In contrast to our Luxe Loves shopping spree in December: Luxe Loves Memphis: December 2013, we went on a bargain hunt this month. It is a common fact that January is a great time of year for shopping sales. A few of today’s suggestions do point you to seasonal discounts, but most are simply lower-end on cost but higher-end on quality.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Slim Sonic Toothbrush by Violife
With 22,000 brushstrokes per minute and a choice of bright colors and patterns, you’ll look and feel fabulous every time you use your Slim Sonic portable toothbrush. Its mascara-style vented cap means you can grab it from your handbag, backpack or pocket to brush up anytime, anywhere. The best sonic toothbrushes offer at least 20,000 brush strokes a minute and tend to be expensive, starting at $50 and up to $200+. Guess what? This Slim Sonic Toothbrush features 22,000 strokes per minute, making it higher-end on performance, but at $15, it’s amazingly lower-end on price! Available at Lavish in Collierville. lavishmemphis.com
If you have ever coveted the bun of another, get your own perfect pouf with these “Sock Bun” inserts from Capelli and give your tube socks a standing chance. These inserts come in blonde or brunette shades for $10. capelliinc.com
Revive your lips during winer months by exfoliating with Sara Happ Lip Scrub, $24 at Joseph. Following this step, hydrate, and then apply your favorite seasonal lip color. Lips tend to be dry at this time of year. With a little preparation and hydration, people will notice your lips for all the right reasons! josephstores.com
These acrylic necklaces feature oversized links and instant color. (I own this necklace in two colors and wear them both often!) At $62, they are high style for a low price. Available at Kittie Kyle in the Chickasaw Oaks Village. kittiekyle.com
Originality does not have to be expensive. Abstract prints create the look of dripping paint on this hardshell iPhone case. Formfitting construction with button, cord and camera cutouts. Jordan Carlyle Coat of Color iPhone 5 / 5S Case, $35 at Shopbop, shopbop.com
The Mighty Wallet by Dynomighty was designed by Terrence Kelleman in 2005, and has spawned an entire new genre of Tyvek Wallets around the world. Tyvek® is a synthetic woven material created by DuPont. This fabric is tough as nails but also lightweight and breathable. These distinct properties make it a popular material for the medical, construction, apparel and stationery industries. Folded entirely out of a single sheet, the Mighty Wallet competes with the sturdiness of a standard leather wallet with its stitchless design. It has two money pockets, two business card pockets and two credit card pockets. Available at the Ryan Patrick Boutique, $15. ryanpatricksalon.com
HOME & DECOR
This is a good time of year to shop in your attic and put a new finish on an old piece with guidance from the professionals at Me & Mrs. Jones decorative painting studio in Cooper-Young. Paint Your Own Piece (PYOP) is an individual studio session that is $95 for a 4-hour session. PYOP is offered on most Wednesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sign up early! mrsjonespaintedfinishes.com
Display a new work of art on your desk each month of the year. Inslee by Design’s 2014 Little Calendar is an artistic and inexpensive nod to each new month. Thirteen 4.5 x 5.25″ pages, each bearing a watercolor illustration and a simple numeric calendar on bright white cover stock. The Little Calendar is packaged inside a clear plastic “jewel case” which also serves as a convenient display easel. Available at Social, $23. facebook.com/SocialAGraciousLiving
Set of Plates
This grouping of colorful plates is an inexpensive option for brightening any shelf in your home. They are 8″ in diameter and could be used as a dessert, salad or cocktail plate. The set of 4 is $55 at Social, facebook.com/SocialAGraciousLiving
Closing Sale at Toad Hall
Toad Hall Antiques & Gifts in Midtown is closing and they have huge markdowns, up to 75% off, throughout the store. After eleven years in this location, the owners are moving their home and business to Florida to be closer to family (and the beach, fun!) So if you are vacationing in Pensacola, stop into Dana’s new store. Toad Hall’s official last day in Memphis is February 28, 2014, and their moving sale is going on now. Read more about the owner of Toad Hall Antiques & Gifts here: SB FACE of Memphis: Dana Whitehead. Here is a nice letter from Dana about the closing of Toad Hall: toadhallmemphis.com.
Customized Area Rugs
One of the obvious benefits of working with or layering area rugs as a flooring choice is saving money. You can achieve this look for less money without sacrificing quality or flexibility by shopping in the back room at Kiser’s Floor Fashions. Here, you are not limited to predetermined rug sizes. They have a huge room filled with high-quality, large remnants that can be sized and bound to accommodate your needs. There are always rows and rows of choices in a range of patterns, materials and colors, and the prices are typically 1/3 to 1/2 off of the retail price. Read more about working with area rugs here: kisers.com
Center for Southern Folklore
The Center for Southern Folklore downtown features an in-depth look at Southern culture through art, music and programs for groups of all ages. This special place even offers a casual Southern dining experience. Their exhibit hall is filled with presents and memorabilia, all showcasing Memphis’s rich cultural heritage. Walk away with a tangible slice of Memphis history in the form of CDs, DVDs, photographs and posters ranging from $14.95 to $50. southernfolklore.com
Memphis Zoo in January
Pick a winter day with milder temps and visit the Memphis Zoo. There will be fewer lines, and throughout January 2014 the Zoo is offering a 50% discount on all daytime general admission tickets purchased at the Zoo. memphiszoo.org/januaryadmissionspecial
We hope this list of high-quality, lower-priced items and ideas inspired you to save while you shop!