Shop Talk : Smooth sale-ing
Our season seems to come to a close after Columbus Day, everything slows down, and the Island gets quiet. Some shops prepare to close for the winter, and others put energy into finding ways to attract Island customers. This is the time to take advantage of the great values waiting to be found on the Island - and let's face it; it is never too early to start your holiday shopping.
As I walked down Main Street in Edgartown, I saw rows of store windows filled with Sale signs, some in places I had never noticed.
Dream Weaver, one of the Island's premier designer clothing boutiques, is ending its final season and having a liquidation sale. This weekend will be your last chance to purchase a beautiful designer fashion, as the boutique closes for good on Sunday, Oct. 18. Take advantage of the 25-35 percent off winter coats. Owner Joan McKeon loves the one size fits all jackets (if you are lucky, you might be able to still get a reversible one). For sheer decadence, the black suede and shearling coat could be for you.
Joan recommends hurrying in for a hand-woven jacket, as they are almost gone. You could even match it with this year's hottest seller, the skinny pants and leggings. If you are gift shopping, the hand-painted blouses are easy to size, with S, M or L, and for the Snow Birds among us there is a large selection of lightweight cottons, with the Blanque line leading the way. With 20 to 75 percent off their entire inventory, those eye-catching clothes are within your grasp, as demonstrated by my mother's purchase of a stunning Blanque pinstriped jacket.
I am not sure about you, but every holiday season I am inundated with requests for Black Dog sweatshirts, Menemsha Blues tee-shirts and anything with a Vineyard logo. This year's solution is a visit to Shirt Tales, where for the next couple of weeks until they close, everything is 50 percent off. That means MV Champion sweatshirts for kids, and Life is Good long sleeve men's tee-shirts are only $15. Most tee-shirts are $10, golf shirts are $21, and cotton socks are only $4. With choices of makers like Champion, Life is Good and Gear, your MV, South Beach, Obama and Home of Jaw's logo clothing is sure to last, which is great as I couldn't pass up some black gear workout pants - oh so comfortable!
A trip down Main Street is not complete without a left turn at the end to visit The Great Put On. If you missed their 50 percent off storewide sale last weekend, fret not as they still have numerous items on sale reduced 35 to 50 percent. As "one of the best shopping destinations on the Cape & Islands," according to Lucky magazine, it has price points for everyone and offers a large variety to choose from. They carry Diane von Furstenburg, Rozae Nichols and Catherine Malandrino, to name a few. So whether you want to get your holiday outfit early or you crave the newest pair of Genetic Denim jeans or stretch leather leggings by Helmut, you will be able to find it here. Nicole Bilzerian, who owns the store with her husband, Kenny, says that beads, sequins, and leather are in. They also have a full men's line from casual by Robert Graham to outerwear for any occasion. The Bilzerians welcome everyone to come and celebrate the 40th anniversary of their store.