Sales Check

A roundup of sales, store openings, and shopping news in December 2007

Diamond-studded white topaz pendant on 18-carat-gold chain, $850, at Erin Gallagher

Alessi, the iconic Italian design company, recently opened a new Chicago flagship. Look for housewares and kitchen items designed by architects and a full working kitchen installation. 611 N. State St.; 312-274-6500,

Architectural Artifacts marks down furniture, lighting, and new arrivals (from Argentina) by 25 to 75 percent Dec. 1st through 23rd. 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773-348-0622

Cash and Carry Fabric and Trim Sale, hosted by the Apparel Industry Board, runs Dec. 6th and 7th. Look for designer fabrics, buttons, trims, and purse handles in small quantities. Entry costs $5 for adults, $1 for students. At the Apparel Industry Board, 350 N. Orleans St.; 312-836-1041

Clothes Mentor, an upscale resale chain, hosts its first clearance sale starting Dec. 26th. 582 S. Route 59, Naperville; 630-355-0009

Erin Gallagher, a jewelry designer with a namesake store, offers drive-by shopping during the holidays. Choose a design online, arrange a pickup time, and a staff member will walk the gift-wrapped present to your car. 1017 W. Lake St.; 312-492-7548,

The Golden Triangle unveils its Asian Holiday Gift Collection—100 one-of-a-kind gift items priced from $5 to $50,000—early this month. 330 N. Clark St.; 312-755-1266

The Handmade Afghan Rug Sale runs Dec. 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An organization that provides sustainable income for impoverished Afghan women is selling the rugs. Preview them at At the Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 S. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest; 847-234-2350

Handmade Market, a crafters’ market with mostly local designers, hosts a sale Dec. 8th from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Empty Bottle. 1035 N. Western Ave.;

The Holiday Shopping Event in Roscoe Village takes place Dec. 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. The merchants along Roscoe Street and Belmont Avenue will stay open late and offer discounts. Damen Avenue to Oakley Avenue

Jake holds its biannual end of season sale starting Dec. 26th with 40 to 60 percent off brands such as 3.1 Philip Lim, Doo.Ri, Barbara Bui, and Habitual. 3740 N. Southport Ave., 773-929-5253; 939 N. Rush St., 312-664-5553;

Lee Allison Company hosts a Holiday Open House on Dec. 8th and 9th and 15th and 16th, showcasing ties, bow ties, and shirts. 1820 W. Webster Ave., #401; 773-276-7172,

Me&Ro, a jewelry line popular with celebrities, planned to open a Chicago store in November. Prices start at $150 with fine jewelry pieces reaching as high as $40,000. 61 E. Oak St.;

The One of a Kind Show and Sale features the handmade furniture, sculpture, jewelry, and paintings from more than 400 artists from Dec. 6th through 9th. Tickets are $10. Merchandise Mart, 320 N. Wells St., 8th floor; 800-677-6278,

The Renegade Craft Fair hosts its holiday market on Dec. 8th and 9th. With more than 100 vendors in stationery, jewelry, clothing, and gifts, the market will have a vibe similar to that of the summer fair. Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk St.; 773-227-2707

Samantha Chicago, a women’s boutique, marks down designers such as Catherine Malandrino, Vince, Ya-Ya, and Milly by 50 percent starting Dec. 26th. 64 E. Walton St., 1st floor; 312-951-5383



Photograph: Misty Winter Photography



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