Trunk shows, holiday shopping parties, Black Friday specials, one benevolent book drive-- there are beaucoup opportunities for you to spend your hard-earned cash over the next few days. (And who doesn't love doing that?)
Thus, I've curated a doable list of shopping events to make your life a bit easier. After all, Friday shall be maddening and Saturday, which is Small Business Saturday, will most likely be just as maddening. Now, go forth and shop!
1. Black Friday Specials at The Bellevue Collection
When: Friday, November 28, times vary
Where: The Bellevue Collection, 575 Bellevue Square
What: Expect tons of deals (and tons of people) at stores throughout this Eastside shopping center. A sampling: BCGB Max Azria (7 a.m. to noon) is hosting a winter sale promotion featuring up to 60 percent off regularly priced styles, plus $50 off a purchase of $200, $100 off a purchase of $300 and $150 off a purchase of $400 or more; Faconnable will take 40 percent off on select items throughout the store; Kiehl's will reduce the price of its Mighty Moisture Set to $33 (orig. $64); and Sephora will offer $10 doorbusters on a first come, first served basis. For more info on all the Black Friday steals at Bellevue Collection go here.
2. Pine & Boon/Silvae Trunk Show
When: Saturday, November 29, 10 am. to 1 p.m.
Where: Velouria in Pioneer Square, 145 S King St.
What: Seattle artist and designer Jess Griffith's handmade bag and textile line Pine & Boon has paired up with Silvae, the local ready-to-wear label from Deborah Roberts, to host a joint trunk show at the freshly relocated Velouria in Pioneer Square. Score 15 percent off the two collections, and an extra special tidbit while you're there: $1 of every sale goes to the King County Crisis Collection.
Painted leather convertible clutch, $88
3. Cedarbrook Lodge's 'Oh! What Fun It Is To Shop' Package
When: Friday, November 28 through January 31
Where: Cedarbrook Lodge and Westfield SouthCenter
What: This one's for the marathon shoppers who take their sales with a side of R&R. Book this overnight package--includes a deluxe guest room--for gratis valet parking, coffee, tea, cider and other goodies upon arrival at the luxe lodge. You'll also get shuttle service to and fro Westfield Southcenter (departures from the hotel start at 11:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving); a post-shopping 50-minute foot, hand and shoulder massage at the Spa at Cedarbrook; champagne and a seasonal tasting menu at its Copperleaf Restaurant. Package starts at $437; use promo code OHWHATFUN.
4. Splendid Book Drive
When: Thursday, December 4 to January 4, 2015
Where: Splendid at Belleuve Square
What: Los Angeles-based supersoft t-shirt maker Splendid is hosting its second annual holiday book drive for Milk + Bookies, the national charitable org that provides books to children in need. Tow your new or gently used children's tomes--early readers through high school--to the Bellevue Splendid store and all donated books will line the shelves at eight school libraries at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Feel like bequeathing five or more books? Do it and receive 50 percent off one item from Splendid.
5. Bluemercury Holiday Shopping Party
When: Tuesday, December 9 from 2 to 9 p.m.; Presale starts Saturday, November 29
Where: Bluemercury in University Village
What: Expect discounts aplenty on more than 90 different luxury cosmetics and skincare products from the likes of Laura Mercier, Nars, Bobbi Brown and Diptyque. Party down on December 9 with bubbly and treats plus extra discounts on everything in the store, excluding spa services and gift cards.
Bluemercury will also launch its Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner collection, co-curated by Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck.
6. Sell Your Sole Holiday Sip + Shop Event
When: Friday, December 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique, 2121 1st Avenue #101
What: Slip into this designer clothing haven for its holiday shopping fete where you'll find handmade items from local designers including Kate Mensah's leather and rabbit fur clutches, Jeri Warlick's bronze-and-leather statement jewelry and Brooke Westland's oversized snood (squee!) scarves. Take 10 percent off of all the shop's merchandise and get a mini-astrology reading by Stephanie Gailing of Planetary Apothecary.
7. Ladies' Night Out at Recoop Spa
When: Thursday, December 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Recoop Spa, 925 Bellevue Way NE
What: Gather the gals and make your way to this darling spa where you can book a spa treatment at an extra special price--a Coop manicure (reg. $20) for $15, a Coop pedicure (reg. $32) for $25--amid flowing wine and plates of cheese. There will also be a jewelry trunk show featuring handmade trifles from JJ Caprices. Reseve your spot here.
Photo: Josh Garretson
8. Ladies' Night Out at Butch Blum
When: Wednesday, December 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Butch Blum, 1332 Sixth Avenue
What: RSVP to this festive fete, thrown in partnership with local networking group Women Business Owners, for mini manicures, psychic consultations, complimentary martinis and more. While you're there, make a mental note of all the wares you want Santa to bring.
Marlene Birger Long Sleeve Top, $255
9. Bombsheller Sample Sale
When: Saturday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Bombsheller Studio, 424 Queen Anne Avenue, #100
What: I will forever declare my love for leggings as pants and I don't care who knows it. But regardless of whether you're Team Leggings-as-Pants or not, you can still stop by this sample sale from Bombsheller, which will feature its made-to-order leggings at reduced prices. Prototype leggings will be 50 percent off, while all other styles will be 10 percent off. Another perk: Free gift wrapping is available.