Something To Be Thankful For: Top 12 Pre-Black Friday And Thanksgiving Sales

November 25, 2010 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Shop

If you’re a bargain shopper (or just like a good deal) this time of year is your time to shine. Retailers from Amazon to Shopbop, J.Crew to Nordstrom are slashing prices (do we sound like an infomercial yet?) so you can finally get that designer handbag or fur vest you’ve wanted all year on a discount. Behold the very best pre-Black Friday sales:

Up To 75% Off At Macy’s:

Get up to 75% off with plus free shipping (code GIFTS). We recommend this Calvin Klein Seamed Walker Coat ($194.99, down from $325) – the camel coat is sophisticated, on-trend, and over 40% off.

Up To $70 Off At Shopbop:

Shopbop’s major blowout, The Big Event sale, features newly marked down (from 20-70%) merchandise, and additional savings: $50 off orders of $250, $100 off $500, $150 off $750, and so on. There are so many amazing designer items, we couldn’t pick just one. Two favorites: this Rebecca Minkoff Velvet Erin Pouch ($38.40, down from $48) and these Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Dayton Suede Oxford Pumps ($210, down from $325).

40% Off At Bloomingdales:

Get 20%-40% off at Bloomie’s Big Brown Sale (until 11/28), including 50% off fine jewelry, plus free shipping over $100 until 11/29. Get 20-60% off homewares, too. This 525 America Reversible Rabbit Fur Vest ($166.60, down from $238), is the perfect way to cash in. When else are you going to get real fur for under $175?

50% Off At Charlotte Russe:

This Charlotte Russe Ruffled Heart Tee ($8.99, down from $24.50) was already marked down to $11.99, and now take an additional 25% off. This Charlotte Russe Braided Rhinestone Bracelet ($2.99, down from $6.50) is the price of a cup of coffee.

Up To 90% Off At Portero:

For the label-lover in your life, shop Portero’s Pre-Holiday Sale and get up to 90% (yes, really) off designer clothing, accessories and jewelry. This Christian Louboutin Purple Suede Fringe Gunmetal Evening Bag ($760, down from $1,395) is basically half the original price.


Shop dirt cheap prices: $10 tees and winter accessories, $20 sweaters and PJ pants, and $30 down vests and cords. This Gap Ultrasoft V-neck sweater ($20, down from $49.50) is seriously soft and extremely flattering (I own one, can you tell?).

25% Off At J.Crew:

Enjoy 25% off orders of $150 or more (use code TURKEY). This J.Crew Sequin mesh bell skirt ($96, down from $128) is the perfect way to cash in – the skirt is on-trend, perfect for holiday parties, and the A-line silhouette is flattering on all body types.


Amazon’s Lightning Pre-Black Friday sales happen so fast, it’s hard to deliver them to you before they sell out. I can tell you that this Seidio Innocase Case for iPhone ($18.99, down from $24.95).

Free Shipping at Nordstrom:

Get totally free shipping on orders over $100 (use code HOLIDAY10); we’d spend ours on this Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Crystal Hinge Cuff ($195) that Rachel Zoe wore on Gossip Girl.

25% Off At Banana Republic:

Get 25% off your entire purchase at Banana Republic (code BRTHANKS). These Banana Republic Lady suede peep-toe heel ($105, down from $140) are the perfect way to take advantage of the deal; the cut-out heels are perfect for work and play – can you imagine them with opaque tights and a cheeky dress for all those friggin’ holiday parties.

$10 Off At Bare Necessities:


Get $10 off any purchase $75 or more on Bare Necessities – we recommend the Miraclebody Skinny Minnie Mid Rise Shaping Jeans ($100, down from $110) which just made Oprah’s Favorite Things final episode. They have the on-trend look of skinny jeans, with the mid-section support of SPANX. Genius.

40% Off On

The three-day Thanksgiving sale starts soon – check back in with us for major sales, including up to 40% off boots and $25 off $100 purchase of party shoes.

Looking for no-fail holiday gifts? Check out our holiday Sold Out list 2010, and Part 1 of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2010. Then see all of our sales and deals, best find of the day posts, and online sample sales, too.

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Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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