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

Purple Perfection

Want to see something pretty? How about this?

Alyssa Purse I’m utterly seduced by this gorgeous purse by Linea Pelle. It’s made of creased, pebbled leather in this scrumptious purple or in a beige color called Sand Storm. Me? I’m sticking with Purple Dawn.

There’s a pair of handles with an 8″ drop, or you can use the 38″ long shoulder strap, if you prefer. The interior is lined in a fun zebra print and has two patch pockets to help you keep things organized.

How much for all of this? Well, the retail price is $495.00. Bluefly usually carries it for $297.00, which is a vast improvement. But I think we can do better. So does Bluefly. They’ve marked it down to just $272.99, or 45% off the original price!

Now that’s a perfectly good deal.

This Little Light of (Hopefully!) Mine

Pretty candlesticks are always a graceful addition to any decor, even if you never light a single candle. These handsome acanthus leaf-design candle holders, for instance, shine brightly without being lit:

Dana Candlesticks They’re old-world classic design is brought up to date by being finished in a distressed, sandy stone color with a rough gray wash. The white candles shown are even included!

Whether you use them to illuminate your dinner table or simply grace your sideboard or coffee table, they are sure to be admired on a regular basis.

Of course you’ll glow so brightly over the price that you may not ever need to light the candles. The suggested retail price is $273.00, but you can get them for a lot less at Bellacor. They normally carry them for just $243.00, which is a lot better. Right now, though, you can get the pair for a mere $141.00!

Oh, and remember that you can get free shipping on orders from Bellacor of $75.00 or more.

I Love Lemon!

Lemon quartz, that is.

I love things that sparkle, and I love color, and I love to put sparkly things in bright colors on me. You can see, then, why I went and fell in love with this charming Peridot and Lemon Quartz Pendant:

Lemon Quartz and Peridot Pendant Four carats of pretty sparkles set in white gold and strung on an 18″ chain add up to one delightful piece of jewelry. Whether you’re buying for yourself or looking for the perfect gift for someone you love, you couldn’t go far wrong with this.

The price is nearly as pretty as the necklace itself. The recommended retail is $500.00, but you won’t be paying anywhere near that much. You’re going to head over to UltraDiamonds.com. They normally carry this lovely piece for $269.99, which is a great price. But right now it’s marked all the way down to just $229.00! That’s well under half the price for all the pretty.

Oh, and for a limited time, you can get free shipping on any order over $50.00. Nice.

Remember, lemon quartz doesn’t have to be a lemon of a deal.

Deco-dently Beautiful

At this time of year one thing we all can use more of is pretty things to wear to parties. You know, things that sparkle and shine and add to the general impression that we’re dripping with good taste. That can get difficult on a budget.

Still, there are options out there. Take a look at this one:

Giles and Brother Art Deco Earrings These rather spectacular Art Deco inspired earrings by Giles and Brother will stand out at any holiday function, and then for years to come when you go out to dinner or the theater or to any formal gathering. They’re a handsome mix of antiqued brass, oxidized silver plate, and crystals that will never look out of step.

As for that budget I was talking about earlier, they won’t bend, let alone break, that. The retail price is $200.00, which really isn’t at all bad for a pair of really wonderful earrings. On the other hand, you’re not going to pay so much as that. Head over to shopbop.com where you can get them for just $140.00.

Now that’s what I call a good idea.

Go For the Bronze!

‘Tis the season to get great evening bags. After all, with tons of holiday parties coming up, you’ll want something nice to hold your necessities while you have fun. You’ll also want one that complements your outfit and catches the eye of everyone in the room. You’ll want something a lot like this:

Bronze Beaded Evening Bag It’s just a simple clutch, but covered in an intricate design of bronze-colored beads with a buckle ornament on the clasp highlighted with Swarovski crystals. Oh, and if you don’t want to carry it as a clutch, you can convert it to a small shoulder bag using the included chain.

So, lovely and practical. Those are two great things for a purse to be. But isn’t it great if it’s also a good deal? Lucky thing for you that this really is a great deal. Originally priced at $149.00, which isn’t at all a bad price to begin with, it’s been drastically reduced to a mere $79.00 at Madison Ave. Mall. That’s a savings of $70.00, or nearly half!

Who wants silver or gold? This bronze is just what I need.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

As the weather turns cold, there’s nothing like a good pair of snuggly flannel pajamas to make life better. Of course, getting those pajamas at a good price warms the heart as much as the flannel warms the body.

Victoria Victoria’s Secret has made these slouchy pjs in a soft pure cotton flannel so that even when the weather outside is frightful, you’ll be toasty warm and stylish. Not wild about the print? Don’t worry about that! There are 24 colors/prints to choose from, ranging from plaid to polka dots to pink elephants (no, really, they do have a pink elephant print!). Taller or shorter than average? VS has got you covered. They come in both tall and petite lengths, as well as average.

Did I mention they’re on sale? Because they are. Regularly priced at $49.50, they’re currently going for just $39.50. And to sweeten the deal, order before Dec. 8, use code PJGIFT and get a matching pair of slippers for free!

That’s right, the slippers (a $25.00 value) are free! See site for details.

I think I’ll dream about this deal tonight.

Keep Your Books and Balance Them, Too

I love books.

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a small child, and remain one to this day. Therefore it stands to reason that I love book-related items. Of course I love them even more when they’re on a good sale!

Big Ben Bookends These handsome bookends shaped like London’s iconic Big Ben are cast of brass with an aged iron finish would add a charming touch to any home. Whether you put them on a bookshelf or a mantelpiece, they’ll be both practical and attractive.

Oh, and about the price? Yes, that’s every bit as attractive as the bookends themselves. The regular price was an already quite good $65.00, but right now Restoration Hardware has them on sale for a mere $39.99!

By the way, if you can find $500.00 worth of goodies to buy at Restoration Hardware by November 30, they’ll knock $100.00 off the price with sale code RTGH119. See site for details.

Friday Finds: The Santa’s Little Helper Edition

Normally I stick to things under fifty dollars on friday, but in honor of the official opening of the holiday shopping season, I’ve decided to ignore the limit this week. You’ll find goodies under fifteen dollars and others over two hundred. After all, you’ve got everyone from your Secret Santa at work to your lifelong best friend, to your immediate family on your list. You need inspiration from all price points.

Swiss Army Knife One of the handiest gadgets of all time is the classic Swiss army knife. Now Victorinox has reinvented it in a miniature size with stainless steel blades. At just 2 1/4″ long, it attaches to your key ring for your convenience. It comes with: one small knife blade, scissors, and a nail file. The practical soul on your holiday gift list will love this.

Normally, it runs $140.00, but Saks Fifth Ave is having a huge sale now through the 28th. Right now, even the sale items are on sale. The sale price on this item was $104.00, but now to Saturday it just $62.94!

Oh, and be sure to check out the bonus offers combined with the sale!  For instance, you can get free shipping by using code HOLIDAY9. If you spend at least $400.00 in Contemporary, you can get a $100.00 off card with code CONTEM9. And if you spend at least $100.00 in beauty and you can earn a $25.00 gift card with code BEAUTY9.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Twistie!

In honor of the day, I have decided to show you the biggest turkey of a deal I’ve seen in ages. Are you ready? Here it is:

Granny Square Pin Yes, it’s a granny square on a pin backing. That’s it. How much would you pay for this? Three bucks at a church bazaar? Not that much?

Well, the fine people at Prada would like you to pay $250.00. That’s right, two hundred and fifty smackers for a kid’s second crochet project attached to a brass pin. It’s not even a large one. It measures 1.75″. The fiber of the yarn is not identified. My guess at that price is unicorn manes.

When Prada couldn’t move them all at that outrageous price, eFashion House bought up some of the leftovers and tried to move them for $138.00. Alas, like the remains of Aunt Lucille’s legendary eggplant and marshmallow casserole, these have failed to move, prompting eFashion House to drop the price to $99.00.

Here’s a money-saving tip for free: if you want one of these, learn to crochet. You’ll save nearly a hundred dollars and learn a useful skill in case Prada decides to expand their line of granny square wear.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Carve Out a Great Deal

If you spend any time at all in your kitchen, then you know how important good knives are, both for ease of effort, elegance of result, and safety while cooking.

One of the best names in the business is Henkels. They’re beautifully balanced, sturdily constructed, comfortable in the hand, and quite attractive to look at, to boot. They keep an edge well, too. In fact, the one drawback to Henkels is the retail price. The penny they cost is every bit as pretty as they are.

Henkels Knife Set The good news is that sales are out there if you know where to look for them. You might start at Cooking.com where this gorgeous 11-piece knife set is on sale for less than half price.

You’ll get:

  • 2.5-in. Peeling Knife
  • 4-in. Paring/Utility Knife
  • 5-in. Serrated/Utility Knife
  • 6-in. Utility/Sandwich Knife
  • 8-in. Chef’s Knife
  • 7-in. Santoku Hollow Edge
  • 8-in. Bread Knife
  • 4.5-in. Steak/Utility Knife
  • Kitchen Shears
  • 9-in. Sharpening Steel
  • Hardwood Block
  • How much would you pay for all of that? Retailers would like you to pay $486.00. Cooking.com usually would like you to pay $229.99 if you buy now.

    I think I like that price a lot better.

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