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Largest sample clothing sale in Twin Cities runs through Saturday

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 8, 2011 - 3:56 PM

Where did all the sample sales go? Only a handful of them are still around, but one of the best runs through Saturday. The David Rosenberg sale at 11525 Excelsior Blvd. in Minnetonka won't appeal to the hardcore sample sale shopper used to getting high-end designers or couture at wholesale prices.

Rosenberg's sale attracts more of the middle of the road shopper who likes Herberger's, Kohl's and Penneys. Brands include Southern Lady, Erin London, Tribal, Woolrich, Habitat, PBJ Sport, Quiksilver, Pepe and Buffalo Denim. Save about 50 percent or more off regular retail.

When i went earlier today, the men's selection is good, but much smaller than the women's. there are about three rows of men's merchandise and nearly ten times as much women's clothing and jewelry.

The racks along the back wall are for items marked $3 to $5.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Old Navy adds NFL Vikings and Gophers apparel; Free pizza

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 6, 2011 - 12:07 PM


Old Navy sweatshirt @$36

Old Navy sweatshirt @$36

Old Navy sweatshirt @$36

Old Navy sweatshirt @$36

Old Navy sweatshirt @$36

Old Navy sweatshirt @$36

Old Navy just added a new Superfan Nation department for NFL and collegiate apparel, including Vikings and Gophers merchandise for men, women, kids and babies. Today through Monday (Labor Day), anyone who buys $30 worth of merchandise from Superfan Nation gets a coupon for a free large, 2-topping pizza at Dominoes.



Prices seem to be reasonable, about $35 for a men's hooded sweatshirt, for example, and $20 a men's tee. Old Navy sells merchandise for 32 NFL teams online and many universities too, including the Gophers and Badgers.  Find Vikings and Gophers and a little Packers merch in the TC stores now. If you're a Patriots fan, I can't help you, but check online anyway.


I can't say if prices are cheaper than Target or Walgreens without checking but they're certainly cheaper than what you'd find at the Dome.

Costco offers men's custom-made suits through Aug. 14 for $600

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: August 10, 2011 - 1:06 PM

It's not as cheap as a suit custom-made in Hong Kong (I'm guessing), but Graham & Gunn Personal Tailoring is set up in the St. Louis Park Costco through Aug 14.


A custom-made suit through Costco is $600 or $800 depending on fabric. (Custom suits at Top Shelf Inc. in Minneapolis range from $1,100 to $2,500, according to its website.)  Sportcoats/blazers are $449, pants are $159 or $199 and shirts are $89 or $99 at Costco. Styles are traditional or contemporary with choices or pleated or unpleated pants and two or three button fronts. Cotton shirts have three different collars and cuff options.


Here are a few caveats that I noticed. The number of fabric choices is small (fewer than 20 for suits). The custom fit is created by a machine, not scores of tailor-made measurements.

Costco still offers its money-back guarantee on the custom products.


This is the first time that Costco's custom tailoring has come to Minnesota. It is available in St. Louis Park through Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can make an appointment at Costco and then search "menssuits."


Have you ever purchased a custom-made suit? Was it worth it? Let us know what you paid and where you got it.


Big storewide discounts at Gap Kids Friday

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: July 21, 2011 - 3:59 PM



If your kid likes clothes from the Gap, tomorrow (Friday, July 22) Gap Kids is having another of its blowout flash sales. Take 40 percent off all regular-priced items for boys and girls and an additional 25 percent off all clearance. Check here for store locations.


At the Gap outlet stores in Albertville, Medford and North Branch, all of the kids stuff will be marked down an additional 30, 40 or 50 percent. Adult clearance is already getting an additional 30 percent markdown at the outlet. Check here for outlet locations.



Don't expect another 30 percent off the entire store at Old Navy, which is part of the Gap family along with Banana Republic. Performance at those stores is much improved and storewide discounting probably isn't in the cards.


This is a great back to school shopping opp.

Buy two pair of women's shoes, get a pair free at Opitz

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: July 13, 2011 - 9:15 AM


Shoe-shopping, shoe-loving gals, the stars have aligned for you today. The weather looks to be pleasantly warm and not too humid. And at Opitz Outlet (4320 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-922-2435), it's a perfect day to find great deals on a large selection of women's dressy and casual shoes.


More than 6,000 pairs of women's shoes from Guess, Calvin Klein, Rampage, Jessica Simpson, BCBG, Two Lips, Marc Fisher, Inc., Anne Klein and Nine West will be $10 to $30, regularly $50 to $120. Even better, it's buy-two-pairs-and-get-one-pair-free. 


The shoes are stocked in the main store and under a large tent next to the store. All are first-quality in perfect condition. The variety is huge, said a store representative. You won't find 50 pairs of the same style. Most of the shoes are sizes 7-9, but sizes 5 to 12 are offered. If you haven't been to Opitz before, the shoes are organized by size. All sales are final.

The buy-2-get-1-free sale does not apply to women's athletic shoes. There is a new selection that starts today on Puma, Adidas, Nike and Reebock.  Opitz expects them to sell through by tomorrow.

The tent sale lasts two weeks with new shoes being added daily. The sale starts at noon today and goes until 9 p.m.


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