Dallas Shops: A Recessionista's Guide

The economic downturn doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. If anything, there's a rainbow after the storm: deep clearances on food, home decor, jewelry and more so you can live like royalty on a pauper's pay. So get out there and fight the financial fall. We found the best bargains in Dallas.

Updated: May 11, 2009

Bargain Bins

Clotheshorse Anonymous

1413 Preston Forest Sq, Dallas, TX 75230

If you've ever donned Chanel, Donna Karen or Prada, it's hard to imagine wearing anything else. You don't have to go back to the synthetic and faux world ever again with this consignment boutique just around the corner. The Dallas elite leave drop off their Gucci gowns or Dana Buchman business suits (that they've worn once or twice) and you buy them for a fraction of the retail cost. And even the best brands get the toughest critiques here as the buyers won't accept a flaw--even if it is Versace.

Sam Moon Luggage & Gifts

11822 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75234

It's too good of a secret to keep to yourself: totally cheap trends. Extremely hip bags, bracelets, belts and more look like the luxury labels except for the price. Here, take home three purses for the cost of one at that chic boutique, or pick up a steal on sterling silver jewelry, sunglasses and hair accessories.

Aurora - Maison de Cuisine

4216 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

You won't see less than a 4- or 5- dollar sign rating for this date-worthy and business-friendly dining spot, but a prix fixe lunch offers a taste of haute cuisine for less than $20. The pan-seared Jutta Ranch Free-Range Chicken with Pomme Frites is a classic example of dishes prepared with local ingredients and European flair.

Peacock Alley Outlet

2050 Postal Way, Dallas, TX 75212

If the only thing between you and a good night's sleep is proper thread count, head to this discount Warehouse for Peacock Alley linens. You'll be snoozing like a queen on those 1000-thread count fitted sheets and down pillows--all marked off 30-80 percent. While you're at it, pick up coverlets, blankets and other luxurious items to make it an easy night.

Picasso Jewelry

11528 Harry Hines Blvd Ste 101, Dallas, TX 75229

Men's and women's jewelry at wholesale prices spell romance and frugality. Sterling silver and imports of all sorts can be purchased right from the source. The usual items plus pendants, Swarovski and fleur de lis are all available here. So now you have no excuse to come empty handy at the next anniversary.