South Boston businesses ring in the holiday season with their annual neighborhood stroll this evening. Just a few of the deals: Habit will offer 20 percent off full-price items and 40-80 percent off sale merchandise; Ku De Ta will take 20 percent off full-price items and 50 percent off sale merchandise (Alex and Ani and case jewelry excluded); American Provisions will offer 10 percent off purchases; Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant will give a free dessert with two purchased entrees. There will also be a tree lighting at the South Boston Branch library at 4 p.m. and an artists' pop-up shop at 666 East Broadway. Find a full list of deals and events at Caught in Southie.
The Concord Free Public Library runs its holiday book sale tomorrow through Sunday. Thousands of gently used books in gift-giving condition will sell for $1-$10. Proceeds from the sale will benefit library programs. The sale happens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The library is at 129 Main St., Concord, 978-318-3300.
Planning to sneak in some shopping today? Here are a few places to look:
ArtsEmerson runs its yearly one-day sale until 11:59 p.m. today. Tickets for the first two performances of most productions between January and May will sell for $25. (Find the list of shows at here.) Buy tickets online, in-person, or by phone at 617-824-8400. (In-person and phone orders taken during box office hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) The box office is at 559 Washington St., Boston and 219 Tremont St., Boston.
Hanna Andersson is taking an extra 15 percent off many items on its site, including sales pieces. Find boys', girls', and women's clothing and accessories.
Shu Uemura is offering 20 percent off purchases of $50 or more and 25 percent off purchases of $100 or more. Use the code SHUJOY at checkout.
Flock is offering 20 percent off purchases and free shipping. Find hippie-chic clothing, jewelry, handbags, and housewares. (Think feathers and fringe.) Use the code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.
Know someone planning a visit to Boston? The Eliot Hotel in Back Bay is offering its “Touch of Paris in Boston” package at 20 percent off today. The package includes a one-night stay in a luxury one-bedroom suite and a three-course dinner for two and continental breakfast for two at Clio. The stay must be booked for sometime between January 1st and March 31st, 2014. The Eliot Hotel is at 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-267-1607.
Planning your shopping route for this weekend? Here's what you can expect at some area stores (plus some online deals):
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets host its After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale Friday through Sunday. (Some stores open at midnight tomorrow night.) Highlights include half off everything at the Banana Republic Factory Store; 25-30 percent off everything at Restoration Hardware; jeans for $29.99 when you buy two or more pairs at the Levi's Outlet Store (until noon on Friday); and buy two pairs of shoes, get one free at Clarks Bostonian. Find the complete list of deals here.
Hudson is taking 20 percent off all new upholstery and casegood orders on Friday. The selection includes sofas, chairs, dressers, bookcases, and more from Oly, Bernhardt, Hickory Chair, Verellen, and others. Separately, the store is running a warehouse sale through the end of the year on select furnishings, lighting, and accessories; view the selection by searching for “warehouse sale” at www.hudsonboston.com. Hudson is at 12 Union Park St., Boston, 617-292-0900.
Marimekko is offering 30 percent off select apparel, accessories, bags, bedding, bath, and Converse items Friday through Monday. The stores will also give away a limited-edition Marimekko tote with purchases of $150 or more, while they last. Marimekko is at 140 Newbury St., Boston, 617-778-0666 and 350 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-2800.
In the South End, Habit is offering 20 percent off items on Friday and will give a free pair of select earrings with purchases on Saturday. Habit is at 703 East Broadway, Boston, 617-269-1998.
Duchess is offering 15 percent off all apparel and Shiraleah crossbody bags and clutches Friday through Sunday. Find dresses and tunics from Viereck, sweaters from Lilla P and Emu Australia, lots of leggings, and more. On Saturday, shoppers who spend more than $130 will get a free pair of Snug leggings along with the 15 percent discount. Duchess is at 77 Union St., Newton, 617-964-0054.
Recess Boutique will have Le Phare de la Baleine T-shirts in a range of colors for $30 (normally $98-$130) on Friday and Saturday. The store will also have bins of $10-items for kids, including clothing from Corky & Company and Monster Republic. Recess is at 41 Church St., Winchester, 617-905-6538.
Jack Spade has items marked down up to 75 percent online through Sunday night. Find button-down shirts, blazers, leather bags and accessories, and more.
Nanette Lepore will have its fall collection and some holiday pieces marked down 50 percent, starting Friday. Find party dresses, chic tops and jackets, and more. Nanette Lepore is at 119 Newbury St., Boston, 617-421-9200.
New Balance has men's, women's, and kids' shoes marked down up to 50 percent online. The deals end Sunday night.
For the dogs: Bark Place is offering half-price do-it-yourself dog washes (normally $20) on Friday. Combs, brushes, shampoos and conditioners, towels, and blowdryers are provided. Bark Place is at 1721 Washington St., Boston, 857-362-7494.
If you’d rather skip the shopping, here’s a deal for the family: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are offering half-price admission on Friday (normally $11-$17 at Franklin Park and $10-$14 at Stone; both free for children under 2). The discount doesn’t apply to Stone Zoo’s evening ZooLights. Franklin Park Zoo is at One Franklin Park Rd., Boston, 617-541-5466. Stone Zoo is at 149 Pond St., Stoneham, 781-438-5100.
Isabel Harvey will give a free goodie bag (valued at $48) with purchases on Saturday, along with a gift card worth 15 percent off a purchase in January. Find cheerful yet elegant jewelry, handbags, scarves, and home accessories. Isabel Harvey is at 41 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-3038 and 5 Centre St., Nantucket, 508-680-1845.
Tistik is giving a free holiday card with purchases of $35 or more, while they last. On Saturday, get a $10 credit when you use an American Express credit card. (Learn more about that offer with American Express Small Business Saturday here.)
In West Roxbury, Kalembar Dune is offering 20 percent off one item on Saturday and Sunday. Neighboring businesses Fabutique and Top It Off are offering 20 percent off and 50 percent off, respectively. The shops are at 162-170 Spring St., West Roxbury.
Anthony David Salon is offering 25 percent off all hair products, dryers, and wet brushes on Saturday. Find a wide selection of all-natural products. Anthony David Salon is at 120 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-272-0002.
ArtsEmerson runs its yearly one-day sale from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Tickets for the first two performances of most productions between January and May will sell for $25. (Find the list of shows at here.) Buy tickets online, in-person, or by phone at 617-824-8400. (In-person and phone orders taken during box office hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) The box office is at 559 Washington St., Boston and 219 Tremont St., Boston.
The Eliot Hotel in Back Bay will offer its “Touch of Paris in Boston” package at 20 percent off on Monday. The package includes a one-night stay in a luxury one-bedroom suite and a three-course dinner for two and continental breakfast for two at Clio. The stay must be booked for sometime between January 1st and March 31st, 2014. The Eliot Hotel is at 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-267-1607.
Shops, restaurants, and salons around Back Bay are offering discounts and freebies every Tuesday evening through December 17th. Among them:
--The Blues Jean Bar: 15 percent off most items
--Lash L'Amour: 20 percent off any set eyelash extension
--The Fairmont Copley Plaza: 15 percent off at the Fairmont Copley store, and complimentary refreshments
--Cynthia Rowley: 20 percent off all full-price merchandise, complimentary gift wrap, and a free gift when you spend $200
--Second Time Around (all three Newbury Street stores): Spend $50 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus card
--Sugar Heaven: 20 percent off all M&M ColorWorks
--La Perla: 10 percent off all full-price merchandise
--Tommy Bahama: Get a gift with a purchase of $100 or more (one per guest, while supplies last)
--OROGOLD Cosmetics: 10 percent off purchases
--King’s Back Bay: $2 Days – bowling, billiards, shuffleboard, skeeball, and food specials starting at 10 p.m.
--Itadaki: Sake flight and appetizer pairing for $15 – includes three different types of sake and an appetizer pairing for each type of sake served
--Jiberish Armory: free scarf with any purchase; free scarf and beanie with any purchase over $100
--Viyada Thai Spa: Have a spa service and get $30 spa dollars towards your next spa service (spa dollars expire Dec. 31st)
--Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common: three-course dinner for $55 in Artisan Bistro
--Hotel Chocolat: 10 percent off all merchandise
--Camille Albane Salon: Book your weekend glam package for $75 for evening up-dos and make-up
--Tumi: up to 40 percent off select styles and colors
--Elie Tahari: 20 percent off your regular-price purchase of $400 or more
--Victorinox: Exclusive TOMO knife gift with any purchase of $100 or more
--Athena Avenda: Get a goodie bag with every $50 purchase
--Nine West: $25 off purchases of $100; $50 off purchases of $150 or more
--Cache: Spend $150 on full-price collection, save $25; spend $250 on full-price collection, save $50
--The Walking Company: 15 percent off one pair of full-price shoes from the Exclusive Brand Collection (some exclusions apply)
(Deals start at 5 p.m.)
Euro-prep purveyor Gant has select items marked down up to 50 percent. Find preppy blazers, Fair Isle sweaters, retro dresses, and chinos galore. Gant is at 324 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-1949.
Beacon Hill shops will have in-store treats, discounts, and special events tomorrow evening as part of the neighborhood’s “Third Thursdays” monthly shopping nights. Among them, noa fine jewelry, handcrafts & gifts (88 Charles St., 857-233-4912) will offer 10 percent off purchases and kick off a raffle for a raw diamond necklace (one ticket per $25 spent; the drawing happens on Christmas Eve). Crush Boutique (131 Charles St., 617-720-0010) will take 10 percent off purchases and have snacks and beverages; The Red Wagon (69 Charles St., 617-523-9402) will have hot mulled cider, snacks, and 20 percent off select items; and Good (133 Charles St., 617-722-9200) will host Zoe Zilian, head of Farmhouse Pottery. The fun happens from 5-8 p.m.
National Jean Company is offering 20 percent off storewide through Friday. Find tops, dresses, and of course, denim from J Brand, DL1961, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Paige, Rag & Bone, and the store's private label, Tobey Grey (original prices for the line run from $65-$200). On Saturday, the discount jumps to 30 percent, though sizes and styles are going quickly. Find store locations here.
Love Riccardi, but your budget just won't swing it? If so, get ready: the boutique is teaming up with Gilt City for a Riccardi warehouse sale on December 15th. Duds from Givenchy, Dior Homme, Comme des Garcons, and other uber-chic labels will sell for 70-80 percent below original retail. Shoppers will get a swag bag with unisex jewelry, Kiehl's goodies, a $50-Riccardi gift card. Tickets are on sale now and are going fast.
The Artful Hand Gallery is offering 15 percent off items online through Nov. 25th. The selection includes baby and wedding gifts, ceramics and home décor, handbags and jewelry, and other items from emerging and established American artists. The hand-painted Lazy Susan by Sticks, pictured, originally $425, is now $361.25.
With the holidays in not-too-distant view, Moxie is helping customers improve their odds of getting gifts they really want. Stop in to the Beacon Hill or Wellesley store and ask the staff to create a card with your favorite finds, and then send your significant other, closest friend, or family member in to buy one of your coveted items at 15 percent off. The stores carry shoes, handbags, apparel, and more from Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, Charlie Jade, Madison Marcus, and others. The offer runs through Dec. 25th. Moxie is at 51 Charles St., Boston, 617-557-9991 and 24 Church St., Wellesley, 781-235-1833.
Tens of thousands of half-price tickets to popular holiday shows will once again be on offer through the Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular (formerly Mayor’s Holiday Special), which launches today. Shows include Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker," "It’s a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Story, The Musical," "Messiah" by Handel and Haydn Society, and many others. (Half-price ticket allotments change daily.) There's also a $10 restaurant voucher that can be used at many area dining spots, and a calendar with free and low-cost activities.
Dress now has select fall items marked down 25 percent at its new Beacon Hill digs. When we stopped in, pieces included a gorgeous Issa print tunic (pictured), Current/Elliott skinny jeans, cozy James Perse tops, Nili Lotan blouses, and others. (You can view and shop the sale pieces here.) The sale has no definite end date. The shop is at 70 Charles St., Boston, 617-248-9910.
Looking for winter sports gear before the snow hits? This weekend’s Ski, Skate, Board & Ride Consignment Event may be a good bet. Find apparel, boots, and equipment for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding, and horseback riding at discounted prices. (Kids’ ski jackets will go for around $20-$50, most skates for under $25, and skis for under $100.) There will also be new and used merchandise from the Sports Stop-Wenham; samples and well-priced apparel from Craft; and new and former rental items from REI. The sale runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Cutler School, 237 Asbury St., Hamilton. (Most items marked down 50 percent on Sunday.)
Women and girls' boutique Brussels Sprouts will be closing after 11 years in business. Starting Saturday, everything in the store will be 30-75 percent off. (Fixtures will be up for sale, too.) The selection includes holiday dresses, girls' Splendid and Ella Moss, new arrivals from Pinc and Silver Charm, new jewelry, and more. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Brussels Sprouts is at 105 Union St., Newton, 617-244-9832.
Discover West Concord Day happens this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with kids' activities, live music, open studios, and more. Some of the highlights:
--A multi-business yard sale at 50 Beharrell Street
--A birthday party and non-GMO food fair at Debra’s Natural Gourmet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with birthday cake, ice cream, and food samples
--A trunk show and blown-glass pumpkins (pictured) at noa jewelry, fine handcrafts & gifts
--Wood carving demonstrations at Dabblers Hobbies and Cafe
There will also be a raffle in the afternoon for a gift basket worth $1,000 in gift certificates and merchandise. Make purchases at three West Concord businesses and show your receipt and entry card at noa (or the Concord Chamber of Commerce on the days leading up to the event.) Find more event details and directions here.
Artemide has most of its lighting marked down 15 percent through Oct. 31st. Find a range of sleek table and floor lamps, suspension lamps, and more. The Nesso lamp, pictured, originally $480, is now $408. Artemide retailers include Neena’s Lighting, 380 Boylston St., Boston, 617-859-1700. www.neenaslighting.com
South Boston boutique Habit hosts a dress and handbag event Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30. Dresses will be 20 percent off, and New Hampshire-based designer Sew Sarah R will be selling her complete line of clutches and taking custom orders. Dresses include pretty, affordable fall and holiday styles from BB Dakota, Jack, and others. Habit is at 703 East Broadway, Boston, 617-269-1998.
Coolidge Corner children's boutique Tiny Hanger celebrates its second birthday this weekend with storewide markdowns of 15 percent on full-price clothing. The selection includes items from Hartstrings, Le Top, Jaxxwear, and many local designers for ages 0-6. The store will also hold a sample sale from British brand Darcy Brown; find pajamas, jackets, leggings, dresses, sweaters, bathrobes, and more at 20-50 percent below normal retail prices. Tiny Hanger is at 14 Pleasant St., Brookline, 617-487-5501.
[Pictured: Darcy Brown dress, originally $108, on sale for $62 this weekend]
I was sad to hear that a favorite jewelry shop, Topaz, will be closing at the end of the year. Right now, items are at least 20 percent off (a small selection is half off), including pieces from Dori Csengeri, La Vie Parisienne, Hannah Blount, Satya, and others. Accessories including handbags, wallets, scarves, and gloves are also marked down. Topaz is at 11 Dunster St. (just outside of Harvard Square), Cambridge, 617-492-3700.
Stellabella Toyshas Melissa & Doug toys marked down 25 percent in-store and online through the end of the month. The selection includes blocks, play sets, costumes, sticker collections, and more. Stellabella Toys locations include 1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-491-6290; 196 Elm St., Somerville, 617-864-6290; 6 Wayside Rd. (Wayside Commons), Burlington, 781-229-6290; and 244 Legacy Place, Dedham, 781-329-6290.
[Pictured: beginner band-in-a-box set, originally $24.99, on sale for $18.74]
Kartell kicked off its semi-annual sale today. All Kartell designs are 20 percent off, including the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck, the Lizz chair (named for Liz Taylor, pictured) by Carlo Tamborini and Piero Lissoni, Moschino BowWow flats, and more. The sale runs through Oct. 27th. Kartell is at 380 Boylston St., Boston, 617-728-4442.
[Pictured: Lizz Chairs by Carlo Tamborini and Piero Lissoni, was $630, now $504]
If a trip down the aisle is in your near future, you might want to plan a stop at Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT next weekend for the Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale. Hundreds of new and gently worn designer and couture gowns, size 4-18, will be priced at $99 to $3,900. Gown sales help fund programs and services for cancer patients and their families. A VIP reception Saturday evening costs $35 (for a bride-to-be and a guest) and includes light bites, beverages, and giveaways. Sunday admission (sale only) is $7. Learn more and buy tickets here. Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT is at 20 Sidney St., Cambridge.
It might not be fireplace weather yet, but it will be soon. To help you prepare, Boston Consignment will have fireplace accessories marked down 10 percent tomorrow through Sunday. The sale includes screens, end irons, pokers, copper buckets, and decorative accessories in contemporary and classic styles, at prices ranging from $65 to $1,800. Boston Consignment is at 238 Highland Ave., Needham, 781-449-0900.
[Pictured: swan end irons, $215/pair]
If today's June-like weather is any indicator, there's still time left to get on the water before cooler temps settle in for good. So it may be a good time to check Charles River Canoe & Kayak's end-of-season rental sale, which includes used rental kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards at 30-55 percent off original prices. Life jackets and clothing including wetsuits, Gore-Tex dry suits, and more are 15-35 percent off. Check out the selection here. The sale happens at Charles River Canoe & Kayak's Newton location, 2401 Commonwealth Ave.
contributorsAmi Albernaz began freelancing for the Globe in 2004. She started bargain-hunting at an early age, accompanying her mother to second-hand stores and yard sales near Westport, MA, where she grew up. When she's not perusing stores, Ami can often be found scouting out budget eateries in and around the city, particularly near her current abode in East Boston.
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