Sales & Bargains: Hit the Racks!

Memorial Day Sales

Sales & Bargains: Hit the Racks!

The Great American Retail Blow-Out otherwise known as Memorial Day is here once again, but as wallets are slimmer and our favorite retailers are feeling the pinch as well, we're hoping for some good deals in unexpected places. Here are a just few ideas for your weekend shopping that will keep you off the beaten track. After all, that's where the fun is, and you can run those workday-dreary errands at the mall later:

SCARBROUGH'S Scarbrough's may not be the first place that occurs to us when we bounce out to shop, but they've been an Austin institution for more than 100 years, and still carry some of the best clothing, shoes, and accessories in town. Tucked away on north Lamar next to Central Market, they're taking 25% off of selected early-spring merchandise. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #400, 452-4220. www.scarbroughs.com.

LOBO Do you really need a reminder to stop in here before the fun starts? You couldn't forget your friends Andrew Christian for "Show It" technology, Ed Hardy for flash, and Dirty Fukker for exquisite support. LOBO also carries hard-to-find Ginch Gonch, among other treasures for your tush. Check out the sale rack where you'll find Rufskin and more for 50% off. 3204 Guadalupe, Ste. A, 454-5406. www.lobooutlet.com.

GLBT512 Monique Jamail has her own vinyl cutter, right next to the hot press that she's waiting to crank up just for you. What this means is custom, on-the-spot T-shirts in 100% organic cotton for any occasion. With Gay Pride coming up in just a few weeks, you'll also be glad to know that this is your one-stop for all things Pride. Buttons, stickers, magnets, bracelets, keychains, hats, belts, wallets, baby bibs, and custom onesies, all handmade locally. Also hit her up for cool, studded leather accessories like cuffs, collars and gauntlets that are both pretty and hard. Get there during June for 20% savings on Pride items. 3204 Guadalupe, Ste. A (inside LOBO), 454-5406. www.glbt512.com.

MARTIN + OSA Named for Martin and Osa Johnson, an adventure-seeking couple in the 1920's who captured America's imagination with their accounts of adventure in exotic locales, the concept here relies on sturdy play-duds in natural fibers for men and women at prices that won't break your travel budget. Note the house-label denim, since dark washes that fit are so hard to find in Austin, especially if you don't want your back pockets blinking like the Vegas strip. Stop in over the holiday weekend and you'll get25% off your $100 purchase. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, #132, 973-9665. www.martinandosa.com.

ADELANTE Add 1950's Havana to a post-disco, authentic Latin vibe and you'll have some idea of Adelante, which in Spanish means "onward and upward." Spring merchandise is 30%-50% off May 22, 23, and 25. 1206 W. 38th, 452-5322. www.adelanteaustin.com.

MADEWELL We loved J. Crew in college, and now Madewell has come along with just the right look for big girls. Take 20% off your purchase with a college ID. The Domain, 11501 Century Oaks Terrace, #121, 821-1593. www.madewell1937.com.

GARDEN ROOM The only place in Austin that stocks Yansi Fugel is offering a free Three Dots T-shirt when you buy two. Monday, May 18th through Sunday, May 24th. 1601 W. 38th, 458-5407. www.gardenroomboutique.com.

MONDO TEES If the man in the street has stopped commenting on the flair of your daily T-shirt selections, then get with the times and stock up on some new ice-breakers. Mondo gets low Friday through Monday with 20% off shirts and a rummage sale. 1120 S. Lamar (in the Alamo Drafthouse), 476-1739. www.mondotees.com.

KICK PLEAT With mentions in Lucky magazine too numerous to count, Kick Pleat's light and airy interior keeps us calm when we get too grabby. Spring merchandise to wear now and later is 30% to 50% off. 918 W.12th, 445-4500. www.kickpleat.com.

C. JANE Look for a great selection of shoes, Ella Moss, Voom ("flirty, not frilly!"), Rachel Pally, cool tops, and denim cut-offs. Select Spring '09 merchandise is now 30%-75% off. 2346 Guadalupe, 236-1435.

URBAN OUTFITTERS Buckle up for another round of heavy markdowns, including a large selection of dresses, skirts, tanks, shorts, and sandals. There are also hit-or-miss stacks of of men's and women's items marked down to $9.95, as well as home-decor goodies marked down as low as $1.99. 2406 Guadalupe, 472-1621. www.urbanoutfitters.com.

OUTLET ALERT: The best advice for tempering the oncoming assault on your wallet is to get up a little earlier and let off some steam at the outlets, where you can get your initial acquisitive rush before making the slippery-slope boutique run. Down south, Tanger Factory Outlet Center (4015 S. I-35, San Marcos, 512/396-7446, www.tangeroutlet.com/sanmarcos) is hosting a Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale, but do your homework and print some pretty good coupons here. A few miles up the road, retailers at Round Rock Premium Outlets (4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/863-6688, www.premiumoutlets.com) are cutting merchandise drastically. We noted an additional 30% off at American Apparel, Kenneth Cole offering any lesser-valued item free with a purchase of two (!), and 20% to 80% off the entire stock at Ultra Diamonds.

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