Sometimes you stumble upon a sale and you feel really good about yourself, or is that just me? My mom and sisters and I are practically competitive shoppers – truly. If you are so nice as to compliment one of us, we never demurely smile and say “Thank you”, as any well-bred lady would. Nope! We have to regale you with the story of the sale, the provenance of the item or, if you are really lucky (or family), just the price. Exchanges go something like this:

“Hey, I really like that shirt”

“Oh, thanks – $6 at Old Navy.”

That is our polite response. Impolite response “Six bucks”, and yes, we do buy shirts for six bucks.

Some of us are trying to break this habit and practice saying “Thank you” a lot. We are chatty and proud – so this is hard. It is going to be much more difficult to do after we shop this sale – items from a store (formerly known as Queen Bee – locations in Newton and on Newbury Street) are a whopping 85% off – REALLY! And, because you are so nice, if you buy five items or more (which you will want to do), then everything is 90% off! Okay, okay, I will tell you more. There are designer jeans (Hudson, James Jeans) and designers – Milly, Shoshanna, DVF, Alice & Trixie, Rebecca Taylor, Manuel Canovas Swim and many more. There are mostly women’s clothes which are beautiful and there are also baby and toddler items (blankets, hats, sweaters, shoes).

The Deets: (Details)

What: An Everything Must Go Sale – my favorite kind! Bathing suits, day and evening dresses, blouses, sweaters, tanks, skirts, jewelry, shoes (if you are stuck for a Father’s Day gift there are also some ties – go ahead – it is a classic – buy him a book, too and you are good to go).

Where: 15 Spencer Street, West Newton, MA  – adjacent to L’Aroma Cafe – wonderful coffee, tea and delicious baked goods. yummy salads and sandwiches for lunch so you can sustain yourself if your shopping spree runs long and you tire of carrying out armloads of bargains.


Friday, June 3  – 8 am to 5 p.m. Special Morning of Shopping from 8 to 11 am – Free coffee (maybe some baked goods?) Bring a friend or two…

Saturday, June 4 – 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 5 pm (added bonus on Sunday – There is an exhibit and brunch reception (with music) for Tom Friedman, a Newton potter who combines his love of simplicity, repetition and nature in different forms from teapots to Japanese cups to vases to platters.

Better hurry in – I have to confess that I shopped the sale and got sweet rain boots and a pair of Vince khakis and some adorable cotton pants for work for under $100 and there is still a lot of stuff left – I promise I will leave something for you!

Maybe you already know this but I am a huge fan of the Newton Free Library and they are having a sale, too – June 4 and 5 – in the Auburndale Library. Check it out for inexpensive books, cds and dvds.

The Friends of the Newton Library will be holding their quarterly Book Sale on Saturday June 4th from 10-3 and Sunday June 5th from noon to 3 at the Auburndale Library located at 375 Auburn Street .  Please enter downstairs through doors on the sides of the building. We have a wide variety of adult and children’s book very reasonably priced. Non fiction is shelved by category and fiction is shelved alphabetically. There is also a selection of DVD, CDs and audio books. All proceeds support the library.

More info about Tom Friedman’s Reception:

Tom Friedman’s Flat Forms & Nature Exhibit Celebration Brunch with Classical Music  

10:30 to 1, Sunday, June 5th

L’Aroma Café and Bakery

2nd Floor Art Gallery

West Newton, MA *(behind Bank of America)

Admission Free, Pottery for Sale

To benefit Newton Schools Foundation

Tom Friedman is a Newton potter who combines his love of simplicity, repetition and nature in different forms from teapots to Japanese cups to vases to platters. His current work (“Flat Forms and Nature”) touches on the serendipity offered by the wide variety of organic tools offered from the clay arts. Working in brown and white stoneware, he has built his canvases for the current exhibit from platters of different shapes, sizes and thicknesses. He has decorated somewhat freely like an abstract painter with slips of different dark hues.

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