Final Year End Sales Round-Up: Closing out 2008

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Well, 2008 is coming to a close. On behalf of all Recessionistas, I feel we are ready for a new year! Hopefully 2009, will bring us better news and some long-awaited change 🙂 For now, we can content ourselves with some final year-end savings. If you’re like me, you’ve been saving a few pennies, gift certificates and Christmas cash gifts for those year end markdowns when retailers offer consumers their very best prices. Many of us wait for the lowest sales prices of the season before making our purchase commitments. So looking around this morning, here are a few year-end sales on my watch list to share with readers.

HauteLook‘s Year End 90% Designer Blow-Out Sale
The fashion shopping club HauteLook has been having some great sales this week. The prices for high-end designers fashions from Jovovich-Hawk, BCBG & others have been unbeatable. Today is the final year-end designer blow-out with 90% off retails prices from designers like James Perse, Nicole Miller and Rachel Polly. The sale starts today at 8 am PST, 11 am EST.
Click here to join as The Recessionista Blog’s Guest and enjoy the savings. Yours truly will be in there shopping, so please don’t try to out point and click me! 🙂

The Gilt Groupe Cynthia Rawley Sale
I’ll be checking out one of my favorite designers, Cynthia Rawley today at the Gilt Groupe.
I am a big fan of her classic clothes and her handbags! Both are offered today at deep discounts. These will go quick, so get in early if you are interested.

The RueLaLa Final sale
This also starts at 11:00 am EST today. I don’t know what will be offered, but I know that 30 designer brands are featured. Click here to check it.
There are fashions for men & women featured from James Perse and other designers. Women’s fashions include Juicy Coture, Shoshana, Walter, Kate Spade, Ellen Tracy & Lululemon Athletic. For this one, I have several gift certificates for that I might be able to put to good use 🙂 Yay me!

Belk’s Year-End Sale: $10.00 off of a purchase of $50.00
Since I am outside of California today visiting my family in North Carolina, I have the opportunity to shop a different range of stores. We don’t have Belk’s in Los Angeles, so this is a little bit of a treat to be able to do to one of their stores in NC. I’ve long admired their Kristin Davis collection, inspired by the actress who played Charlotte on Sex & the City. The collection offers some nice apparel, jewelry and handbags. Most of it is now on clearance in the stores and on Belk online. Here are two pieces from the collection that I have my eye on.

Kristin Davis Bow Tie Cami Top

Kristin Davis Poplin Tie Waist Smocked Dress, Vintage Rose

The quality on both pieces seems quite good. Comparisons to the SJP Bitten line at Steve & Barry’s are inevitable, and I have to say Kristin’s collections is better quality in terms of fabric and cut. And now that its on clearance, the price differential is pretty small. Definitely worth spending a little more for something that will last a bit longer.

Finally, if you’re looking for something beyond women’s fashions, I recommend checking out the Year-End Deals. Amazon is one of the few retailers to report strong sales during this disappointing Christmas retail season. One reason is doubtless the wide selection of goods, plus an international business including sites in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, China and Japan. They are offering deals on electronics, the cool “Kindle“, Apparel, Books, DVDs, kid’s toys, men’s fashions and more.

So those are a few ways to spend a little of your holiday “mad money” or gift certificates if you have them. One word of caution, I do make a little budget for my year-end sale spend and I try to not go over it 🙂 Usually, this works out well. I’m able to leverage my Christmas cash to the best effect.

PS– I can’t forget Vera Wang at Kohl’s. Be sure and check out their sale.

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.