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In the Bag
The box-office hit “Sex and the City” made the site famous. Now Bag, Borrow or Steal has a new name and new services.
Avelle.com offers luxury handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, watches and luggage available for rent or purchase. You can rent a new handbag for one week, three months, or even a year for a fee, and if you decide you want to keep it, you can buy it at a discount. Avelle.com just launched the BBOS private sale, which offers 70% savings on new and gently used designer goods at BBOS.com. The company also lets you send in items you would like to have repaired or cleaned, and will give you cash for that luxury bag you bought at Saks (SKS) last year and no longer want. Visit Avelle.com for more.
At Your Service
CrankyConcierge.com is an online travel itinerary management service that finds the best deals and travel secrets for its members. If you’re traveling within the U.S., for $25, CrankyConcierge.com will provide you with travel assistance, tracking your flight for delays, contacting colleagues about your flight status, researching alternative flights, finding connection options and knowing your carrier’s contract should you decide to cancel your trip.
The service will cost you $50 if you’re traveling internationally. If you want help planning your trip, from finding low fares to choosing the airline with the most legroom, it will cost you $50 for U.S. flights and $75 for global flights. If you need either service within 1 day of scheduled travel, you’ll pay $75 for U.S. flights, $100 for international flights. Visit CrankyConcierge.com for more information.
Sony (SNE) just introduced its first 3-D ready standalone Blu-ray player. The Sony BDP-S470 operates BD, DVD, CD, and SACD technology, and includes a 3D Blu-ray upgrade option. It also has a USB port to connect your camera or media player. There’s also a feature that lets you transform your iPhone or iPod Touch into a remote for the player. It’s expected to be available mid-March with a $200 price tag. Find out more at sony.com.
The Fashion for Haiti campaign is backed by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan. The shirt retails for $25, and all proceeds go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Find out where to buy yours at cfda.com. French designer Catherine Malandrino, making great threads for a cause with songstress Mary J. Blige. Malandrino made some t-shirt designs for Blige’s charity, Foundation for the Achievement of Women Now, or FFAWN. The FFAWN + Malandrino shirts, with phrases such as “I’m Power” emblazoned on the front, will be available for $39 at Bloomingdales (M) next week.
Anyone inspired by the Vancouver Olympics to take a ski vacation should check out the new Web site vacationrentalsbyauction.com. With about 1,000 private residences available in Breckenridge, Vail (MTN), Deer Valley, Jackson Hole and Snowmass, to name a few, visitors can bid on their ideal vacation spot or choose the “buy-it-now” option to book right away. Rentals are offered starting at a bid price of 40% off with no hidden fees. Lodging taxes are included, and all posted rates are guaranteed.
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