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.