2576 Quarry Lake Dr., 410-415-0000. Be careful letting the kids hear about this one. Amuse Toys picks a day in April (usually around the second or third week) to clear out its warehouse. This sale features discounts from 10 to 95 percent off inventory, including new merchandise and some floor models of toys, depending on what’s in store. (Only at its Quarry Lake location.)
A Style Studio
25 Hooks Ln., Pikesville, 410-484-1115. Usually from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of the first week in December (this year, November 29 through December 14), the women’s clothing, accessory and cosmetic boutique, A Style Studio hosts its anniversary sale. During this time, you'll find up to 20 percent off all lines carried in the store like LOLO, Anna Beck, and DL1961.
Two locations, including 732 S. Broadway, 410-522-1337. This is the sale that keeps on giving. Every time you shop at the fashion-forward Brightside Boutique, the staff puts a coupon in your bag for 15 percent off your next purchase. If you follow the store on Instagram you get fashion inspiration and the scoop on when to stop by for spontaneous “just-because” sales of up to 10 percent off the entire store. The half-off sales rack at the end of each season isn’t bad, either.
The Corduroy Button
Two locations, including 1625 Thames St., 410-276-5437. The annual warehouse sale at the children’s clothing and accessory shop Corduroy Button is huge if you’re shopping for a little one. In July, the weekend following the Fourth, it offers anywhere from 50 to 90 percent off of merchandise. Included in this can be floor models for larger pieces like high chairs, as well as many of the basic bottles, onesies, and booties that babies need. The sale takes place at the store’s warehouse on 1400 Aliceanna Street.
J. Brown Jewelers
1802 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, 410-484-3388. A way to beat the end-of-summer blues——how about 35 to 50 percent off select fashion watches and jewelry at J. Brown Jewelers in mid-November? Additionally, select models by Cartier, Breitling, and Rolex are discounted.
1809 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, 410-653-2266. After the holiday season ends, the go-to shop for men’s clothing and accessories (especially suits and ties), J.S. Edwards, has a sale on fall and winter merchandise——just in case you need to fill in any gaps on your holiday wish list. Items are marked down between 40 and 60 percent off in the second week of January.
10411 Stevenson Rd., Stevenson, 410-580-0081. Stylish women’s boutique Lori K loves sales. Early in December, designer markdowns get up to an additional 40 to 70 percent off. At the end of February, get up to 80 percent off of fall and winter merchandise. May bows out with up to 70 percent off of spring items. The second week in June offers up to 80 percent off spring/summer clothes. Plus, the store's anniversary sale is the first week in August, celebrated with 20 percent off storewide.
Several locations, including 820 Aliceanna St., 410-528-5485. Known for comfy workout clothes, Lululemon Athletica does a huge markdown of items just once a year. Boxing Day (also known as the day after Christmas) is the best time to stock up on yoga clothes and running gear. Just for this day, the store will add additional sale items to any clearance it currently has in stock.
Ma Petite Shoe
832 W. 36th St., 410-235-3442. To help keep your tootsies looking attractive all summer, Ma Petite Shoe has a sale for Bastille Day, July 14. Most styles of regularly priced shoes, including those Fly London and Miz Mooz pairs you’ve been eyeing, will be marked down from 10 to 50 percent off to help make room for incoming fall styles.
2360 W. Joppa Rd., Lutherville, 410-583-5582. The women’s shoe store known for its great selection of high-quality kicks celebrates Imelda Marcos and her collection of more than 2,000 pairs of shoes. The store hosts a sale around her birthday (July 2). During this time, you will receive 20 percent off the first pair, 30 percent off the second, 50 percent off the third, and 60 percent off the fourth (and most expensive).
The Pleasure of Your Company
2360 W. Joppa Rd., Lutherville, 410-821-6369. The stationery and gift shop The Pleasure of Your Company has wedding invite discounts from the third day of the year until March 1. These discounts include a special percentage off your order and sometimes things like free additional invites.
Poppy and Stella
Two locations, including 728 S. Broadway, 410-522-1970. Shoes are a weakness, and we are powerless against shoes on sale. Poppy and Stella makes it easier to get a little more bang for your buck (or sandal or boot), with 15 to 60 percent off every brand in the store at the end of each season——January (fall) and August (spring).
Several locations, including 63 W. Aylesbury Rd., Timonium, 410-252-5920. A membership at the outdoor retailer, REI is great all year long because you receive e-mail notification of any spontaneous sales happening. Also, as a member, a portion of the co-op’s profits goes back to you every March, generally around 10 percent of what you purchased at full price.
South Moon Under
Several locations, including 815 Aliceanna St., 410-685-7820. Beginning a few days into October and ending about a week before Halloween, trendy men’s and women’s clothing and accessory shop South Moon Under offers a denim discount. Both men’s and women’s denim is marked down up to 20 percent off. This applies to regularly priced merchandise by J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, BLANKNYC, Hudson, and others.
Spa in the Valley
118 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville, 410-771-0200. Stop into Spa in the Valley near the end of each year when the winter has left you with uncontrollable frizz. In the last two weeks of December, you can snag items by Aveda, OPI, Wella, Bumble and Bumble, and Dermalogica at up to 40 percent off. This is the only time of year the spa does a sale this big.
Several locations, including 901 S. Bond St., 410-522-7010. The semiannual warehouse sale at Su Casa is a big deal for furniture lovers because floor samples and overstock are up for grabs at below-cost discounts, ranging from 40 to 70 percent off. The next one is coming up just around the corner on the weekend after January 1, and there’s another scheduled for the weekend after the Fourth of July.
Ten Thousand Villages
1621 Thames St., 410-342-5568. Memorial and Labor Day weekends are the times to shop at Ten Thousand Villages. The fair-trade retailer offers 50 to 75 percent off of damaged and repaired items, which can be as small as a scratch. Additionally, spring and fall overstock sales can be up to 50 to 75 percent off.
Treasure House Accessories
9163 Reisterstown Rd., Owings Mills, 410-363-4110. The Treasure House Accessories anniversary sale is the perfect time to stop in for some last-minute holiday gifts. It takes place in mid-November, typically offering 20 percent off everything in the store, with few exceptions. (Sorry, Pandora bracelets are not included.) Because of this sale’s timing, all on-trend fall pieces will be in store, including holiday gift options.
801 Aliceanna St., 410-685-1601. Pieces that are going to be in heavy rotation in your wardrobe are always worth stocking up on. Denim is surely in that category and Urban Chic has a sale of up to 30 percent off jeans from brands like Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, and AG Jeans in mid-September. Bonus: This sale typically includes a free gift with purchase of denim.
Here are the mark-the-day-in-your-calendar-and-clear-your-schedule sales.
By Hilary Geisbert. Additional writing by Alexis Blair, Jamie Edelen, Corrine Gasiorowski, Jessica Hargest and Rebecca Kirkman. - December 2013
Great home decor at Su Casa -Photo by CRE8 Solutions
Small Business Saturday
Nationwide, small businesses offer discounts up to 25 percent off merchandise in appreciation of the folks who keep shopping the day after Black Friday (this year on Saturday, November 30).
First Fridays in Hampden
The first Friday of every month, some Hampden retailers offer discounts of up to 20 percent off merchandise (along with refreshments and snacks) and keep longer hours.
Fells Point Ladies’ Night Out
Get your girls to Fells Point on the third Thursday of every month, from 5-9 p.m., for a shop crawl full of discounts at participating shops.
The Shops at Kenilworth Ladies’ Night Out
The Shops at Kenilworth hosts an indoor shop crawl from 6-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, with participating retailers offering 10 percent off.
The Village of Cross Keys Sidewalk Sale
The Village of Cross Keys Sidewalk Sale happens on Fathers’ Day weekend, running from Thursday through Sunday, with additional sale items at participating merchants.
Green Spring Station Sidewalk Sale
The high-end shopping center has its sidewalk sale twice a year on a weekend in January and July where you can score up to 75 percent off merchandise.
How to Haggle
What is the protocol when looking for a deal?
“I think it’s totally appropriate to ask if any promotions are running. As for bargaining, use the following guideline: Would I feel comfortable asking this question or making an ‘offer’ at Nordstrom? If the answer is ‘No,’ don’t do it in a boutique either.” —Lisa Schatz, owner, Cupcake
“It doesn’t hurt to ask. Usually I would advise not to ask about newer merchandise. The more you shop with us, the more we realize and appreciate it and are willing to give discounts. We want to encourage frequent local shopping.” —Bree McNerney, store manager, Handbags in the City
“We try to take care of our loyal customers by having sales, events, and promotions regularly. Following us on Facebook and Instagram is also a great way to find out about our deals.” —Lauren Bell, store manager, Babe
“Typically your returning customers will already know your special promos, events, and holiday specials, [but] if they ask, there’s no harm.” —Heidi Slacum, owner, Fresh! Boutique