Deals that never die

Don’t wait for a sale to occur, because discounts in Las Vegas happen all the time. For example, Accessory shop Charming Charlie, where nothing is more than $50, just opened at Tivoli Village (Rampart Boulevard and Alta Drive). Save 20 percent for you and your friends when you turn your shopping into a party by taking a gaggle of nine or more gals with you. Arrange your “CC Social” in advance by calling 233-1192.

You can always save 20 percent at Savers thrift stores by donating four to 10 items. But on Memorial Day, May 30, save 50 percent on clothing, shoes and accessories. Special hours for the holiday are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Super Saver club cardholders can shop the sale in advance, two hours prior to closing on May 29. Go to to join the club and find a location near you. Memorial Day is always hot—both in temperature and in sales. Keep Goodwill thrift stores on your radar, too, because select merchandise will be specially priced for just 99 cents. Locations listed at

For a limited time, May 16-22, save 50 percent off all regular price shoes, apparel and accessories at Designer Fashion Clearance, a favorite store among those who lust labels. However, don’t blow your wad in one visit. Return May 23-29 for the store’s swimsuit sale. Buy one swimsuit and get the second of equal or lesser value for free. Designer Fashion Clearance is at 7680 Las Vegas Blvd. South, just outside Premium Outlet Center South.

On May 19-20, White House | Black Market at Town Square hosts a VIP in-store event with refreshments and a special discount of 20 percent off your entire purchase. Mention you read about it in Vegas Seven and get an exclusive gift.

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Francesco Lafranconi

My most prized possessions are my cocktail and spirits books. I have close to 1,000, and they include Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, A Bon Vivant’s Companion (1862), one of the first cocktail recipes book ever written. I do also own the first French treatise (1820) about distillation of grain and potato spirits ever written by a woman. I can’t disclose the source where I find these books; it is too precious. But for the most part I buy them during my travels from antique bookstores and private collectors.