Get it for a Steal
Even when the economy is tip top, everyone loves a great price. These days, we like bargains even more. Here’s your guide to the best sales and everyday deals on clothing, food, gifts and more in the state.
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The best time to find big savings at Downtown Cowgirl (146 Rehoboth Ave., Suite 3, Rehoboth Beach, 227-1917) is right after Christmas, when prices on jeans, tops, dresses, jewelry, bags and accessories are cut 50 percent. The boutique carries lines from Mavi, Buffalo, B.B. Dakota, Junk Food, Gentile Fawn, Loyal Army and Sweet Pea, and it is the only place in Delaware to find funky Harveys seatbelt bags.
The best time to shop at Elegant Slumming (33H Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-5551) is after Labor Day through fall, when the shop holds weekly spotlights of great designers and marks down its products up to 30 percent for jewelry. A full-service retailer, Elegant Slumming offers appraisal services, personal shopping, special orders and a gemologist on hand full time. Check lines from J.J. Marco, DA Gold, OGI, Nikos Jewels and Marco Bicego.
Camp out at Ellie (4017 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-8800) in mid-January and mid-June for sales that last until merchandise sells out. Jeans by True Religion, Citizens of Humanity and 7 for All Mankind come at a 30 percent to 50 percent savings. Mailing and email listers receive an extra 10 percent off select items anytime. Ellie has another location in Strafford, Pennsylvania, so if a certain size is not available in Delaware, it may be in Pennsylvania.
No-nonsense shoppers are in for a treat at Femme Fatale (423 N. Broad St., Middletown, 378-9800). Though the boutique offers a wide selection of jewelry, handbags and other accessories, the March and July sales are strictly about the fashions. Discounts up to 50 percent are applied to designer jeans, tops and dresses, which usually sell for $39 to $200. In a time crunch? Owner Mary Jane Church will set up an in-home shopping party—with serious perks for the hostess.
In June, July and January, timing is everything at Flirt Boutique (1608 W. 16th St., Wilmington, 656-7467). Jewelry, accessories and scarves start at 20 percent off, then they’re knocked down even more as the sale goes on. Paige Denim, Ella Moss dresses and shirts, Rachel Pally dresses and Genetic Denim are reduced by 50 percent during Flirt’s summer sale. But in January, dresses and fashion tops are cut 50 percent, too. Flirt’s best-kept secret: The huge denim selection guarantees a “fit for everyone,” says owner Kellie Toth. The boutique offers jeans in a 32-inch waistline, a rare find in other area stores. Get on Flirt’s mailing list for secret sales and Toth will open the store early for you. Regular shoppers with specific preferences can have items set aside. Flirt will also register items. No two people will wear the same dress at the same event.
Fun to Fine Jewelry (First Street Station, 70 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3770) is not your traditional, stuffy jewelry store. Twice a year, the shops hosts great sales—one in February during Presidents Day weekend and another in November during Black Friday weekend. Savings change depending on inventory, but owners have offered as much as 50 percent off the entire stock in the past, on brands like Chamilia, TeNo, and Boccia as well as private label gold and silver lines. Visit www.funtofinejewelry.com for coupons and pop in any day for complimentary vino.
Head to Grass Roots (1250 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 489-2501; 93 E. Main St., Newark, 453-9751; 1406 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 777-2050; 1708 Foulk Road, Wilmington 529-0553) in April, July and October for 20 percent savings on any purchase over $10, even sale items. On Black Friday, Grass Roots stores open at 6 a.m. for early bird discounts on clothing by Free People, Velvet and Hazel, on shoes from Birkenstock, Reef and Clarks, and on jewelry from Far Fetched, Angie Olami and Zarah. Spend $350 anytime to earn a 5-percent discount, $700 for a 10-percent discount, and $1,000 for a 15-percent discount.
Go nuts at Hansel and Gretel (3606 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 478-0383) around Christmas and July Fourth. The discount on children’s shoes and clothing starts at 20 percent, then increases as sales continue. Missing the sale doesn’t mean missing out on savings, however. There is always a table full of shoes and accessories reduced by 50 percent. Hair accessories for girls are a big seller, and at $3 to $8 for bows, it’s no wonder. A trunk show during the second weekend of February features flower girl and communion dresses, with one lucky show-goer receiving a free dress.
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