Hawaii Steals and Deals
We may be in the midst of an economic slump, but that doesn't mean you have to hold yourself up in your home for the duration. We found 53 ways to shave the costs off retail therapy, sprucing up your home, collecting art, grocery shopping and more. All without breaking the bank.
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If you’ve ever participated in a clothing swap, then you already know it’s the best way to get a bagfull of new looks without ever opening your wallet. Now imagine a swap where, instead of exchanging goods with 10 of your best friends, you’re sifting through the items of more than 250 women. Enter Fashionista’s Market Fourth Annual Closet Swap, happening Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Luana Hills Country Club in Kailua. Want to get in on the frenzy? Drop off gently used or new (and fashionable!) clothes, bags, shoes and accessories at the Fashionista’s Market Boutique (1185 Bethel St.) before Oct. 6. You’ll receive a ticket that notes the number of items that were accepted. (It’s a one-for one situation, whether clothes are from Fendi or Forever 21.) On the day of the event, you can take home the number of items on your ticket. Admission to the event is $30 and includes a champagne breakfast, girly games and giveaways. Proceeds benefit the Leeward Domestic Abuse Shelter. Note: Don’t expect to show up at the event and shop with cash. You must drop off items beforehand. 1185 Bethel St., 537-1115, fashionistasmarket.com.
Every August and January, Neiman Marcus holds its “Last Call” shopping event, offering 55 to 70 percent off regular prices in most departments. Typically, the sale lasts for one week, but get there early for fresh pickings. Ala Moana Center, 951-8887,
Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale usually happens during the last two weeks of July. Trendsetters will love this—the items are new for the fall season, and offered at sale prices before they’re marked up to regular prices at the beginning of August. For example, a pair of Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots was on sale for $299; down from $399. Ala Moana Center, 593-2255, shop.nordstrom.com.
We perused some local boutiques and found some great shopping bonuses.
The Compleat Kitchen
Spend $200 and get $10 off your next purchase. Kahala Mall, 737-5827, compleatkitchen.com.
In My Closet
Spend $500 and get a $25 credit toward your next purchase. Kahala Mall, 734-5999; Pearlridge Center, 486-5999, inmyclosethawaii.com.
Spend $250 and get a $25 credit towards your next purchase. Ala Moana Center, 942-1010, splashhawaii.com.
Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii
Purchase $200 on locally made gifts and get a $20 gift card. Ward Warehouse, 596-8885, nativebookshawaii.com.
Spend $500 and get 10 percent off every purchase for life. Kahala Mall, 737-3303, richeshawaii.com.
Spend $600 and get 10 percent off your next purchase. Kahala Mall, 735-5122, shasaemporium.blogspot.com.