ShoppingByParis.com http://www.shoppingbyparis.com Shopping, bargains and the best city in the world. Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:22:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Paris Flea Markets Are The Absolute Best http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/paris-flea-markets-are-the-absolute-best/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/paris-flea-markets-are-the-absolute-best/#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:46:22 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=59 Paris-Flea-MarketsWhen we dream of visiting Paris, we conjure images of well-balanced Bordeaux wines and flaky croissants, twilight strolls along the Seine, Eiffel Tower views, afternoons spent in cozy neighborhood bistros–and plenty of time to wander the city’s fabulous flea markets. Which is why when we heard that antiques expert Diann Hunt, the author of such best-selling books as The Scented Room and Bittersweet Surrender, was planning a trip to Paris’s marches aux puces to research her new book, A Passion for Antiques, we tossed our manners to the wind and begged to tag along. Graciously, Barbara agreed to give us an insider’s look at her favorite Parisian flea markers.

Since most of the markets take place on the weekend, we flew out of New York City on Thursday night and arrived in Paris early Friday morning. This gave us a day to shake off any lingering jet lag, have lunch at a brasserie, and explore Paris on foot. To make the most of our time at …

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Paris-Flea-MarketsWhen we dream of visiting Paris, we conjure images of well-balanced Bordeaux wines and flaky croissants, twilight strolls along the Seine, Eiffel Tower views, afternoons spent in cozy neighborhood bistros–and plenty of time to wander the city’s fabulous flea markets. Which is why when we heard that antiques expert Diann Hunt, the author of such best-selling books as The Scented Room and Bittersweet Surrender, was planning a trip to Paris’s marches aux puces to research her new book, A Passion for Antiques, we tossed our manners to the wind and begged to tag along. Graciously, Barbara agreed to give us an insider’s look at her favorite Parisian flea markers.

Since most of the markets take place on the weekend, we flew out of New York City on Thursday night and arrived in Paris early Friday morning. This gave us a day to shake off any lingering jet lag, have lunch at a brasserie, and explore Paris on foot. To make the most of our time at …

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Are Personal Shoppers Still A Thing?? http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/are-personal-shoppers-still-a-thing/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/are-personal-shoppers-still-a-thing/#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:34:52 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=54 When Maureen (Mo) Doss needed to throw together an ensemble for George W. Bush’s inauguration festivities, she turned to B.J. Wilson.

Personal-ShoppersWilson, owner of the upscale specialty boutique Dressoir in Fort Worth, Tex., has been helping her clients update and retool their wardrobes for years. Wilson and her staff quickly found a Victoria Royal gown, suggested shoes and a bag, then went a step further

by arranging a hairstylist and manicurist.

“I don’t know what I would have done without her,” said Doss, who lives in Aledo, south of Fort Worth. “She made it so easy. It was really a one-stop deal.”

For Wilson and her staff, such last-minute consultations aren’t unusual. They are part of her business strategy of offering attentive, personal shopping services that cater to time-pressed clients who want professional help and are willing to pay for it.

“They’re busy but they’re not in the fashion business,” said Wilson. “They want to look coordinated and current, but they need help putting it all together. …

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When Maureen (Mo) Doss needed to throw together an ensemble for George W. Bush’s inauguration festivities, she turned to B.J. Wilson.

Personal-ShoppersWilson, owner of the upscale specialty boutique Dressoir in Fort Worth, Tex., has been helping her clients update and retool their wardrobes for years. Wilson and her staff quickly found a Victoria Royal gown, suggested shoes and a bag, then went a step further

by arranging a hairstylist and manicurist.

“I don’t know what I would have done without her,” said Doss, who lives in Aledo, south of Fort Worth. “She made it so easy. It was really a one-stop deal.”

For Wilson and her staff, such last-minute consultations aren’t unusual. They are part of her business strategy of offering attentive, personal shopping services that cater to time-pressed clients who want professional help and are willing to pay for it.

“They’re busy but they’re not in the fashion business,” said Wilson. “They want to look coordinated and current, but they need help putting it all together. …

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Snoring Mouthpieces For The Win http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/snoring-mouthpieces-for-the-win/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/snoring-mouthpieces-for-the-win/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 15:41:59 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=69 Most families include at least one person that snores. Sometimes they fall asleep on the couch during a television show and their thundering snore can be heard throughout the entire house. There are a lot of underlying reasons as to why people snore. People who are overweight, sleep-solutionssmoke or drinking heavily, or deal with excessive stress will snore at night. Even people who need to take medication just so that they can sleep at all will find themselves snoring.

The cause of most snoring is the fact that when the body is relaxed, the muscles relax. Your major muscle, your tongue, will fall back in your mouth and block the airways while you sleep. This is what causes the snoring sound we all know. If you live with someone who snores chances are you aren’t getting a great night’s sleep. If you are the snorer, you are also not getting a great sleep. A poor sleep is going to negatively impact the following day. It’s difficult to …

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Most families include at least one person that snores. Sometimes they fall asleep on the couch during a television show and their thundering snore can be heard throughout the entire house. There are a lot of underlying reasons as to why people snore. People who are overweight, sleep-solutionssmoke or drinking heavily, or deal with excessive stress will snore at night. Even people who need to take medication just so that they can sleep at all will find themselves snoring.

The cause of most snoring is the fact that when the body is relaxed, the muscles relax. Your major muscle, your tongue, will fall back in your mouth and block the airways while you sleep. This is what causes the snoring sound we all know. If you live with someone who snores chances are you aren’t getting a great night’s sleep. If you are the snorer, you are also not getting a great sleep. A poor sleep is going to negatively impact the following day. It’s difficult to function when you don’t get your required rest. Your mind and your body need that time to reset and recharge.

If you’re making those lifestyle changes to improve your sleep and your life, you probably don’t want to wait very long. Lifestyle changes can take time and you want to make sure you have support from your family and friends to support you through this shift. In the meantime, you’ll need an aid. There are a lot of devices and gimmicks on the market that aim at helping you eliminate snoring. One of them, the ZQuiet mouthpiece, has a very comfortable design that can help immeasurably. The Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece, meanwhile, offers a different design that is effective for more snorers because it doesn’t hold the jaw in place.

Depending on your snoring issue you’ll want to choose a device that combats the problem right where it is. Mouthpieces work at the root of the issue. As mentioned before, most people snore because the tongue falls to the back of the throat. There are mouthpieces that have a bar in the centre of the piece that works to support the tongue or push it down and keep it pinned. There are even mouthpieces that work by suctioning the tip of your tongue and keeping it straight while you sleep. This prevents it from falling into the back of your throat and causing you to snore.

Mouthpieces are generally inexpensive devices that you can use every night. They are easy to clean and generally don’t need replacing more than 3 times a year. There are mouthpieces that come in various sizes so that you can choose the one that suits your mouth shape the best. Some of them are boil-and-bite which gets you to boil the plastic mouthpiece and then immediately bite into it so that it moulds to your unique mouth shape. This allows you personalization and helps your mouth get used to having a foreign object in it all night.

The thing to be very careful of are scams. There are scams that say they are selling you a high-grade anti-snoring mouthpiece yet when you receive it, it is only an athletic mouth guard. There is a large difference between an anti-snoring mouthpiece and an athletic guard. Mouthpieces also work by pushing your lower jaw forward so that your airways are clear when you’re sleeping. Mouth guards are generally thick and designed to protect your teeth from impact.

When compared to a chin strap or nasal strips that try to address snoring from the outside, you will find that mouthpieces are much better suited for the job. Nasal strips can fall off. If you aren’t careful, you could wake up with the chin strap around your neck. The worst thing that can happen with a mouthpiece is that you spit it out while you sleep.  Do your research and choose the option that’s best for you.

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Bargain Hunting Is Always A Good Way To Shop http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/bargain-hunting-is-always-a-good-way-to-shop/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/bargain-hunting-is-always-a-good-way-to-shop/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 05:20:45 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=49 Good-Way-To-ShopLike surfers travelling the world for the perfect wave or mountaineers finding their own rugged route to the summit, bargain hunters have a code of honour. We want to be first at the hottest sale in town, but once we’ve scored our prize and savoured the bragging rights, we like to share the good news. That’s how we stay on savvy shoppers’ tip lists. Friendly competition is the essence of our game.

You think Caren got a deal on a jacket? Let me tell you about my Italian tweed number. Ninety bucks, and it doubles as a dress. I found it in a tacky little place where the peeling walls are festooned to the ceiling with last year’s designer wares and the owner, bracelets jangling, spears your size with a hook. As she stuffed my purchase into a white plastic grocery bag, I asked the question that obsesses bargain shoppers: how much money had I saved? She threw up her hands. “How much do you …

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Good-Way-To-ShopLike surfers travelling the world for the perfect wave or mountaineers finding their own rugged route to the summit, bargain hunters have a code of honour. We want to be first at the hottest sale in town, but once we’ve scored our prize and savoured the bragging rights, we like to share the good news. That’s how we stay on savvy shoppers’ tip lists. Friendly competition is the essence of our game.

You think Caren got a deal on a jacket? Let me tell you about my Italian tweed number. Ninety bucks, and it doubles as a dress. I found it in a tacky little place where the peeling walls are festooned to the ceiling with last year’s designer wares and the owner, bracelets jangling, spears your size with a hook. As she stuffed my purchase into a white plastic grocery bag, I asked the question that obsesses bargain shoppers: how much money had I saved? She threw up her hands. “How much do you …

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Do Mystery Shoppers Still Exist? http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/do-mystery-shoppers-still-exist/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/do-mystery-shoppers-still-exist/#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:01:35 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=39 Mystery-ShoppersShop-a-holic. Born to shop. Shop ’til you drop. Do those. words describe you? If so, then do I have the job for you!

It’s a job that’s not only perfect for compulsive shoppers, it’s also the ideal job for anyone looking to supplement her income or even for stay-at-home moms to get out of the house a bit.

Think about it. Free lunches. Free gas. Free purchases at the convenience store and even free clothes. All this can be yours just by becoming a mystery shopper, even for something like health care plans.

“Just what is a mystery shopper?” you ask.

Mystery shoppers are known by different names, depending on the company. Expect to be called an evaluator, a customer service representative, or just a shopper, but you’ll still do the same thing and that is to contact businesses to determine how the employees and the company’s business practices are working.

The mystery of it is that the employees won’t know you are anything more than a …

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Mystery-ShoppersShop-a-holic. Born to shop. Shop ’til you drop. Do those. words describe you? If so, then do I have the job for you!

It’s a job that’s not only perfect for compulsive shoppers, it’s also the ideal job for anyone looking to supplement her income or even for stay-at-home moms to get out of the house a bit.

Think about it. Free lunches. Free gas. Free purchases at the convenience store and even free clothes. All this can be yours just by becoming a mystery shopper, even for something like health care plans.

“Just what is a mystery shopper?” you ask.

Mystery shoppers are known by different names, depending on the company. Expect to be called an evaluator, a customer service representative, or just a shopper, but you’ll still do the same thing and that is to contact businesses to determine how the employees and the company’s business practices are working.

The mystery of it is that the employees won’t know you are anything more than a …

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Registering Is Huge For Gift Shopping http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/registering-is-huge-for-gift-shopping/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/registering-is-huge-for-gift-shopping/#respond Sat, 12 Dec 2015 04:32:19 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=34 Gift-ShoppingWhatever the occasion, registering is quickly becoming an art form. Gone are the days of Mother taking Daughter to the local china shop to choose a formal pattern (to be used only on holidays and when the in- laws come for dinner, dear). Today registering, though still used as a means to help establish a young couple’s household, has also become a way of pleasing relatives, asserting an individual’s or couple’s personality and, most important, avoiding nasty surprises. “My parents got three fondue makers for their wedding,” says Winnipegger Maggie Nighswander, who’s not convinced she and the man she recently married, Daniel Rempel, would use one, let alone three. “Besides, my grandmother doesn’t know how to buy from anything but a register.”

In terms of weddings, the biggest change to this pre-nuptial ritual is that grooms have finally cottoned on to the fact that registering is the closest they may ever come to the genie in a bottle. Men are signing up for everything from camping equipment …

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Gift-ShoppingWhatever the occasion, registering is quickly becoming an art form. Gone are the days of Mother taking Daughter to the local china shop to choose a formal pattern (to be used only on holidays and when the in- laws come for dinner, dear). Today registering, though still used as a means to help establish a young couple’s household, has also become a way of pleasing relatives, asserting an individual’s or couple’s personality and, most important, avoiding nasty surprises. “My parents got three fondue makers for their wedding,” says Winnipegger Maggie Nighswander, who’s not convinced she and the man she recently married, Daniel Rempel, would use one, let alone three. “Besides, my grandmother doesn’t know how to buy from anything but a register.”

In terms of weddings, the biggest change to this pre-nuptial ritual is that grooms have finally cottoned on to the fact that registering is the closest they may ever come to the genie in a bottle. Men are signing up for everything from camping equipment …

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Buying Skin Tag Removal Creams Can Be Tricky http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/buying-skin-tag-removal-creams-can-be-tricky/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/buying-skin-tag-removal-creams-can-be-tricky/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:15:09 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=44 Skin-Tag-Removal-CreamsThey’re tiny little devils that prefer to live in the folds of skin. The neck, groin, armpit and even under breasts isn’t safe from them. Sometimes they even make an appearance in the fold of an eyelid. While they’re small and don’t grow to more than 3mm in diameter, if you know of the existence of this devil you can’t help but stare. They sometimes live in packs, sprouting up in numbers from 1 to 100 at any given time. What are these annoying little things? They are skin tags and they don’t discriminate.

A single person could have a skin tag anywhere on their body at any time. While skin tags prefer the flesh of the newborn or the elderly, they will still grow and cling on anyone else. They aren’t dangerous but they are definitely annoying. Based on their preferred locations for growth they can get caught by hair brushes, razors and jewelry which make them more nuisance than anything.

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Skin-Tag-Removal-CreamsThey’re tiny little devils that prefer to live in the folds of skin. The neck, groin, armpit and even under breasts isn’t safe from them. Sometimes they even make an appearance in the fold of an eyelid. While they’re small and don’t grow to more than 3mm in diameter, if you know of the existence of this devil you can’t help but stare. They sometimes live in packs, sprouting up in numbers from 1 to 100 at any given time. What are these annoying little things? They are skin tags and they don’t discriminate.

A single person could have a skin tag anywhere on their body at any time. While skin tags prefer the flesh of the newborn or the elderly, they will still grow and cling on anyone else. They aren’t dangerous but they are definitely annoying. Based on their preferred locations for growth they can get caught by hair brushes, razors and jewelry which make them more nuisance than anything.

There are several ways that someone can remove a skin tag from their body. While others are more permanent there is really only one true method that is instantaneous: cutting the suckers off.

There are creams and freezing products on the market that do a fabulous job of getting rid of skin tags. This site offers many skin tag removal product reviews, including the best product out there, Revitol. They both work by attacking the cells of the skin tag from the inside out. Once the tag is dead, it falls off and in most cases there are no scars left behind so it can be treated as if it was just a dream. The problem with both of these methods is the time it takes to show results. Both of them can take up to 2 weeks before they effectively kill the tag and it falls off. In some cases, the tag will turn black while it is dying before it falls off. If you’ve got a skin tag in a prominent place you probably don’t want a black speck on your body instead.

The only truly quick method is to cut it off, like previously mentioned. You don’t need to book an appointment with a doctor or dermatologist to have this done. You can do it from the comfort of your own home. Depending on your personal thresholds that can determine if you’ll be okay with taking a sharp instrument to your body to remove the tag.

The best tools for the deed are either a pair of nail scissors, sharp and new preferred, or a scalpel. You buy both of these from your local drug store. You’ll want to sanitize it by either submerging it in boiling water for 3 minutes or so or you can also sanitize it by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. Both of these methods will kill any topical bacteria and allow you to safely remove the tag without the risk of infection.

Set yourself up somewhere you can have access to mirror and no one will bother you. You will want to have some cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol prepped for after you make the cut to ensure that the wound remains clean and doesn’t get infected. Some paper towel or gauze will also help clean up any blood if you happen to cut too close to your skin.

Take aim at the base of the skin tag, breathe in deeply and make the cut! There! See how fast that was? It puts even The Flash to shame. You probably won’t bleed at all but it’s best to be prepared. If you make a clean cut you won’t scar and there shouldn’t be any evidence of having the little annoyance anywhere on your body.

Now that the deed is done, go forth and enjoy your skin!

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Negotiating Prices Needn’t Be So Difficult http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/negotiating-prices-neednt-be-so-difficult/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/negotiating-prices-neednt-be-so-difficult/#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2015 04:11:45 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=29 Negotiating-PricesLet me confess up front: When it comes to negotiating, I’m a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal wimp. And I’m not alone. “Our culture has program reed us to believe that the sticker price is what you’re supposed to pay,” explains Herb Cohen, author of You Can Negotiate Anything. But the reality, he says, is that “almost no price is etched in stone.”

So where can we hesitant hagglers begin? First, know that it’s generally best to wheel and deal on weekdays, preferably in the A.M., when retail traffic isn’t at critical mass, says Mark Davis, head of marketing at Launchscore, a business opportunity search engine. When you shop, picture yourself as a seller, not a buyer. “Your money is actually the product up for sale,” Cohen says. Beyond price bargaining, consider asking for an extended warranty or free delivery, suggests Roger Volkema, author of The Negotiation Toolkit. Or, if you’re buying several blouses, see if they’ll throw in a scarf or earrings for free.

Here’s the technique. Get the …

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Negotiating-PricesLet me confess up front: When it comes to negotiating, I’m a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal wimp. And I’m not alone. “Our culture has program reed us to believe that the sticker price is what you’re supposed to pay,” explains Herb Cohen, author of You Can Negotiate Anything. But the reality, he says, is that “almost no price is etched in stone.”

So where can we hesitant hagglers begin? First, know that it’s generally best to wheel and deal on weekdays, preferably in the A.M., when retail traffic isn’t at critical mass, says Mark Davis, head of marketing at Launchscore, a business opportunity search engine. When you shop, picture yourself as a seller, not a buyer. “Your money is actually the product up for sale,” Cohen says. Beyond price bargaining, consider asking for an extended warranty or free delivery, suggests Roger Volkema, author of The Negotiation Toolkit. Or, if you’re buying several blouses, see if they’ll throw in a scarf or earrings for free.

Here’s the technique. Get the …

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Christmas Spending Down Everywhere http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/christmas-spending-down-everywhere/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/christmas-spending-down-everywhere/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:04:50 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=24 That late Christmas rush, which usually surfaces at least by the weekend preceding Christmas and builds until the afternoon of Christmas Eve, just didn’t materialize the way retailers wanted. While malls and downtown stores did report decent traffic this past weekend, the Christmas-Spendinglevel of shopping did nothing to change the outlook for the season. By and large, it’s been disappointing, and it looks like it will stay that way for the remainder of the holiday shopping period.

Desperate for business, many retailers over the past several days felt forced into unplanned markdowns. Generally, they say they’ve been adept at managing the merchandise through this challenging season, and had all along set conservative sales goals. That means profits for the fourth quarter, which for most retailers concludes at the end of January, may not be as bleak as the current mood, and there is still some time left to perk up results a bit, if consumers respond to the bevy of sharp discounts that will be offered during …

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That late Christmas rush, which usually surfaces at least by the weekend preceding Christmas and builds until the afternoon of Christmas Eve, just didn’t materialize the way retailers wanted. While malls and downtown stores did report decent traffic this past weekend, the Christmas-Spendinglevel of shopping did nothing to change the outlook for the season. By and large, it’s been disappointing, and it looks like it will stay that way for the remainder of the holiday shopping period.

Desperate for business, many retailers over the past several days felt forced into unplanned markdowns. Generally, they say they’ve been adept at managing the merchandise through this challenging season, and had all along set conservative sales goals. That means profits for the fourth quarter, which for most retailers concludes at the end of January, may not be as bleak as the current mood, and there is still some time left to perk up results a bit, if consumers respond to the bevy of sharp discounts that will be offered during the days between Christmas and New Year’s.

Retailers are also hoping for a surge in traffic between Christmas and New Year’s since it’s been a record season for gift certificates and electronic gift cards=. While those are recorded as sales when they are purchased, they bring people back into the stores after Christmas, when they might not only redeem the cards for merchandise, but also purchase more.

While the consumer has been holding back because of concerns about a possible war with Iraq, high unemployment and an economy that’s not particularly recovering, some merchandise categories have performed well, including jewelry, outerwear, scarves, gloves, hats, handbags, sweaters, men’s accessories, leather and suede, books and some electronics.

However, on Monday, Wal-Mart hammered home the tone for the season, announcing that December sales at stores open at least a year were running at the low end of its expectations. Still, the world’s biggest company left room open for some fourth-quarter improvement. Its assessment didn’t include Saturday, which for most retailers is the biggest shopping day of the year, or Sunday. The company said total U.S. comp sales are tracking around the low end of the 3 to 5 percent range, and that the disappointment was more with the level of traffic, rather than with how much each shopper purchased.

At the other end of the retail spectrum, the experience wasn’t all that different. As Ron Frasch, chairman and chief executive of Bergdorf Goodman, said, “The weekend was just OK. Certainly, we did not have the intensity that we had anticipated. It was good, but not over-the-top. Thank God for the first 18 days of the month, which were strong. The last few days did not have the same pace, but the business this year has been so hard to read because of the calendar.”

Retailers have been perplexed by the shift to six fewer days this year, and indeed that led many consumers to shop earlier, rather than waiting to the very last minute, which they historically do.

At Wal-Mart, the strongest categories were crafts, intimate apparel, pet supplies, seasonal, household chemicals and pharmacy. The northeast region was the strongest for the week. Furthermore, all comparisons must be made bearing in mind the impact of 9/11. Wal-Mart stock was down $1.20, or 2.4 percent Monday, to $49.59 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Target Corp. on Monday said sales at its stores open at least a year fell well below expectations for the third straight week, hurt by dismal sales of apparel and sporting goods. Target also said that same-store sales for December so far are sharply off its growth forecast of between 3 and 5 percent. Shares of Target Corp., which also operates Mervyn’s and Marshall Field’s, fell 4.5 percent to close at $28.54 on the Big Board.

Following the trend, J.C. Penney Co. said that last week’s sales were slightly weaker than expected, but the company, which is among the most aggressive promoters this year, said it was still on track to beat its forecast for December of a low-single-digit gain. Shoes, children’s and home products were among the strongest categories last week. While Eckerd drug stores is running at a good clip, up 6 percent in the month, catalog sales are down 20 percent.

ShopKo Stores Inc. also reported same-store sales last week fell below expectations, which means that the discounter may be under its plan for sales to be even with a year ago for December.

According to a report from Merrill Lynch, authored by Daniel Barry, broadline retailers showed little improvement in the third week of the December period, ended this past Saturday. Consequently, the Wall Street firm now expects sales and profit warnings over the coming weeks. Merrill said that sales were hindered last week by unusually wet conditions on the West Coast, and some warmer temperatures in the East Coast, after colder-than-normal weather earlier in the month.

Merrill revised downward its prediction on broadline comp sales for December, to flat versus the original forecast of a 1 to 2 percent.

Planalytics, a firm that helps retailers in their merchandise based on weather trends and predictions, projected Monday a continuation of the recent warming trend through the remainder of the month – which isn’t good for business. Last week, California had heavy rain, and shoppers there, Planalytics noted, tend to stay home when it’s wet outside. For the last full shopping week, the stormy conditions favored Internet shopping sites and worked against brick-and-mortar retailers. The majority of North America experienced the late season warming trend, meaning some slowing of sales of cold weather apparel items that had been selling well since mid-October. Planalytics also said that a notable exception last week was Florida, where relatively cold weather remained very favorable for driving demand of cold weather apparel items.

Colder weather earlier in the fall, however, did drive outerwear sales, including furs, leather and shearlings. For a related story, see page 8.

Manhattan stores seemed busy, and in some cases, executives were upbeat.

“We had a good weekend,” said Hal Kahn, chairman and chief executive of Macy’s East, on Monday. “Customers came out, and we expect today and tomorrow, and the last few days between Christmas and New Year’s will be stronger than the last three weeks, but still at the low end of expectations.”

One store apparently bucking the general trend was Lacoste. Bob Siegel, chairman of Lacoste USA, said, “Our business was off the charts. Saturday was the biggest day we ever had at our Madison Avenue store.” He also said that the Lacoste store in the Westchester Mall in White Plains had a record day, too. He attributed the business to the resurgence of the Lacoste brand and multigenerational appeal, and because the Lacoste signature knit shirts, priced from $69 to $80, are “easy gifts,” he said. “Most people can wear them. There is no age hangup.”

In a report on traffic at several of its malls around the country, Taubman Centers said sales and traffic were a bit off on Sunday, but it wasn’t a bad day, though not quite what the stores had hoped. Bestsellers on last-minute shopping lists were often gift certificates, spa packages and jewelry.

Stores at Taubman’s upscale Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey trended in the low-to-mid-single digits for the week over last year, and strong categories Saturday were home, electronics, apparel, accessories and beauty.

At The Mall at Wellington Green, Wellington, Fla., another Taubman property, the big winners Saturday were jewelry stores, fragrance and cosmetic stores, electronics, games, toys, music and gift stores.

At The Mall at Tuttle Crossing in Dublin, Ohio, traffic was high and steady all day long. Although parking lots did not exceed 80 percent capacity, merchants seemed content with the day’s business, but not exceptionally enthusiastic. Gift certificate sales were up 47 percent for the day.

Generally, traffic at malls was softer Sunday than Saturday, with Wellington Green indicating that shoppers came early and left late on Saturday, while they came early on Sunday but left earlier. The Westfarms Mall in Connecticut reported that traffic peaked by 2 p.m. Sunday, when it began tapering off.

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Canada’s Le Chateau Does It With A Parisian Edge http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/canadas-le-chateau-does-it-with-a-parisian-edge/ http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/canadas-le-chateau-does-it-with-a-parisian-edge/#respond Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:42:47 +0000 http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/?p=19 Parisian-Edge“What we do here,” says Amrick Autwal, supervisor of six Le Chateau stores, “is definitely influenced by what’s in right now–what the big designers are showing, what look is hot in music or in film, what people are wearing in clubs and on the street … It’s also about the general mood, about economics and politics. It’s like that old saying about hemlines going up and down with the stock market. In the past year, after September II, there was a lot of camouflage in stores and dark colours.”

“A lot of times it’s just guesswork,” Autwal says. “There have been so many times when I’ve seen an item and thought, `that is really going to sell, that’s really going to be popular,’ and no one buys it. A store or a designer might try to dictate to the consumer what they should be wearing, but in the end, it’s the customer who decides.”

Dressed in a denim shirt over a T-shirt, brown, pinstriped pants and thick-soled …

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Parisian-Edge“What we do here,” says Amrick Autwal, supervisor of six Le Chateau stores, “is definitely influenced by what’s in right now–what the big designers are showing, what look is hot in music or in film, what people are wearing in clubs and on the street … It’s also about the general mood, about economics and politics. It’s like that old saying about hemlines going up and down with the stock market. In the past year, after September II, there was a lot of camouflage in stores and dark colours.”

“A lot of times it’s just guesswork,” Autwal says. “There have been so many times when I’ve seen an item and thought, `that is really going to sell, that’s really going to be popular,’ and no one buys it. A store or a designer might try to dictate to the consumer what they should be wearing, but in the end, it’s the customer who decides.”

Dressed in a denim shirt over a T-shirt, brown, pinstriped pants and thick-soled …

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