10 Coolest Things You’ll Find at This Year’s Franklin Flea Market

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Your insider’s guide to shopping Franklin Flea this weekend.

Everyone’s favorite vintage shopping event, Franklin Flea, kicks off its holiday market tomorrow at 10am. As any avid flea-marketer knows, timing is everything. You’ve got to get there early, and—if you’re really angling for top-notch deals—you’ve got to come with a game plan. And who better to be your guide than Franklin Flea’s founder, Mark Vevle?

First, the nitty-gritty stuff: The holiday vintage market takes place from 10am to 5pm every Saturday through December 20th, which will be the last winter market. It’s located in the historic Strawbridge’s building at 801 Market Street (yep, its new neighbor is Century21!). For more information, click here.

Now on to the fun part, which includes Fendi jewelry, the cutest-ever holiday cards and some seriously cool antiques.

Click here for Mark’s favorite things on sale tomorrow.

Your Guide To This Weekend’s Shopping Events

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It’s cold out there. Let’s shop. | Shutterstock.

It’s finally Friday, Shoppists! We know it’s one of the first chilly bone-chillingly frigid nights of the season, but resist the urge to don a Snuggie and shop from your couch, and pencil in one of these fantastic shopping events happening in Philly. From antiques and British pop music to a cheese expert and cider, this is the fall-worthy fun you’ve been waiting for all season.
Event details ahead!

5 Fashion Buys That Will Still Be Comfortable After a Huge Thanksgiving Dinner

 

 

 

10 Philly Mag Editors Share Their Favorite Hand Creams

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Last week, I posed this question on our in-office messaging system, Slack: “What’s your favorite hand cream?” I thought the ladies of the office would chime in instantly, and from the male editors, I’d get crickets. Shocker: The guys here are serious when it comes to hand cream. (Almost as serious as they are about their beard oil.)

Here are the best salves, ointments, butters, balms, lotions and creams, as recommended by Philly Mag’s discerning editors. And proof that real men use hand moisturizer.

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Bad News: This Is All That’s Left Of The Alexander Wang for H&M Collection In Philly

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Sigh. This single rack is all that is left.

Sorry, gang: If you were hoping to get your paws on that Alexander Wang for H&M neoprene cropped sweatshirt, you’re out of luck. The collection, which was stocked at H&M’s Walnut Street location this morning (the only location in Pennsylvania to carry it, according to the website), is almost entirely sold out. Sales associates reported that nearly half of the second floor had housed the 59-piece collection this morning, but was quickly wiped out by a queue of shoppers who began lining up first thing this morning for its 7:30 opening. Now, there’s a measly rack with some Alexander Wang signage as soon as you get off the escalator on the second floor.

But even though the selection is now sparse, it’s not empty. I popped by the store at 2:30pm today and rounded up what goodies were left–and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Keep reading to see what’s left.

Midweek Sale Madness! 5 Sales And Events To Shop Right Now

 

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Let’s all pretend we’re her right now. | Photo: Shutterstock

Here’s a little push to get you past this Hump Day, courtesy of some sweet sales and events happening around town. Let’s put off checking email for a little bit and indulge in some midweek shopping, shall we?

You in? Let’s go.

First up, we have South Moon Under. Today only, they’re offering 20 percent off everything. Use code LOVEYOU20. It ends at midnight tonight, and you can use it in-store and online.

Even more sneaky sales here.

What I Bought At Century 21

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Meet the newest members of a very private club called my shoe closet.

After reporting on all the details of the brand-new Century 21 store in the Gallery (I was led around by a very friendly PR rep), I returned to the store as a shopper. A press tour or event doesn’t show you how long dressing room lines are, how efficient the check-out process is, and how helpful—and friendly—store clerks are. And this is need-to-know information.

So I popped back in last Friday afternoon around 4pm to do some, ahem, recon. And, okay, fine, to check on a pair of shoes that I’d put on hold during my original non-shopping press tour (I cannot help myself).

Read more here.

Your Weekend Sale and Shopping Roundup

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It’s the weekend! Let’s get our shop on.

Let’s end this marathon week (hasn’t it seemed long?) with some sales, free cocktails, and shopping events. Here’s where you should be shopping this weekend.

First up, Frey Boutique, which—as we reported yesterday—is closing their Exton store after business hours tomorrow and opening in Newtown Square on October 24th. This means you’ve got one last day to scoop up major deals on summer and fall merch at the Exton location. Nothing is over $100, and they’ve got $5, $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100 sale racks. The store is open until 6pm tonight, and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow. Freyboutique.com.

More sales ahead!

Market Report: 66 Fall Boots To Buy Now

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  • In the market for fall boots? Here are 66, arranged in smart categories like ‘Best Return Policy,’  ‘Best Quality For Your Buck,’ and ‘Heavily Discounted Designer Picks.’ Go on. Look at them all and play the ‘Which boot am I?’ game. [Huffington Post]
  • Bookworms, rejoice: There is a perfume that is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. ( And it’s called Nevermore!) [Into The Gloss]

Up next: If you wash off all your makeup at night, you’re doing it wrong.

Your Guide to Shopping On eBay: How to Score Amazing Designer Steals

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Your designer and vintage heaven awaits.

I’ve shopped pretty much everywhere: fledgling Etsy stores, garage sales, weird little no-name boutiques, flea markets, consignment shops, the side of the road. Yet I’ve managed to resist the siren call of eBay, mostly because I’m terrified of it. It seems like a black hole, and venturing into it would likely lead to one of two things: 1. Accidentally bidding an ungodly amount of money for something dumb, like a fake Birkin or a side table made out of a rotting tree root, and then winning. or 2. Becoming addicted and slowly turning into a hoarder of porcelain dolls or turn-of-the-century retainers.

But here’s the thing: There are actually extraordinary buys to be found on eBay: Céline bags, vintage Chanel, Miu Miu heels, archival pieces from designers’ past collections. You just need to know how to find it all, and then, how and when to actually pull the plug.

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