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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!

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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.

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Simply Charming Edition

I don’t know about you, but I have a certain soft spot in my heart for charm bracelets. Correctly composed, they can tell you a lot about the person wearing them. What’s more, if someone is working on a charm bracelet, it’s easy to find gifts. Just look for a charm that relates to that person’s life and/or interests.

Of course, some people love the concept but prefer to have a pre-fab bracelet. For those among us, you could do a lot worse than this delightful example designed by Betsey Johnson:

Betsey Johnson Charm Bracelet With its whimsical hearts, flowers, and teatime items, it speaks to the girly girl in all of us women.

While it used to cost $55.00 (not bad for such a great piece of designer jewelry), it’s on sale now at Nordstrom. In fact, it’s on sale for just $32.90!

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Warm Household Touches Edition

It’s the little things that make a house a home. Small things like napkin rings, candle holders, and picture frames can make a huge difference in how well your home reflects you as a person. Because of that, it behooves us all to do our best to pay attention to the quality and personality of the things we choose to put the finishing touches on our homes.

Verdigris Mini Taper Holder
For instance, these verdigris mini taper candle holders will tell friends and family that you have a fondness for nature, and a love of elegance. Slim candles rise from delicate verdigris trees to light your table gently.

Once upon a time, the candle holders would have cost you $69.00 each, and the candles $16.00 apiece. Now, though, at VivaTerra, the holders are just $48.00 and the pure beeswax candles a mere $6.00 each.

Looking for something else? Check out the deals below the cut.

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Signs of Spring Edition

Okay, so it’s still January. I know that. But the fact is that even while it’s very, very cold in a lot of places, the days are beginning to lengthen, the temperatures are starting to rise in a lot of other places, and dammit, I need to remember that there will be warm weather again and a reason to haul out my best sandals.

That’s where shopping is an excellent pastime. No matter what the season, you can bet that most of the stores have moved on from this one midway through and are merrily on to the next. This may make trying to buy a white, short-sleeved blouse in August more difficult that finding a unicorn to ride in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but it makes window shopping in January (or even real shopping in January) a bit more fun. You’re preparing to say hello to the sun again, and that’s okay by me.

So what can we find that speaks of both spring and good savings? Just take a lookie here:

Old Navy Satin CamiThis cute little satin cami will look cool as a cucumber once the weather warms. Oh, and in addition to basic black, it also comes in floral print. What’s more it comes in average, petite, and tall sizes (sorry, you tall gals only get the black, I’m afraid) atOld Navy.

Oh, and as to price, it started out at a thrifty $24.50, but has been marked down to a mere $3.99! That’s not a typo, folks, this top is really only four bucks right now.

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The In the Swim Edition

I know, I know, it’s still freezing outside. But there are heated pools all over this great land of ours, and even those who don’t have easy access to one know that the weather will surely grow warmer over time. If you swim, if you use a hotel hot tub, if you want to sunbathe after a long, cold winter (just be sure to use plenty of sunblock and limit your time under those rays because skin cancer is definitely not superfantastic!), you will eventually need a suit to do it in.

One of the best places to look for a good deal in that regard is SwimsuitsForAll. Whether you’re plus-sized (up to size 34), have a long torso, or are just looking for a good swimsuit at a price that doesn’t make you wince, this is the place to go. They also have some superfantastic options for another underserved sector of the populace: women who have had mastectomies.

Penbrooke® Mastectomy Kenya Tankini Swimsuit
The choices for a really great swimsuit take a distinct nosedive post-op, but this is a option that doesn’t assume a lady doesn’t wish to continue to look her best after the battle. (courting cancer is far from superfantastic, but surviving it is absolutely superfantastic) Heck, I might want this one just because it’s so cute!

The original retail price on this beauty was $78.00, but right now it’s on sale at Swimsuits For All for the mere pittance of $24.00! At that price, you might want to get two.

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The December Decor Edition

It’s long been one of my best money-saving mantras that the best time to buy new decorations for a holiday is the week after it passes the year before. For instance, today is the perfect time to start shopping for new Christmas decorations (and gifts!) for next year.

Here are a couple examples of the great deals you can get if you hurry:

Glass Ornaments Rocking Horse Ornament Need new ornaments for the tree? Fitz and Floyd is a great place to go. This adorable glass Rocking Horse Ornament usually retails for a cool $38.00, but right now it can be yours for just $9.95.

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Silver and Gold Edition

I love the Shine of silver and the glitter of gold. These two lovely metallics add charm to any item and class to nearly any ocassion. Alas, they can easily empty your wallet. Here are a few shimmering goodies to brighten your world without breaking the bank.

Sterling Silver Byzantine Bracelet This 7.5″ Byzantine link sterling silver bracelet looks both graceful and fun on nearly any wrist. So pretty, so timeless…and in this case, so inexpensive. The suggested retail price on it is $200.00, but you can get it from Amazon right now for the pittance of $45.95! That’s more than $150.00 off!

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: the Teeny Edition

I always say it’s never too early to start being superfantastic. Choosing quality for your little tykes will help them along the path from day one. Of course, it’s also never too early to teach your small ones about careful shopping, either. That’s why this week’s Friday Finds is all about big deals for little people.

Kids Floral Play Tea Set The Tea for Three play tea set is a great example of this concept. Made of sturdy, cheerful enamelware, it comes complete with a teapot (which looks more like a coffee pot, but would work for either beverage or hot chocolate), three tea cups, three saucers, and three plates. The whole set is decorated in a delightful flower design with grasshoppers, bumblebees, and ladybugs. It’s recommended for ages three and up…and my guess is that a kid who enjoys this would continue to do so for years to come, as well as appreciate the charm of a proper afternoon tea.

Best of all, if you order it now from The Land of Nod, you can save enough to fund the scones and clotted cream! The original price was $54.00, but it’s been marked down to a thrifty $39.00.

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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Black Friday Edition

Ah, Black Friday. The day that shopper and retailer both anticipate and dread in equal measures. The day when the Christmas shopping season officially starts bringing full coffers to businesses and massive congestion to mall parking lots.

The best thing about Black Friday is, of course, all the great deals offered up to the consumer. The worst thing about it is all the crowding, jostling, and general lack of holiday cheer among the throngs of customers who want the deals but hate the lines.

So what does the savvy shopper do? She shops online, of course!

No getting elbowed in the ribs while standing in line, no strange kids running amok, no canned Christmas music unless you want it, no undertrained and overwhelmed holiday hire cashiers to shortchange you or direct you to the opposite area of the store from the item you want…online shopping is the perfect cure for Mall Malaise. And in the interest of making the experience both pleasant and reasonably priced, I’ve gone out and hunted down some superfantastic holiday deals that may inspire you to be the best Secret (or not-so-secret) Santa ever.

Cocoanut Paradise Bath Set The Coconut Paradise Bath and Body set
is the perfect gift for the woman (and we all know her) who needs to slow down and pamper herself once in a while. There’s coconut milk bath gel, moisturizing body lotion, bath salts, an exfoliating pumice stone, and a body puff. All of it comes in an adorably whimsical wire clawfoot bathtub. Even the original price of $39.99 would have made it a find under fifty, but it’s now 38% off at Amazon
for a cool $24.99. At that price, you could get several for those last-minute gifts you didn’t expect to need.

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