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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Semi-annual sales in June and January mean 20-percent to 70-percent savings at Peter Kate Shoes (3830 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-7463). Designer names such as Yellow Box, Michael Kors and Thierry Rabotin, are just a few of the many discounted items. Email lists alert members to sales and sporadic discounts. The store offers weekly 10-percent discounts on select brands as well, says manager Amanda Chandler.
Plato’s Closet (4754 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 992-9798) sells gently used clothing for boys and men, boasting brands such as Gap, Old Navy, Carter’s, Arizona, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle and Hollister. Find deeper discounts in January and July, when the store clears the shelves to make way for seasonal wear. Plato’s frequent buyer card allows customers to reap 20 percent discounts when they spend $10 or more.
Madness is the symptom at Quiet Storm (126 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2747) during the first two weeks of August, when the store’s madness sale slashes prices 20 percent to 50 percent off Tommy Bahama, Hurley, Luca and Reef for men; Free People, Roxy and Billabong for women. For kids, co-owner Kelly Loeser says employees hand out free gifts like posters, stickers and purses with purchases.
The whole idea behind Rags To Riches Upscale Resale (5801B Kennett Pike, Centreville, 654-5997) is that used designer labels such as Fendi, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are always reduced. But even deeper discounts can be had in March and August, when owner Jodi McLaughlin makes space for seasonal inventory. Sale items are marked down 50 percent. Customer appreciation postcards offering additional 10 percent to 15 percent savings are mailed quarterly.
Find great sales at both Sole Boutique (110 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6500) and Sole Kids (110 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach 227-6622) at the end of each season. Winter items go on sale for up to 50 percent off in January, and summer items also go on sale in mid-August through September. At Sole, that means women’s lines from Tory Burch, Milly, Trina Turk, Diane von Furstenberg and James Perse. Sole Kids, a one-stop kid’s and baby boutique, sells bushels of cheeky baby gifts like Rolling Stones onesies and T-shirts that read, “I only date models.”
South Moon Under (120 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3806) carries brands many other stores just plain don’t carry, such as Seven, Citizens, Juicy, and Mark Jacobs. Hit it up during the first week of July and right after Christmas, when men’s and women’s swimwear, jewelry, shoes and accessories go on sale for up to 50 percent off.
The Swim Shop (2115 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 575-1224) offers a variety of swimwear for everyone from the backstroke champ to the sunbathing beauty, so fashion suits and competitive swimwear hang under the same roof. Both start around $60. The last week of August into the beginning of September is the time to grab a suit discounted 20 percent to 25 percent or accessories such as goggles, which sell for $7 to $25. The Swim Shop also specializes in Roxanne plus-size suits for $80 to $90 and chlorine-resistant suits for $50 to $70. For an added bonus, the store usually offers a 20 percent discount on Reef sandals.
That Boutique! (40 N. Walnut St., Milford, 424-3430) cuts down on confusion by being the only boutique in Milford, and keeps customers coming for gowns and apparel, local artisan handbags, hand-knitted sweaters and scarves. The store has seasonal sales during the first week of November, January, June and August, when prices on select items are reduced 20 percent to 50 percent. Do you live between Dover and Milford? Save dough thanks to your mailbox at That Boutique!, where locals receive 10 percent off on lines such as Boho Chic, Frank Lyman, Hanna and Tummy Tuck jeans.
Tickled Pink! (235 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7575), Delaware’s only Lilly Pulitzer signature shop, features the entire Lifestyle Collection. The store also carries brands such as Molly B, Tibi, Shoshanna, Alice & Trixie, and Sharon Gill. Find everything 20 percent to 70 percent off from late-July to early August, plus various giveaways (think key chains, cosmetic mirrors and quilted hangers) throughout the year.
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