If you're looking to avoid the malls this weekend, there's plenty going on at the smaller shops around town. Here's a short list:
Crush Boutique is offering 30 percent off purchases from 10 a.m. to noon, 20 percent off from noon to 3 p.m., and 10 percent off from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Find Alice + Olivia, Beth Bowley, Shoshanna, Whitney Eve, and others. Crush Boutique is at 131 Charles St., Boston, 617-720-0010 and 264 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-0010.
Cynthia Rowley is offering up to 60 percent off Fall 2012 items on Friday including dresses, tops, pants, skirts, jackets and shoes. If you can’t make it in then, you can still save 20 percent on clothing through Sunday. Cynthia Rowley is at 164 Newbury St., Boston, 617-587-5240.
Diseno is taking 20 percent off all in-stock purchases Friday through Sunday. (Mention the "giving thanks" promo.) Diseno is at 409 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-423-2008.
Duchess is taking 15 percent off apparel and 10 percent off accessories Friday and Saturday. Find tops, dresses, skinny jeans, and more from Hazel, Lilla P, Black Orchid Denim, White + Warren, and others. Accessories include scarves, hats, and clutches. Spend more than $125 and get a free pair of leggings. Duchess is at 77 Union St., Newton, 617-964-0054.
Laura Preshong is offering discounts on jewelry all day Friday. (The store opens at 10 a.m.) Items will be 20 percent off until noon, 15 percent off from noon to 3 p.m., and 10 percent off from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Find pieces from Preshong, Susan Freda, Sarah Nehama, Ayala Naphtali, and others. The gallery is at 558 Tremont St., Boston, 617-236-7660. Find other weekend deals at www.laurapreshong.com/events.
The Orange Hanger is offering $10 off for every $100 you spend Friday and Saturday. The selection includes Kinross Cashmere sweaters, Weston Wear dresses, BlankNYC denim, Alex and Ani bracelets, and more. (Only custom jewelry orders are excluded.) The store is at 675 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 339-368-7264.
Giblees Menswear is offering 25 percent off all leather Friday and Saturday (excludes marked-down items). Find it at 85 Andover St., Danvers, 978-774-4080.
Henry Bear’s Park will have deals on select toys, games, wagons, and other kids’ items Friday and Saturday. (Preview the sale selection here.) Locations include 685 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-646-9400; 19 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-264-2422; and Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, 617-547-8424.
The Silk Road will be selling fabric by the bolt and roll at steep discounts Friday through Sunday. (Owner Gay Appleby Rogers is moving overseas.) Liberty of London lawn fabric will be $20 per yard (normally $35.99); Doupioni silk fabric will be $7 per yard (normally $16); and Linton Tweeds will be $25 per yard, just to name a few. The Silk Road is at 281 Auburn St., Auburndale, 617-244-7455.
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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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Deal of the Week
The newly opened CrossFit Coolidge Corner is offering new, first-time members one month of unlimited CrossFit for $99 (regularly $289). The deal must be purchased in-person (not by phone or online); those wanting to take advantage should also schedule a phone appointment with a coach about their level of experience before participating in their first CrossFit class. CrossFit Coolidge Corner is at 1285 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-232-1010.
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