14 Suggestion for Partners Card Bargain Hunters

by Emily Roberts | Oct 29, 2013

Shopping time: 14 suggestions for Partners Card bargain hunters

October 18, 2013
by Nancy Baldwin
The Dallas Morning News

It’s the time of year seasoned shoppers in Dallas anticipate for months. No, not Black Friday, but Partners Card. Veteran bargain-hunters have the Oct. 25 launch date of the annual shopping event marked with a bold X on their calendars.

The popular Partners Card bestows on its owners a 20 percent discount on purchases made at participating stores. The card provides an opportunity for area shoppers to spruce up their homes for the holidays and beyond. Even better, 100 percent of the card’s $70 cost benefits the Family Place, a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating family violence.

“It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season. It gets people in the spirit, and that’s infectious,” says Laura May, owner of the Ivy House in Dallas. “Partners Card is a wonderful opportunity for people to buy new things to enhance their homes. They have the opportunity to buy things that have lasting value, things that never go on sale.”

If last year’s event was an indicator, shoppers will take advantage of the discount to purchase accessories for fall and winter entertaining.

“People are buying for the holidays. It’s accessories for the table. It’s dinnerware sets, new linens, placemats, stemware — all the things they’re going to entertain with,” says May.

The Snider Plaza store owner says this year, home fashion has taken a less formal approach. “The trend is going to a more casual look. I don’t mean inexpensive. Yet, it has the look and feel that it doesn’t require a coat and tie to sit down at the table.”

Partners Card shoppers will see tabletop accessories, dinnerware and stemware accented with silver elements rather than gold, some with organic or rustic accents.

“There will always be some gold. But there are new lines with pewter and silver that have come out. There are alternative metals that are alloys. Some are very versatile. You can get the artistic look in a silver metal and not be traditional sterling,” says May.

Timed to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Partners Card event runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 3. Cards may be purchased at Dallas-area Tom Thumb stores, from community volunteers or at select participating stores. For a list of the more than 750 Partners Card stores and restaurants, go to partnerscard.org.

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