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May 30, 2008

Sex and the City: Miranda's Bathing suit

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The Sex and the City movie is out today. Will you be there?

The girls are back! When you see Miranda, aka Cynthia NIxon second from right, on a getaway with her Sex and the City gal pals in Mexico, she'll be wearing this red hot swinsuit from Norma Kamali.

Just love that sexy style that reminds me of something Marilyn Monroe would have worn. I found the info in an email from InStyle.com.

The magazine Web site says the Mio swimsuit is $350 (kind of pricey) from normakamalicollection.com.

Wonder how many gals will be seen on SoFla beaches wearing this number? What do you think?

XOXO-- Shopper Girl


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May 29, 2008

Sex and the City: Carrie's Sexy Romper

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Are you ready, girls, for the Sex and the City movie? Besides the juicy plot, one of the best parts of the HBO series was the clothes that Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte wore.

We've got the dish from InStyle.com of where to buy some of the clothes and accessories we'll see in the movie.

Sarah Jessica Parker, aka Carrie Bradshaw, requested that this sexy romper from the Lake and Stars lingerie line be included in the scene when she and her girlfriends clean out her closet.

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It costs $215 from figleaves.com. I wonder how Mr. Big likes the silky number? Better yet, how will your Mr. Big go for it?


XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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May 28, 2008

Home Depot shrubs - buy one get one free coupon

Valid until June 12th at Home Depot, buy one shrub, get one of equal or lesser value free! Click here to print coupon. Happy planting!!!

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Ann Taylor knit top sale

I was totally disappointed in the Memorial Day sales this year, Charlyne did better online than I did in the mall!

I DID find some great knit t's on serious markdown at Ann Taylor. When I find a black 3/4 sleeve top for $6.86, watch out! I bought all the black size mediums at the Galleria store. It came in other colors, too, bright pink for one.

Nothing worse than hearing about a sale when it's over, so I called Ann Taylor to make sure they were still on sale and there were still some in stock. As of this posting, Wednesday May 28th, there are some left, still at the $6.86 sale price.

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Sample Sale at Etikette

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Etikette, the Wilton Manors shop with a cool designer aesthetic, is the place to go for unusual furniture and accessories. No more complaints about everything you see in stores looking alike!

The place to find everything from toile upholstered chairs to a Chihuahua night lamp, is having an end of season sale Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Not everything is on sale, but you will find a selection of items discounted from 20 to 60 percent off the original retail.

You'll get discounts on one-of-a-kind furniture, lighting and accessories. For example, the Due surf board table, made of bamboo veneer with chrome trim and legs, formerly $1,345 is now $687.50.

Etikette is located at 2341 Wilton Drive in Winton Manors. Call 954 636-6427 and see www.etikettehome.com.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Three days of sales

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It’s Memorial Day weekend when we honor our troops and hit the malls. Big sale signs, but do they live up to their ads? Let’s see:

Saturday: Shopping with E. at The Galleria. Need a white top, but all too sheer, too casual. Both need comfortable shoes for upcoming trips: No luck. E. does find a few tops at Macy’s, but stands in long line of customers trying to use their 15 percent coupon. I buy nothing.

Sunday: Nordstrom’s annual sale at Town Center. Racks and racks of designer shoes, some “marked down” to $169! Move upstairs to women’s clothing. Success: White top, not too sheer or casual, $24.

Need basic underwear: GapBody has cotton bikinis, 5 for $20. Best deal of the day.
Still need comfortable travel shoes. Ahh, Steve Madden offers $10 off any shoes $49 and up. I try flats: too flat. Smart sales girl brings me wedges. I feel like I’m floating on air. Are they practical? No. Do I buy them? Yes.

Monday: A three-day weekend is hard on the pocketbook. Still must check out Kohl’s, my new fav. Blinded by 50 percent-off signs: Capris marked down from $30 to $11.99, only $6 at the register! Find two tops and new decorative pillows for my couch, each under $15.

I pay a total $58; Kohl’s gives me $10 “Kohl’s money” back. I’m a happy shopper. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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South Beach Style to close -- Great Sale

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South Beach Style, one of my favorite design stores, is scheduled to close its doors Thursday, May 29. It breaks my heart because these folks really knew great style. They carried Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, one of my fave furniture lines plus some other good brands. (I own a MG+BW sofa and dining room chairs, which I bought at their former South Beach store.. MG+BW was the first to recognize that washable slipcovers are a great thing for people with kids and pets.)

Some good items are still available, such as Tonin Casa glass dining table, which was $4,495 and is now $2,250 (at left) and the queen storage bed with one nightstand (at right) , which was $2,335 and is now $950.

The store is located at 515 N. Andrews Avenue, between Broward and Sunrise Boulevards in Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Everything must go by closing on Thursday. Call 954-764-5020. The South Beach location is already closed.

All sale items are as-is and all sales are final. Delivery is available to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The owners tell me they have no current plans for another South Florida location.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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May 27, 2008

Coldwater Creek and Silhouettes bargains


How was your Memorial Day weekend? Mine was great, and I have to share it with you. I shopped two catalogs and saved $90.35 plus I got a $50 gas card.

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Coldwater Creek sent me a $20 gift card for my birthday with no minimum purchase plus there was a free shipping offer, which saved me $15.95, All cropped pants were $10 off. Because I bought two crewneck cotton tees, I paid $16.95 each instead of $24.50 each. See www.coldwatercreek.com.

If your stuff doesn't fit, no worry. Coldwater Creek asks you to call first, then they will pay for your return return and shipment of the new merchandise. You can also return them to your closest Coldwater Creek store.

The Silhouettes summer sale was another bonanza. I saved $5 on a shirt, $5 on cropped pants, $9 on a sleep shirt and $10 on another pair of pants. Silhouettes is having a promotion for a shopping club that costs $99 a year and gives you discounts at Target and Kohl's amoung other cool places to shop. If you consider the offer, they will give you a $50 gas card, which you can keep whether you go with the service or cancel. See www.silhouettes.com

I find it best to call so a sales person can offer you the specials. Call Coldwater Creek at 800-262-0040 and Silhouettes at 800-704-3322.

Happy shopping!

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

P.S. The crochet top Is $39 from Silhouettes.

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May 23, 2008

Beach bonanza

I recently had a guest from Illinois who loves the beach. I was embarrassed, as we were getting ready to go, that I had only a bath towel to hand her. Time to buy some real beach towels. I've only been in Florida 23 years!

Marshalls is the ticket: Wamsutta beach towels in vibrant pink, aqua and green for only $7.99. Might use one myself at the beach this steamy Memorial Day weekend.

While exploring Marshall's online, I found out the store to find designer clothes for less has a Marshalls Community. Get alerts from fellow shoppers about finds in your local store. Oh yeah, that's what this blog is supposed to be about. But in this economy, we can all use all the help we can find. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds

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May 22, 2008

Got a friend who has been nipped or tucked? Here's a card to send.

Given our penchant here in SoFla to, um, tweak our bods, this hilarious card line is just what you need to send a friend who is recovering from her "work".

They are Lift Me Up cards, notes you can send when something obvious (your friend's new breasts) has occurred and it's not obvious how you are supposed to react.

Some of our faves:

Boob job?
“Congratulations on the twins!”
Inside message: “They make a good addition to the family.”

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Facelift?
“I thought you needed a lift!”
Inside message: “But it looks like your plastic surgeon has already taken care of it.”

Vanished varicose veins?
“You’re so Vein!”
Inside message: “You probably think this card is about you.”

Find the cards at www.liftmeup.com or by calling 1-786-236-0866 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. central time.

Cost: $2.95 each; $29.50 for 10; $44.25 for 15

-- K.V.W.

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Divine Find: The Prissy Hen

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My colleague Kathy Haines just blogged about great consignment stores in the Fort Lauderdale area. Thanks for the segue, Kathy. In this Sunday's Shop-o-matic section in Lifestyle, we feature The Prissy Hen in our Divine Find column. (And isn't it a small world...The Prissy's Hen's owner Diane Bosler used to own Hibiscus, the store Kathy was writing about!)

Here are the details from contributor Bonnie DiPacio:

The Prissy Hen
1825 Cordova Road, The Harbour Shops, Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-4484; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Owner: Diane Bosler. .

Quote: “A lot of folks just drop by to see Maxie,” says Bosler. Maxie is Bosler’s 2-year-old Havana bred Havanese pup, the shop’s official “greeter.”

Wow Factor: The bright raspberry, lime green and yellow decor accented with yellow and green daisies is a whimsical backdrop for the plethora of vintage and “previously worn” items that fill every inch of this delightful consignment store. Bosler says the fine quality of items available, especially the designer and couture apparel, has drawn in some “well-heeled clients” who not only drop off items to sell, but pick up some great buys themselves.

Don’t miss: Pashmina wraps (shown at right), in a wide variety of colors for $15; Cynthia Rowley sunglasses for $26; and jewelry that ranges from $12 to $600 (estate quality). There is also a big selection of gift items (note pads, magnets, frames, etc.) that Bosler calls the “fun stuff.”

Editor’s picks: An incredible necklace made up of triple strands of genuine turquoise for $45. A darling little yellow handbag dotted with tiny green palm trees and topped with rattan handles for $19. Emilio Pucci 1970’s blouses that sell on eBay for $400, yours for $125.

Design for less: Designer shoes and handbags from Manolo Blahnik, Kate Spade and Gucci, to name a few, priced from $75 to $250. All in pristine condition. Have a big charity event coming up? There are $650 couture gowns (some with the tags still on) for $99.

Trivia: Bosler, the former owner of Hibiscus vintage consignment store on Las Olas Boulevard, named her shop for the girlfriend of legendary cartoon rooster Foghorn /Leghorn. The Prissy Hen definitely lives up to its motto: “We make our customers smile.”

--K.V.W.

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Hibiscus Place: Las Olas consignment shop

Where: Hibiscus Place, 1406 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft Lauderdale. (954) 463-6688

When you're born-to-shop, even a short fix is good one. If I happen to be at the post office on Las Olas (between the Dairy Queen and the Floridian,) there's a consignment shop right next door, on the east side. I can't be within feet of a consignment store and not run though it, can you? They get things in daily, they are one of a kind, so if you don't get there while it's there, you missed your chance. How many times have you asked in a shop for something specific, only to hear,"Oh, we had a really nice one last week." When its followed by some really low unbelievable selling price, that is even worse.

shopping3x.jpg Manny and Paul, the owners of Hibiscus Place, stock lots of ready-to-hang framed art, a very eclectic mix. But they don't buy just any old print. Their things are mostly original or, if a print, they are signed and numbered, like the Richard B Williams 'Regatta' print pictured here. It's marked $200. There are 2 Richard Williams signed sailing prints in stock right now.

If something has been in stock for awhile, they will mark it down, so be sure to ask about that. You are taking a chance, if you wait for the price to come down, but that's all part of the thrill of bargain hunting. I bought a beautiful Baker table here last year because I could finally afford it after the third markdown.

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Did I mention eclectic? They had loads of these Bali masks from a customer who collected them, before they downsized to a condominium. I'm not sure where I would go to find a Bali mask if I was in need of one? But it's all part of the surprise of consignment store shopping. These are marked $35 each, and as of this writing there are 7 left.

There are a few other interesting looking consignment stores on Las Olas west of Hibiscus Place, toward downtown, but I'm usually on my lunch hour when I stop by, so there isn't time to do them all. Why don't you stop by and let us know if they have anything we can't live without.

Hey, the latest dirt on saving money at Hibiscus Place: Go to Valpac.com/coupons, type in your zipcode and you'll find a Hibiscus Place coupon for 20% off. You can print it yourself.

Kathy (Born to Shop) Haines

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May 21, 2008

Wii Fit update

My Target in Plantation sold out of their supply of 30 Wii Fits in about 30 minutes. A clerk told me that they had people lined up for the store's 8 a.m. opening and they ran to the electronics department (great way to work in the cardio, guys!). My physical therapy appointment got canceled so I tooled over to Target to see whether there were any left and lo and behold, I got the last one! (I had the clerk double-bag the box so no one could spy my haul).

According to the clerks at GameStop, which opens at 10 a.m. (in most locations), they'll be fulfilling their customers' preorders, then selling whatever they have left to the general public.

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May 19, 2008

What a sale!

I was trying not to buying anything this weekend — really. Then I found myself on Saturday between appointments and near Macy’s. And I remembered Macy’s was having a sale.easy%20shoes.jpg


This wasn’t any sale, but up to 60 percent off clearance racks with another 30 percent on top of that. Unlike sales where the racks are so messy and the clothes so tired I walk away, Macy’s racks were neatly lined with tops, jackets and dresses of this century.

I found an off-white Rafaella casual jacket – perfect for the chilly airports on an upcoming summer trip. With the extra discount, the jacked was marked down from $94 to $22. How could I pass that up?

Kudos to Macy’s for a real sale. That’s one reason I’ll keep shopping at department stores. If you missed this one, hang on. Sales people said another one is coming for Memorial Day weekend.

While at Town Center this weekend, I also stopped in Easy Spirit, which is at the new Terrace section of the mall along with Coldwater Creek, Chico’s and Anthropologie.

Easy Spirit is not your mother’s shoe store, anymore. I found several cute styles of sandals, including these at top for $39.
The price was right, too, at $39 and up. But that didn’t quite match Macy’s sale so I saved that for another shopping trip. -- Marcia “Bargain Hunter” Pounds

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May 16, 2008

Win Frontgate and Coastal Living's $100,000 outdoor design makeover

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Wouldn't you like to win a $100,000 outdoor design makeover? I sure would. Now that we are being squeezed with high gas prices and spiraling food costs, some of the things we want, like a fabulous outdoor room, have to be put on hold. So why not try to win?

The Frontgate catalog and Coastal Living magazine will select one winner who will get: $50,000 in Frontgate outdoor furniture and accents; $50,000 toward a luxury pool, landscaping, or water feature installation from Master Pools Guild; a design consultation with Elizabeth Raines Beeler, certified designer and decorating editor for Coastal Living ; and a design consultation with an award winning designer from Master Pools Guild.

Just go to www.frontgate.com/coastalliving enter. Online entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. May 31.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Eclectic one-of-a-kind items at 'Decades'

Where: DECADES, 2661 N Federal Highway, Ft Lauderdale 954 564-0454 7 Days 10am-5pm

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I'm not sure I should share one of my favorite shops.....I don't relish the competition from fellow bargain hunters!! Should I just keep it as my little secret?

Obviously not a secret, 'Decades' has grown from one store width to four in the years I've been shopping there. Located at the Crossroads Shopping Center, better known as the 'Egg and You' Plaza, this shop is part consignment, part close-outs, (sale items from expensive retail stores), some imports, an eclectic mix of inventory all priced to sell quickly.

Lots of their items are one of a kind, so you never know when they will get something you can't live without! Things move quickly, so you have to stop in often.

If you are changing your decor or downsizing, Jerry and Chaffi, the owners, might take your things on consignment, or buy them outright, but don't expect top dollar, they price to sell.

The carved mahogany table, right, is handy for the small foyers or halls found in South Florida condos. A friend bought one for her apartment's narrow entryway, was thrilled to find a nice piece of furniture for $59.

They usually have the below decorative magnifying glasses in stock. Made to look like antique silver, these are pretty enough to be left out on display, but handy for reading the fine print.

A nice gift item for $19.



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Decades is open on Sundays, for those of us who work Monday though Friday and run errands all day Saturday.

See you there......

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May 15, 2008

Eco-friendly shopping bags

Far be it for me to make you shoppers feel quilty about your pleasurable pastime.

But this video about the harm caused by all those plastic shopping bags is something many of us never really thought out properly.

Buy an eco-friendly and fashionable bag or two. Save the planet.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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May 14, 2008

Great buys at DSW Shoe Warehouse

Sometimes great shopping tips come from the most unexpected places. My friend, Paul, who doesn't consider himself a "shopper" gave me a blog worthy tip. He found a pair of sneakers and a pair of work shoes for a total of $62!

But the ultimate tipster was his dad, who is also not a "shopper." Dad was in the Palm Beach Mall and discovered a great sale at DSW Shoe Warehouse because this branch was going out of business.

Paul, who had bought a pair of basketball shoes at another store for $32, found a comparable brand for about $22 that were originally $35. He also found a pair of work shoes that were originally marked $69.95 for about $39. The receipt said he saved $115 over what he might have paid in another store. Women's shoes are also on sale.

DSW Shoe Warehouse is located at the Palm Beach Mall, 1801 Palm Beach Lake Blvd #272A, West Palm Beach, 561-478-1332. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. See www.dsw.com

There's no closing date, but a customer service reprsentative said the store might be closed by the end of the month. Better hurry!

Bravo, Paul. Thanks for the tip. By the way, he returned the first pair of regular price sneakers.

-- XOXO Shopper Girl

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May 12, 2008

Sayonara Angsana: 75 percent off Asian furnishings

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If you haven't gone to Angsana's "going out of business" sale yet, better hurry. The stylish store, which features Asian home furnishings, accessories and gifts, will close its doors on Saturday, May 17.

Prices are now rock bottom -- with 75 percent off of everything. Even the fixtures are for sale. Some of the bargains include: silk boxes from Thailand, $2 and $3; Wayang Golek puppets from Indonesia (in picture at right), which were $75, now $18.75; a trio of mesh round baskets, which were $40, now $10; and a room divider with horizontal pieces of bamboo hung on a frame, which was $445, now $111. And there are still plenty of Buddhas, tables, chairs and other items left.

This is another closing that breaks my heart. Angsana was always one of my favorite stores because owner Michael Lipkowitz is a master at finding unusual and handmade pieces from his travels to Southeast Asia and Indonesia. He located just south of Swinton Avenue in a house because rents on Atlantic Avenue got too high. But, after he moved, the economy stalled.

"We just can't stay open," he said. "Everyone is hurting. No one has any money to spend any more." Lipkowitz said he is going to concentrate on his interior design business.

Angsana is located at 20 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330- 6676; angsanaimports.com. Hours are 11a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

XOXO--- Shopper Girl

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May 9, 2008

Ideas for your Ikeas

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Many folks who have been Ikea fans for years know that once the fabric starts to look old and worn, they can get slipcovers to create a new look especially made for their furniture at bemz.com. But here's the dish for those of you who had your first experience recently at Ikea in Sunrise.

Bemz is the brainchild of Lesley Pennington, a Canadian and former Apple marketing guru. The latest Bemz approach to selecting slipcovers lets you see them in home settings and visualize how they could look with other furnishings in the room.

"Some people find it easier to visualize how a new fabric will work in their living room when they see it in the context of a real living environment that is evocative of their own style," Pennington says.

Categories include Bohemian Chic, Country Romance, Downtown, Nordic Home, Playground and Swedish Grace. One of the cool online features allows you to drag and drop different fabrics to create your own custom look.

The slipcovers fit all Ikea furniture, including lines that have been discontinued. Covers are washable and treated to reduce shrinkage. And you can order fabric swatches to help you make a decision. Prices start at $43 for the Ikea PS chair.

For more information, see bemz.com.

XOXO-Shopper Girl

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May 8, 2008

Short-sleeved sweaters

Just when I gave up and sent my mother a gift card from Kohl's for Mother's Day, I find what I've been looking for: short-sleeved sweaters from Talbots -- 25 percent off two or more.

My mother, like a lot of women of a certain age, doesn't like to wear sleeveless tops or sweaters. But try to find a cardigan and short-sleeved matching sweater. It doesn't exist!

Talbots has a nice selection with different necklines. I like the V-necked, $58, and cap-sleeved sweaters, $38. There's a wide choice of colors.

Has anybody found short-sleeved sweaters they like elsewhere? Let me know. Mom's birthday is coming up as well -- Marcia Heroux Pounds

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May 7, 2008

Get thee to Steve & Barry's

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Looking back at your retail shopping experiences, are there highlights?

First time winding yourself through the rooms at Ikea? Ever been to a Trader Joe’s? Or what about the Gap back in the day when they sold classically cut, moderately priced, decent quality clothing?

Last weekend, I had another “important” retail experience. And not because I left with bags full of clothing.

I finally made it to the low-priced fashion outlet known as Steve & Barry’s on 163rd Street in North Miami Beach, which opened last December. Right now, everything in the store is $8.98 or less.

The fully lined navy blue pea coat is $8.98. The Ben Wallace sneakers are $8.98. The message T-shirts emblazoned with everything from the Ford Motor Company logo to the University of Miami are $8.98. The all-cotton button-down collar shirts are $8.98. The EleVen line by Venus Williams is $8.98.

Obviously, we’re not talking top quality, but has anyone noticed that quality is more or less a thing of the past when it comes to clothing? Put this place on your list of retail field trips if you’re outfitting teenagers. Heck, moms might even leave with a piece from the Sarah Jessica Parker designed BITTEN line. I left with a pair of black pants and a shirt.

All for less than $20. Unbelievable.

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Mother's Day Gifts: A (gift) basket of love

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Is your mom hard to buy for? Mine sure was. And the gift card cop out isn't something you can do for mom with good conscience.

One cool alternative is a gift basket geared to her interests.

Have a gourmet mom? How about a gift basket filled with crackers, cheese, biscuits, nuts, dipping oil, bruschetta bites, sweet pears, chocolate covered grapes, wine wafers and a bottle of wine? The price? $125.

Or does your busy mom just need a push to relax? Get her a gift basket filled with bath soaps, body lotion, a body brush, shower mitt, scented candle, tea and cookies? The price? $55.

Check out these and more at bocagiftbaskets.com. Boca Gifts Baskets is located at 940 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton, 561-994-8495.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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May 5, 2008

Who has better trash -- Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?

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Celebrity worship has gone too far. Even for shoppers who will buy anything.

This just in: Items from the trash can of Britney Spears are up for bid on eBay. When we checked a few minutes ago, the bid was $117.49 with three days to go.

The trashy stuff includes an Ed Hardy thong (size small), fan mail, a receipt for the Hustler store, a dog leash and a discarded toothbrush.

The trash collectors are the folks at HollywoodStartrash.com. If you are really starstruck, you can watch the mask-wearing dumpster divers m on the Website collecting the trash.

These are the same guys who dove into trash of other celebs such as Paris Hilton, Jennifer Gardner, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey and Nicole Richie. An email from these folks claims that a piece of used floss found in the trash outside Paris Hilton's Hollywood home sold for $1,000 to GoldenPalace.com last year.

Also up for auction on Ebay.com is an entire bag of Paris Hilton's trash. The last bid was $50 with three days to go.

What do you think out there in blogland? Is this sick or slick? I vote for sick.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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Ford model shops vintage

We girls just love to shop, don't we? But gas and food are eating into disposable income.

Well, if your budget is tight, get some vicarious shopping through this video.

An aspiring Ford model, Desiree, and her friend shop vintage at Zachary's MIle in Soho.

Even a fashionista can learn something. Did you know that anything before 1980 is considered vintage? News to me.

Enjoy!

-- XOXO Shopper Girl

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May 2, 2008

Great sunglasses with a Celtic touch and star power

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These are really cool looking sunglasses -- for you or your mom.

Designer Edward Beiner, a native Brazilian, says he was inspired by Steve McQueen, Elvis, Audrey Hephurn, the sunny skies of Miami and Celtic designs for his new eyewear collection.

Beiner, who has lived in SoFla more than 20 years, is considered a design guru to stars such as Lindsay Lohan, Thalia, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan, Shaq, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah, the Duchess of York. But you don't have to be a star to afford his cool shades. They sell for $380. For more, see edwardbeiner.com.

The latest in his nine SoFla shops is at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

Love them. Too bad my birthday has already passed. Hint. Hint.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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May 1, 2008

Slippers for the politico

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This item comes from our friends at the Los Angeles Times:

Because of its relatively short shelf life, much campaign-season politico-wear tends toward the down-market (“Babies for Obama” onesies, Clinton belt buckles, McCain zip-front hoodies).

But Stubbs & Wootton, the Palm Beach, Fla., purveyor of upscale slippers, took the race-for-the-White-House wardrobe a step in the luxe direction with a presidential-looking version of its classic black velvet slip-on.

Available in men’s ($395) and women’s ($350) at Stubbsandwootton.com, the tuxedo-worthy footwear is embroidered with a silhouette of either the Republican elephant or Democrat donkey in gold metallic thread (or split the ticket with one of each).

-- K.V.W.

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Is Mom a fan of healthy food or Hungry Girl? We've got the gift for her

Here's an item from our sister blog The Skinny:

vitadeal.jpgIs your mom or wife a fan of all things healthy? Vitalicious has a Mother's Day gift for you. It's their Mother's Day Vita Baking Gift of Health basket, which contains all four 100-calorie VitaMix varieties (Vita Brownie, Blue Bran, Banana Nut & Deep Chocolate) and a VitaTop non-stick silicone baking pan plus the book: Hungry Girl: Recipes & Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World. The whole deal is wrapped in a gift basket with a greeting card and is $36.99, plus shipping.

Check out the deal HERE.

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A poll for Mother's Day!

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Win $25,000 in home furnishings

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Want to redecorate, but running out of money to do it?

Ballard Designs, the home decor catalog that offers designer looks at reasonable prices, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a contest that could earn you a $25,000 shopping spree and a free design consultation with Ballard’s vice president of merchandising and a senior editor for Southern Accents magazine.

Enter the sweepstakes by visiting Ballard’s Web site at ballarddesigns.com and entering your contact information. You also have the option to participate in a quiz to determine your decorating style — Traditional, Sophisticated or Bohemian.

There will be one grand-prize winner and 250 instant winners, who will get Ballard Designs tote bags. Cool, isn't it?
XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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