Cool Shopping Ideas

Fear of holiday shopping just too overwhelming? Relax. Check out the following.

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For skinny jeans that flatter slender friends, visit The “Club” offers a wide variety of denim jeans, including wide-leg trousers and matchstick jeans. Stay tuned: A men’s line is premiering this winter. The jeans range from $148 to $180.

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M. Jo Kallal encourages green dressing and recycling clothing.Have a friend that dresses green? Shop online, says M. Jo Kallal, an environmental apparel design professor at the University of Delaware. But beware: Totally green fashion is still a dream. Today’s fibers are made from bamboo, seaweed, wood pulp, milk, organic wool and cotton, sustainable silk and vegan silk. That said, “mostly” eco clothes are easier to find online than in local stores. Try Lara Miller (, for women’s apparel made with sustainable materials. For sneaks, consider Nike, which recently announced the Air Jordan XX3 from its environmentally friendly Considered line. Visit


An enameled Art Nouveau dogwood brooch circa 1895 may go for $1,850 at Continental Jewelers.Love used bling–of have a pal that does? Try the Pennsbury Chadds-Ford Antique Mall and ask for experienced dealer Betty Martin. In Lewes, the Heritage Antique Market is stocked with jewelry that ranges from Victorian to vintage 1930s and ’40s. In Wilmington, try the Bellefonte area–more specifically,  Brandywine Boulevard. There you’ll find fabulous, eclectic shops with estate pieces. A word to the wise: If you hit Bellefonte on a Saturday morning, grab a coffee first. Shops don’t open till 11.

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