For the wealthy, economic slumps indicate that its time to buy. Snatching up undervalued real estate and stockpiling shares of companies while theyre in the toilet these are things that smart investors do. Knowing that, you should work the system on a smaller scale: Buy loads of birthday and holiday presents while everyones having sales! Several of our local small businesses are cutting great deals right now. So break open your piggy bank its time to be smart with your money. By shopping.
Jezebel (1980 E. Sunrise Blvd., Gateway Plaza, Fort Lauderdale)
The ultimate store for gifting is slashing its prices this week to give you a little recession relief. Youll find marked down Halloween treasures, yummy-smelling candles, sparkly jewelry, and presents for every occasion all this week! Why pay full price for that hostess gift? And dont wait until the holidays are breathing down your neck to buy everything on your list. Learn from the squirrels and stash those treasures away until winter. With Jezebels help, this will be the grandest Christmas yet. (Nobody has to know you got it all on sale.) Call 954-233-1508.
Undergrounds Coffeehaus (2743 E. Oakland Park Blvd., East of Federal Hwy. and West of A1A, Fort Lauderdale)
Sure, Undergrounds has great coffee and a super-chill faux living room set up, but did you know that they have books, too? Its true! And wait for it, wait for it theyre on sale! For the month of October you can stock up on juicy paperbacks (only $1!) and gently used standard books for 50 percent off. Youll feel smarter for splurging (a little bit) on literature, and youll read it twice as fast after you load up on java. Call 954-630-1900.
Lèche-Vitrines Art Gallery (3038 N. Federal Hwy., Times Square Plaza, Second Floor, Fort Lauderdale)
If you havent made it into this refreshingly cool local gallery, now is the time. Lèches proprietor, Danielle Lanteigne, is making way for a new seasons worth of art, pottery, jewelry, glass, and more by cleaning house. And you, dear reader, get to reap the benefits! You see, Ms. Lanteigne has a knack for culling together pieces that are both unusually intriguing and are still beautiful enough to light up your hearth. But to keep things fresh and keep promoting new talent, shes got to make a little room. (Spoiler alert: This is where you come in.) Until October 11th, New Timesreaders can get anything in the gallery at a discount; some pieces are going for 50% off! And while real estate is a highly suspect investment, great art and jewelry always retain their value. If you have a favorite work lying limply on the floor of your closet, bring it in; the sale includes up to 20% off of framing! Call 954-563-2993, or check it out before you buy at www.lechevitrinesart.com
Radio-Active Records (1930B E. Sunrise Blvd., Gateway Plaza, Fort Lauderdale)
Youre so lucky. One dollar barely gets you a small order of fries at McDonalds, so how is it that a buck could buy you a lifetime of happiness? Seriously, if youre super addicted to old vinyl, then you know that scoring a record for a dollar is better than getting a hug from the Easter Bunny. It just makes you giddy. Why blow your whole wallet on piss-poor digital downloads when you can flip through Radio-Actives dollar record bins? Sure, the gems might need a little dusting, but you could find that old Don Ho album that makes you do the hula while cooking dinner. Treasures like those are priceless. Call em at 954-762-9488.
Wed., Oct. 1, 2008