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Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday, November 27, all clothing, gift, and accessory items purchased in DC are tax-free. Each item must cost $100 or less, but the discount still applies if the total bill is more than $100. Enjoy exemptions through midnight on Sunday, December 7.
Many Washington outlet malls offer late-night deals so that night owls can get their shopping on with exclusive savings. Check Web sites for details.
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Queenstown Prime Outlets
Bethesda Row’s Best
Ginger and Urban Chic are showing true holiday spirit by offering 50 percent off their entire stores’ merchandise on Friday from 9 to 10 AM, 40 percent off from 10 AM to 1 PM, and 30 percent off on Sunday. (The deal extends to all Urban Chic locations.)
If wedding bells are in your future, don’t miss Harriet Kassman’s bridal sample sale, where sample gowns are 50 percent off beginning Friday until they are all sold.
Knock 40 percent off all fall merch at Pink Palm in McLean. Lily lovers, look out!
Montgomery County residents should stop outside Macy’s in Westfield Montgomery mall for the Healthy Back Stores’ massage-a-thon for charity, where you can nab a 15-minute massage for $5, with proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots. While you’re waiting, test out Sono Massage Chairs, a $6,000 luxury that’s sure to soothe your aching back (we can’t promise anything about the wallet, however).
Take 30 percent off all nonsale merchandise and an additional 10 percent off sale items all weekend at Old Town favorite Hysteria.
We’ve Got the (Sample Sale) Fever
Treat yourself to an extra day of discounts at the normally weekend-only Old Town boutique Treat, where customers will receive a gratis chocolate turkey with their purchase and a drawing for an additional 15 to 30 percent off the entire purchase.
Starting Friday, knock 20 percent off at Georgetown’s Wink. While you’re shopping, enjoy free cupcakes and bubbly. Plus, enjoy an exclusive trunk show by local designer Haeli Staar on Saturday and Sunday.
Take 25 percent off most merchandise at the Georgetown shoe haven Sassanova as part of its ongoing sale. Merchandise at Bethesda Row’s Little Shoe Box is also 30 percent off as part of its ongoing sale. Simply Soles also slashed 40 percent off their styles, so hie thyself to Columbia Heights as well!
At the Annapolis boutique Paradigm, where most merchandise is already less than $100, knock an extra percentage off the entire store’s merchandise, plus enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts while you shop. The store opens an hour early on Friday, at 9 AM.
Don’t Be Blue
Get 30 to 50 percent off all merchandise at the Clarendon and Reston locations of the new high-end denim boutique Farinelli’s.
Great gift cards
At HYPERLINK Imagine Boutique in Gaithersburg, enjoy two days of exclusive gift-card savings, anywhere from 5 to 20 percent depending on the amount purchased.
The mid-city area of DC (including 14th and U streets) offers a host of Black Friday steals and deals as part of its “shop local” holiday campaign. In addition to the tax holiday, here’s a sampling of the discounts:
Go Mama Go!
Shop early and save: Take 10 percent off all day and 20 percent off for shoppers in their pajamas between 7 AM and noon.
Get your pens ready! Knock 10 percent off all holiday cards.
Take 30 percent off almost everything in the store and get a free Firejewel necklace with any purchase of $200 or more.
Enjoy a miniature art opening with new works by DC artists Brian Petro and Colin Winterbottom, plus 25 percent off all giftware.
The first 11 customers get a free gift, but everyone can get 10 percent off the entire store’s merchandise. Add Home Rule to your e-mail inbox for an extra 5 percent off. Spend more than $50 and get entered in a door-prize drawing.
Take up to 50 percent off men’s and women’s apparel all day.
Take 10 percent off the entire store’s stock of local designers, plus enjoy free cookies and herbal tea.
The early bird gets the mimosa! From 10 AM to 2 PM, enjoy complimentary cocktails and gift wrapping, and get 10 percent off your entire purchase. Plus, draw from the Turkey Bowl to win up to an additional 20 percent off your entire purchase.
Don’t forget Fifi and Fido! Get a free treat for your dog or cat plus 20 percent off all toys.
Big Apple Style
Nab too-cool-for-school kicks starting at 10 AM at this huge sale.
Fall in love with designer duds from Annapolis Saucy Shoes (saucyshoes.com). It’s offering a whopping 50 percent off all shoes, boots, and sandals on Friday, plus 40 percent off for the rest of the weekend. Take 25 percent off all bags, jewelry, and accessories.
Luxe furniture and clothing boutique Muléh (muleh.com) is knocking 30 percent off all full-priced fashion from Friday through Sunday (no furniture or lighting). Plus, much of the store’s merchandse is already marked down to 40 percent off retail, final sale only.
Prepster haven Bailey’s Maryland Avenue is knocking a cool 25 percent off all merchandise, plus offering holiday nibbles and treats throughout the weekend. If you’re not coming just for the sale, don’t miss the weekendlong Elizabeth McKay trunk show!
Fourteenth Street’s fashionable Circle Boutique is knocking a hefty 55 percent off all of its merchandise on Friday, which means names such as Louis Cho and L.A.M.B. for below-wholesale prices!
Shop Terra Firma
Take 30 to 75 percent off most merchandise, including Pink Tartan, Charles & Victoria, Catherine Malandrino and Robert Rodriguez, Friday through Sunday (shopterradc.com).
Real Runway Steals
Starting Friday, get up to 40 percent off most merch at Sangaree Boutique (http://www.sangareeboutique.com) in Georgetown. Labels include Ports 1961, Tevrow and Chase, and Pink Tartan. Accessories, such as bags and jewelry, are marked down up to 20 percent.
Barney's Co-Op is marking down their ultra-chic designer duds on Friday, taking an extra percentage off already-reduced merch, plus new discounts on things like men's Prada and women's Marc by Marc Jacobs. Shop early, save much.