Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spring Has Sprung!

Well, in the clothing stores it has. Almost everyone is offering further markdowns on fall/winter merchandise to make room for all the new spring arrivals. Wiarton Willy says early spring, Punxsutawney Phil says six weeks more of winter, Shubnedacadie Sam says early spring. Isn’t six more weeks of winter and early spring the same thing?!
So depending on which groundhog you believe, take advantage of the further markdowns or start scoping out great items for spring that will be on sale soon, because the summer stuff will be out in two months! Trust me.

Bitter Sweet – 20% off earrings, buy 1 get 1 free on selected rings, 50% off selected satin clutches, baskets full of assorted brooches/necklaces/earrings are 3 items for $10.

Laura, Laura Plus, Laura Petite – up to 70% off end of (winter) season items.

Addition Elle – a further 50% off already reduced prices, selected jewellery buy 1 get the 2nd for half price.

Reitmans – end of season items are priced at $29.99 or less. They have also already marked down some of their early spring arrivals.

LaSenza – Canadian company now owned by Victoria’s Secret. Was hoping this would be a good thing but haven’t been impressed so far. They do carry the VS Beauty Rush line and lotions, washes and body mists are 2 for $18 if you’re into glitter and sweet smelling body products. The Victoria’s Secret Garden line is also available if you prefer no sparkle or sweet smell and body products are 5 for $30 right now. I have to admit I did love the Beauty Rush cosmetics 2 for $10 – glittery eyeshadows available in beautiful colours and bright lip glosses. Let’s hope they start to carry the VC Very Sexy Line too.

Fairweather – lightweight v-neck sweaters $19.99, lace trim camisoles 2/$20, Mikk Couture hoodies and pants (great for lounging or yoga) 2/$30, winter bomber jackets from $30 and jackets with zip-out linings or sleeves for $50, quilted vests $20, hoodies with faux-fur lined hoods $19.99; My absolute favourite items – sequined tanks tops 2/$30 available in eight colours. These would look good now with black pants and a little cardigan. In summer they would be spectacular with jeans and metallic sandals!

Suzy Shier – end of season camisoles, tank tops, t-shirts, tops, blouses, skirts, pants, sweaters and jackets priced from $6.98 to $29.98.

Cleo – an additional 25% off already reduced prices.

Ricki’s – items priced at $19.99 or less; lots of tank tops and camisoles to choose from, the stand-out item for me was the kimono sleeved satin tops.

Town Shoes – up to 70% and as part of a Valentine’s Day promotion you “pick a heart” and receive an additional 10%-20% off.

Cotton Ginny – up to 70% off end of season merchandise.

Spring Shoes – 50% percent off selected items.

Xcetera – 50% off everything in store – bags, jewellery, belts, etc.

YZZA – 20% off already reduced prices

I don’t quite understand why so many stores stocked tanks tops and camisoles for fall/winter, but bad buying on their part means spending less money on our part stocking up for summer. Why pay $19.99 for a tank top when you can get one for as little as $7.99?