Sunday Savvy: The Best Weekend Sales

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Pictured: Charming sign about the value of shoes from Cinderella, Salinas, California.

Good morning my dear readers! Happy Sunday. I’m writing from glorious Salinas, California where I have been visiting family this weekend and enjoying the art of chillification. While roaming the streets of Old Town Salinas, I came across this fabulous sign quoting Cinderella, “One Shoe Can Change Your Life.” Here at The Recessionista, we believe that is absolutely true! (In our case, it’s one New York Times article.) We just don’t want to pay top dollar for that life changing shoe. And, we know our readers don’t either. Fortunately, this week kicked off some pretty amazing sales that we all can benefit from. Here’s a run down of what’s on The Recessionista radar system for good value.

Gilt Groupe: Women’s Designer Sale starts online today. Great high-end looks from famous runway designers for less.

Neiman-Marcus (affectionately nicknamed needless mark-up by some) is kicking off their summer sale. Everything is further reduced by 25%. Some items are now as much as 55% off. The sale is for both men & women’s items.

Pictured: Lulu Guinness gorgeous leather vanity case, 50% off and perfect for traveling.

Lulu Guinness Online and New York store: Nearly everything in the store ( 394 Bleecker St , 212-367-2120) and online is on sale until stock runs out. Spring/Summer ’09 is 30% off, and both Holiday/Resort ’08 and the vanity collection (which never goes on sale!) are 50% off. These are great deals on fabulous Lulu pieces. Lulu was my first eBay purchase ever, when I was a looking to get one of her bags for a lot less. The is a great way to snap up a classic without battling and bidding with other eBayers.

As predicted, Tracy Feith goes on sale at Target.

And the last great sale alert, Century 21 New York has started their clearance sale. This one is for fashionistas in the New York/New Jersey area, but I know tourists in NYC can also benefit. When I was on the Canadian TV show 16:9, the host mentioned how she loved shopping Century 21 in New York.

I want to close this Sunday Savvy post with a farewell to 80s style icon Farrah Fawcett.

Pictured: Remembering Farrah

I actually saw Farrah a few times in Los Angeles out and about on the town. One time, I spotted her at her beau Ryan O’Neal’s gym in Brentwood. To me, she always embodied an effortless kind of California chic. She was one of the first celebrities to go out dressed quite casually and without much fan fare. The opposite of someone like Posh Spice today who steps out ready to be photographed and is ready styled. If you haven’t seen her documentary on her battle with cancer, do try to check it out. Her spirit really shines through in the piece, and to the end she showed she was no dumb blond. Rest in peace Farrah.

PS—for another great perspective on Farrah, read an interview with Norma Kamali, the designer that made the red swimsuit Farrah was photographed wearing in the best-selling poster.


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.

1 Comment

  1. Target-Addict

    June 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the Farrah tribute. I remember being in Jr. High and begging my mom to get my hair cut in her feathered style. Alas, the effect with my limp brown locks weren't quite the same as her golden mane.