Support the local airline, Sun Country, and fly cheaply too. If you book a trip between now and Tuesday for travel by October 14 (except Anchorage–travel by Sept. 10), fares are $59 each way (Branson), $84 (Dallas), $99 (LA, NYC, SF), $109 (Boston, Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Seattle, DC), $129 (San Diego) and $199 (Anchorage). One tip for fliers who like to upgrade to first class, go early to the airport. Pay only an extra $99 (one-way) if you upgrade at the service counter. That’s a slightly better deal than the $249 fares (one way) that Sun Country specials on first class flights booked to Vegas, LA, NYC, SF and Seattle during the sale. The downside is that the first class seats may be sold out by the time you get to the service counter.
Grethen House women’s boutique in Minneapolis starts its 70 percent off all spring/summer merchandise sale today. The sale on high-end designer merch continues through Saturday. Those in the know who wait for the 90 percent off sale, that happens Aug. 21-22 at the outlet, GH2.
Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is in progress through Aug. 2. It’s a cool way to save 30 percent on new fall fashions before the season starts–although today’s weather feels like fall. I asked one Nordstrom employee to scout some deals for us: Selected True Religion jeans for men and women, Hobo International handbags (Nordstrom exclusive), both brand new for fall and on sale to boot. If you prefer to shop online, you can get free shipping on orders over $200. Also, you can request to have your order picked up in the Mall of America store.
Half-Price Books’ tent sale at its Highland Park St. Paul location continues through Sunday. Books, CDs and DVDs are $3 or less. The Highland fest is also happening this weekend, so be prepared for parking issues.
Needlework Unlimited (4420 Drew Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-925-2454) timed its sweater sale perfectly. On a cool weekend, most of the handknit adult sweater samples are $20 to $40, except for the Dale of Norway sweaters at $90 (reg. $200 to $250). Knitting yarn is 50 percent off during the sale Fri-Sunday. Additional markdowns Sunday.