Bargain Bin

(Circle Furniture)
By Ami Albernaz
February 18, 2010

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The soon-to-be-wed take over the Hynes Convention Center tomorrow for Filene’s Basement’s semi-annual Running of the Brides event. More than 2,800 designer and famous-label gowns are up for grabs, priced from $249 to $699 (originally $900-$9,000). The stampede starts at 8 a.m. sharp, but if you prefer less of a frenzy, you can hit the sale later in the day (it wraps up at 8 p.m.). The Hynes Convention Center is at 900 Boylston St., Boston. For more information on the Running of the Brides, see

Just when it seems the winter blues may never lift, relief may be on the way: SpaFinder, a spa-focused media company, has announced its Deal Days, for which spas around the country will be offering facials, massages, and other indulgent treatments for $50. Although the deals won’t happen until March 8-14, folks who sign up now at can get a preview of participants and treatments on Monday and begin booking appointments. We’re told Spa Newbury (Boston), Ardan MedSpa & Salon (Wellesley), and Moodz Spa, Salon, and Boutique (Acton) will be among those taking part.

Quests for the perfect shoes often end up in resignation, as you settle on a pair that’s simply passable. To help,, launched in late January, offers a platform for searching by criteria including style, heel height, brand, and price range. Looking for a pair of brown knee boots with a 3-inch heel and willing to spend $75-$100? Check off these preferences, and myShoes scans retailers including DSW,, and for matches. The site may also throw in a coupon code to help you get a better deal. See

Circle Furniture is having a floor sample sale until the end of the month, with sofas, chairs, dining room sets, beds, dressers, and more marked down around 25-50 percent. Finds at the Cambridge showroom on a recent visit included an elegant ivory Parsons sofa for $1,299 (originally $1,899); a five-shelf cherry wood bookcase for $559 (originally $799); and a striking tangerine Ultrasuede chair from American Leather for $1,399 (originally $1,879). Circle Furniture is at 199 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, 617-876-3988. Find other locations at

We mentioned a couple of consignment shops last week, and in the meantime, stopped by the Closet Exchange, a trio of consignment stores in Needham. A high-end arm features Chanel, Dior, and Burberry, among others; a “Best of the Mall’’ store has J.Crew, Banana Republic, and the like; a “Last Chance’’ store has items marked down at least 50 percent. On our visit, finds at the “Last Chance’’ store included an adorable Gap gray baby doll dress for $15 and a new-with-tags Ann Taylor embroidered skirt for $16.50 (retail price: $108). The mall store had DKNY, Lucky Brand, and Christopher Blue jeans for around $28-$44 and a nice selection of jackets and blazers. The Closet Exchange is at 906, 925, and 931 Great Plain Ave., Needham. Find phone numbers and directions at

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