basketweave pattern on the bottom.

Whether you’re keeping a bit of chardonnay near the pool party or curling up in front of the fire in winter with a bottle of champagne and someone you love, this ice bucket will keep your beverage cool without setting fire to your budget.

Why is that? Why because it’s on a great sale at Williams-Sonoma, that’s why!

Regularly priced at $89.00, it’s now a cool $49.99.

Now that’s a price to help you keep your cool all summer long.

An Etch Not To Scratch

I admit that most of the time I’m not that wild about etched crystal. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it or think it’s a bad thing. It’s just not usually my style. Every once in a while, though, a piece comes along that really does thrill me. Here’s one now:


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The Marly vaseicon by Christofle stands 10″ tall and is almost completely covered in an exhuberant yet tasteful etched design of vines. Displayed on its own or filled with cut flowers, it will look fabulous in any home.

Of course this kind of design and workmanship paired with a name like Christofle is not going to be inexpensive. Even on sale, it still won’t be cheap. It can, however, be a great deal less expensive than the retail price.

That retail price? Oh, a cool $360.00. The sale price at Saks Fifth Avenueicon? $251.90. Cheap? No. All the same, a savings of over $100.00 is still superfantastic. If you happen to have that $250.00 just lying around, you could do a lot worse than spend it on this.

Oh, and don’t forget that on orders of $200.00 or more, you can get free shipping by using the code SAKSFS. That’s not just good, it’s superfantastic!