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Manolo's Basement of the Bargains | Bargains, Sales, Deals and Discounts from Manolo the Shoeblogger

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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Cashmere For the Merest Amount of Cash

A good cashmere sweater is a great basic in any wardrobe. We talk about this for women quite a bit, but I sometimes forget to mention it to the guys.

Then I look at something like thisicon and remember that if I saw Mr. Twistie in it…well, let’s just say a good time would definitely be had by all concerned.

If there’s a man in your life who needs a really handsome, timeless sweater, now is the time to find it at Saks Fifth Avenue. Regularly priced at $275.00, it’s on sale right now for just $102.95 in limited sizes and colors.

Get it now for someone you love. You’ll both thank me later.

Cool Cubed

I have a thing for mesh handbags. They’re just so cool. And any fan of mesh bags knows that Whiting & Davis is the best. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this:

Whiting & Davis Handbags - Cubes Screenprint on Mesh Pouch w/ Removable Chain Strap (Black) - Bags and Luggage
It’s the perfect size to hold everything you need for a night out. It’s also screenprinted with a cool cube design. And if you don’t want to carry it as a clutch, there’s a detachable shoulder strap, too.

The retail price on this baby is $177.00, but you can get it from 6pm right now for just $80.73.

Out On a Lim

I must admit a great fondness for slouchy suede shoulder bags. The key is the perfect amount of slouch married with an elegant detail that makes the whole thing look cleverly relaxed rather than merely sloppy.

If you want to see the look done properly, I direct your attention to this Phillip Lim suede messenger bag:

The sumptuous color and simple silver stud detail make it look casual without looking too studied or merely uncaring. The generous strap can be slung conveniently across the body to leave your hands free, but also cinches your bag securely closed. There’s even a convenient zipped pocket inside to keep your life better organized. Oh, and the stud detail is carried over to the strap, too.

Once upon a time, this superfantastic bag would have set you back some $550.00. Right now, though, at eLuxury, it’s on sale for just $385.00. That’s no slouch of a bargain!

Get Cooking!

Bargain alert! Bargain alert!

Today is a great day to shop at Williams Sonoma. Why? This is why:

LeCreuset 6-piece Cookware Set Williams Sonoma has an exclusive deal with Le Creuset on this incredible six-piece cookware set. The set includes: a 5 1/2qt covered Dutch oven, a 10″ square grill pan, a 14″ x 10″ baker, and a covered 3 1/2qt braiser. That’s enough to get any serious cook off and running!

The retail price for all of that would be a steep $990.00…and it would be worth every penny. But why pay what it’s worth when you can get a great deal? Right now, through this exclusive deal, you can get the whole shebang for just $549.95!

I’m crazy about this lucious, citrussy yellow called ‘Citron,’ but you can have the same deal in eight other fabulous shades, as well. And if the six pieces aren’t enough for you (or you have an extra couple hundred dollars lying around), be sure to check out the nine-piece set and the twelve-piece set.

Don’t Get Burned! Notice This Sale!

Now that the holidays are over, chances are you’re eager to see what’s going to happen on your favorite television shows that have been on hiatus. Of course, you may also want to remind yourself of what happened on those same shows in seasons past, just to make sure you completely get how the plot got to this point.

Well, the good folks at Amazon.com want to help. That’s why they’ve got over 160 boxed sets of shows on DVD on sale right now. Twistie’s choice?

Burn Notice Boxed Set Season One I discovered Burn Notice halfway through the first season and wondered how I had missed it for that long. Come on, it’s got spies, it’s got Sharon Gless, it’s got Bruce Campbell blowing things up! Also, Jeffrey Donovan is currently rocking my world. If you saw his brilliant performance in Changeling (and if you missed it, why the hell did you miss it?) you’ll understand why. The scripts are tight, the performances strong, and the production values high.

If you’re ready to catch up with the show, this is definitely the time to do it. The regular price for Season One is $49.98, which is pretty typical for a season of a reasonably popular dramatic series. Oh, but this is where the bargains live. Go to Amazon right now and you can get it for a mere $29.99 or 60% off!

Not wild about spy dramas or Bruce Campbell blowing things up? No problem! Amazon has deals for you, too. Whether your taste runs to comedy, reality, animation, or sci-fi, there’s something in the sale to make you happy.

Oh, and while you’re there, be sure to check out their sale on independent and foreign films on DVD, too.

Hey Pitcher!

I must confess that I have a particular fondness for a pretty pitcher. Glass, ceramic, silver…I just have a thing for graceful lines and pouty lips. Okay, maybe these aren’t the kind of lips that really pout, but I have an imagination and it comes up with odd connections now and again.

But of all possible pitchers, I admit that I do have a favorite. I’m a complete sucker for a glass pitcher, preferably hand blown with some color to it. That’s why I fell in love when I saw this:

Jerpoint Hand Blown Glass 8-1/4 Just look at the elegance of the line, the lip perfectly proportioned to pour generously with little or no spillage, the easy use of color, and the charming detail at the base of the sturdy handle. This is no terrifyingly delicate piece that must be protected under, well, more glass. This is a pitcher you can use and enjoy, whether for drinks or displaying pretty flowers. And yet it perfectly showcases the fragile beauty of glass.

It’s hand blown in Ireland by Jerpoint, stands 8 1/4″ tall, holds 1 1/2 quarts, and even comes in two colors. The picture above shows it in Honey, but it also comes in Seascape Green.

As for the price, well it used to cost $79.00, which was a nice deal. Right now, though, QVC.com has it at the basement bargain price of just $45.21!

Now if I could just figure out whether I’d rather fill it with lemonade or larkspur….

How Di-Vine

Even though spring has not yet sprung, I find myself thinking of green things and pretty plants…and then I think of how I kill plants by merely looking at them and turn my mind to representations of the same plants in hopes that mere representations will survive my attentions.

Of course, it’s still cold at night and that makes me think of snuggling up warmly under a warm comforter.

Put those two urges together, and I found just the thing to satisfy both desires at Macy*s.

The Victoria Classics “Camille” 8-Piece Comforter Set features a pattern of scrolling vines and delicate flowers embroidered on a pale green background. The set includes: a comforter, a bedskirt, two standard or king-sized pillowcases, two European shams, and two decorative pillows. Just add the coordinating 300tc sheets and go! Or pick sheets of your own.

Either way, this is a great deal. The original price on the set was $200.00 for the Queen size set or $250.00 for the King size. Right now, though, you can have your choice of either size for a mere $99.99!


A good gift basket has variety in its fillings, an attractive vessel, and appeals to a fairly wide audience. VivaTerra has made up just such a gift basket and has it on a heck of a sale.

Super Sublime Organic Snack Basket This all organic gift box comes delivered in a handsome lidded, lined, woven willow basket that can be used again and again for a variety of purposes once the contents have been consumed. And what contents they are!

Inside you’ll find such lucious delights as chocolate-dipped snickerdoodles, pretzels, and ginger cookies; dark chocolate-covered almonds and espresso beans, salted almonds, hard candies, and milk chocolate balls. There’s sure to be something for just about everyone in here.

Before it went on sale, this gift basket would have cost you $149.00, which isn’t too bad, really, for that sort of variety and quality. On the other hand, right now it’s just $49.00 which is an absolute steal! You’d have trouble finding the basket for that price.

34 Is Your Lucky Number

Why? Because that’s how many carats of sapphires there are in this spectacular bracelet.

34 ctw Sapphire and Sterling Silver Bracelet They’re arranged in three rows set in always superfantastic sterling silver. Really, a piece like this speaks for itself. What does it say? Pure class.

Oh, it also says ‘smart shopper.’ Why? Because you’re going to get it from UltraDiamonds.com. The suggested retail price may be $799.00, but at Ultra Diamonds it’s just $199.00!

I sparkle just a little brighter knowing that.

Oh, and even better than that, there’s the fact that you can get a further 20% off by using the discount code E2EV.