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Manolo's Basement of the BargainsOrnaments | The Basement of the Bargains http://basement.shoeblogs.com Bargains, Sales, Deals and Discounts from Manolo the Shoeblogger Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:24:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.11 Friday (sort of) Finds (Mostly) Under Fifty: The Get Ready for Next Christmas Edition http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2009/12/26/friday-finds-mostly-under-fifty-the-get-ready-for-next-christmas-edition/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2009/12/26/friday-finds-mostly-under-fifty-the-get-ready-for-next-christmas-edition/#comments Sat, 26 Dec 2009 14:30:26 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2009/12/26/friday-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
icon, Kurt Adler Polonaise
icon, Michael Storrings for Landmark Creations
icon, and even Versace
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.

Of course Saks isn’t the only place offering ornaments for next year at great prices, and some nice ornaments aren’t made my famous designers.

Wire Christmas Tree Lights These charming tree-shaped woven wire lights may not have a designer name to them, but they’ll still add to the festivity of your home next year. Each string has ten lights placed 10″ apart and is UL listed for safety.

As for the price, well, they started out at $29.95, but they can be yours from Wrapables.com for just $19.99.

And we all know that Christmas ornaments don’t need to be in the shapes of Christmas items. They can be shaped like famous buildings, flowers, and all sorts of things. How about one shaped like a beloved pet?

Winkie This little cutie is a Norwitch Terrier, but there are other breeds available from Joy to the World Collectibles at Nordstrom, including goodies for us cat lovers. Made of beautifully painted glass, you can feel good not just about the look, but also from the fact that Joy to the World donates 10% of their annual profits to the Morris Animal Foundation.

Besides, it’s on a great sale! Regularly priced at $38.00, it’s been marked down to a mere $24.90.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it has been a happy one this year, and that your savings were merry and bright.

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Wedgewood Teacup and Saucer Ornament on Sale at Amazon, Free Shipping, Christmas Ornaments on Sale at Amazon http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2009/12/05/ill-have-a-wedgewood-blue-christmas/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2009/12/05/ill-have-a-wedgewood-blue-christmas/#comments Sat, 05 Dec 2009 14:30:53 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2009/12/05/ill-have-a-wedgewood-blue-christmas/ The best time of the year to buy holiday ornaments is usually about three days after that particular holiday has passed. The prices have come down ridiculously and everyone is sick of looking at the favored motifs, be they hearts or holly.

Right now, though, would be a great time to head over to Amazon.com and check out their huge collection of Christmas ornaments if your tree is threatening to look a tidge on the bare side. Whether you want classic icicles and candy canes, an ode to your favorite movie or football team, or something to commemorate your first year of marriage or the addition of a pair of tiny feet to your love nest, there’s something to fit both your needs and your budget.

Twistie’s pick? I do love a good classic and blue matches my eyes, so I have to go for this:

Wedgewood Teacup Ornament See? It’s a pretty Wedgewood teacup and saucer! There’s even a matching teapot ornament.

Best of all, it’s on sale. The regular price might be $43.00, but right now it’s just $38.67, and it qualifies for free Super Saver shipping.

Santa, baby, you can put this under my tree anytime you like.

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Great Post Holiday Deals at Fitz and Floyd Viva Terra Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/12/26/friday-finds-under-fifty-the-december-decor-edition/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/12/26/friday-finds-under-fifty-the-december-decor-edition/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:30:10 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/12/26/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.

Or how about a sign of the season?

NOEL Twig Letters The sign says ‘NOEL’ in letters made of recycled materials. It marks you as both festive and thoughtful. You can find it at Viva Terra for just $34.00, which is half off the original price of $69.00!

Of course, ornaments aren’t the only seasonal things it can be fun to have and use. Some people like to have special mugs for their cocoa like these exclusively available from Williams Sonoma.

Nordic Elf Mugs These generous 16oz mugs are designed by Norwegian artist Svein Solem and illustrate the efforts of an elf to make a snowman. Once upon a time the set of four would have cost you $29.95, which is a great price. Right now, though, you can get the amazing deal of four mugs for just $14.99!

Speaking of whimsy, how about a gingerbread house as an advent calendar?

Gingerbread Advent House Imagine the excitement little ones will experience next year counting down the days to Santa’s arrival by opening the correct drawer for the day and finding the treats hidden inside. Or, if you have your own personal Santa, he might leave some very interesting trinkets for you in those drawers. Just a thought.

The price is certainly right! Sur La Table originally carried it for $100.00, but right now you can get it for a deep discount at $49.99. Half off? Say, that proves you’ve been nice!

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Christmas Ornaments on Sale, Free Shipping, Handblown Glass Votives on Sale http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/12/05/friday-finds-under-fifty-the-deck-those-halls-edition/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/12/05/friday-finds-under-fifty-the-deck-those-halls-edition/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:30:41 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/12/05/friday-finds-under-fifty-the-deck-those-halls-edition/ Are you putting up a Christmas tree this year? Giving a gift to someone who enjoys decorating for the holiday? Then settle in and take a look at some of the great deals I’ve found to help out!

Saks Fifth Ave has some great deals on Christmas ornaments, like this oneicon by Kurt Adler Polonaise of Santa finalizing his flight plan. The retail price is $52.00, but Saks has it right now for just $24.00. Oh, and use code SFAGIFT to get free shipping, plus a gift box and bow!

Looking for something a little less on the nose? How about a nice votive to add a little light and a touch of class to your holiday party that you can still use at other times of the year? Perhaps something like this one from Salviati, currently on sale at Bluefly

Salviati green glass 'Coni' small votive holder Made of handblown glass in a lucious shade of green, it cannot fail to look superfantastic wherever you put it. Oh, and while the retail price is a whopping $105.00, you can get it right now for a thrifty $47.99.

Of course those of us who follow the wise words of the Manolo want shoes and handbags for Christmas. If you can’t afford to give her real Manolos, you might consider this high-style, low-cost alternative from Nordstrom:

Choose from gold, silver, or my personal favorite red. Regularly priced at $6.00 apiece, they’re on sale right now for just $3.90. At that price, you can stuff her stocking with all three! Oh, and don’t forget the matching handbag ornamentsicon while you’re at it.

Then again, some of us prefer flowers. How about these gorgeous poppies?

Poppies OrnamentBetween the rich color and elegant lines, this is an ornament sure to look superfantastic hanging on a Christmas tree or festooning a vanity. Put it anywhere you like at any time of the year. It’s made in Poland of mouth-blown glass and then hand painted.

Not only is it gorgeous and unique, buying this ornament also supports a good cause. It’s from the gift shop for the New York Botanical Gardens. Oh, and on top of all that, it’s on sale. Regularly priced at $48.00, it’s been marked down to just $33.60. But if you’re a member, you can get it for a mere $30.24. Not bad at all.

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Jay Strongwater and Christopher Radko Christmas Ornaments on Sale at Saks Fifth Ave http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/11/07/deck-the-halls-with-jay-strongwater/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/11/07/deck-the-halls-with-jay-strongwater/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2008 14:30:19 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2008/11/07/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.

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!

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Jay Strongwater Christmas Ornament on Sale at Saks Fifth Ave http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2007/12/20/save-on-decking-next-years-halls/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2007/12/20/save-on-decking-next-years-halls/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2007 19:16:22 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2007/12/20/save-on-decking-next-years-halls/ If there’s one thing my mother taught me well as a child, it’s that there’s no better time to start preparing for the holidays than the time when everyone else has finished. Not only do you get to avoid the crowds, you get some amazing deals and plenty of time to consider what you really want.

With the advent of online shopping, that time can be the week or so before Christmas actually arrives as well as the month following.
Jay Strongwater Christmas Ornament on Sale

Take, for example, this gorgeous Jay Strongwater egg ornament with bejeweled butterfly adornment. I found it today at Saks Fifth Avenue for a quarter off the original price of $80.00. That means it’s only $60.00 now, and I didn’t have to face a crowd!

Now that puts me in the Christmas spirit.

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Things Remembered Make-A-Wish Ornament on Sale http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2007/11/28/when-you-wish-upon-a-star/ http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2007/11/28/when-you-wish-upon-a-star/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2007 22:35:52 +0000 http://basement.shoeblogs.com/2007/11/28/when-you-wish-upon-a-star/ What’s better than getting a great deal one something nice? Getting a great deal and supporting a good cause at the same time.

This star-shaped Christmas tree ornament from Things Remembered is on sale for $14.99 (regularly $22.50), which is a nice savings. Even better, with each purchase $2.00 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Make-A-Wish Ornament Not only will you make someone’s Christmas brighter, but you contribute to fullfilling a child’s wish.

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