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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Find designer handbags $10 off at any Tiger Lili (127-C The Mews, Rehoboth Ave., 226-1853, other locations) during its July Fourth and Labor Day sales. Sales tend to vary in time and stature, since owner Lili Kohr keeps the inventory small and fresh, but coupons can be had through Tanger Outlets flyers. Birthday girls receive a $10 coupon in the mail.
Drop into Tech Fest at Trail Creek Outfitters (507 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., 610-558-4006), which holds one in spring (usually the first Saturday in April) and one in fall (usually the first Saturday in November). During the celebrations, customers go to the counter with their purchases and draw out of a hat that contains discount increments. The minimum discount a customer can receive is 10 percent, but savings go up to 100 percent off. (That’s free, folks.) There are dozens of door prizes during Tech Fest, including jackets, sweaters, and fleeces from brand names such as Acorn, Merrell, Columbia, Patagonia, North Face and Ugg.
Twila Farrell (122 Second St., Lewes, 645-7007), home to comfortable shoes by Naot and Pikolinos, holds two sales a year: one at the end of July to clear out summer inventory, and one right after Christmas to unload winter items. Save big (30 percent at first, then sliding to 60 percent) on women’s sportswear, pants, tops, jackets, skirts, dresses, hats, shoes, and jewelry from Canvas Back, Nomadic Trader, Maralyce Ferree, Alberto Makali, Xiao and Barbara Lesser.
Very European Boutique (125 Second St., Lewes, 644-7778) is sensitive to rising gas prices and the perils of street parking, so it holds specials frequently—and offers customers change for parking meters. That should leave them with a couple extra bucks to spend on BCBG, exclusive lines imported from Scandinavia and Italy, plus custom-altered jeans. Weekly sales feature 10 percent to 15 percent savings and, as always, Very European Boutique has a half-off rack.
Wright & Simon (911 N. Market St., Wilmington, 658-7345) is no discount emporium. The store carries classic, high-end men’s suits and sportswear from lines like Burberry and Hart Schaffner Marx. And because that top-quality clothing is serviced on site, it will hold up for years, saving customers money in the long run, says owner Leonard Simon. Still, the store holds two month-long sales: one in July and one in January, when customers can save 20 percent to 30 percent off regular retail price storewide.
FURNITURE AND HOME ACCESSORIES
When The Resettlers closed two years ago, few knew that new owners took over the business. The Annex (1005 W. 27th St., Wilmington, 427-2669) still works on the same principles: sales every other weekend, great deals on furniture, art, jewelry and myriad household items. Furniture ranges from $9 to $2,000. Dish sets are $10 to $300. Collectibles are discounted, with periodic markdowns ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent. The Annex always carries a good selection of discounted china. Why so cheap? Furniture comes to The Annex when folks downsize or move. Estate purchases and buyouts also make for great deals. Fill out a questionnaire and receive an extra 10 percent off your next purchase. Want to sell an item to the Annex? Just call. The business covers packing and transportation.
Everyone loves a good sidewalk sale, but few do sidewalks better than Apropos (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-4880). Hit the pavement in May and September to find savings of at least 50 percent on gift wrap, baby bags, picture frames and more. Slightly damaged goods are marked down 75 percent. The boutique houses hard-to-find Votivo candles, coats, accessories and Murval bags. (Murval is known for creating affordable replicas of big-ticket items.) The trick is to study the scene. Manager Janet Jornlin likes to move merchandise quickly, so if a new item doesn’t sell in two weeks, she’ll cut its price in half.
During the first week of July, furniture and home accents store Carolina Street (503 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-2405) celebrates its anniversary with major discounts—anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent off selected items. That means big savings on high-end home accents owner Dee Dee Phillips and husband Paul collect from around the country, such as furniture by prestigious Lee Industries.
The Cottage (142C Second St., Lewes, 644-1544) is a cozy spot for bedding and home accents that sheds its summer inventory in mid-July. “We don’t like to have summer stuff during the fall,” says owner Shelly Kennedy. Bedding from Pine Cone Hill and Isabella’s Linen Closet, as well as pajamas and candles, can be had for 20 percent to 50 percent off. Look for a similar deal closer to Christmas.
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