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Brocade Home: 8 Favorites

Brocade Home, a furniture and accessories store with both an online shop/catalog and a retail storefront in New York City, has some great offerings for the season. In fact, I spotted a few instant favorites that I’d like to share this morning — 8 favorites in fact. First, I like the new square turned leg dining room table ($499 square or $799 rectangle) which would suit a room that is either very modern with bright accent colors, a bit country with wooden farmhouse chairs, or even one that has more of a coastal vibe with a sisal rug, a capez shell chandelier and lots of blue and yellows. You could even use this as a work table in your office or craft room.

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Are You Done?

Shopping, I mean? Are all your presents bought, wrapped, and nestled snugly under your tree? (Or hidden someplace where Snoopy McSnoopers can’t find them?) Of course they are…unless you’re like 52 percent of Americans who still need to finish their gift-hunting, or 24 percent who (gasp) haven’t even started yet, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey. If you’re one of the (apparently) many who are still twirling from store to store in a last-minute panic, here are some tips to keep your wallet from self-combusting.

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3 Great Etsy Shops

I recently pulled together an Etsy handmade last minute gift guide for decor8 and I’d like to highlight three of the sellers from my guide since I found so many items in each of their shops that I’d like to give as presents. It may be a tad too late this year, but one doesn’t need a special occasion to give to those they love, right? So keep these shops in mind for when you want to surprise someone…

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Buying Gadgets – Made Easier

Have you heard about Measy? It’s a new website that makes choosing a new electronic device a whole lot easier. Whether you’re searching for a new digital camera, netbook, or HDTV – for yourself or for a holiday gift for that special someone – Measy takes the anxiety, confusion, and overwhelmingly endless options out of the picture. 

By answering a short quiz about what features matter to you, which don’t, and what your budget is, Measy is able to narrow down the field in a matter of seconds, helping you find the device that is just the right fit for you. It’s more focused and personal than your regular old search engine, and it’s a lot easier than going from store to store listening to sales pitches and wondering if you’re getting the real scoop. 

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Hadley Hutton Black Friday Sale

Hadley Hutton is an artist that I’ve been writing about for quite awhile now over on decor8 because I love her eye, composition, color, subjects — all of it. Her work is primarily encaustic painting, encaustic is another way of saying hot wax painting which is a process involving beeswax (usually) and it is heated and applied to a collage or painting, the wax sometimes has colored pigments added depending on the look that the artist is going for…

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Black Friday Shopping 101 (or 5 Ways to Keep from Spending Money You Shouldn’t)

I’m not a big Black Friday shopper. Never have been. Given the choice between crowded stores full of crazed holiday bargain hunters and my warm bed at 5:00 in the morning, I choose my warm bed. But I respect those of you who plan to brave the long lines and madness to save some money and get a jump on your present buying. As long as you’re wading out into the mayhem, here are some strategies from CouponShack.com that will help you out.

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Four Rules for Rebate Success

It’s shopping season. If you haven’t picked up on that fact, you’re just not paying attention. And retailers are trying to get your business any way they know how. One of the more popular methods: rebates. “Buy this marvelous thingamabob for JUST $50! (After $100 mail-in rebate that will be a pain in the neck to send in and which you may or may not ever receive. Restrictions apply.)” Rebates are such an annoyance that 4 in 10 people end up never receiving theirs, either because they didn’t follow the rules, forgot about it entirely, or just found the process too tedious to complete. Here are 4 ways to avoid rebate regret.

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What are Your Favorite Money Saving Twitter Feeds?

If you haven’t noticed, Twitter is a breeding ground for bargain hunters who want to share their steal-finding prowess with the world. I have no problem with this. In fact, I embrace it. You’d like to share the latest Gap discount code with me? Great. You found out that a website is offering free shipping? Beautiful. Last week I ordered a magazine subscription for $5 because I caught the special on Twitter (and it was a magazine I was thinking about anyway). I felt so new-age.

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Are You an Online Impulse Shopper? POLL

A few times a week, I get emails from retailers advertising store sales and special discount codes for loyal shoppers (like myself). Everything is 30 percent off! Free shipping for orders over $100! Get 50% off of outerwear! Who can resist? Not me, unfortunately. Whenever I get those emails, I think, “A sale!” and I click through to the site in question to see what I can find. I love a bargain, and if that cute tee I noticed a few weeks ago is now half off, well, fuhgeddaboutit.

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What Will You (and Won’t You) Buy Generic?

It’s a common money-saving mantra: “Try generic,” the experts say. “You might like it.” If you avert your gaze from the more-expensive eye-level shelves at the grocery store, you’ll notice these products hanging out meekly above and below—store brand, not nearly as pretty, but definitely cheaper. At the drugstore, I find them sitting right next to the name-brand products they’re competing against. “Pick me!” they seem to say. “I’ve got the exact same active ingredients!”

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