With warmer temperatures in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, it may be a good time to try to slip away for a little shopping in downtown Andover. Around 18 stores will have markdowns on past seasons' and current items as part of the town’s annual Boutique Blowout. (Click on the flyer at left to see who's participating.) Along with in-store sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, a big warehouse sale at the Old Town Hall (20 Main St.) on Friday will feature items from some of the shops. Markdowns include designer clothing, athletic wear, jewelry, stationery, and more. Look for balloons marking sale locations.
The MIT Museum is offering 15 percent off purchases on its newly launched online store through the end of the month. The selection -- a subset of what's at the brick-and-mortar store -- includes cheeky gifts and apparel with lots of right-brain appeal: pens that double as laser pointers, dot matrix-print billfolds, black hole-humor T-shirts, 3-D printed earrings, solar system night lights (and yes, glow-in-the-dark stars). Use the code march-15 at checkout. The store offers free in-store pickup of online orders; pickup is at 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Sister stores Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Reflections are having end-of-winter sales with items marked down 50-70 percent. At Blackstone’s, find discounts on Luminara candles, Baggallini totes and purses, Built NY cosmetic bags, select books, and more. At Reflections, markdowns include Baabaazuzu mittens, hats, and scarves; Oka-B ballet flats; and select pillows from Marshes, Fields & Hills. Trimdin and Winding River women’s reversible jackets and blazers are on sale at both stores. Blackstone’s is at 46 Charles St., Boston, 617-227-4646. Reflections is at 223 Newbury St., Boston, 857-233-4216.
The Back Bay Framery kicks off its annual sale tomorrow, and will have photo frames and albums marked down 50 percent. The selection includes wooden, glass, pewter, and gilded frames in a range of sizes, along with elegant leather albums and scrapbooks. The sale runs through the end of March. The Back Bay Framery is at 227 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-1550.
Online jewelry store Nashelle is running a flash sale through tomorrow at noon (or until items last). Drop earrings, charm bracelets, and handstamped necklaces -- many with green stones or an Irish theme -- are 25 percent off. The jewelry is made in the U.S. of recycled precious metals.
[Pictured: "Kiss Me I'm Irish" necklace, now $51.75 - $99 at nashelle.com]
North River Outfitter has steep markdowns on a range of items at its three Beacon Hill stores. NRO Sport (111-113 Charles St., Boston, 617-742-3900) has outerwear from Helly Hansen, Mammut, and Patagonia and select ski gear marked down 30-40 percent. NRO Kids (126 Charles St., 617-742-0009) has children's outerwear marked down 40 percent and winter clothing from Busy Bees, Florence Eiseman, Margery Ellen, Petit Bateau, and others at 50-70 percent off. NRO (122 Charles St., 617-742-0089) has women's denim from Hudson, Joe's Jeans, and Tory Burch at $75 and $100 and outerwear from KJUS and Bogner Fire+Ice at 30 percent off, among other markdowns. Select items are also on sale online. The sales have no set end date.
The Red Wagon has more than 500 pairs of Primigi fall/winter boots and shoes in sizes 3-5.5 at steep markdowns through Sunday. (All shoes are $30; boots are $40.) This is in addition to the store's ongoing winter sale; tops, bottoms, sweaters, and outerwear from Toobydoo, Mayoral, Catimini, Joules, and others are 50-70 percent off. The Red Wagon is at 69 Beacon St., Boston, 617-523-9402.
Free frozen custard, anyone? Shake Shack will give out coupons with purchases tomorrow for a free single cup or cone, which can be used on a next visit. Not a bad way to spread some love. Shake Shack is at 92 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-758-8495 and 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-651-3406.
Through Valentine's Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are offering free child admission with a paying adult. (Adult admission prices are $17.95 at Franklin Park and $8.95 at Stone Zoo.) Print out this coupon to get the deal. Both zoos are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Find addresses and directions here.
Gateway Arts is running its semiannual sale through the end of the month. Items in the craft store including handmade cards, jewelry, ceramics, T-shirts, coasters, and gift bags are 20 percent off. Find a coupon to get the discount here. Half of each sale goes directly to the artist. The Gateway Craft Store is at 60 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-1577.
If it's time for a haircut, here's something to keep in mind: James Joseph Salon will give clients booked on Valentine’s Day a chance to win a sweet prize, including a $100-gift card, while there. Choose a custom cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes and read the small scroll at the top—you could win a gift card, a deluxe product sample, or another treat. James Joseph Salon is at 30 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-7222; 100 Stuart St. (W Hotel), Boston, 617-292-3328; and 16 Earhart Landing, Medford, 781-393-6800.
Fire Opal has clothing and accessories marked down 20-50 percent for its winter sale, running the next few weeks. Find funky, flowy, and even some Downton Abbey-inspired pieces from Rina Zin, Spirithouse, Xiaoyan Lin, Aimee G, Ryan Roberts,Katie Mawson, and others. (Check out some of the pieces on the website.) Fire Opal is at 320 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-739-9066 and 683 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-0262.
[Pictured: Grantham jacket by Aimee G, now $350 at Fire Opal]
Wish has a nice selection of dresses, sweaters, denim, and other items marked down 50 percent for its winter sale. Find dressy and casual styles in a range of sizes from Milly, Tibi, Alice + Olivia, Nanette Lepore, 360Sweater, and others. Wish is at 49 Charles St., Boston, 617-227-4441. See more photos of sale pieces and updates about the sale on Instagram, @wishboston.
[Pictured: Alice + Olivia dress, now 50 percent off at Wish]
Andover sister stores Dresscode and Sole Amour host an in-store warehouse sale today through Wednesday with markdowns of up to 80 percent. Find clothing from Diane von Furstenberg, Yoana Baraschi, Generation Love, Black Halo, and Alice + Olivia and shoes from Marchez Vous, AGL, and Vince Camuto. Dresscode is at 2 Elm Sq., Andover, 978-470-0300. Sole Amour is at 10 Post Office Ave., Andover, 978-409-1541.
Mint Julep has a nice selection of clothing and accessories marked down around 25-40 percent for its winter sale. The selection at the Harvard Square store includes Milly and Shoshanna dresses, Free People and Greylin tops, BB Dakota jackets, J Brand denim, and more. Mint Julep is at 6 Church St., Cambridge, 617-576-6468 and 1302 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-232-3600.
Good in Beacon Hill has a covetable selection of items marked down 50 percent through the end of January. Find jewelry from Polly Wales, Danielle Welmond, Gillian Julius, PONO, and others; clothing from Erica Tanov and Pip-Squeak Chapeau; home items from Farmhouse Pottery; handcrafted alpaca throws; and more. Good is at 133 Charles St., Boston, 617-722-9200.
You can't walk far on Newbury Street without hitting a sale this month. Among them, a rare sale at men's shop Ball and Buck. Shoes and boots from Wolverine, Red Wing, and Danner are 30-40 percent off, as is a small selection of U.S.-made sweaters, pants, and shirts. The bad news: The sale probably won't last long. The good news: You can check out the store's gorgeous leather goods, higher-end grooming products, and other provisions while you're there. Ball and Buck is at 144B Newbury Street, Boston, 617-262-1776.
Alexis Bittar has select jewelry marked down up to 50 percent online and in-store for its end-of-season sale. The selection includes bold pieces of metal and semi-precious stones including the serpentine ring at left, along with the sleek Lucite jewelry the designer is perhaps best known for. Alexis Bittar is at 130 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-0505. Shop the sale online here.
If the holidays have left you with an insatiable sweet tooth (New Year's resolutions be damned), you might find your fix at Hotel Chocolat, which has Christmas products marked down 50 percent at least through next Thursday (Jan. 9th). Find chocolate gingerbread men, chili-chocolate penguins, boxed assortments, and more. Hotel Chocolat is at 141A Newbury St., Boston, 617-391-0513. Shop the sale online here.
Looking for a low-key New Year's Eve? Showcase SuperLux is offering $20.14 tickets (reg. $28) tonight leading up to midnight. Shortly after tonight's movies, the theater will live stream the Times Square ball drop and bring around free desserts, champagne, and party favors. Movies include "Anchorman 2" (9:30 p.m.) and "The Wolf of Wall Street" (8:35 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office.
Artefact Home|Garden is running a sale on Verellen custom furniture orders through the end of January. Sofas, chairs, ottomans, and poufs in a range of fabrics are 20 percent off original prices. Choices include organic linens and cottons, smooth and textured leathers, suedes and hides, and a washable linen/cotton fabric available in hundreds of hues. The store also has select floor samples marked down 20-40 percent, also through the end of January. Artefact is at 1000 Pleasant St., Belmont, 617-993-3347.
Clarks has select men's, women's, and kids' styles marked down up to 40 percent for its semi-annual sale. (Kids' footwear at select locations only.) Along with shoes and boots, find marked down handbags, wallets, and slippers. The sale is expected to run through early February. Clarks locations include 200 State St. (Faneuil Hall Marketplace), Boston, 617-261-2320; 720 Legacy Place, Dedham, 781-461-2666; and 117 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-1580. Find others here.
[Pictured: Men's Meldon strap shoe, now around 30 percent off]
The Studio starts its winter sale tomorrow. Clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, scarves, and jewelry from Bailey 44, Joseph Ribkoff, Curio, Second Denim Co. (Yoga Jeans), Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, and others will be marked down 25-60 percent. Gift items in the store’s holiday bazaar section will be 20 percent off. The store opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow (two hours ahead of its usual weekday opening time). The sale is expected to run for around five weeks, though the best selection is early. The Studio is at 233 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-738-5091.
Online jewelry shop Mikuti is offering 50 percent off purchases through Dec. 31st with the checkout code GIVE. Find bangles, necklaces, and cuffs designed and made in East Africa of recycled aluminum, glass beads, horn, banana bark, and other materials. The Ceres bangle at left was handmade in Kenya of aluminum and Czech glass seed beads (originally $95, 47.50 with discount).
Newton Highlands hosts its Holiday Stroll and Sing-a-Long on Friday from 5-9 p.m. Shops will offer discounts, gifts, kids' activities, refreshments, and more. Here's a rundown of what's planned (thanks to Jo-Ann Freedman of Limited Editions and Annabelle Ship of Green Planet Kids):
-- Bread & Chocolate: Grilled cheese and tomato soup social from 5-7:30 to benefit the Newton Food Pantry. Donate five cans and get a soup and sandwich supper for only $5; donate 10 cans and get your supper for free. (Or purchase the meal for $10, and $5 will be donated to the food pantry.
-- Village Kids: $10-gift certificates with any purchase of $20 or more.
-- Green Planet Kids: Photos with Santa from 6-8:00 p.m.; holiday crafts at The Art Loft on the 2nd level; $10-gift certificate giveaway to the first 50 families who stop in starting at 6 p.m. 5% of all sales will be donated to a local school.
-- Newton House of Pizza: 99 cent-slices from 5-9 p.m.
-- Davis Hairdressing: $20-wash and blow dry with select stylists from 5-8 p.m. Limited appointments available; call to book.
-- SalonCapri: $25-blow dry from 7-9 p.m. and a gift bag of products.
-- Limited Editions: 25 percent off all Jeanine Payer jewelry, raffle for $50-gift certificate, refreshments.
-- 51 Lincoln: Free hot mulled cider
--Walnut Market: Wine tasting; $14.99 bottle of wine for only $3.99 with any $20 purchase
-- Rox Cafe: Free mini hot chocolate for kids
-- Evesso Coffee: 99 cent coffee
-- Indalo Gallery and Studio: Snowflake ornament-making
-- Eric Bleiler Jewelers: Free jewelry appraisals during stroll hours and refreshments
-- Marcia & Bea Antiques: 15 percent off any purchase; cider and cookies
-- Keller Williams Realty: Refreshments
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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