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The best time to find big savings at Downtown Cowgirl (146 Rehoboth Ave., Suite 3, Rehoboth Beach, 227-1917) is right after Christmas, when prices on jeans, tops, dresses, jewelry, bags and accessories are cut 50 percent. The boutique carries lines from Mavi, Buffalo, B.B. Dakota, Junk Food, Gentile Fawn, Loyal Army and Sweet Pea, and it is the only place in Delaware to find funky Harveys seatbelt bags.

Go nuts at Hansel and Gretel (3606 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 478-0383) around Christmas and July Fourth. The discount on children’s shoes and clothing starts at 20 percent, then increases as sales continue. Missing the sale doesn’t mean missing out on savings, however. There is always a table full of shoes and accessories reduced by 50 percent. Hair accessories for girls are a big seller, and at $3 to $8 for bows, it’s no wonder. A trunk show during the second weekend of February features flower girl and communion dresses, with one lucky show-goer receiving a free dress.

J. McLaughlin (4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 136, Greenville, 654-2919) holds two major sales a year: after Christmas through January, and July through August. Outgoing seasonal items, as well as men’s and women’s clothing, are reduced 25 percent to 35 percent. As the sale progresses, discounts deepen to 50 percent to 70 percent.

Score exquisite ethnic jewelry and garments at Nzinga’s Cultural Connection (827 Market St., Wilmington, 427-9426) two weeks before and after Christmas and the week of Kwanzaa. Handmade garments made of natural fibers from Africa are normally priced from $15 to $200, but discounts are 20 percent to 50 percent. Jewelry sells for $5 to $50. Household items, accessories, body care items and gift trinkets are also discounted. Get a free bottle of body oil for every two purchased during sales. Incense is $1 for 10 sticks. The Connection offers a 10 percent saving on every purchase over $10—all the time. Picture Prices means additional savings during sales by letting buyers draw coupons from a basket.

 

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