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Women's boutique 90% off sale Friday and Saturday

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: August 22, 2012 - 10:56 AM


The Twin Cities doesn't appear to have enough women (or men) who will pay full-price for cutting edge, high-end designer fashions. Exhibits A and B, the decline and fall of Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus on Nicollet Ave. Saks Off Fifth is now an outlet and Neiman Marcus will close its doors next year.

But pockets of small, smart boutiques still populate the Twin Cities, Edina and Wayzata. One notable shop,GH2 in northeast Minneapolis,  takes consignment and clearance from its sister store Grethen House. Even more notable, for frugalistas is GH2's 90 percent off everything sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. 

Prices after the discount will range from $5 to $500 on designers such as Prada, Comme des Garcons, Peter Cohen, Charles Chang-Lima, Miu Miu and Stephane Killian. Most of the clothes will be spring/summer with some fall/winter too, said manager Maggie Brindley. "Plenty of shoes, fall coats, blazers and dresses," she said.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The store at 318 E. Hennepin Av. is closed Thursday. Get in line before 11 on Friday for the best selection.

Young, female and thin? This warehouse sale is for you.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: February 9, 2012 - 9:45 AM


"This is a sale for young women who are trendy and skinny," said stylist Gwen Leeds as she checked out the goods at Mode's first-ever warehouse sale. The sale runs Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 15-18 at 4416 Excelsior Blvd, in St. Louis Park.

Everything is $10 to $40, including True Religion, Splendid, Ella Moss, Diane von Furstenberg, Ya Ya, Junk Food tees, Trina Turk, James Perse, 7 for All Mankind and Cynthia Vincent. Dresses that were originally up to $700 (now $40) are popular sellers.

It's a much bigger sale than at the Maple Grove location with more than 4,000 units in St. Louis Park. Much of the stock is discounted 90 percent.

There are only a few fragrances and cosmetics left this week, including Chloe perfume, but Leeds said that next week will include Laura Mercier cosmetics, Deborah Lippmann lipsticks, and Calvin Klein fragrances. That sale starts Wednesday.

Sizes range from XS to large, but even the large sizes are on the small side. Women's premium denim comes in waist sizes 24 to 32.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Deals on high-end menswear, sushi, Thymes and organic bedding

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: January 12, 2012 - 10:08 AM


Potpourri for $100, Alex.

Yep, I'm all over the Twin Cities with a combo of deals with only one things in common--they're all on sale.


Thymes fragrances and lotions are 50 percent off. No, this isn't an early warehouse sale but rather 50 percent off discontinued products at Thymes website.  Twenty-one items are on sale from the Offerings, Wild Ginger and Red Cherie lines. Should you buy now or wait until the October warehouse sale? Buy now if you need them, but chances are that these scents will also show up at the warehouse later, maybe even at lower prices. And don't panic that your fave scent is going away. Thymes appears to be following a smart trend of "discontinuing" scents to increase interest and then bringing them back in a year or two. Bath & Body Works does this too.


Moss Envy (3056 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 612-374-4581) is discounting its organic bedding and bath items 20 percent including pillows, pillow cases, sheets, blankets, duvets, comforters, toppers, pads, and bath towels made from cotton and bamboo. If you haven't tried bamboo/cotton towels, check them out. I have some from Lands' End that are a favorite for softness and drying ability. (Lands' End has since discontinued them.) Get the 20 percent discount at the store or use the code DISCOUNT12 online. Moss Envy is the former Twin Cities Green store, which was near Uptown. It's a gift and home shop that includes some eco-items.

, the venerable men's store on the ground floor of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, is in the middle of its Down to Nothing sale. New markdowns are being taken today on fall winter merch. Starting today, buy three sportwear items and save 50 percent on the three. Neckties have the same offer. You can't choose from all the ties and sportwear but manager Brad Sherman said that the sale selection is large.


Crowdcut, the daily deal site, introduces a new wrinkle in its deals today. They are introducing a video deal, and this one features local foodie celeb Andrew Zimmern and "Bizarre Foods" host. Whether Chef Andrew is to your liking or not, his deal is a good one--$25 for $50 worth of Japanese food and drinks at Fuji Ya in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Sushi deals are uncommon on the daily deal sites, and Fuji Ya is one of the bst sushi spots in the TC, said Zimmern. The video is nicely done, but do most of us want to spend more than two minutes hearing about a deal, especially if we're getting multiple site offers? Maybe not, but I did enjoy knowing, courtesy of Zimmern, that Fuji Ya offers good grilled fish too, not just the raw stuff. And Zimmern pointed out his favorite grilled

dish, yellow tail.  Also, it's nice that the deal is for $50--a lot of restaurant deals are now being lowered to $30 or $25.  





Hubert White

1 cent eBay seller special; 35% off at Gap, Old Navy & BR today only

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: November 21, 2011 - 8:34 AM


Need to raise a little cash for Christmas? Gather your stuff for eBay today and list each item for a penny at eBay today only. A few items such as Fixed Price listings, vehicles, motorcycles, boats, professional services, real estate and farm machinery are excluded from the promo.


Almost everything at Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic is 35 percent off online only if you use the discount code MERRY. Spend $50 on any of the sites to get free shipping. Each site has exceptions, including Old Navy boots and everyday steals, Gap leather or suede, Junk Food and Star Wars and Banana Republic Gavin, Dawson and Emerson pants, Timeless Collection, cashmere and SF Made.


Fans of Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic should sign up to receive email notifications of sales. All three companies are hurting these days and notifications of storewide sales are common. The best discount at Banana Republic is 40 percent, but 25 percent discounts are common. Even though the 35 percent discount is online only, many similar deals are in the stores too. Banana has many items marked 30 and 40 percent off in stores through Wednesday.


Should you wait until Black Friday instead? Last year the Banana Republic stores had everything 40 percent off until

noon. This year will probably be similar, but the store open earlier at midnight Thanksgiving night.  


For sale: Vikings apparel, cheap.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 26, 2011 - 4:52 PM


As the Vikings’ fortunes go, so goes the price of its fan apparel. OK, it’s too soon to call it a losing season, but if the losses keep mounting, watch for overstock deals at discounters and hope that the ship will right itself next season.


Currently, DealSmart in Moundsview (Moundsview Square, 2553 NE. Hwy. 10, 763-717-2967) and Little Canada (Market Place Center, 2900 Rice St., Little Canada, 651-287-7899) is offering deals on men’s T-shirts ($5), long-sleeve Ts ($9), and sweatshirts ($13). While Target has a men’s purple hooded sweatshirt on sale for $32 through Saturday, DealSmart’s hooded sweatshirt is $15. Most are gray with purple lettering in large and extra-large sizes. 


If you know of other surplus stores and discounters other than Target or Wal-Mart selling Vikings merch, please chime in. I checked with Discount 70 in Columbia Heights andBrand Name Deals in Fridley. Both are good resources for closeouts but do not currently have any in stock.  




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