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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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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!

Salivating Over Salviati

A graceful piece of glass can make all the difference in a room. For my part, I want this one.

Salviati alexandrite matte 'Drops' single floral vase The Drop vase by Salviati is made of Murano glass in a lovely organic shape. 8 1/2″ tall with a 1/2″ opening for a single flower, it will look equally pretty without any flower at all. The soft blue coloring will make a nice accent in nearly any room, too.

And you know if you see it here it’s a good deal. The retail value is $130.00, but Bluefly has been selling it for just $64.99. Right now, though, Bluefly has it on a further sale for a mere $57.99!

Stake Out Your Corner of the Beach…

…with this fun and convenient little beach table from Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn Stake Beach Table Just pull it out of its handy canvas carry tote, flip it open, stick it in the sand, slip your long-stemmed wine glasses into the slots, and have a picnic for two at the shore. Now that’s the way to live the beach life!

Originally priced at $59.00, this practical set has been reduced to just $39.00 (wine glasses not included…so if you don’t have any wineglasses you feel like taking to the beach, you might want to check out this deal on a set of four Dansk goblets here).

I don’t know about you, but I feel a quick drink and a nosh at the beach coming on.

Mondo Gorgeous, Mondo Great Price

Pretty? Check. Practical? Check. Great price? Check. Environmentally conscious? Check. Superfun? Check and double check.

What am I talking about? Why today’s bargain courtesy of Cooking.com, of course! Right now, Cooking.com is running a 25% off sale on selected Rosanna dishes and glassware. Readers of this space already know that Rosanna dinnerware is fun and stylish beyond expression, but they may or may not be aware that she does great glassware, too.

Rosanna Mondo Recycled Glass Pitcher This fabulous pitcher in the Mondo pattern is made of recycled glass, so it’s not only handsome and whimsical, but environmentally sound as well. It holds a generous two quarts and is mouth blown by Mexican artisans. Hand washing is recommended, and this is not for use in the microwave. But who puts something like this in the microwave?

Love the pitcher but don’t have glasses to go with it? Don’t worry. The matching glasses are on sale, too. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of Mondo glass collections also goes to Doctors Without Borders, so you can even add social responsibility to the list of great reasons to buy these gorgeous pieces.

Oh, and there was the small matter of the price, too, wasn’t there? Yes, these are on sale. The pitcher is now just $40.50 (regular price $54.00) and the glasses are marked down to just $72.00 for a set of six (regular price $96.00). But hurry! Quantities of some items are limited and the sale only lasts through July 17!

So, to sum up: buy fabulous glassware, support Doctors Without Borders, reduce your carbon footprint, preserve traditional craftsmanship, uphold the economies of two countries, and save money. After doing all that, you’ll definitely be able to sleep well at night.

Get Juiced

With temperatures rising to an obscene degree, all I can think of today is ways to cool down. I think I found just what I need at Overstock.com:

La Rochere 7-Piece Juice Set This handsome seven-piece juice set by La Rochere consists of six 8oz tumblers embossed with a handsome design inspired by the Palais de Versailles and one matching 25oz carafe. Sturdy and dishwasher-safe, they’ll add charm to your breakfast table for years to come.

What’s more, they’re a real steal right now. Originally priced at $199.99, Overstock.com has been selling the set for a mere $64.99. But right now, it’s on a further sale. They’ve marked the set down another $13.00. That means you pay just $51.99! That’s a savings of $148.00 or 74% overall!

Sounds to me like time to drink in those savings.

Coil Up With a Cold One

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day…or so they tell me. I’m not actually a beer drinker. Still, these gorgeous hand-blown beer glasses by Javier Gutierrez and Efren Canteras are just about enough to tempt even me to try it out.

Coiled Beer Glasses Javier and Efren are working to preserve Mexico’s tradition of glass blowing, and I have to say that beautiful work like this should do the trick! The sturdy, bold design and charmingly whimsical cobalt blue coil decoration is both practical and pretty. The 16 oz. capacity will slake the thirst easily. They are even dishwasher safe (top rack recommended).

And if, like me, you’re not really a beer drinker, well, there’s no law that says you can’t fill them with lemonade or milkshakes or iced tea.

Whatever your drink of choice, I’d encourage heading over to Overstock.com and taking a closer look. Originally priced at $92.95, they’ve been marked down to just $52.99 for a set of six. That’s less than ten dollars apiece for hand-blown glasses! I’ll drink to that.

Party Platter

If you’re looking to spruce up the look of your table for your next party, there’s nothing like a pretty new serving platter to do the trick in an affordable way.

This gorgeous glass platter with fern leaf design from Wrapables might be just the trick. It hits this spring’s hot black and white trend, as well as the one for floral patterns, yet is classic enough that it will look just as fabulous when the fickle finger of fashion points in a different direction. It comes in a 12″ x 12″ square or 20″ x 6.5″ rectangle. Pick the one that works for your serving needs, or buy both.

Fern Leaf Platter After all, at $14.99 for the square and $9.99 for the rectangle (regularly $26.95 and $32.95, respectively), it would be hard to go wrong!

Orange You Glad You Saw This Deal?

Now that we are officially past the vernal equinox, it’s time to start considering the important things in life: partying on the patio, for one. A good garden or pool party is always a lot of fun, but one does need plenty of glasses and pretty ones are usually very expensive.

Luckily for you, though, you’re reading this.

Take a look at these superfantastic Nachtmann Giardino amber water glasses.

Nachtmann Giardino Amber Water Glasses The glorious orange color looks fabulous no matter where it goes, the graceful lines draw the eye happily, and the 10 3/4 oz. capacity will allow any thirst to be quenched with ease. Or you could always use it to serve an elegant parfait for dessert.

Each piece is carefully hand crafted of 24 per cent lead crystal via a combination of centuries-old techniques and the most advanced, eco-friendly technology.

With craftsmanship and beauty like this, you’d expect to pay a bundle, wouldn’t you? Well, once upon a time you’d have had to shell out about eighty dollars for a set of four. Right now, though, Amazon has them for just $16.24 for a set of four! That’s a savings of 80%! $16.24! For four lead crystal goblets! You could easily spend that much on plastic! What’s more, if you buy $25.00 worth of qualifying merchandise, these glasses are eligible for Free Super Shipping. Get two sets and don’t pay a penny to have them delivered to your door.

Take a Tumbler

There’s nothing like the feel of a good piece of glassware in the hands. I love a solid glass with an elegant line to it. So imagine my delight when I ran across these lovely La Rochere tumblers at Overstock.com.

La Rochere Bee Tumblers Each 12 oz. tumbler features a pressed design of a Napoleonic bee. Sturdy enough to use every day, and dishwasher safe, these glasses are more than handsome enough to fit in at a dinner party, too.

Best of all, the set of six glasses is now available for just $45.99. That’s 29% off the original retail price of $65.00.

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