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Friday (sort of) Finds (Mostly) Under Fifty: The Get Ready for Next Christmas Edition

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that the day after a major holiday is the best and thriftiest day to start shopping for said holiday. The downside? You have to wait for months before you can pull out your new pretties. The upside? You’ll save a bundle on them, so you won’t wince at memories of the bills when you see them again.

Saks Fifth Ave has some brilliant deals on goodies to deck next year’s hall. Ornaments by designers like Christopher Radko
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icon are being blown out at prices that will allow you to play Santa for your nearest and dearest. Twistie’s pick? This:

Jay Strongwater Sultana Egg Ornament This is the Sultana Egg ornament by Jay Strongwater. It’s made of mouthblown glass painted with brilliant metallic colors and studded with tiny jewels. Gorgeous. The regular price is $140.00, and I think it’s worth that. Still, I’d rather pay the sale price of just $56.00.

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Boxed In

Hello, all! Miss me? I missed you. Anyway, there were technical difficulties which have now been fixed, so we can return to our regularly scheduled bargain hunting.

Speaking of which, I have a particular fondness for little things that sparkle. Jewelry, christmas tree ornaments,and tiny bejeweled sculptures delight me on a fundamental level. I love to see a flash of bright color glinting out of the corner of my eye.

That’s why I nearly clapped my hands with joy when I ran across these:

Jay Strongwater Birthstone Boxes Just look at them. They come in twelve different colors, one for every birthstone, and were designed by Jay Strongwater. Each one is hand enameled and set with Swarovski crystals. Get the one for the month you were born, or collect the whole set and enjoy all that sparkle.

Just be sure to do your shopping at Bergdorf Goodman! See, while the retail price on these boxes is $295.00 each, BG has them right now for just $192.00 apiece.

Oh, and my birthday? Is in September. Just, you know, for the record.

Deck the Halls With Jay Strongwater

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The winter holidays are fast approaching, and soon all of us will be tearing our hair out over the endless ads, frustration at not being able to get the perfect gift for every single person, the crowded stores and all the rest.

One way to avoid the stress and actually enjoy the holidays is to get some of the work done in advance and online.

If you’re looking for new ornaments or a great gift for someone who loves Christmas as much as I do, Saks Fifth Avenue has just the thing to help in the guise of lots of great ornaments by Jay Strongwater and Christopher Radko on sale.


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This gorgeous starfish ornamenticon by Jay Strongwater is mouth blown glass, hand-enameled, hand-painted and further sparklefied (that’s my word, and I’m sticking to it) with Swarovski crystals. It will add color, sparkle, and all kinds of superfantasticness to your Christmas tree…or wherever you happen to hang it. Who says it has to go on a tree and then be boxed up for the rest of the year, after all?

Oh, and did I mention it’s on sale? The retail price is $148.00, which really isn’t bad for all that handwork. Right now, though, you can go the Saks website and get it for a mere $88.80 and not even stand in line!