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Boutique Blowout
This weekend marks the last call for 2012 merchandise at deep discounts.

Some people will never understand the sport of shopping a good sale, or the rush caused by scoring a great deal. For those who do, rev up your competitive spirits for some good old-fashioned bargain hunting this weekend in Shorewood.

SHOP is hosting the 5th annual Boutique Blowout sale this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Atwater Elementary School (2100 E. Capitol Drive). There will be more than a dozen area retailers with merchandise marked down 50-90 percent for this one-day event.

I talk to Liz Sumner, owner of SHOP in Shorewood to get the scoop. “It’s a great way to find deeply discounted designer merchandise for shoppers and an easy way for boutique owners to clear out their stores quickly to make way for new clothing,” she says.

Participating boutiques include: Bijoux, Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Five Hearts, MaJolie, Min’s, Molloy’s, Motherlode, Patricia Shoppe, SHOP, Salamander, Swanky Seconds and Stephanie Horne.

“Swanky Seconds in a new addition this year - the first time a consignment store has participated in Boutique Blowout,” Liz says, adding, “although there will be some items for men and children, this event is mostly for women.”

For more information and to RSVP, check out the Facebook event. (This will also give you a chance to size up your competition.)

And be sure to bring plenty of cash because not all vendors accept credit cards. There is a $5 admission fee at the door that will be donated to Round for Recreation, which allows Shorewood Recreation Department to make their programs available to low-income families.

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