Great Deals

207 Ways to Spend Smart & Live Rich

With Kathryn Robinson, Laura Cassidy, Roger Brooks, Sarah Anderson, Laura Peach, Wilson Diehl, Naomi Zeitlin, and Michael Baldwin By Jessica Voelker January 6, 2009 Published in the February 2008 issue of Seattle Met

\’dēlz\ n. 1. advantageous purchases allowing sports fans and culture junkies to better enjoy their favorite activities: While gathering supplies for her trip to Whistler, Sam sealed the deal on a new snowboard from Ski Mart. 2. high quality restaurant meals and party goods that insiders find for less: Other brides spend a bundle on wedding wine, but Julie got deep discounts on deals at the Seattle Wine Outlet. 3. decorative items for the home or garden bestowed with new or renewed purpose: Nera saved a bundle when she scored a deal with a salvaged chandelier from the ReStore. 4. acquisitions that help style and spa shoppers stand out in a crowd without killing the kids’ college funds: While his trendy friends cycle through “fast fashion” rags, Juan keeps things classic with steals and deals on designer duds from Gentlemen’s Consignment.

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Whatever you love to do, do it for less.

SHOP & SAVE: Get Geared Up
From fly-fishing rods to drum kits, the deals are at these sport and hobby shops

Happy campers get their gear from Outdoor and More, a locally owned South Lake Union outfitter that offers big deals on outdoor clothing and supplies. The place carries a generous selection of tents and kid-size supplies as well as necessary accessories like SmartWool socks and DPC head wear. We found a Kelty two-person tent, $120; a 20-degree kid-size sleeping bag from the North Face, $59.99. 510 Westlake Ave N, South Lake Union, 206-340-0677;

One of many savings hot spots in SoDo, this hunting and fishing store sells clothes, kayaks, and canoes, but it’s the bait and tackle goodies at bargain-bin prices that lure the anglers and trawlers. From deep-sea and salmon-fishing rods to every variety of feathered fly, hook all the supplies you need to start reeling them in. We found 660 yards of Spirit fishing line, $0.99 a spool; a crabbing kit for $31.49; fishing rods from $26.99. 1701 Fourth Ave S, SoDo, 206-624-6550;

“No frills” is an odd way to describe a store full of silky ribbon and fine fabric, but Pacific Fabric’s dusty warehouse is just that. Though the store isn’t pretty, the goods certainly are: yarn in every color, endless bolts of stretch velvet and cotton fabrics, and a button for every hole—at prices that will please the whole sewing circle. We found faux fur, $15.99 per yard; quilting patterns, from $2.99. Saver’s Secret Once a month, novice knitters can attend a Wednesday night “Stitch and Bitch” meet-up and learn for free. 2230 Fourth Ave S, SoDo, 206-628-6237;

Re-PC combines our city’s two great loves: computers and recycling. Engineers, inventors, and avant-garde sculptors shop for all the byte-size bits they need to frankenstein together a new computer, give new life to an old machine, or relive their misspent youth with an old Sega game system. We found Grid Runner game for Sega Saturn, $14.95. Saver’s secret Hard drive on the fritz? The budget-minded repair team here can fix computer problem without breaking the bank. 1565 Sixth Ave S, SoDo, 206-623-9151. 510 Andover Park W, Tukwila, 206-575-8737;

People never seem to mention the Gear Garage, the trove of gear deals deep in the bowels of the REI flagship store. Must be because they don’t want to compete for returned or slightly damaged Rossignol skis, Osprey internal-frame packs, and Burton board pants—all priced to move. Judging by the scarcity of signs pointing to the Gear Garage (it’s in the basement next to the ski-rental desk), REI wants to keep the savings secret too. We found a men’s shiny red nylon Salomon wind breaker, $19.73. 222 Yale Ave N, South Lake Union, 206-470-4020;

On par with leading outdoor retailers nationwide, Second Ascent specializes in secondhand and discounted cycles, climbing equipment, and backcountry snow gear. But the real bargain here is the low-key approach of the scruffy enthusiasts on staff who—when they’re not on the side of some mountain—will expertly outfit your next adventure. We found a Mountainsmith Laurel Pack, $99.95; Cascade Pro ski goggles, $39.95; Outdoor Research Tour gloves, $39.95. 5209 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-545-8810;

Ski Mart sells slashed-priced gear and clothing from Burton, Rossignol, and other top brands to help keep Seattleites stylish on the slopes. Go for 40 to 50 percent off last year’s equipment and red-hot deals on consignment items. We found Nordica DFX ski boots on consignment, $39; an Obermeyer men’s shell, $179.97. Saver’s secret Ski Mart offers seasonal rental deals for kids: Get skis, boots, bindings, and poles for $129–$169. 13219 NE 20th St, Bellevue, 425-637-8958;

Built for the bona fide musician on a budget, this jam-packed store offers two floors of instruments, from drum sets and electric guitars to violins and sitars. With trade-in and no-interest layaway options, it’s a deals destination for everyone from starving artists to hard-core collectors. We found a Fender Stratocaster circa 1985, $499. 5908 Roosevelt Way NE, University District, 206-522-6707;

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SALES BY SEASON: Outdoor galore
Savings events to keep you in gear all year.


Seattle Boat Show Held in late January, the 10-day annual event offers a chance to check out just about every recreational boat on the market. Since it happens right in the middle of boating’s slow season, it’s also an opportunity to save up to 50 percent on water-sport items and boat add-ons and accessories. Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, SoDo, 206-634-0911;

Progressive Sale at Sturtevant’s Ski Mart Shop early for good selection or wait and save. This annual sale starts on the weekend before President’s Day, when select gear and clothing are discounted 30 percent; the next week prices are discounted 40 percent; and in the third and final week, everything that’s left is 50 percent off. 1100 Bellevue Way NE, 425-646-7547;

Pacific Coast Feather Company Warehouse Sale Twice a year (in May and November) the down-and-feather company opens its warehouse floor to sportswear vendors from around the city who charge closeout prices for overstock and company seconds from brands like Columbia, Salomon, and Lowe Alpine. 1964 Fourth Ave S, SoDo, 888-297-1778;

Ski Bonkers Annual Labor Day Sale At this off-season sale in the Southcenter parking lot, bargain hunters find discounts on Helly Hansen, the North Face, and K2 Snowboards, among others. Westfield Southcenter, 633 Southcenter Mall, 206-246-7400;

Islander Ski Swap Good gear for a good cause: Every year in late October or early November, Islander Middle School holds this fundraiser and outdoor sale, where dozens of vendors of ski and snowboard gear and clothing set their own prices and turn 25 percent of the proceeds over to the school. Islander Middle School, 8225 SE 72nd St, Mercer Island, 206-236-3413;

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DO THE DEAL: Date on a dime
A week’s worth of cheap dates sure to woo your high-brow honey.


Tuck into the Alibi Room for a light dinner off the happy-hour menu, about $30 (wine included). Get inspired by the screenplays lying around the brick-walled boîte. 85 Pike St, Ste 410, Pike Place Market, 206-623-3180; Head up the hill for half-priced indie flicks (every Monday) at the Northwest Film Forum, $8.50 for two tickets. 1515 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-329-2629;

TOTAL $38.50

Start with a glass of wine in the basement café of Elliott Bay Book Company, $5 per glass. 101 S Main St, Pioneer Square, main 206-624-6600, café 206-682-6664; Head to Book-It Repertory Theatre’s preview night, when it’s pay-what-you-will for a spirited stage adaptation of a book, we suggest a $10 per-person minimum. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-216-0833;


Seattle Shakespeare Company hosts pay-what-you-will preview performances before opening night. Impress your date with miser-priced tickets to Molière’s The Miser on March 12, suggested minimum $10 per person. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-733-8222; Quaff at the White Horse Trading Co horse&pub=1/info:221/, the eccentric British pub that Shakespeare would have loved, where happy hour bottles of Samuel Smith Ale are $3. 1908 Post Alley, Pike Place Market, 206-441-7767


Start with a trip to the Seattle Art Museum, which stays open until nine and waives the door fee on the first Thursday of each month. 1300 First Ave, Downtown, 206-625-8900; Then take in the art of cuisine with epicurian yet economical entrées from Chez Shea shea/info:451/’s lounge menu, $46 (wine included). 94 Pike St, Ste 34, Pike Place Market, 206-467-9990;


Call in advance for reservations to an hour-long dance preview at the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s $5 Fridays. 301 Mercer St, Phelps Center, Studio C, Lower Queen Anne, 206-441-2424; Then learn how to get your tango on at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall in Greenwood, $10 per lesson. 201 N 85th St, Greenwood, 206-784-3010;



Go nostalgic skating to “music from the ’70s to current” at Bellevue Skate King, $4 admission and $1 skate rental. 2301 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-641-2047; Then head to nearby Burgermaster Bill Gates reportedly gets his fry fix—for a burger, fries, and shake, $8. 10606 NE Northup Way, Bellevue, 425-827-9566;


Treat your sweetie to a home-cooked meal then head to St Mark’s Episcopal for a meditative moment with The Compline Choir (Sundays at 9:30pm). St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Capitol Hill, 206-323-0300;


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Toast, feast, celebrate, and save while you do it. 

These value vendors are well-stocked in good-times goodies.

Thrifty hosts find all they need to impress guests at PFI, SoDo’s gourmet food secret: ripe, funky cheeses sold by the pound, fat and juicy olives, frozen pie and tart shells in bulk. First, however, they have to find the store—the entrance is on the side of a vacant building on Sixth Avenue South, just north of the Big Ink print shop. We found Meze-style olives, $7.75 per pound; Columbus Italian Dry Copper salami, $5.95 per pound. 1001 Sixth Ave S, SoDo, 206-682-2022;

This punk-rock costume and party store has wigs in every color of the Manic Panic hair-dye rainbow, but it also stocks tasteful napkins, tablecloths, and everything else to decorate for a baby shower or backyard wedding. We’re so impressed, we’re naming Champion our top destination for casual party supplies. We found three-ply, Neapolitan-ice-cream-inspired pink-and-brown-striped guest towels by Barbara Walton, $5.99 for 16. 124 Denny Way, Lower Queen Anne, 206-284-1980;


Yes it’s a big box, but Kirkland-based Costco is our big box, and the price of a membership ($50 per year) is worth the deals on beer, wine, and finger food. Just remember that while many Costco items are regularly restocked, the chain also specializes in one-time deals, so keep an eye out for new savings. We found a shrimp platter, $37.99 for 20 servings; Kasilof Wild Alaska Smoked Salmon, $18.79 for two 16-ounce packs. 4401 Fourth Ave S, SoDo, 206-674-1220;

This 50-year-old chain was born on the San Francisco dock back when discount import stores weren’t a dime a dozen. And while competitors have pushed up the price point, Cost Plus remains a deals destination for savvy shoppers. If woven baskets and batiked pillows aren’t your style, go for the global selection of party goodies, including everything from pretty Provencal-style platters to Tilly’s hard candies from the UK—just the thing for your next high tea. We found French truffles, $8 for 2.65 pounds. 2103 Western Ave, Downtown, 206-443-1055;

Tucked away in a basement corner of Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, this Japanese “100 yen” store brims with a surprising assortment of glassware, as well as classic white and brightly patterned table settings and serving dishes, perfectly suited to casual get-togethers or kids’ parties. Nearly all goods go for a mere $1.50, with some larger items maxing out at a whopping $8. Just make sure you like what you buy—all sales are final at this Asian emporium. We found pink gingham-rimmed bowls and plates, $1.50; a white ceramic serving dish, $4. 400 Pine St, Downtown, 206-625-0076;

Ask owner and local wine guru Richard Kinssies how he (legally) bucks state laws to bring you such impossibly low prices on wine, and he’ll tell you: The inventory at his two locations comes from distributor overstock. That means when a wine sells out here, it sells out for good. It also means that every time you enter the outlet, it’s a new store. From the highest-priced wine (currently a $150 Montrachet, regular price $250) to the lowest, it’s hard to find a better price per bottle. We found Bridgman 2006 white table wine, a well-balanced crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for parties, $9 per bottle. Saver’s secret Join the outlet’s e-mail list to learn about popularpig-roast parties and sales events. 946 Elliott Ave W, Interbay, 206-285-1129. 1701 First Ave S, SoDo, 206-652-1311;


Planning a meze or tapas party? The Spanish Table has a thoughtful selection of low-priced cookbooks plus ingredients like Ferrer aioli, $3.99, and Bevia salts, $3.99—the same ones Madison Valley’s Harvest Vine restaurant uses to flavor its Spanish dishes—in three different grinds. We found Meze, an essential small plates how-to book by Diane Kochilas, $12.99. 1426 Western Ave, Downtown, 206-682-2827; 

The grocery chain that made food shopping fun again is also a one-stop shop for edible party favors. We especially love the frozen spanakopita wedges, creamy Mediterranean hummus (pregarnished with olive oil and pine nuts), and Chianti-flavored salami. We found Gourmet Italian imports like crisp Zonin Prosecco, $6.99 per bottle, and Volpi prosciutto, $3.49 per three-ounce package.

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SALES BY SEASON: Fab Foodie Finds
Mark your calendar for restaurant and party-supply savings all year long.


Williams-Sonoma You can never be sure when the upscale kitchen and tabletop store will announce its annual winter sale, but with 60 percent off a whole host of dishes, glasses, linens, and other party supplies, it’s not to be missed. Log onto their Web site and sign up for e-mail alerts so you’ll be in the know when the savings start.

Dine Around Seattle Once known as “25 for $25,” this event takes place each March. Three-course lunches and dinners at 30 participating eateries—including Barking Frog and Etta’s—go for $30 Sunday through Thursday. It’s a low-cost way to sample some of the city’s best culinary creations.

New Urban Eats Not the sort to take a gamble on an eatery that just opened? Wait until May or September, when 20 of the newest restaurants in town offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $30.

Sur La Table The Seattle-based chain abounds with dishes and decor for decking out your party table, especially during the annual summer sale (exact date changes each year, visit Web site for details) when they take up to 75 percent off of their stock of gorgeous goods. 84 Pine St, Pike Place Market, 206-448-2244. 90 Central Way, Kirkland, 425-827-1311;

Choice Linens and Fabric Yearly Sale The yearly sale at this fabric and linens supplier—usually held the third week in November—draws hordes of party planners who know it’s the best buy in town for tablecloths and napkins. Planning a big event? Get 50 percent off satins and sheers for your tables. 312 W Republican St, Lower Queen Anne, 206-728-7731;

New Urban Drinks Through November, pay $15 for two small plates or apps and one specialty cocktail at the city’s most buzzed-about new bars.

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DO THE DEAL: Dine Out Daily
Restaurants where even the most budget-conscious diners can pick up the tab, every night of the week.


Tango seduces Monday diners with half-off select Spanish and Argentinean wines. Share a bottle of La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva (regular price $54). The full-bodied wine pairs perfectly with Tango’s hearty vegetable paella, $34. 1100 Pike St, Capitol Hill, 206-583-0382;


Every Tuesday, Chez Gaudy serves Italian tapas, dim sum style. Say what? First, find a table. Second, grab one of the bottles of wine placed strategically around the room, $8. Next, select cheese, hummus, and olives from the cold tapas bar and wait for a waiter to wander by with saucer-sized servings of ravioli, sausage, and shrimp, $2–$5 each. 1802 Bellevue Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-329-4047


Beef lovers end hump day the casually delicious way, with a cold pint of Boundary Bay IPA, $4.50, and a $4.50 steak-and-fries dinner at that classic neighborhood tavern, The Greenlake Bar and Grill. 7200 E Green Lake Dr N, Greenlake, 206-729-6179;


It’s FareStart restaurant’s guest chef night, when local culinary royalty—Campagne’s Daisley Gordon, La Spiga’s Sabrina Tinsley—school once-homeless kitchen staffers on the art of haute cuisine. Twenty-five dollars buys a three-course meal and lot of good karma. 700 Virginia St, Downtown, 206-267-7601;


Brasa ’s happy-hour special—half-price food items from the bar menu when you buy a drink—goes from 5 to 7pm every weekday, but the energy is best on Fridays. Start your weekend with three or four small plates of spicy curried mussels (regular price $13) or pork empanadas (regular price $11) along with a glass of red—we like the Montel Blanco Rueda, $6. 2107 Third Ave, Belltown, 206-728-4220;


Restaurant specials don’t exactly abound on Saturdays, so why not opt for a cozy evening at home with take-away comfort food from Pasta and Co? Curl up on the couch with a big dish of their hearty chicken pot pie (one container feeds two to four) and a glass of iced tea.


When the popular Purple Café and Wine Bar offers half off most bottles under $50 (with minimum $25 food purchase), you’ve just gotta go. Share three or four of their excellent gourmet pizzas ($10–$12) with the kids—just keep the Bulletin Place shiraz (regular price $20) to yourselves. Saver’s Secret Get bargain wine twice in two days at Purple Café’s Kirkland location, where Monday is half-price-bottle night. 1225 Fourth Ave, Downtown, 206-829-2280. 323 Park Place Center, Kirkland, 425-828-3772. 14459 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, 425-483-7129;


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Great ways to save as you improve the situation at home.

SHOP AND SAVE: Style Your Shelter
From antiques and glass art to retro-chic lamps, everything you need to spiff up your digs.


At this 30,000-square-foot antique mall, California Raisin statues jockey for space with fine wood dining tables and Fiestaware gravy boats. If you come with a friend, bring your cell phone: It’s easy to get lost among the 110 well-stocked booths. We found a lamp made from a 1950s pink hair-dryer, $55. Saver’s Secret Ask dealer Jon Ovenell to show you his warehouse in the back; it’s full of wood-carved European wardrobes, most priced under $200. 24111 Hwy 99, Ste 201, Edmonds, 425-744-0566;

Owner Maria Ruano and her staff of artists have hit upon a seriously cool idea: rescue glass headed for landfills and repurpose it into beautiful (and affordable) tiles and garden ornaments such as jewel-toned glass lolli-pops, hummingbird “sun catcher” mobiles, and delicate chimes. We found Four-by-four glass tiles, $2.75 apiece; mini round sun catchers, $20. 1401 W Garfield St, Interbay, 206-283-7625;

If it comes from a house and is more than 50 years old, chances are you’ll find it at this salvage warehouse full of hinges, metal mailboxes, locks, drawer pulls, doors, windows, banisters, and a Museum of Antiquities (sadly the antiquities are not for sale). We found apitong flooring—a very hard hardwood from an endangered Filippino tree that is no longer milled—from Garfield High School, $5 per square foot. 3447 Fourth Ave S, Ste E, SoDo, 206-624-4510;

What’s on sale here is no surprise: garden pots, acres of them, for about half of what you’d pay elsewhere. What’s not so obvious is that the owner of this local chain travels the world regularly to find companies who treat employees fairly as well as create beautiful, low-cost containers for your favorite plants. We found Spanish-style tiled wall mount and plant holder, $19.99.

When one of Kasala’s sleek sofas, glossy bookshelves, or brightly patterned rugs gets slightly dinged or sits too long in the showroom, it’s shipped off to this spacious warehouse, then sold at a steep discount. Even with a tear in the arm, a couch will fetch as much as $1,000—but for near-perfect modern furniture built to last, prices at this SoDo outlet store are tough to beat. We found Duo Nesting Tables (original price $395), $59. 1946 Occidental Ave S, SoDo, 206-340-0367;


You won’t find thrift-store prices, but the gently used, top-of-the-line consignment furniture at Modele’s—sold for about half the original retail price—is a bargain nonetheless. It’s smart to make friends with the outgoing and expert staff. They’ve got a request list, and if someone consigns the item of a customer’s dreams, they’ll offer the dreamer first dibs. We found a Minotti suitcase chair (original price $4,858), $850; a custom gold-leafed screen (original price $25,000), $9,500. 1001 Western Ave, Downtown, 206-287-9942;

The massive Restoration Hardware in Tulalip’s Seattle Premium Outlets, where shoppers scoop up overstock sheet sets and near-perfect furniture and lamps, all for considerably less than retail, is always full of “I just got an unbelievable deal” good cheer. We found supersoft Turkish towels, $5 each. 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Ste 105, Tulalip, 360-654-3712;


In a city that worships the words “reduce, reuse, recycle,” architectural salvage is practically a religion. Each month Second Use—the biggest and most well-organized of the salvage-store bunch—rescues some 100 tons of housing materials, garage doors to stained-glass windows, from being sent to the dump, which is right next door. We found A mint-green art deco porcelain wall sconce, $85. 7953 Second Ave S, South Park, 206-763-6929;

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Seattle’s best floor-sample and plant sales.


Rejuvenation Winter Sale Every year in late January to early February, the period and restoration lighting and hardware store takes 25 percent off already reduced prices for first-quality returns, factory seconds, and clearance items. 2910 First Ave S, SoDo, 206-382-1901;

David Smith and Co. Overstock Sale This trove of teak furniture has a clearance sale in January when overstock is marked 25 to 75 percent off. The storewide sale depends on inventory, but shoppers can count on finding a deal on dining furniture and bookshelves. 1107 Harrison St, South Lake Union, 206-223-1598;

FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale At this massive annual event gardeners ooh and ahh over most every plant you can grow around these parts. This year, it’s April 26 & 27. Magnuson Park, Special Events Center, Building 27, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Sand Point, 206-684-7026;

McKinnon Furniture Sale Twice a year (in March and September) this store specializing in handcrafted hardwood furniture takes 10 percent off everything in stock. 1201 Western Ave, Ste 100, Downtown, 206-622-6474;

Camelion Design Anniversary Sale The much coveted furniture, gifts, and home accessories at this shelter shop are marked from 10 to 70 percent off during its two-week anniversary sale in August. 5330 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-783-7125;

Roche-Bobois Fall Sale Customers buying furniture from this ultramodern, ultra-hip Parisian design company get 20 percent off all written orders during the eight-day sale in September. The Seattle branch also holds a floor sale every three months; contact store for details. 1015 Western Ave, Downtown, 206-332-9744;

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DO THE DEAL: Build a backyard bistro
Give your patio the charm of a French café in just one day.


Begin decking out your outdoor digs with Target ’s Home Parisienne three-piece bistro set, $149.99. The petite black, round wrought-iron table is just large enough for a plein air tête-à-tête, but won’t take up a lot of space, and it comes with matching chairs with red-, sepia-,
and gold-striped seat cushions.

Bistros are all about soft lighting, so insert a three-by-six, ivory—colored lace pillar candle from Cost Plus World Market, $9.99, into one of City People ’s metal, steeple-shaped lanterns, $30, and place it in the center of the table. Cost Plus World Market, City People’s Mercantile, 5440 Sand Point Way NE, Sand Point, 206-524-1200; If your porch has a roof or fence railing, hang a string of Fireworks ’s Natural Flower string lights, $22. The paper-thin petals surrounding each little light lend a warm glow to a casual dinner under the stars.

All the rage among urban plant people, container gardening brings a little green to this Paris-inspired scene. Head to Sky Nursery and pick up affordable, resilient plants: a small ponytail palm, $5; a shiny-leafed cast-iron plant, $18; and a Belize rubber plant, $13.99. All three are well-suited to our dark and rainy climate and can be brought indoors during a freeze. 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, 206-546-4851;

Next, stop by Half Price Pots and pick up a trio of 12-inch-high, glazed, frost-resistant pots, $10.99 per vessel. They come in black, aquamarine, and burgundy. Gently dig out plants—including all roots and bulbs—and place into new urns. For a whimsical touch, insert a lollipop from Bedrock Industries $50—a coaster-sized blown-glass disc attached to a five-foot metal pole—into one of the planters. The brightly colored glass clashes gorgeously with dark winter skies and shines brightly in summertime sunlight. 1401 W Garfield St, Interbay, 206-283-7625;

Prettily petaled geraniums, the cornerstone of cottage gardens, will add warmth and color to any container. In the garden section of Fred Meyer you’ll find vibrant pink and red flowers, $2.99 per four-inch pot; choose four with green leaves and no sign of wilt, and place them in square, natural wood Bjurön planters from Ikea, $3.99 each. Arrange the flowers and plants around your porch, open a bottle of wine, and start relaxing in your new backyard boîte. Ooh la la. Fred Meyer, Ikea, 601 SW 41st St, Renton, 425-656-2980;

TOTAL $356.80

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Be frugal, be fashion forward, be beautiful.

Style & Spa
SHOP & SAVE: Look Good for Less
From three-piece suits to designer jeans, these shops offer high style at low prices.


This clearinghouse for last season’s pretty things from the namesake downtown boutique also carries comfy-chic jersey pieces from A to Z, the Turkish-made knitwear line by Alhambra owners Shakir and Serpil Kaymaz. We found dresses by Velvet and Graham and Spencer, starting at $42. 4600 NE Union Bay Pl, Ste C, University District, 206-522-4570

Ever wonder what happens to gorgeous designer pieces that don’t sell? Lots of them end up at Betty Lin, formerly Betty Blue, where they’re marked down to at least 60 percent off the original retail price. The mix of Dior, YSL, and other classic designers with fashion-forward numbers by the likes of Balenciaga and Zac Posen—not to mention the smaller, but equally fun, men’s department—makes Betty Lin feel like a bargain basement for Harper’s Bazaar readers. We found a beautifully crafted Balenciaga men’s sport coat, $395. 608 Second Ave, Downtown, 206-442-6888;


Sally Dietrich has spent the last 20 years saying no to inexpensive synthetic blends, flashy trend pieces, and Ralph Lauren blazers that just weren’t in good enough shape. Only the best of the best classic designer jackets, slacks, suits, button-ups, and sweaters make it to her floor. We found a Hugo Boss charcoal three-button suit, $160. 2809 E Madison St, Madison Valley, 206-328-8137

An outlet for styles and washes from denim labels like Diesel, Carthartt, and Levi’s, this jeans-only joint is one of the Eastside’s best-kept secrets. You’ll find great deals on wide legs, skinny legs, flare legs, and straight legs. We found black hipster-approved denim from Diesel, $79. 11822 NE Eighth St, Bellevue, 425-453-9517


Whatever you love to do, do it for less.

If Marc Jacobs came to Seattle looking for inspiration, his first and last destination would be the vintage corner of this new, extremely well-curated boutique, our city’s one-stop shop for irony-free ’80s styles that reference the ’40s. We found a vintage red-and-black-plaid wool schoolgirl dress, $36. 1406 18th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-328-5512;

Consignment stores are only as stylish as their consigners, and Gisela Manning’s roster of clients is very stylish indeed. Well-dressed West Coast women of every stripe bring her their barely used Barneys-bought castoffs—Escada, Armani, and Dries Van Noten, to name a few. We found an oversize Chloé sweater that could have been consigned by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, $108. 132 Park Ln, Kirkland, 425-828-0396

After shopping the racks of adorable new pieces, choosy moms choose the consignment section of this children’s clothing and toy boutique. Junior’s wardrobe is that much smarter when augmented with vintage one-of-a-kinds and quality basics at less than half their retail price. We found spiffy Jake and Janey plaid pants for an extremely dapper nine-month-old, $7. 7404 Greenwood Ave N, Phinney Ridge, 206-781-0138;

Value and style are where you find them—and great deals on contemporary designer numbers and cool vintage finds are all the more 
exciting when you stumble upon them in a Gilman Village strip mall. Stella’s got Bakelite jewelry and everything else a girl with 
a budget needs for her Friday-night look. We found a white leather Marni jacket in the spirit of Thriller-era Michael Jackson, $198. 317 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste 18, Issaquah, 425-392-2882;


The New Ballard crowd—the twentysomething hipsters and thirtysomething rockers throwing darts at King’s Hardware—get their new old jeans and sweaters and buttery soft T-shirts at this Old Ballard vintage shop. We found a sexy-librarian-style brown and pink wool-mohair blend sweater, $19. 208 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-706-0969

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A year’s worth of top sales and savings events for thrifty fashionistas.


David Lawrence Clearance Sale Clearance sales on fashions from the likes of Versace, D&G, and Cavalli at the trendsetting men’s and women’s store occur every January and July, with discounts from 30 to 50 percent off. 1318 Fourth Ave, Downtown, 206-622-2544. 224 Bellevue Square, second floor, Bellevue, 425-688-1669;

Mario’s Super Bowl Sale The upscale outfitter offers the deepest savings during this sale (this year it’s February 3) when women’s sale merchandise is marked down by an additional 50 percent. Men’s and women’s spring items get discounted in late May or early June. 1513 Sixth Ave, Downtown, 206-223-1461;

Boutique Warehouse Sale Every April crowds flock to the Ballard Building for 50 percent off clothing and gifts from neighborhood boutiques such as Blackbird, Impulse, Re-Soul, and Clover. 2208 NW Market St, Ste 320, Ballard

Eastside Upside-Down Sale Boutiques such as Promesse (Kirkland), Posh on Main (Bellevue), and Carmilia’s (West Seattle) take over the Kirkland Eagles Club for a two-day sale (around the end of March or beginning of April), with discounts between 50 and 70 percent. Kirkland Eagles Club, 258 Central Way, Kirkland

Thread Seattle This Fremont event, held May 11 (and again in September), features hundreds of independent clothing designers hawking samples at slashed prices. A small entrance fee (last year it was $7 at the door, $5 in advance) buys access to the goods. Early birds receive a goody bag full of samples.

Butch Blum Spring-and-Summer Sale The annual sale at Seattle’s classic high-fashion retailer begins around Father’s Day; markdowns start at 30 percent and go up to 60 percent during the sale’s last 10 days. 1408 Fifth Ave, Downtown, 206-622-5760;

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale The famed anniversary sale—featuring discounts of up to 40 percent on merchandise storewide—is held during the last two weeks of July. Separate women’s and children’s clothing sales happen in June and November. 500 Pine St, Downtown, 206-628-2111. 100 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-455-5800. 401 NE Northgate Way, Northgate, 206-364-8800;

Spa Week The seven-day national event occurs each year in September and April and features discounts at several local spas. Venues such as London House, Herban Therapies and Oriental Retreat and Spa in Kirkland offer three fabulous treatments for just $50.

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DO THE DEAL: Take a Spa Day
Relax! Spoil yourself at cost-conscious spas, studios, salons, and styling schools.


10:30am | Clean up that haircut at Gene Juarez Advanced Training Academy, $30—the student stylist will throw in a neck or bangs trim for free. 1901 Fourth Ave, Downtown, 206-622-6611;

1pm | Guys’ nails need filing too. Get an ungirlie grooming manicure, $23, at InSpa. 2740 NE University Village, University Village, 206-985-7033. 102 Bellevue Sq, Bellevue, 425-452-1031;

4:30pm | Enjoy the back-saving benefits of first-rate training with an hour-long rubdown, $35, at Cortiva Institute’s Student Massage Clinic. 425 Pontius Ave N, Ste 100, South Lake Union, 206-282-1233;

7pm | Find inner peace at one of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society’s free meditation sittings (see Web site for details).


11am | Feel the burn during a bargain bikini wax at Bellevue’s Herban Therapies Day Spa, $30. 11000 NE 10th St, Ste C, Bellevue, 425-283-5871;

1pm | Head to Vain salon for an edgy, high-fashion hairdo courtesy of an apprentice stylist, $15. 5401 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-706-2707. 2018 First Ave, Downtown, 206-441-3441;

4pm | Perfect your arches with a happy-hour eyebrow waxing, $15 (Mon–Fri, 4–6pm only) at Derby Salon. 6315 Roosevelt Way NE, University District, 206-526-1470;

5:30pm | End your day the clothing-optional way at ladies-only Hothouse Spa and Sauna, where the entrance fee buys you access to the hot tub, sauna, steam room, and cold plunge, $12. 1019 E Pike St, Capitol Hill, 206-568-3240;


10:30am | You and your honey will bond as you bend, stretch, and reach during an ashtanga (flow-style) yoga class at the Samarya Center, $16. 1806 E Yesler Way, Central District, 206-568-8335;

Noon | Go hand in hand to get happy hour “Express” manicures, $32, (weekdays only, 11:30am–2:30pm) at Spaahh, that palace of pampering inside the Hotel 1000. 1000 First Ave, Downtown, 206-957-1000;

4:30pm | First-timers at one of Massage Envy’s five area spas can indulge together close to home with hour-long rub sessions, $78.

TOTAL $126

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