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3 weekend warehouse sales: Athletic apparel, woolens and eyeglasses

Three weekend warehouse sales are going on now or starting tomorrow on athletic high-performance apparel; Faribault woolens and eyeglasses. All offer discounts of 50 to 80 percent whether you're shopping for yourself or gifts.

If you haven’t heard of Storm Creek high-performance apparel, that’s a good thing. It will save you cash. You’ve probably heard of North Face and Columbia, but you pay a higher price for name recognition. Hastings, Minn.-based Storm Creek started in 2006 by Doug Jackson. It’s sold in smaller retailers such as Midwest Mountaineering and Duluth Trading Company. During the sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri, Nov. 20 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 21, more than 15,000 pieces will be 50 to 80% off, including insulated vests, running apparel, and fleece pullovers.  Example: a soft-shell jacket with a micro velvet lining for $40 that other brands sell for $160. It will be held at 935 Blue Gentian Rd in Eagan. Call 651-480-3000 for details.

Bruce Bildsten, chief marketing officer at Faribault Woolen Mill said its holiday overstock sale won’t be repeated, so this may be the best opportunity to get more than 4,000 first-quality scarves for $15 (reg. $60 to $70), more than 2,200 throws discounted from $100 to $220 and 700 blankets for $30 to $125 that were $85 to $350. The sale will be Sat., Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mill at 1500 NW 2nd Ave., Faribault, MN (about an hour south of the Twin Cities)

Check out a $39 and $59 designer frame sale with thousands of frames. Inver Grove Family Eye Clinic will hold a sale in Southdale in Edina on Sat.-Sun., Nov. 21-22. Lens prices are also discounted to $1 less than Costco’s prices. At press time, the sale’s location in Southdale in Edina is not known. Call 651-455-1492 for details.  

Average Twin Cities shopper will spend about $850 for holidays, survey finds

Twin Cities' residents said they will fork out about $850 for holiday spending this year, down from $868 last year, according to the annual St. Thomas Holiday Spending Survey.

"The responses are are substantially  more optimistic than those recorded six or seven years ago, in the depths of the recession," said Dave Brennan, one of the researchers of the study at St. Thomas' Opus College of Business.

Twin Cities' shoppers seem a bit less optimistic than national trends. Deloitte & Touche are predicting a 3.5 to 4 percent increase, the National Retail Federation a 3.7 percent increase and Nielsen a 1.9 percent increase in national hoiliday spending. 

Local shoppers plan to spend their holiday dollars on:

1. Gift certificates (#1 in 2014), 2. Cash (#3 last year), 3. Books (#7 last year), 4. Clothing/accessories (#2 last year), 5. Entertainment (#8 last year), 6. Travel (#4 last year), 7. Toys and hobbies (#5 last year), 8. Sporting goods (#9 last year), 9. Jewelry (#14 last year) and 10. Cell phones (#10 last year). Furnishings, consumer electronics, computers and videogames completed the list.

Mall of America, Rosedale and Southdale remained the top three malls for people planned to visit for holiday shopping with Maplewood Mall, Burnsville Mall and Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan each moving up. 

Asked where they plan to do most of their shopping, survey responders out Rosedale in the number one spot again. In the 14 years that St. Thomas has conducted the survey, Mall of America topped Rosedale as the "most shopped" list three times.

The survey included 307 online responses from households in the 13 county metro area.