Welcome 2008!

Happy New Year!

Sorry for the long absence VB readers.  I’ve just returned from a trip to Shanghai and will write an entry or two in the next few weeks about a couple of my food experiences during my time there.  I’m still trying to get over the jetlag.

In the meantime, you shopping fanatics know this is arguably the best time of year to score bargains.  I’ve just updated the Sales and Coupons page, but here are some of the best sales out there:

Neiman Marcus – Online After Christmas Sale.  Additional 25% off already sale merchandise.

J.Crew – Final Sale of up to 80% off.

Banana Republic – More than 50% off winter merchandise and new markdowns were just taken.

L’Occitane – Up to 50% off select merchandise for a limited time.

Ikea – Winter Sale with up to 60% off select merchandise.

Jeremy’s – Additional 60% off already sale merchandise.  Weekends throughout the month of January should have some good sales in general.

Elephant Pharmacy – Up to 75% off a wide array of seasonal and discontinued merchandise, as well as 25% off all body care and cosmetics!

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is traditionally the last big push that retailers will make to get rid of their winter merchandise.  Therefore, that will be your last weekend to score great bargains.  I know this may sound crazy to many of you, but it’s also the perfect time to do some X’mas and gift shopping.  It’ll set you up for the rest of the year. 

After that, the bargains will be few and far between.

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