Sample Sales You Don't Want to Miss

All shopped out? What amazing deals did you find? I do hope you stashed a little something away for what I’m about to tell you. Two of the most spectacular, NYC-style sample sales happen this week. I’m not being dramatic. Okay, maybe a little. But these will make you rethink (and return) that sweater you bought on Friday because it was on sale even though the color doesn’t really do anything for you.

Sequin and Badgley Mischka Jewelry
I live for this sale. I wear my Sequin necklaces at least once a week. They are the reason I can get away with wearing so many solids without looking plain. If you aren’t familiar with the line of costume jewerly started by Minnesota sisters Linda and Kim Renk, just know that their galmorous, bejeweled statement pieces are always on trend, transform any outfit, and will be 50 to 80 percent off retail at the sale. (Retail prices range from $40 to $500). Please note: cash or check payments only. Oh, and get there early.

Where:            International Market Square                   
                        275 Market St., Suite 436
When:             Thurs. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
                        Fri. Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
                        Sat. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ilume Candles
A perennial favorite in our local boutiques, and with celebs everything, MN-based Illume has finally seen the light (I couldn’t resist) and is hosting it’s first ever sample sale this weekend. From elegant pillars to travel tins, everything will be 30 to 60 percent off retail. I’m hoping for anything in the pomegranate family, and something that smells like baking cookies. This is how I fake being a domestic goddess.

Where:            9208 James Ave. S., Suite 4        
When:             Fri. Dec. 4, noon to 7 p.m.
                        Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.