“Penny Pinchers Go Preppy” & More Preppy Sales

Hello-Hello! Isn’t this turning into a busy week!

It is because of the slightly-controlled-chaos here at the Prepatorium that today’s post shall offer more pictures than prose, a circumstance we know you find heartbreaking. (Tee-hee.)

In today’s SOTTs (Sign of the Times) we refer to an excellent story on ‘preppy style’ from late last year. Yes, we somehow missed this one. We don’t know how this happened. We promise we shall never, ever let it happen again. Never. (Heh-heh. Silly Princess.)

The story, “Penny-Pinchers Go Preppy in Economic Downturn,” looks at how well retailers specializing in traditional clothing are faring.

“As trepidation over the economy takes hold of personal budgets and weighs on the minds of consumers, the timeless ethos of preppy has taken hold of the retail apparel sector…”

Prep style stalwart Brooks Brothers is mentioned, as are several other brands readers will recognize.  Anne Szustek’s story is a good read, found on a site new to us that we enjoy, Finding Dulcinea.


We have a few more nautical items we simply can’t resist posting, beginning with the Ship-Shape Area Rug from one of our favorite places for gifts and other goodies, and for window shopping (in a cyber sort of way), Blue Barnacles.

Blue Barnacles


There are pages and pages of just rugs in themes we all adore. There are bright and cheery themes like the Nautical Flags, as well as more sophisticated motifs, as seen in the Moray style.


If seeking something a tad more casual in dinnerware for the cottage, the Code Flags melamine is an outstanding selection.

There are scads of tableware designs from beach-inspired to nautically inclined to everything in between! We leave Blue Barnacles with a peek at the Sailboat Bookends.

Of course, if looking for a nautical gift that is monogrammed or personalized, here at the Princess we can help you with goodies like the Anchors & Nautical Flags plate!


Or the Anchor Stripes Platter, also loads of fun, an excellent wedding gift at $40.

Obviously the Boatman Geller Anchor notecards are a great fit, as are the Whitney English notecards.



Lots of store openings this last week, including the new J. Crew in Malibu. It’s official name is J.Crew-at-the-Beach, and it is not your average Crew. There are custom surfboards, and it’s a little different: no Men’s merchandise, and a ‘shop in a shop’ concept allowing special merchandise to be showcased. The new store is actually located in the Lumber Yard, brand spanking new outdoor mall. We shall count on Muffy Martini for a review the next time she heads to the beach!

Other retail-related openings? The new Barneys in Chicago (enormous from what we hear), Roberto Cavalli in Bal Harbour, and Palm Beach Garden’s Lilly Pulitzer.  For a amazing account of the Lilly opening, you simply must toddle over to visit Miss Janice; she has the most captivating photos. (Pssst – you do not want to miss her shots of the dressing rooms!)

And though technically open since last fall, Kenneth Jay Lane ‘officially’ celebrates his new store at the Plaza this Thursday. (You know, the somewhat challenged retail area at the Plaza….?)




We have a few sale reminders readers may find helpful; it seems every little bit helps in these challenging times, yes? We begin with Kate Spade now offering an Additional 20% Off Sale merchandise.

This is online only, and runs through April 24.  L&T is doing their Friends and Family event, with an “Extra 25% Off Almost Everything”.

The online promo code to use is FRIENDS. Also, J. Crew is running their Spring Sale.

And the folks at Bergdorf Goodman are also taking markdowns.



In closing we share a quote from a story in Sunday’s WaPo about singing sensation and internet superstar Susan Boyle. It seemed appropriate as a “Quote of the Day”:

“We’re all tired of 23-year-old models trying to sing on TV. Susan is a 47-year-old spinster who, by God, can sing,” said Michael Nicolson, 64, the bingo caller at the community center where Boyle has volunteered.”

Any readers unfamiliar with Ms. Boyle, click here and do stay for all 7 minutes; you’ll be glad you did.

On that fun note, may your days be filled with sunshine and smiles!


Filed under nautical, Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, preppy stationery, Sign of the Times

11 responses to ““Penny Pinchers Go Preppy” & More Preppy Sales

  1. That’s the funny thing to me at times about other media assertions that preppy = snooty and expensive. If my own very frugal, California-prep family is any indication, that the preppy look doesn’t have to be replaced each season with the latest trend was a large part of why they dress/ dressed as they do/did.

  2. LPC

    Love the code flags. Did you ever read “Swallows and Amazons”.

  3. Always a joy to read your posts!! J. Crew at the Beach 😉 Sounds fun!!! xoxo

  4. I am on nautical overload (in a good way!).

    Can;t wait to check out this new beachy J.Crew!

  5. Loved the nautical flag rug and the preppy penny-pincher article was a good read- makes me understand all the more why MoMo fostered a preference for the timeless in us when we were growing up- the classic look never fails and at the end of the day, when you buy an article of clothing, you’re going to have it for awhile- may as well have it be something that you love and without fail always “works” for you 🙂

    Happy Wednesday TP


  6. I loved the penny pincher article. Growing up, my mother always stressed the importance of having classic well-made pieces in your wardrobe. I never forgot that. 🙂
    BTW, I loved hearing that you have “hair” issues with Scooter-the-wonder-cat and Silly Tilly. So funny. Made me feel so much better. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I’m living in a barn! ha.
    Have a great day!

  7. I “flagged” this post in my reader, because there are so many things here I love! Like that navy blue anchor rug? Beautiful! And I can’t believe I hadn’t seen the personalized anchors and nautical flag plate over at preppyprincess.com before! I’m moving soon, and I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate one (or more!) of those into my new decor…

    Oh, and Happy Earth Day! I included your darling “Springtime in New York” totes in my celebratory post–I love the colors & patterns!

  8. You always make me want to go shopping!

  9. Ann

    I am looking for a fun sales position for like merchandise in Stationery or Giftware. Any leads would be appreciated!! I live in the Midwest..love Lilly, Preppy, Pink and Green, etc….Thanks!

  10. theteapartier

    The anchor/nautical theme is one of my very favorites! Adorable!

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