Under the current economic climate, it doesn't get much better than "free." That is, if you wear cosmetics. Beginning today, you can visit a number of major department stores and get a free mystery bottle of cosmetics.
It's all part of a class-action suit from 2003, apparently the penalty retailers and cosmetic lines had to pay for an alleged price fixing conspiracy. The giveaway is limited to a selection of 20 various cosmetic items including body wash, mascara, facial cream and perfume, with an average value of $15; only one giveaway is allowed per visit. Supplies are limited, so make sure you get to your nearest Macy's, Target, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and/or Herberger's before supplies run out.
In the market for a sewing machine? Or maybe you're looking for fabric for your next project - or fashion line? Then check out designer Anna Carlson's studio moving sale this Friday and Saturday. For the serious sewer, there's a Singer industrial sewing machine for $500 and a Juki industrial sewing machine for $500. There's also white and dyed silk, cotton, linen, notions, chairs, dishes, track listing, dining table and chains, and various table tops. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 308 Prince St., Ste. 246, St. Paul.
New-ish high-end fashion boutique Belle Reve is offering all its fall and winter merchandise at discounts of up to 70% off. Sale items will include dresses, tops, denim shoes and accessories from L.A.M.B., Ingwa Melero, and Na.Be by Project Runway contestant Victorya Hong. Ongoing at Belle Reve, 320 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-333-3148.