Wednesday Steal: Beautiful Burberry Body 2 Pcs Set On Sale

The name suggests Scottish  Highlands, but make no mistake this fragrance is all France with its’ notes of green absinthe, peach and freesia, plus iris, rose, sandalwood, cashmere, musk, amber and vanilla producing  a wonderful signature scent.

And OffSaksFifthAve is offering a 2 piece gift set (2 oz. eau de parfum & 3.3oz. body milk) for $66.49, a savings of at least $38.51, with promo code:  FFSAVINGS +$7.99 sh–or add a second item for $8.51 for a total purchase of $75 and get Free Shipping with promo code:  SHIP75!

Gift yourself and/or another at this price!

MarkDownMom Daily Deal: 5.00 Ct Chateau Montreal Genuine Green Amethyst Earrings $16!

Large gemstones, sterling silver, lever back earrings with a retail value of $100, only $16!  Buy it for yourself like MarkdownMom did or as a present.  Plus free shipping!  It doesn’t get any better than this!

Go to Netaya and use promo code:  FALL16.

 

MarkdownMom Exclusive: SR Harris Designer Fabric Outlet Opens Store In Burnsville!

SR Harris is known to crafters, fashion designers, and interior decorators alike as a premier outlet of fine fabrics.  Located in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Park, they have expanded by opening another store in the Burnsville community–about 10 miles (13 minutes)  SW of Mall of America at 3715  Hwy 13 with 15,500 sq. ft. of sheer imagination!

Embroidered fabrics laden with swarovski crystals, real and faux fur, batiks, silks, quilting cottons, etc., and all the accoutrements to finish that special project.  Plus get these fabulous fabrics at 60% off msrp. and always look for their special coupon deals!

To be one of the first customers through their new store doors  sometime this fall, follow them on Facebook!

 

The Dog Days Of Summer-Clearance

The store aisles are packed with Back-the-School supplies and the switch from summer to fall that  began mid-July in now almost completed.  The bargain hunter has his/her work  cut out for them as the pickings are pretty lean right now unless there is a last minute shot in the arm for sales by retailers for Labor Day Weekend.

  •    Younkers Yellow Dot Sale additional 40% off.  They have added a Black Dot in-store to this sale of additional 50% off.  Better sale online of up  to  75% off as oppose to in-store of up to 70% off.  Also, best deals are had on merchandise with 2 or more markdowns.  Online prices already reflect discount.  Free standard shipping on purchase of $75 or more, promo code :  FREESHIP75Markdown Mom found one black dot item, denim maxi dress, but it had hole in bottom of skirt–really!
  • Dillard’s.  Okay. Dillards Clearance Sale was last week, but there are still deals to be had, if you dig deep enough.  The only thing that continues to bite is their shipping charges that charge more for spending more.
  • Saksoff5th.com Labor Day Sale. 40% off use promo code:  LABORDAYIn-Store Blowout, Buy 1 and Get 2 free through 9/1/2014!
  • JCPenney50%-70% off in all departments,  price listed  includes discount.  Look for clearance signs

Good Luck & Be Careful Out There!

Tip Of The Week #72: The Fail Safe Finger Test For 50 Shades Of Red–Lipstick!

We all have done it.  We want to be trendy and adventurous and try the latest runway look.  Red lipstick never goes out of style and like the color orange really can look terrible if you get the shade wrong. The trouble is that you have different tones in your skin and what may look spectacular on the back of your hand may not even resemble that test shade when applied to your lips.  So, how can you get a more  accurate reading on how the lipstick will look on your lips without contaminating it?

The tip of your fingers are closer in texture and hue than the back  of your hand.  Add the lipstick color to the tip  of a finger.   Then place your finger next to your mouth, look into a mirror to judge if it accomplishes the desired effect you wanted to achieve.  Easy, peasy right?

Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban Comes To SHOPHQ!

Mark  Cuban, investor,entrepreneur , owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and most recently one of the 6 stars of ABC’s Shark Tank, has brought to SHQP one of the products that made it’s debut on the show.  This item first appeared in Europe, and later was redesigned by entrepreneur Mary Beth Lugo and brought to the attention of Mr. Cuban and the other sharks for investment.

The KaZAM® Children’s Balance Bike  with Adjustable and Handlebars replace the old bicycle with training wheels or more daunting method of teaching your child to ride a bike by running beside him/her on the bike and helping to balance.  Balance is the key to riding a bike successfully and the KaZAM® does this in short order creating instant fun and exercise  for your child minus the potential parental heart attack!  It’s  available at SHOPHQ for  $79.09 +SH $11.99  on 3 Valupays.  Comes in 4 great colors  of  Red, Blue, Green and Orange.  Ages  3 and up.  Buy now and save for the Holidays!

Grocery Wars Part 2: Less Choices

Retailers learned their lesson following 2008 crash that controlling inventory became key to improving sales. What they did not count on was a continuing decline, not only in the purchasing power of consumers, but also the on-going decline of the middle class that began in 1980 and continues today.

Food always has been competitive with narrower profit margins than most other businesses; however, it was somewhat recession proof since consumers could forgo buying a new car or the latest fashion, but everyone has to eat, right?  However, now grocery stores have begun to control inventories beyond seasonal items and what this means for the consumer is a decline in the number and type of selections a store will carry.  Add to this natural causes such as drought, floods, and shorter growing seasons, that have increased prices substantially on beef and pork, and the consumer increasingly is being placed between a rock and a hard place.  As the middle class keeps losing ground coupled with higher prices, grocery stores are scaling back the volume and variety they offer in almost every department.

How many times have you experienced going to either a warehouse store or local grocery store for a staple that you have been buying for years, only to find that it isn’t being carried by the retailer anymore?  Are these products no longer being supplied?  In some cases, yes—some businesses have closed either through competitive attrition or retirement in family-owned businesses, but not all.  Stores are cutting back on what they consider gourmet items but also on staples if price is prohibitive and sales are limited due to the makeup of their clientele.

What this means is that many of your favorite items will be harder to find and indirectly will affect the type of meals you will be able to offer your family.  Additionally, prices will increase as competition declines.  What this means in the long run for the overall nutrition of your family is difficult to determine.

MarkdownMom does recommend increasing community gardens and individual gardens to the level of WWII Victory Gardens, and continuation of developing relationships with local farmers, local farmers markets, and learning canning and other food preservation methods.  Until the middle class starts to see signs of an economic recovery, going to the grocery store will require employing all the savvy consumer skills you have to survive sticker shock!

Online Home Shopping Networks Source Of Designer Haute Couture!

The online shopping networks traditionally selling kitchenware and household items to homemakers have evolved into a source of designer runway fashion at bargain prices.  What is even more remarkable MarkdownMom has found over the years is that many fashion trends are available online ahead of mainstream brick and mortar stores.  For instance, MarkdownMom began buying the high/low hem dresses nearly two years ago from ShopNBC (now SHQP) at great prices.

Recently, MDM saw this dress at ShopHQ reminiscent of Eileen Fisher’s Handkerchief Dress w/Ties done in colors (pale pink, dk. navy) at substantially more.  This Casual Convertible Maxi Dress from OSO is offered in 4 colors and although it is made of cotton and not a silky fabric or pure linen, the design element is the same, offering two looks with its’ adjustable hem at a feature price of $47.93 (on 2 value pays) making it extremely affordable.  With its’ six gore skirt in a light weight cotton, this dress looks great with its’ hem up or down and is a very sophisticated fashion statement!

Home shopping networks and so-called big box stores like Target (Mossimo) have recruited top names from the fashion industry to bring their style and uniqueness to midAmerican consumers recognizing the growing number of professional women in the workforce and at home who want style at an affordable price.  HSN, QVC, and SHOPHQ  not only have special lines from designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Mackie, George Simonton, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson (to name a few), celebrities such as Iman, Joan Rivers (and many others), but have become a venue for new female entrepreneurs such as Lori Goldstein and Joy Mangano, plus their own in-house designers as well.  Thus making online shopping an ongoing source of what’s hot, new and undiscovered in the fashion world.  A boon for both the consumer and the designer as well!

 

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