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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Family-owned Harris Jewelers (1812 Marsh Road, No. 309, Wilmington, 475-3101; 4377 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 999-9901) hangs its sales around holidays such Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas. Discounts vary, but the most common is 50 percent off. That equates to big savings on antique and estate jewelry, plus lines such as Natalie K., Pulsar, Morado, Yehuda and Seiko.
Heidi Lowe Jewelry Studio (328 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9203), home to brilliant handmade jewelry, holds its Multiple Show from the second week of November through the second week of January. On opening night, November 8, Lowe will offer 10 percent off her personal works. The Multiple Show will also showcase limited-edition, one-of-a-kind jewelry from 25 artists.
East meets west at Honey Kamali (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-4058), where Thai silks and European fashions make up the lavish selection of designer threads. Mid-July and mid-January are great times to score 30-percent to 50-percent discounts, and with a seamstress on hand, every fitting room woe can be mended. Co-owner Carol Sheehy will specially order a garment, even if it is not carried in the store. Trunk shows throughout the year showcase hard-to-find designs. Ask when the store will offer discounts in exchange for donated clothing. Those opportunities happen throughout the year.
June, July and January are the times to shop at Houppette, (3842 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 421-9036). Accessories by Colette Malouf and Frank & Kahn are reduced 50 percent. Seasonal lingerie from Free People, Scanty and Cosa Bella gets a 50-percent to 70-percent markdown. Discontinued products or colors are always half off. Houppette also offers makeup applications. Enjoy one regular application priced from $60-$85 and a friend’s application is free. The store’s mailing list offers discounts on products not usually on sale, as well as extra discounts on sale items. Markdowns are applied a day before the advertised sale is scheduled to begin, so early birds get the deals.
Hula Sue (149 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1012) goes big on Black Friday, marking its entire selection (except denim) down 50 percent. That includes trendy and classic gear from Lulu’s, Miss Me and Freedom of Choice. Owner Christy Hamer sends out mailers notifying customers of additional sales opportunities. (To get on board, shoot Christy an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
J. McLaughlin (4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 136, Greenville, 654-2919) holds two major sales a year: after Christmas through January, and July through August. Outgoing seasonal items, as well as men’s and women’s clothing, are reduced 25 percent to 35 percent. As the sale progresses, discounts deepen to 50 percent to 70 percent.
It’s cold in January and February, which is a good reason to make a deal on fur at Jacques Ferber (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 426-4340). Mink, shearling, casual and evening fur coats and accessories are discounted 20 percent to 50 percent. The store manufactures more than half of its garments, so special orders and custom pieces are available upon request. Mailer coupons alert customers to sales and often provide additional savings. Can’t afford a new mink? Ferber will also transform old pieces into a modern style.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers (4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 108, Greenville, 656-6710), a fine clothing shop for men, offers two sales: the Tuesday before Father’s Day and the Tuesday before Christmas. Prices on business wear, business-casual, sports and formalwear, shoes and underwear are slashed 50 percent, and store hours are extended. Ask manager Jay Steimle about $25 vouchers.
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