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October 31, 2008

Free Children's clothing-- for you or charity


By now, you have probably seen the VW commercial where Brooke Shields accuses women of getting pregnant just so they could buy the new Tiguan. Pretty silly, isn't it?

I agree. But I must admit there are some things that may make you wonder what it would be like to dress a child in adorable kid's clothes. Team some great looking clothes with a great deal and you have the offer from store in Bay Harbor Islands. Starting Nov. 3, anyone who spends $50 or more at the store can get an additonal article of clothing for their child or donate it to a local charity by placing it in a bin at the store. The free items, which sell for $8 to $20 each, range from complete outfits to leather belts or bows. The campaign continues until all promotional items are given away. is known for having a large range of clothing from hand embroidered classics to trendy fashions. Check out this imported designer dress with short puffy sleeved dress with hand crocheted embroidered flowers ($74.99).

The store is at 1039 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 305- 993-6472.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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October 30, 2008

Nicole Barr jewelry on sale and free umbrellas at Flagler Museum in Palm Beach


I love museums, but I'll also share a guilty secret with you. I believe one of the great things about museums is their gift shops. Even if the exhibition was disappointing, the gift shop is the prize to look forward to at the end.

Last weekend my husband Carter and I went to see the Richard Morris Hunt exhibit at Whitehall, the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. It is a must-see for any architectural buffs.

Anyway, I digress. The gift shop always has something that I desire. This time it was the exquisite jewelry created by artist Nicole Barr. I fell in love with a pair of amethyst earrings that were surrounded with small diamonds, and my husband bought them for me. The regular price was $260 and they were on sale for $155.25. A real deal.

Even better, I got a free compact umbrella for every $35 I spent. This umbrella bonus is available through Nov. 1. I learned it was a special for the slow summer months, but there will be another giveaway closer to Christmas and I'll let you know.

We bought the last pair of earrings in this style, but this Red Diamond Dragonfly pin is another example of Barr's fine work. (See photo courtesy of the Flagler Museum Store.) It is a fusion of fired glass with sterling silver, resulting in beautiful colors that will never change. Her designs also add diamonds, sapphires, rubies, amethyst, topaz and other semi-precious gemstones. The original price was $580. It's on sale for $329.50.

Besides jewlery the gift shop has toys, books, tableware and other goodies.

Whitehall is a great place to fuel your mind and your fantasies. Go this weekend. For more info see,

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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October 29, 2008

Halloween frightening for shoppers


I'm not going to tell you what I decided to go as for a Halloween party this weekend, but you can probably guess from my shopping experience.

First, I stopped at the Party Supermarket to buy a wig. The place had a line around the block waiting to try on the pre-made, overly expensive costumes. I found a long dark wig with bangs for $14.99.

Then I found some flat Mary-Jane shoes at Ross Dress for Less, $12. Next I needed a loud dress or skirt. I had nothing in my closet, of course.

I went to Kohl's and found a scary number of choices masquerading as fashion trends. I picked up one blue-and-black polka dot number for $8. I also found a freshwater pearl necklace I couldn't resist for $11.99.

red%20glasses.jpgNow all I need are red-framed glasses and something for my teeth.

Know who I'm going to be? All I know is I've already spent way too much money on this Halloween costume. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 28, 2008

Designer jeans for $40 at Filene's Basement

I had to go to the place "where bargains were born," Filene's Basement, now that it has opened in Aventura.

It's nothing like the flagship store in Boston. I remember going there with my friend Lynn. It was a mess but a fun mess. Clothes on racks all over the place. I found a slinky black dress for some ridiculously low price.

Aventura is a bit more tame. Clothes are nicely organized on racks sporting designer names. The prices? A bit more steep than I remember in Boston.

Still, there are bargains to be found. The biggest is probably Filene's choice of designer jeans, many for less than $40. A variety of earrings and necklaces are easy pickups as well and designer sunglasses such as a pair of Oscar de la Renta's for $12.99.

Fantastic prices on women's and men's suits, if you're in the market for that.

I fell in love with a wrap dress from Barney's New York, but it was still too pricey for this bargain hunter at $130. But I'll be back. It's worth the drive. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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20% off coupon for Borders until 11/2

My idea of a mini-vacation is to find a window of free time and spend it in the coffee shop at Borders, casually flipping through the latest home decor books and magaines. I can fantasize about that new kitchen for hours.

There's a 20% off coupon good until November 2nd. Makes the mini-vacation even more enticing.

Borders coupon good for Borders Rewards members, but the membership is free, so why not?

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October 27, 2008

Sur La Table to open in Coconut Creek



Sur La Table, the fab store for cooks that I discovered in Pike Place Market in Seattle when I was a food editor, is set to open in Coconut Creek Nov. 6.

This is the third SoFla store. Others are at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens and at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens in Pembroke Pines.

What makes Sur La Table stand out from other stores for cooks is the fact that it was inspired by kitchen stores in Paris. It's a chain, but doesn't look or feel corporate. The sales people are trained well and can help you pick out what's best for you or a friend. I just love the place.

Here are a couple of items I especially like:

The La Rossa plates are an exclusive to Sur La Table that is inspired by traditional Italian designs. It's $19 for the salad plate and $20 for the dinner plate.

If your herbs always burn up outside, check out the AeroGarden Space Saver 6 Elite, which features a new advanced growing system. Comes with a Gourmet Herb Kit and two grow bulbs; accommodates up to six pods. Sells for $169.98.

The store is located at The Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4449 Lyons Road, Suite J-102
Coconut Creek, 954-247-2204.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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October 25, 2008

30 percent to 50 percent off designer shoes at DSW


Put on your running shoes and sprint to DSW. The shoe store's sales racks are full of designer shoes -- Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Ann Marino and many, many more.

Most are dress-up heels and sandals -- great for holiday events. Get this: I bought two pairs of gorgeous shoes: a marbled shiny brownish black Ann Marino and sexy black pumps from Rampage for $35. OK, I had two $10 coupons DSW had sent me for being a loyal customer -- but still!

So don't wait until you need those satin with rhinestone pumps for the holiday party, go while you can get them el cheapo. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 24, 2008

Up to 75 percent discount at Salvation Army stores

Looking for some good bargains? Check out the great sale at Salvation Army's Broward stores.

On Oct. 25, everything in all six stores throughout Broward County will be 50 percent off except for furniture, which will be 25 to 75 percent off. Among items included in the sale are clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books and electronics.

All six Broward County stores will have free drawings for prizes and giveaways.

Here are the locations:

888 North University Drive, Pembroke Pines, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 954-433 2160.
1791 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 10 a.m. -8 p.m, 954 463-3725.
310 N State Rd.7, Margate, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m, 954 979-6999.
2300 SW 56th Ave., Hollywood, 10 a.m.--4:30 p.m, 954 961-7523.
451 E Copans Road., Pompano Beach, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., 954 782-3925.
7707 Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, 10 a.m. -7 p.m., 954 721-0705.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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October 23, 2008

Get $50 Visa gift card for Barbie dolls


It doesn't matter how old we are, we still love Barbie. What is it with that beautiful babe?

Well, maybe not all of us love "Caribou Barbie," but this is a shopping blog and I will try to keep Sarah Palin and her $150,000 wardrobe out of this for now. Sorry. Just couldn't resist the barb at the human Barbie.

Anyhow, your kids may be begging you to add to their collection, like this Mariposa Rayla, shown here, that is based on the Mariposa DVD. If you spend $100 on some Barbie merchandise, you can get the $50 gift to spend on anything you want -- shopping, gas or even groceries.

Just save the reciept and the original UPC code and mail them with the coupon. The offer expires Dec., 31, 2008. For the coupon and info, see
Tempting, isn't it?

XOXO -- Shopper Girl

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October 22, 2008

Save 10 percent at new Maine Cottage in West Palm Beach


If you love the cottage look, celebrate.

Maine Cottage, which Furniture Today describes as a "specialist in upscale coastal home furnishings," has opened its first Florida store on Clematis Street.

The Grand Opening is today from 4 to 6 p.m., and the first 50 guests will get free Coastal Living beach towels.

The 5,000-square-foot store is also offering a 10 percent discount off all furniture orders until Nov. 1. Maine Cottage specializes in painted furniture like this (at left). Cool, isn't it? They also have rattan pieces that look like they came from grandma's porch. Say hello to Hasty, Beth and Annie, right, when you visit the store.

Maine Cottage is located at 312 Clematis Street West Palm Beach. Call 561-366.0033. See

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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October 21, 2008

Sterling silver a steal at Kohl's

Here's an easy gift for mom, the sisters or a good friend: Sterling silver jewelry, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, on sale for 65 percent to 70 percent off at Kohl's in Boynton Beach.

I overheard a man shopping for a birthday present for his wife. He was going to get her a Citizens watch -- also on sale. I wanted to scream at him: No! No! Something romantic, stupid. But I just let the saleswoman gently suggest a more elegant watch instead.

But back to the jewelry: lots of choices, both traditional and modern. Great for gifts for others -- or yourself! -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 20, 2008

Layaway for the holidays and free coupons at Kmart

Layaway. Does it have a retro sound? Or do you even remember it?

When I was growing up, folks didn't use credit cards for everything. You either paid cash, or the poorer folks and teenage girls, would put the object of their desires on layaway.

It's back. Thanks to the credit crunch and the recession. My fellow, shopping diva Marcia Pounds, and I both saw ads for the retro practice this week.

Thus far, the only one I am able to confirm is layaway at Kmart, which says positions them as "the only mass discount retailer to offer a layaway service."

The TV ads, which started airing last week, are pitching layaway as a way to get buy gifts for Christmas.

Here are the terms, according to

You can pay over 8 weeks. Just select your items and bring them to the layaway counter and make a down payment. You need to make payments every two weeks at the store. For more info and layaway fast facts, see

Another tip: You can get two $5 Kmart coupons when You sign up for kmart email.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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Get in the holiday mood at Crate & Barrel

Whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, Crate & Barrel Outlet at the Sawgrass Mills mall is bound to get you in the holiday mood.

I stopped there on Saturday and found a beautiful table runner 50 percent off, only $19.95. I chose the Alexandra red design, but there's also one with autumn colors (see at right).

Then I found an irrestible item for $6.95: fanciful salt and pepper shakers in the design of snowmen. My friend M collects those for her friend M, so I may pass them on to her. If not, one of my sisters' is getting snowmen as part of her Christmas present.

The snowmen design also is available in a sugar and creamer for $12.95, appetizer plates for $14.95, and tapered candles - snowmen with tall winter hats, 2 for $5.95.

What a fun tabletop for the children in us during the holidays! And at a bargain price, of course. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 17, 2008

Holiday shopping at Pinkghost Fun Fair Saturday Nov 8th

Want to find some really one-of-a-kind gifts, and support your local artists? Go to the Pinkghost Fun Fair on Saturday November 8th, from noon to 6 pm.

There will be a hand picked selection of independent shops, including designer toy store Pinkghost, record store Back Bone Records, bookstore Books & Books, delicious pie provider Purple Pie Company, handmade plushies Pinky Punk, vintage clothing retailer Pin Up Vixen, indie T-Shirt retailers Chix Ink, FFee Clothing and so many more.

There's also an art show with 'art on the go' pieces available for purchase. Participating national and international artists include Matias Vigliano (from DOMA), Colorblok (Juliana Pedemonte), Kendra Binney, Mike Bell, John Kissee, Liz Lorini, Ryan Myers, Skaffs, and many more.

In case you needed any more reasons to go: Goodie bags for the first 25 people, live bands, DJ sets by Adam Foster ( and nice people all over.

Fairgrounds are across Andrews Avenue from the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, next to Laffing Matterz. The address us 201 South Andrews Avenue.

Admission is $2 for Adults. Children under 10 free admission with adult.

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Bring your old sweaters to Banana Republic for a deal

Had your eye on something at Banana Republic, but you are waiting for it to go on sale? Now is your chance. From October 16-26th, take your previously loved coats and sweaters to Banana Republic, and get 30% off all regular priced items.

Banana Republic will donate your items to Goodwill to fund their job training programs. Last year they collected over 110,000 coats and sweaters, generating nearly $440,000.

Clean out the closet, and earn a 30% discount. Great idea! I knew something would finally inspired me to get in there.

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October 16, 2008

Happy birthday IKEA! Coupon w/ purchase this weekend

I still remember the brouhaha over the opening of IKEA like it was yesterday. How can it have been a year already?

This weekend, 10/17-19, IKEA Sunrise, FL, is offering a $10 gift card when you spend $50, if you bring the coupon from Thursday's Sun-Sentinel, page 18A. 10/16/08. There's also a coupon for a free meal. I heard the Swedish meatballs are great!

IKEA is located at 151 NW 136th Avenue in Sunrise. (595 West Exit 1) If you haven't been there, be prepared for a treat, but I'm sure it'll be crowded. Sometimes the traffic backed up into the parking lot looks just like the traffic entering a Dolphins game!

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Treat your ficus with Bayer Tree and Shrub Care

fly17a.jpgI overheard a conversation at an outdoor dinner party the other night, as we admired the lovely landscaping. Ficus whitefly is causing defoliation on many ficus shrubs and trees.

My friends got their info from the Sun-Sentinel. I work here, but somehow missed that it ran while I was out of town. So I wonder if any of you missed it too. If your ficus trees or shrubs get this bug, then replacing them will surely cut into your shopping budget!

The next morning, I checked out the ficus hedge at my condo, and sure enough, it was losing leaves and getting 'stick-y.' (Picture is from our story, not my yard.)

Bayer's Tree and Shrub Care will treat whitefly, it's available at Home Depot. I didn't want to waste precious time shopping prices, our plants needed immediate help. A 32 ounce bottle was $19.97 and was enough to treat 5 two foot plants. A gallon bottle is $69.97. Pricey!

I bought the small bottle and treated the worst parts, but will probably need to get more. Has anyone found a cheaper way to buy this stuff?

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Check out Sam's Club: $10 holiday deal


Sam's Club announced today (Thursday, Oct. 16) that it's offering a $10 membership good for 10 weeks for families and businesses not currently members.

Consumers can sign up for Sam shopping privileges on two weekends, Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26. Sam's Club stores are in West Palm Beach, Lantana, Coral Springs, Sunrise, Miramar and Miami.

Sam's Club, Costco and other discount shopping stores are likely to be busy places this holiday season when most of us are trying to S-T-R-E-TCH that dollar. Check it out. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 15, 2008

Evita Peroni Trunk Show at Angela's Beauty Stuff


A trunk show Thursday from 4pm-7pm...have a look at the unique hair accessories in the Evita Peroni line. Jeweled holiday pieces, leather headbands, gorgeous clips and barrettes...

Joann, the national trainer for Evita Peroni, will be at the trunk show to demonstrate simple techniques that transform our look from OK to fabulous.

Evita Peroni


In the Harbor Shops at 17th Street Causeway in Ft Lauderdale.

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Buy one get one free - Halloween candy at Publix


If you're like me, you wait until the last minute to stock up on candy for the swarms of trick or treaters, then spend way too much at the last minute.

Let's think ahead this year...stretch that dollar. Publix has a BOGO offer this week on Snickers, M&Ms, Milky Way, Twix Cookie Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Kraft Caramels. Also Nestle Fun size bars: Crunch, Butterfingers or Baby Ruths. Good 10/16 to 10/22.

You'll be the most popular Mom in the neighborhood!

What are you giving for Halloween treats this year? Any ideas you can share with us for saving $$$ and without feeling like Scrooge?

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Sawgrass starts Black Friday at midnight

No doubt responding to the less-than-cheery retail season expected, Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise will open its doors at midnight on Thanksgiving (that's really Friday, Nov. 28).

Sawgrass will have "door busters" and other specials for its midnight opening event.

So if you've had your fill of turkey and pumpkin pie and you need to "walk" it off, try middle-of-the-night shopping at Sawgrass. It will be interesting to see who turns up. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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For love of belts, hats and jewelry


If you have an overwelming appetite for accessories, For Love 21 is your destination.

The sister store to Forever XXI is at the Dolphin Mall in Miami. As my shopping sister Kathy recently wrote, we had a great time picking up jewelry, belts and other items -- mostly under $10 -- at For Love 21.

I tried on a cute hat and bought some belts, but passed on some really fun boots (why didn't I get those! Only $36.) What's great is that anything in this store won't do too much damage to your wallet.

Great place to find holiday gifts for the young fashionistas in your life. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Anniversary Sale at Cactus Flower - October 23rd

Cactus Flower, the unique home goods and gift shop in Plaza 3000, is having its anniversary sale. 20 years!! Can you believe it? Plaza 3000 is on the east side of Federal Hwy, just south of Oakland Park Blvd. 3020 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

And while you're there, have a look at Flora Ottimer, for children's clothes and gift items, a quick walk across the parking lot.



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October 14, 2008

BCBG sale - $100 off $300 purchase


I met a friend for dinner last night at one of my favs, Seasons 52, in the Galleria. Fresh, healthy low calorie food, you can't go wrong. And the teensy desserts, don't you love those?!

After dinner, we stopped in at BCBG in the mall. My friend had her eye on a few simple tops to wear with her suits...they have a nice selection. Happily, she found out that BGBG has an offer good until October 26th...spend $300 get $100 off.

It's easy to spend $300 at BCBG. Once again, I shopped vicariously.

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Neiman Marcus Last Call coupon

I went absolutely wild at Macy's Columbus Day sale this weekend! My daughter's birthday is this week...rather than her requested gift certificate, we decided to hit the sale racks. My favorite 'Additional 50%' signs were out! How can you not?!

Usually picked over, the casual clothes selection was great in the Junior Dept. $20 Ts were $7.48. I kid you not, we bought one in every color and two in her favorite color. Got three pairs of leggings marked down from $24 to $9. Jeans shorts from $36 to $6. Two darling sundresses $59 to $22. The register receipt was almost 2 feet long, and we only spent $202.

Did anyone else hit Macy's this weekend? We ran out of time (and money) ...couldn't get to Last Call's sale. Now, the Columbus Day sales are over, but Last Call has a new coupon offer:

If you missed the Columbus Day sale, use this coupon for savings until October 22:
_____ Take 20% OFF any one WOMEN'S APPAREL ITEM
_____ Take 20% OFF one pair MEN'S SHOES
_____ Take 20% OFF your total CHILDREN'S PURCHASE
_____ Buy one, Get one 50% OFF all LUGGAGE
_____ Take 15% OFF your total HOME PURCHASE
_____ Take 10% OFF any one ________________________
(Write in your own savings candidate above; offer valid on any one

Print Last Call Coupon

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October 13, 2008

Brides: Mark your calendars


My friend and shopping diva Kathy told you about Filene's Basement opening Oct. 15 in Aventura. The other important date she left out is Jan. 16: The annual "running of the brides" sales event at Filene's Basement, this time in Aventura.

Many a movie and TV show have captured the scene: Brides-to-be wading through yards of white to find their dream wedding dress at a bargain Filene's Basement price. It's the only day of the year Filene's has bridal dresses, on sale for $249 to $699. (Yeah, guys, they do cost that much -- usually much more!)

Me? I wouldn't be caught dead there. But, knock yourselves out, ladies. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Stroll Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach


Looking for a fun afternoon with girlfriends?

Hit Delray Beach. Not the famed Atlantic Avenue, but NE 2nd Avenue, the entrance to Pineapple Grove.

I discovered that many great little shops and restaurants have opened up along Pineapple Grove. The street is a bit like Atlantic Avenue used to be: Full of unique shops and friendly and less expensive restaurants.

My friend M. and I had a fine breakfast of frittatas and french toast at Joseph's Wine Bar. After buying my quota ($20) of craft fair jewelry, I checked out the shops.

I found upscale jewelry and art at Spotted on 2nd, unique gifts at Conversation Pieces, Fatboy outdoor cushions at Museo (see right), and monogramed gifts for baby and children (lunchbox, $25, or backpack, just under $40). Pricey, but a unique present for the doting aunt or grandmother.

Met up with two friends, C and A, on Pineapple Grove and they also had a find: Kismet, a consignment shop with "gently worn" clothes. C found the little black dress she has been looking for, $35. Big shipment of designer dresses coming in Nov. 13, the shop told C.

So hit the boutiques in Delray Beach for an enjoyable day and you'll also be supporting small business, which makes the South Florida economy go 'round. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 10, 2008

Filene's Basement opens in Aventura October 15th

I've heard so much about Filene's Basement. Never been there. I am really excited....I'm finally going to get to shop at Filene's Basement! It feels's the very cosmopolitan!!

I saw it on Biscayne Blvd the other day as I drove down to Bal Harbor Shops. Wow, my heart looked open...too bad...not yet. A freestanding building on the east side of Biscayne. (17651 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura.)

I live and work in Fort Lauderdale, but it seems there are a few reasons to drive south for discount shopping. Loehmann's is down there, and now Filene's.

What do you think? Is Filene's Basement worth getting excited about? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Have any of you shopped there? Is there a good selection? What kind of things do they sell...Designer dresses...Casual clothes? Which do you like better, Loehmanns or Filene's?

What are your favorite stores for finding bargain clothes in South Florida?

Filene's Basement

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October 8, 2008

The Dolphin Mall might be our new destination shopping center

Last week I promised to let you know about the Miami mall a cute hip young fashion writer recommended. We thought we'd check it out first. It's an easy drive if you follow the Homestead signs driving south on the Turnpike. We didn't...don't ask.

Hardly an undiscovered gem, the huge parking lot was full, full, full. But, wow, well worth the drive. It's huge....and doesn't seem as picked over as local Sawgrass Mills.

It has some of the same big flagship stores as Sawgrass: Neiman Marcus Last Call, Off Fifth Saks Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, T J Maxx, Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond. In total there are over 240 stores and restaurants.

Fellow blogger Marcia and I only had a few hours...we could have spent the whole day! Heck, you could spend a week there! We happened to walk in the entrance that took us to For Love 21, the Forever 21 accessory store. Huge selection, amazing prices. I bought a beaded necklace with a cheap charm on it, intending to replace their charm with an old locket I've had. Marked $4.95...scanned in at $1. Like a treasure hunt!

We ran out of time after Neiman Marcus Last Call...walking out for a previous engagement was sheer torture. The store signs were like the mythical sirens summoning us: Michael Kors, Coach, Calvin Klein, DKNY, DSW, Ann Taylor.....

But we'll certainly go back. And soon!

Dolphin Mall

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Use card, get extra 20% off Neimans Last Call this weekend


There are lots of Columbus Day sales advertised for this weekend. Anybody plan on shopping?

If you plan on making it to a Neiman Marcus Last Call, there's one at our new favorite Dolphin Mall, or Sawgrass Mills, they are having big discounts for Columbus Day weekend.

Shop the Columbus Day Sale, October 8-13 to SAVE AN EXTRA 20% TO 30% OFF practically every department.

Plus, SAVE AN EXTRA 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE, on top of already-reduced sale prices when you use your NM credit card or open a new account.

Now I'm glad I didn't buy much there last weekend. It'll be a lot cheaper now!

If you don't have a Neimans credit card, and don't want one, click here to print a 10% off coupon for this weekend.
Neimans Last Call Coupon


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Spanx for $12!


Suck it in girls, it's nearly the season for little black dresses and evening gowns. Thanks to Spanx founder Sara Blakely, you don't have to hold your breath all evening.

And thanks to Neiman Marcus Last Call at Miami's Dolphin Mall, you can buy the Spanx original design -- tummy control and flab smoothing to just below the knee -- for only $12, regularly $20.

Since inventing Spanx -- why didn't we think of that? -- Blakely has expanded her line to many varieties including textured tights, slimming apparel, bras and socks. Her black pencil skirt, a retro favorite this fall season, has a built-in liner to smooth and shape you. The "Bod-a-Bing" skirt, at right, is $68 at

You go Sara. Women everywhere thank you. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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"Pink" products for cancer at Bloomingdale's



Are you in the pink during October as a celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Everyone seems to have hopped onto this marketing bandwagon and Bloomie's is no exception. The store has done everything from illuminating its flagship store on 59th Street in NYC with the color pink to offering special merchandise and promotions.

This Bloomie's bra event seems to make a heck of a lot more sense than buying a pink mixer or vaccum cleaner unless you are channeling Reese Witherspoon's Elle from Legally Blonde.

Get fitted for your perfect bra from Wacoal, Donna Karen Intimates or DKNY Underware and Wacoal and $2 will be donated by Wacoal to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. You will also get information on early cancer detection and a self breast examination guide. Buy a Wacoal "Awareness Bra" and an additional $2 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The special bra event is Oct. 11 at the Aventura store and Oct. 31 at the Boca Raton store.

Option include sexy bras like the Wacoal "Pretty and Polished" full-figure bra for $60 and the Wacoal "Slimline Mimimizer" for $58.

XOXO-- Shopper Girl

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October 7, 2008

Stephanie Nelson (Coupon Mom) to be on Oprah show Wednesday 10/8


My fellow shopping diva, Shopper Girl, has nicknamed me Coupon Kathy, because I am having so much fun with my coupon savings. This weekend I profited $3 buying my daughter L'Oriel cleansing towelettes at Walgreens.

For me it's a challenge...some people do crossword puzzles or sudoku....I obsess over uncovering the cheapest necessities, or even free stuff! Maybe I need to get a life!!

Tune in to Oprah on Wednesday, 10/8, Stephanie Nelson (Coupon Mom) will be teaching Oprah's viewers how to cut their grocery bill in half!

I wonder how many of our readers are couponing? Let us hear from you....

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October 6, 2008

Sexy Halloween costumes


Make this the year you ramp up the sexy quotient of your Halloween costume. Check out the hot costumes at

Leg Avenue Naughty French Maid Costume goes right to the heart of the stereotype male fantasy for only $27.99.

Leg Avenue Captain Hooker Costume gives a new twist on the pirate garb and includes dress, belt, lace cuff, neck piece. It's $33.59, but you'll have to provide your own fishnet stockings.

And these sexy costumes don't have to be a one-time thing. Who knows? Your significant other may ask you to model them during the year. This could be quite an investment.

XOXO -- Shopper Girl


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Ann Taylor tops for $19.99


You can always count on Ann Taylor for work dress -- or play. Work and casual tops are on sale at Ann Taylor stores this week for as little as $19.99.

I snapped up two tops and a matching skirt at Ann Taylor store at CityPlace.

What I also like about Ann Taylor is the saleswomen are actually helpful. I found out, for example, that I fit in a medium/petite size top. I never thought a petite size would fit me, but many are not that different from a medium, one saleswoman told me.

That opens up a whole new world on the sales rack. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 5, 2008

Spa week at Red Door

OK, I've got my appointment along with my bf "E."

But you gotta run to the phone (can't make an appointment online) and sign up for the Spa Week $50 specials at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa.

You have the choice of a facial, body melt (shea butter wrap and then a massage) or a manicure/pedicure special for only $50.

These treatments, at the luxurious Red Door, are usually $100 plus! Facials were already sold out at the Red Door location at the Bonaventure resort in Weston, but still available at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale as of Saturday.

We chose the Bonaventure because after pampering, you can hang out for the day at the hotel's beautiful waterfall pool.

Spa week special is only for Oct. 13 to 17. Get your bf, like I did, and go for it. Life is short. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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October 4, 2008

Floridians-Eye view of shopping in Las Vegas Nevada


My impression of Las Vegas is ‘over the top,’ huge and super expensive. I’d heard so much about the $1.6 billion Bellagio…lucky for me, we got wedding party rates, and I shared the room with 2 friends. It felt like a fancy airport: lines of people at check in, more lines to see the concierge, and a half hour wait to get to the breakfast buffet. For heavens sake, there are 10,000 people just working there!!

I wandered through the designer shops in the hotels: Caesars Palace Forum Shops, the Venetian and the Wynn. I’m a sale shopper, so this was a painful tease…window shopping Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo. Gorgeous stuff, but remember, I’m the girl with the champagne taste and beer budget.

Connected by a bridge from the Wynn hotel is the Fashion Show Mall, with Saks, Bloomingdales, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, as well as lots of smaller chain stores: like Forever 21, Ann Taylor, etc. After a quick walk through, I began to wonder if they knew what sales were in Las Vegas.

A $16 cab ride took us to the Premium Outlets, which I had heard beforehand was a bust, but as we’ve all experienced, sale shopping is hit or miss. This time it was a hit! Great brands: Theory, Elie Tahari, Calvin Klein, Coach, etc. Great stuff at great friend Indy got some good buys (I told you I would shop vicariously!)

I was only tempted by one deal I couldn’t pass up. Any three pairs of clearance designer shoes for $45. I had a hard time finding a third pair in my size, but I was determined. How can you not??!!

One of the guests at the wedding is a fashion writer from South Beach. She told me about her favorite mall in Miami...”an undiscovered gem,” she said. I’ve never been there, so I’m going to check it out this weekend, and give you a full report next week. Can you guess where I’m going?


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October 3, 2008

Coupon for CVS Extra Care card holders


I apologize if you saw my CVS coupon offer Friday morning. Apparently, the link was to my personal coupon, and not a generic one. I contacted CVS for a generic replacement, so I could post that one instead, but CVS doesn't have a generic coupon offer at the time.

Joanne at CVS corporate offices said, "The best way to spread the word about a deal or a coupon is to encourage your readers to register their own email addresses as part of their ExtraCare membership. That way, they will get their own unique deals. Here is the link for people to sign up or add their e-mail to their account."

CVS Extra Care

I know we are all reluctant to share our email addresses, the spam can be soooo annoying, but the CVS Extra Care program is a money saver. I know, I know....who can keep track of all the 'dad-blasted' little membership cards??? A royal pain, but well worth it, if you are into saving $$$.

For example, this week Cover Girl foundation is $5.49. I bought the foundation, got $5.49 back in Extra Bucks. And I used the manufacturer's coupon from Sunday's paper, for $1 off, so I actually made $1 profit on the item. Now, that's my kind of shopping!

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October 2, 2008

Treats for moms and kids at Marshall's

No trick! Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade and other designer shoes and boots at Marshall's.

I have my eye on some wicked dark red heels by Weitzman, but at $129.99 still too pricey for me. Of course, all these shoes retail for two or three times the Marshall's price so they are a relative bargain. Let's see: Sexy shoes or go visit my son at college? Darn, the kid wins.

Moms (and dads) should also check out the children's Halloween costumes at Marshall's. Adorable princess dresses, Snow White outfit and other poofery for the girls. Batman, G.I. Joe and Star Wars for the boys. Priced nicely at $12.99 to $29.99. Beats sitting up at the sewing machine all night.

Maybe I could work those red shoes into a costume. Any ideas? -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Have your eye on a pair of Nine west shoes? Get $10 off

Have you been eyeballing a particular pair of Nine West shoes.....don't want to pay retail?

I'm with you, I have a serious aversion to retail. It's not as good as a great sale, but if you can't wait, here's a coupon. Until October 31st you can save $10 on a purchase of $65 or more when you pay with a Visa card, in Nine West stores and online.

Use coupon code NWVIS8 online or print the page in the link below and present at time of purchase.

NineWest Coupon


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October 1, 2008

Sale for Oil of Olay fans


I've used Oil of Olay. products most of my adult life. In recent years, the product line has been expanded and I've been wanting to experiment with some of the new products.

A sale at CVS helps make that possible. CVS is having a beauty products sale and that includes the Oil of Olay line. You can get the pre-moistened facial wipes two for one. Those make the night-time makeup removal routine a cinch.

Most recently, I've tried the 14-day Regenerist Skin Intervention and Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream. Love them both. Now I'm on to the Definity line of moisterizers.

What do you think of the Oil of Olay products? Do they compare with department store creams? I think they do, and cost much less. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds


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Discounts and free gift card


Are you ready to save more money? Even those of us who would never think of clipping a coupon are looking for ways to save these days.

Here's a great one that I learned about from ShopSmart magazine: is a fab site. When you sign in, you get a choice of $5 in cash or a $10 gift card from Circut City, Target, Sephora or iTunes. When you check out, gives you credit on your account with a rebate. It can be as high as 26 percent, but most are 1 to 4 percent. If you are really generous, you can donate your rebate to charity.

ShopSmart gives a great tip: "Click on the "daily double" tab. For that day, rebates from a selected retailer are doubled."

Have a dog that loves Halloween? Get started with this cute hotdog outfit from It's only $9.99 and comes in small, medium and large.

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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