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.
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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
Femme Fatale Airbrush Tanning is offering a free skin exfoliant or hydrating tan extender (each worth $48) with a custom tanning session through Dec. 18th. The salon's Infinity Sun System spray tanning is used by celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Giuliana Rancic, and others. Book two tanning sessions and get both the exfoliant and tan extender, a $96 value. The deal is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Femme Fatale is at 464 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Book an appointment at 857-265-3990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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