Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Picks

Our turkey is almost ready for the oven, which means that the biggest shopping season of the year is about to begin. Before you start your post-Thanksgiving shopping, it’s important to have a plan because nobody wants to be trampled from a doorbuster that’s not a winning score.  So here are our top post-Thanksgiving shopping picks.

If you have a thing for high-end shoes, then Barney’s is the destination for you. The store carries an extensive selection of high-end names and the most must-have styles. Most department stores usually start their shoe markdowns at 30% off but Barney’s usually cuts their prices by 40%.  

In honor of cyber Monday, EVERYTHING on the site will be discounted an additional 10% to 20% off. This includes items that have already been marked down 75%. You do the math on this one! Hello Givenchy stingray bag!

Yes, we all love luxury boutiques but a girl also needs her basics. We are longstanding fans of the Gap’s jeans and tees. If you haven’t checked out their winter warm leggings, then you really should. For their doorbuster, Gap is offering 50% off everything in the store until 10am Friday. Online shoppers can save 40% during the Thanksgiving weekend and through cyber Monday.

If you have a taste for fine luxury Italian tailoring, this is the place to go. We suggest bypassing the handbag collection and going straight to the ready-to-wear department. Starting December 2, the markdown on clothing will go to 50% off. You can use our private sale link. 

It would be impossible to talk about Madison Avenue stores and not include Milly. The uptown flagship will be offering customers 20% off everything in the store, including sale merchandise. That brings the total saving of some items up to 50% off. Online shoppers can rejoice from free shipping.

Quick. Go to Facebook and "Like" Net-a-Porter. Afterwards you will be given a link to their secret sale. When you're done selecting all your purchases, enter the word FACEBOOK and your items will be discounted 50%. Now that's a hard secret to keep.

If you are looking for some one-stop-shopping, you might consider tapping your fingers over to Piperlime. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, the online retailer will be offering customers 20% off everything on the site. If you’re not sure where to look first, we suggest browsing the stylist’s picks. Rachel Zoe is always a good launching point.

An extra 50% off all reduced items always draws a big crowed to Saks. Just be mindful that the extra 50% is only on items with a "hard markdown," meaning the sticker price has been changed. Items that are currently 40% off, for example, will not be included in the promotion. This doorbuster is only available until noon on Friday but  shoppers can save up to 70% off at the swanky department store. I suggest sorting through the contemporary designers and waiting for further markdowns on the higher end brands, which will come later in the season.

Who isn't into a little Thanksgiving adventure after eating all that Turkey? The crowds could be a little maddening but Racked has a super survival guide to lead you through the experience. We love the note about getting there between the 3am and 5am lull. Now that's what we call commitment to retail, or should we say commitment to discounts?

Zara is always a great destination when you love the styling of top designers but don't want to make the cash commitment. Starting Friday, the international fashion chain icon will be offering customers a 50% savings on select items. In addition, the West 34th Street location will be serving up coffee.  Well now, isn't that nice?

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