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

Hoop Dreams

Hoop earrings can be tricky. If you get them too large, they look trashy. Too small, and they’re pure ho-hum. Utterly plain can be too dull for words, but if they’re decorated too agressively they look either juvenile or professional…assuming that profession is a terribly old one that is rarely spoken of in polite society.

And yet, the hoop earring remains a classic. It’s something most of us include in our jewelry wardrobe somewhere along the line. Well, I just found the pair I want to add to mine:

Enamel Hoops At a 1″ diameter, they’re just the right size for understated elegance, but the combination of 14k yellow gold with sections enameled in burgundy and green guarantee that you won’t look boring or socially inappropriate.

So we know they’re pretty, and we know they have dignity, but what about the price?

The retail price of these gorgeous earrings is $200.00, which isn’t really that bad for something likely to become a staple of your jewelry wardrobe. But we know better than to pay retail around here! No, if you head over to GoldenMine right now, you can get them for just $109.95! That’s a savings of more than $90.00! I’d jump through a hoop or two for those savings!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: Food-Related Finds

Let’s face it. The economy’s in a mess. The holidays are coming up. The cost of living the superfantastic life isn’t going down anytime soon. And so it is that I’ve decided to add a new feature to the Basement of the Bargains: Friday Finds Under Fifty. Drop by each Friday to see a new set of superfantastic luxury goodies marked down to the sorts of prices you’d expect to pay for not-so superfantastic items. Give them to birthday boys and girls, be generous to new brides and grooms, wrap them and put them under a tree, keep them for yourself…just don’t miss these deals!

For our first article, I thought I’d go seasonal. After all, it’s November. Thanksgiving and a lot of other holidays that lead to big dinners with family and friends are on their way.

Our first deal is from Cooking.com on a beautiful and practical set of baking dishes by Le Creuset:

Le Creuset Baking Dish Set Cherry The set includes one 12″ rectangular baker and one 9″ square. Whether you’re baking a casserole, roasting root vegetables, or making a batch of delicious brownies, you’ll be set. Choose from four different attractive colors to fit your holiday table. The sturdy stoneware is great for oven or microwave and cleans up in a jiffy. It’s also pretty enough to grace any table.

The regular price on this set is $74.95, but right now Cooking.com has it for a mere $49.99.

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You Gotta Have Heart

Who couldn’t use a little sparkle for their ears? Who doesn’t want to show the world they’ve got a true blue heart? If you want sparkle and heart, you could do a lot worse than get a pair of these gorgeous 2.67 carat heart-shaped blue topaz earrings.

Heart Shaped Blue Topaz Earrings Set in 14k yellow gold, these earrings will add the perfect touch of class to nearly any outfit, but they won’t set you back an arm and a leg.
The retail price on these pretties is $420.00, but if you head over to Sun Jewelry right now, you can get them for just $168.00!
That’s a deal that certainly heartens me.

Carry It All In Style

There are times in life when we have large loads to carry. In those times, we need good-sized purses to carry them and help us look our best while doing it. This Liz Claiborne lamb leather hobo purseis just the thing for those moments.

Liz Claiborne Lamb Leather Hobo I love this classic sand color, but it also comes in a patchwork pattern of natural shades of leather and white.

Whether you need a purse to hold your book and water bottle as well as your wallet, or a couple items for an evening look when you’re heading out to dinner or the club straight from the office, this is the perfect bag to carry it all for you.

The regular price for this versatile beauty is $151.00, but if you go to 6pm right now, you can get it for just $71.48, or 53% off the retail price!

Roomy, handsome, and inexpensive? Color me there!

Time For Turkey!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to plan for the great holiday feasts and all the family meals around them. That means most of us will be cooking at least one or two turkeys in the next couple of months. And that means we’ll need something to cook them in.

30lb Ceramic Turkey Pan With the French Home Appolia turkey baking dish, you can cook up to a 30lb. turkey with ease. The cheerfully colored glazed ceramic dish can go from freezer to hot oven to tabletop with ease and without cracking. The glaze is also lead and cadmium-free for your health and safety. When you’ve served the turkey, just pop the dish in the dishwasher for easy cleanup, too.

How much would you pay for all that? Well, most days you would have to pay $139.99. Today, though, you can go to SmartBargains and get it for just $69.99! That’s half off!

Don’t be a turkey. Take advantage of this great deal!

Top-Notch on Top

I’ve long been a strong believer in hats. I think they add a touch of class and glamour to nearly any outfit. Of course, there are hats, and there are hats. In that second category, I have found this lucious example:

Helen Kaminsky Aldo Hat Classic shape, great color (also available in black), made of velour fur with felt fur feather detail, and made by Helen Kaminsky who really knows her stuff when it comes to hats. This one has it all.

In the normal course of events, one could expect to plunk down $240.00 on this hat. Luckily, events are not normal around here. They are superfantastic. That means I can direct you to Bloomingdales where you can purchase this classic hat that will last you for years for a mere $168.00.

And while you’re there, check out the other sales they have going. Now through November 16, they’re taking an extra 30% – 50% off selected sale merchandise. You definitely don’t want to miss the deals!

Multi-Colored and Marvellous

There’s no denying the class of a good pearl necklace. It’s never wrong and very often oh-so-right.

Of course you know me. Not wrong isn’t good enough for me. I strive to find the superfantastic. This, I think, may just qualify:

Multi-Color Pearl Necklace This gorgeous 18″ necklace features freshwater pearls in multiple sizes and three different colors: white, peach, and purple. Imagine those gems nestled against your skin. Don’t they look pretty there?

Of course it will bring an even better glow to your skin and those pearls knowing what a great deal you got on them.

The suggested retail price on this superfantastic necklace may be $230.00, but if you go over to UltraDiamonds.com and buy it from them, it can be yours for only $69.99!

Great piece, great colors, great price…no, I cannot find a downside, and that equals marvellous!

A Touch of Minkoff

There’s nothing quite like the perfect, sparkly evening clutch to complete that perfect special occasion outfit. This Rebecca Minkoff silver quilted metallic threaded ‘Stud’ clutch, for instance, really fills the bill for me.

Rebecca Minkoff silver quilted metallic threaded 'Stud' clutch From the lush qulited suede decorated with metallic thread to the tiny silver studs, this purse will carry your necessities with style all night long. Oh, and if you don’t care for the suede with silver, it’s also available in black, gold, or forest green leather without the metallic threads.

And of couse, it doesn’t hurt that it’s on a great sale at Bluefly. The retail value of this purse may be $350.00, but because you know where to shop, you can get it for just $210.00 or 40% off.

It’s even better when you know that you’re the belle of the ball and that you saved money becoming her.

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!

Neato Deals at Nordstrom

It’s time for the Nordstrom half-yearly sale for women and kids! That means there are hundreds of superfantastic deals to be had on clothes and accessories for you and your little ones for a limited time. Blouses, coats, shoes, handbags, jewelry, dresses…there are a lot of great items at even better savings.

What do I want? Take a look at these:

These gorgeous and playful silver bangle braceletsicon by Simon Sebbag are wrapped with brightly-colored leather for a mix of sophistication and down-to-earth charm. Any of them would be a great addition to your wardrobe. Oh, and they come in six delicious colors, so there’s sure to be one that appeals to you.

Time was when you would have had to pay $158.00 for a single bangle. Right now, though, they are 50% off, or just $78.90 each!

So hurry and take a good look at what’s on sale! There’s a lot to choose from!