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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Mark your calendar for January and June for discounts on women’s apparel from Vince, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Milly, J Brand Jeans, Joe’s Jeans and Alexis Bittar jewelry at L Boutique (3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 655-8403). In January the boutique reduces fall and winter merchandise by 50 percent. Leftover spring and summer merchandise is discounted 50 percent in June.
There’s always a rack of slow selling but beautiful lingerie discounted 30 percent to 50 percent at Le Papillon (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-3348). But its biggest sales happen in July and January, when luxury bras, robes and nightgowns go for 30 percent to 50 percent off. If you have your newly purchased bra fitted around the holidays, you’ll probably be served chocolates and liqueur. Owner Judy Sullivan takes special orders from clients and buys most of her lacy merchandise in New York City. Free gift wrapping is a plus.
Liquid Surf Shop (19406 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7130) offers an interesting twist to Black Friday shopping by bumping the sales up a day. On Thanksgiving night, shoppers can get some great deals on clothing, accessories, hats, headbands and bags. Depending on the sale, items are discounted 10 percent to 50 percent. Check back often for updates on the store’s in-house fashion shows, art shows and music festivals with neighboring Coastal Café.
In June and January, women’s clothing, including designer jeans, jackets, casual dresses and evening dresses, are 20 percent to 60 percent off at Lolita (3830 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-4049). October through December, Lolita offers a “girls night out” for women to visit and create holiday wish lists. Men are invited to purchase what their better halves request.
Owner Maxine Lewis of Maxine’s New York Fashions (204 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 678-9958) shops in New York weekly for the latest styles from Design Today, Tiffany and Natasha. She hosts a summer sale on all men’s suits, which dip 30 percent starting in June. Lewis sends customers in need of alterations to Top Notch Sewing Connections, which gives a 10-percent to 15-percent discount.
Stylish but budget-conscious men and women know that January and February are the months to hit Mystique Fashion Boutique (1408 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 429-8755) for fabulous deals on fashions for men and women, jewelry, outerwear and accessories, all reduced 30 percent to 60 percent. They also know that the first week of August means good sales, since the boutique is gearing up for the new season. Most shoppers think of Mystique as a women’s spot, but menswear, especially Robert Graham dress shirts and Jack of Spades jeans—both reduced 20 percent to 40 percent—are major draws. Customers on the mailing list are privy to sale dates and extra discounts.
Score exquisite ethnic jewelry and garments at Nzinga’s Cultural Connection (827 Market St., Wilmington, 427-9426) two weeks before and after Christmas and the week of Kwanzaa. Handmade garments made of natural fibers from Africa are normally priced from $15 to $200, but discounts are 20 percent to 50 percent. Jewelry sells for $5 to $50. Household items, accessories, body care items and gift trinkets are also discounted. Get a free bottle of body oil for every two purchased during sales. Incense is $1 for 10 sticks. The Connection offers a 10 percent saving on every purchase over $10—all the time. Picture Prices means additional savings during sales by letting buyers draw coupons from a basket.
The concept behind Once Upon A Child (4724 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 633-3336) is to sell gently used name-brand children’s clothing at great prices year round. But visit in July and January for major clearance sales. Sale items are discounted 50 percent.
If you dress the little ones in fine duds from Oranges & Lemons (3828 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 427-0323), you’ll get more for your money in July and January. Depending on the season, children’s fashions by brands such as Mimi and Maggie, Bella Bliss, E. Land, Paul Frank and Splendid are reduced by 30 percent.
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