The bad news is that the Waterford/Wedgwood and Mikasa outlets closed this year, and Villeroy & Boch (763-494-9008) will close Sept. 26. Everything at V&B is discounted an extra 25 percent, including clearance. (Christmas clearance is half-off.) If you're unfamiliar with the high-end French-German line, check out the Ceramicsplus nonstick bakeware, which cleans up easily ($25 to $85 before the discount). The bakeware, flatware and crystal rarely went on sale in the past. New outlets opening soon include Under Armour (athletic wear for men, women and kids) Aug. 4, Charlotte Russe (young women's fashions) Oct. 13 and Chico's for women later in October.Special-occasion dresses from $3 to $50
Operation Glass Slipper helps girls from low-income families attend prom in style, but the dresses donated by retailers can sometimes be a little too bride-ish or mother-of-the-bride-ish for teens. So the nonprofit priced them to sell at a fundraiser. Wedding gowns are $20 to $50, regularly $300 or more. Other dresses sell for $3 to $15, regularly $150 and up. Hundreds of dresses and veils for little girls to play dress-up are $1. What's a $1 dress-up dress look like? Anything with puffy sleeves or butt bows, said organizer Pam Philipp. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Marriott West (9960 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park 952-544-4400). A similar sale will be held in Blaine Sept. 11-13. Call 651-994-7989 for details.Eyewear deal online
Buying eyeglasses online isn't as easy as buying a book, but for anyone with a simple prescription (minus 4 diopters or less with little astigmatism or bifocal correction), it's a big savings. Ira Mitchell, an Eagan resident, writes about his experiences buying online at www.glassyeyes.com. One of his favorite sites for its money-back guarantee and overall customer service is Maryland-based www.EyeBuyDirect.com. The site is having a "buy one pair, get one free" sale Monday through July 26. Prices (including lenses) range from $14 to $135. Add-ons include $25 to $112 for high-index, thinner lenses, $7 for anti-reflective coating, $5 for UV protection and $5 for tints. Shipping is $5 or free for orders over $99. Check out the "how to buy" section on Mitchell's GlassyEyes site for an excellent primer on getting started. To reach EyeBuyDirect, call 1-866-439-6628.Sisters having a fun sale
Fun Sisters (4253 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-9872, www.thefunsisters.com) is having its annual tent sale in the Minneapolis location with discounts on designer-inspired affordable purses, jewelry and shoes. Buy one item, get one free. Most accessories, overstock items and onesies sell for $28 to $40 before the discounts. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.The Foursome on the move
The Foursome men's clothing store in Wayzata Bay Center (841 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-4667) is moving to Plymouth in the fall. Everything is discounted 20 to 60 percent, including St. Croix, Austin Reed, Bill's Khakis, Tommy Bahama, Polo, Zanella, Cole Haan, and Allen Edmonds. The selection includes big and tall and shoes for men, women and kids.