Stock up on next year's holiday decorations with these two sales you should know about:
-- Material Possessions Semi-Annual Sale: All holiday items will be 50 percent off. In addition, non-holiday items (home decor, accessories, jewelry and more) will be on sale for 20 to 50 percent off. This spot (shown in photo at left) is a favorite shopping destination of Matt Lorenz (winner of Season 1 of Bravo's Top Design) and Nate Berkus. Sale going on until Jan. 18 at both locations: 704 N. Wabash in Chicago and 954 Green Bay Road in Winnetka. Enjoy!
-- Get 50 to 75 percent off all holiday items at Equinox, 3401 N. Broadway: I love this store. The entire back room is filled with gorgeous holiday ornaments, trees, knick knacks, cards, wrapping paper, books and more, all 50 to 75 percent off. (I'll be heading back to get a few ornaments for my mother's Feliz Navidad tree. Other glass ornaments include the Hancock building and Chicago Theatre.)