Shop Talk: 30 Dirty Little (Shopping!) Secrets

Where Philly's fashionistas go for the best deals around town

For: Luggage
Head to: Robinson Luggage
Where: City & ’Burbs

With everything from Tumi carry-ons to JanSport backpacks, and Victorinox garment bags to Kenneth Cole attachés, family-owned Robinson has long been the region’s go-to place for stuff to put your stuff in (and have said stuff-carrier monogrammed for free!). The deals get even sweeter during the storewide sales on May 5th and 6th, with nearly everything discounted 20 to 60 percent. 201 South Broad Street, 215-735-9859; for other locations, see

For: Sunglasses
Head to: Loehmann’s
Where: Center City

Amidst chunky, funky plastic styles from Escada and Paul Frank, you can also score sleek Michael Kors frames for as little as $75 (marked down from $225). Which means that when you sit on/lose/scratch them — as, sigh, everyone seems to do with sunglasses — you won’t have to kick yourself for dropping a coupla Benjamins. 1528 Chestnut Street, 215-665-1109;

For: Kitchen Stuff
Head to: Williams-Sonoma
Where: City & ’Burbs

You don’t have to pretend to be getting married to score big-ticket bridal-registry-worthy gifts. Instead, make like a savvy VIP we know who treats herself to pots and pans and mixers and more at up to 70 percent off during WS’s annual post-­holiday sale in January. Multiple locations;

For: Guys’ Funky Sneakers
Head to: Urban Outfitters
Where: City & ’Burbs

They may not make you run faster or jump higher, but Urban’s range of street sneaks by Vans, Nike, Adidas and Puma will make you look cool. And something’s always on sale at, where you’ll also find special “online only” designs, like Nike’s limited-edition “Considered Humara” style for guys ($80, marked down from $120). Multiple locations;