Saturday, August 2, 2014
Some of the styles you can save on at Lex's of Carytown
The tough thing about having a shopping blog is that I have to share all of my shopping secrets. For a long time, the regular clothing section at Lex’s of Carytown has been one of them. Sure, we all know Lex’s is a go-to spot for formal wear, but as a non-teenager who doesn’t have many proms to attend, I’ve recently depended on Lex’s when I need a Friday night going-out top or cute-for-a-date sundress.

If you haven’t checked out this part of the store, now is the time, because everything but formal wear and sale merchandise is 30 percent off through Monday to make room for fall merchandise. That includes Lex’s fabulous jewelry selection (I guarantee you’ll find something to match any outfit), scarves, maxi dresses, printed pants, and more. Store manager Gigi Wall highly recommends taking the opportunity to scoop up a little shawl with sleeves, as they will be big for fall. “We’ve got them in all different colors and patterns,” she says. 

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These are the shopping happenings you need to know about this week: Yesterday, Levys launched its famous three-for-one giveaway sale. That’s right, buy one sale item and get two for free! They’re practically giving clothes away, so go check it out.

On Friday, Need Supply Co. is holding a launch party for a new chair designed by Fritz Hansen in cooperation with Danish brand Han Kjobenhavn. The chair was designed as an homage to one of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic designs, The Grand Prix chair (famous enough to have its own Wikipedia page), and will debut at the party in an installation alongside the original. Outside of Han Kjobenhavn’s two retail spaces in Denmark, Need Supply will be the only retailer to carry the chair. You can see it on display at the party from 7 to 9 p.m., or during regular store hours through Aug. 15.

Happening this Saturday during the Carytown Watermelon Festival is the Midtown Market at The Clothes Rack. Vendors like Blue Bones Vintage will be on-site — expect to find locally made items, vintage pieces, crafts, jewelry and, of course, refreshments while you shop.
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Oh yes, this is one of my favorite shopping events of the summer, and it starts Saturday at 9 a.m. Merchants on Libbie, Grove and Patterson deeply discount all the summer stuff they’re ready to sell before fall, and there are always great deals to be had. My favorite find was several years ago, when I scored a pair of Emilio Pucci wedges for like $60 from The Shoe Box. My advice: Go right at 9 a.m., be decisive, and shop fast. Hit the boutiques at Libbie and Grove, and don't forget Libbie and Patterson where The Shops at 5807 will also have plenty of discounts. 
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That’s right, the once-a-year giant in-store Ledbury sale starts Thursday (running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and continues Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We only do this once a year, and this year we will be offering up to 70 percent off tailored and sample shirts, as well as blazers, ties, sweaters, etc.” says Elisabeth Edelman, vice president of branding and communications, adding that even some sample pants will be on sale. New items will be added daily.

The whole thing starts with a kickoff party Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Steady Sounds will be spinning soul jams, plus there will be food and drink. Every day of the sale, there will be Saison cold brew on draft and Sub Rosa pastries for snacking in the morning while shopping.

Along with the sale, customers who bring in gently used men’s office attire to donate to CARITAS will receive another $10 off their purchase.

I also got a little tip that you should follow Ledbury’s Twitter and Instagram accounts during the sale because there will be some special giveaways. 

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Boy, 2014 has not been good to some of my favorite shops in Carytown. First Pink, then Murphies, now Heidi Story. Over the years, owner Heidi Story has made an array of sacrifices to keep her namesake store in business, and she says the time has come to give up the fight. "Basically, the economy just isn't getting any better," she says, noting that online shopping has really hurt her business. "The hardest part is missing the friends I've made and the kids I've taught over the years." The shop is set to close on July 19, and until then everything is on sale, even the fixtures, so stop in and say goodbye to a Carytown wardrobe staple. "We've marked everything down," she says, "and we'd love to see everyone one last time." Story and her husband will be moving to Savannah, Georgia.

In addition, Feathernesters is closing its warehouse this weekend with blowout sales on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. All merchandise will be half off. You will still be able to find Feathernesters goodies, however, at RVA Antiques.
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