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

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You know, there are times when it just doesn’t do to take life or fashion too, too seriously. When those times come along, this is the scarf to be wearing:

Moschino Franklin Scarf You may not have much in the bank, but you’ll look like a million bucks in this cheerful $100.00 bill scarf by Moschino. It’s 100% silk and sized at a discreet 35″x34″. Tie it around your neck or around the shoulder strap of your purse for instant smiles.

Oh, and thanks to the magic of the internet, you can now get it for less than a Franklin!  The retail price is a whopping $253.00, which could hurt your personal economy. eFashion House has been carrying it for $199.00, which is a much better incentive. But right now it’s on sale for a mere $88.00!

You know, with a few good deals like that, your bank account might just start feeling the recovery.

The Root of the Matter

I don’t know about you, but I have a great fondness for root vegetables. I love to eat them and I think they just look cool, too. Apparently New York City artist John Derian who turned a series of meticulously detailed 19th century French botanical prints into a series of handsome yet whimsical trays, agrees with me.

John Derian Carrot Platter

In addition to this carrot platter, there’s a kohlrabi, beet, turnips, and more in the series. Each one is a lovely potential accent to your table or your wall.The prints are decoupaged and topped with glass, and backed with felt. The trays are food safe, but remember not to immerse them completely in water.

Originally each tray ran $188.00, but they are currently on sale at the New York Botanical Gardens Gift Shop for just $112.80 each. Oh, and if you have a membership, the price on each goes down to a mere $101.52.

Rutabaga, anyone?

In the Mink

Wendy Mink Gold and Tanzanite Earrings See these? Aren’t they great? Don’t you want them to help you make a splash at holiday gatherings this year?

Wendy Mink is the one responsible for all that spectacular, and I for one would like to shake her hand. They’re gold vermeil leaves with beaded with Tanzanite for a cool touch of blue. So gorgeous. They would make a dramatic statement on nearly any set of ears.

Speaking of things your ears will enjoy, wait until you hear the price! The retail on them is an entirely reasonable $207.00. Bluefly usually carries them for just $124.00, which is a great deal. Right now, though, they’re on sale for a mere $119.99! That’s 42% off the retail.

Don’t leaf this deal behind.

Thick as a Bric

I really do mind if you sit this one out*. Why? Because this is such a great deal!

Bric Microsuede Purse Witness the Bric Life medium sized satchel bag in grape microsuede banded in dark brown leather. It’s a roomy 13.39″w x 8.27″h x 4.92″d to hold all your valuables during your busy day. Three inner pockets (one patch, one zip, one cell phone) and an attractive beige fabric lining make it as beautiful as it is practical.

Best of all is the price. The retail price is $370.00, but right now you can get it on sale from FORZIERI.com for a mere $259.00. That’s a nice price for so much style.

*with apologies to Jethro Tull…sort of.

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Half-Baked Edition

One thing’s for sure: if you bake, the holidays are the best excuse in the world to do it. Of course you need good equipment to make the best cookies, cakes, pies, and breads. Here are a couple of my budget-friendly picks to make your life in the kitchen happier and more successful.

Rachel Ray Cookie Sheets Every year I swear I’m going to get new cookie sheets. I don’t have enough and I don’t have any that are nonstick. This year, I may just go ahead and do it with the deal I found on this Rachael Ray 2-pc. Nonstick Oven Lovin’ Cookie Lovin’ Set at Cooking.com.

You get two 17″ x 11″ nonstick cookie sheets with large and bright orange silicone handles for  easy handling. They’re dishwasher safe and able to withstand heat up to 500f. What’s more, with every purchase, a donation is made to Rachel’s Yum-o charity dedicated to teaching kids and their families about healthy relationships with food, as well as feeding hungry children.

All that and a sale? Sign me up! Because right now at Cooking.com, you can save about a quarter of the price on these great cookie sheets. Regularly priced at  39.95, you can get them right now for just 29.99! Now that’s a great way to feel good about making those holiday treats!

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It’s Hip to be Square

With the holidays coming up, we could all use a bit of extra sparkle. I like a bit of it dangling from my ears. In fact, I like something like this.

Genuine Square Aquamarine Earrings Imagine yourself at a fabulous holiday party with 1.30 carats of aquamarines adorning you. Isn’t that a wonderful image? I certainly think it is!

Oh, and to add another reason to glow, there’s the price tag. Manufacturer’s suggested price is $269.99, but right now at Finejewelers.com, these special sparklies can be yours for the bargain price of just $139.99!

Wear them in a winter wonderland with confidence…and a little Grinch smile because you’re the only one who’ll know how little you paid for them.

Take a Swirl

Do you need the perfect accent for a room? Would a handblown glass vase be what that coffee table or shelf needs to make it perfect? Are you on a budget? Well, I’ve got the perfect deal for you!

Kelly Swirl Vase This beauty is the Kelly vase. Swirls of emerald green, cornflower blue, and lilac make an elegant and compelling statement. It stands 18″ tall by 6 1/2″ wide, and is designed for dry arrangements only. Me? I would just display it as is. Why gild this lily?

As for the icing on the cake, well, it’s a heck of a deal. The suggested retail price is $98.00, but we can do better than that. Bellacor usually carries it for  just $81.00, which is a serious improvement.Right now, though, Bellacor has it on a special overstock deal for a mere $33.00!

Hurry, though, because stocks are limited. Oh, and while you’re on the site, be sure to check out the other great deals available. After all, you’ll want to take advantage of the free shipping offer on orders of $75.00 or more.

Get the Message!

Sure a pretty little clutch that holds just your lipstick, ID, and emergency cab fare is perfect when you’re going to a party, but what about when your life requires that you have more on you? After all, there are times when you need to carry books, important papers, or even your laptop with you. Those won’t fit into a tiny clutch.

But just because you need to haul a lot of gear doesn’t mean you have to give up carrying a superfantastic accessory!

BCBGMAXAZRIA Messanger Bag BCBGMAXAZRIA created this gorgeous and practical messenger bag out of soft lambskin in a delicious congac color. It’s up to you whether you carry it by the wrapped handles or drape it across your body with the detachable 60″ strap. Inside, there are a zip, a patch, and a cellphone pocket.

Best of all, it’s on a great sale at Bluefly. The retail value is $348.00. Bluefly usually carries it for $208.00, which is a great deal. But right now you can get it for just $176.80! That’s 49% off the original price!

Now that’s a message I can get behind.

Cecilia’s Not Breaking My Heart

In fact, if the Cecilia in question is this one by Lauren Merkin, she’s giving me all kinds of confidence, baby.

Lauren Merkin Cecilia Purse That’s soft, supple buffalo leather, available in your choice of brown (shown) or navy. As much as I love blue, I’ve fallen madly in love with this elegant color. I’m also loving the braided shoulder strap and subtle pleated detailing. There’s a zip closure to the bag for security, too.

Normally, all this would set you back about $575.00, but we don’t deal in ‘normally’ here at the Basement. Right now this gorgeous purse is on sale at Neiman Marcus for just $403.00! That’s an extra $172.00 in your pocket for other pretties.

Oh, and when you’re checking out the site, don’t forget to type in code SHOPNM for free shipping on any size order. But hurry! The deal is only good until the witching hour strikes on November 17.

On the Cuff

When it comes to accessories, I’m a firm believer in a good bracelet. It’s immediately visible and makes a dramatic statement…if you choose the right one.

So which is the right one? Well, I have to say this one would be a great place to start:

Kara Ross Enameled Cuff Kara Ross designed this beauty of heavily textured brown enamel over 18k goldplate. That texture? Resembles a tree trunk, for an earthy look. A swish of gold decorated with five tiny tiger’s eye cabachon finishes the look.

All in all, it’s a look that nobody will forget.

What you can forget is the original retail price of $350.00. You see, if you act now you can get it from Bloomingdale’s for just $245.00.

Oh, and Bloomie’s has a special bonus deal going on now. If you spend a minimum of $500.00 on selected merchandise (including this bracelet!) you can get a $100.00 splurge card toward your next purchase of $150.00 or more!

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