Bargain Bin

The French connections, tops to bottoms

(Tristan Govignon)
By Ami Albernaz
January 6, 2011

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If you’ve resolved to revamp your closet in the new year and could use a few solid staples, you might try Basiques, which carries a pleasingly manageable selection of tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched to form ensembles suited for work and play. The simple, chic pieces, inspired by owner Sheri Falk’s sojourn in France, include silky button-down shirts, functional yet flattering skirts, and light merino wool sweaters. Get a $25-gift certificate with purchase of $100 or more (redeemable on the spot or later), and, if you wish, schedule a free in-store consultation during which you can see how a few of your current pieces would blend with the store’s selection. Basiques is at 172 Newbury St., Boston, 857-445-0144.

A SALE THAT FITS Clarks has begun its semi-annual sale, with lots of shoes and boots marked down as much as 40 percent. At the Faneuil Hall store, we admired stylish tall boots that are now around $100; rubber boots marked down from $59.99 to $39.99; and causal and dressier shoes, many of them now in the $40-$70 range. The men’s selection includes Gore-Tex shoes and boots and lambskin-lined styles suited for the office. Select children’s shoes and handbags are marked down as well. The sale is expected to run through Feb. 15. Locations include 200 State St. (Faneuil Hall Marketplace), Boston, 617-261-2320 and the Natick Collection, 508-655-4126. Find others at

EARLY BIRD SALE Joanne Rossman hosts her annual pajama party and storewide sale this Sunday morning from 5 to 8, and if those hours seem unthinkable, consider that PJs are required (so you can just roll into your car) and there will be fresh coffee and doughnuts waiting. The earliest birds save the most: The markdown is 35 percent the first hour, 20 percent the second, and 15 percent during the third. (Antiques will be 15 percent off throughout the sale.) The goods are new (read: no holiday cast-offs), and include textiles, handmade slippers, John Derian paperweights and trays, artisan soaps, and more. Sale is cash or check only. Joanne Rossman is at 6 Birch St., Roslindale, 617-323-4301. www.joannerossman.comCOOL MARKDOWNS South End boutique Turtle is in the midst of its winter sale, with most items marked down 40-60 percent. Find a good selection of pieces from aimee g, Prairie Underground, Elm Design, Feral Childe, and others; select accessories are marked down as well. The sale should continue through mid-February, with discounts getting steeper along the way (though the selection will no doubt dwindle, as well). Turtle is at 619A Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-2610.

PASSAGE TO THE SILK ROAD Fine fabric shop the Silk Road is offering up to 30 percent off on all its wool and wool-blend suit, coat, and dress-weight fabrics through Jan. 15. Much of the selection is European; also find lining, buttons, and other details to coordinate with the sale pieces. If sewing isn’t your forte, ask for a dressmaker or tailor recommendation while you’re at the store. The Silk Road is at 281 Auburn St., Newton, 617-686-2162.

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