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Get big discounts at women's clothing sales
You know it's going to be a fun sale when the organizers say, "No fitting rooms or changing rooms. Please dress appropriately."

There's your warning for what promises to be a huge blowout from the troubled Plymouth-based retailer Christopher & Banks. At its largest warehouse sale, the retailer will have 70,000 items for women priced at $2 (jewelry and small items) or $5 (all garments and handbags). Missy, petite, accessories and sizes 14 and up are included.

The sale is from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the C&B corporate office (2400 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth). Only cash and checks are accepted. Organizers ask attendees to bring one personal-care item such as shampoo or soap to donate to a local domestic violence shelter.

Women looking for more contemporary clothing can check out the Mode sale on Eva Franco dresses, tops, skirts and jackets (sizes 0 to 8 only). The sale starts 9 a.m. Saturday (7788 Main St., Maple Grove, 763-391-6102, www.shopmodestore.com). Sale prices are $49 to $89 (regularly $130 to $320). The Eva Franco line is normally sold at Anthropologie.

Lower vet bills
If you're delaying taking your pet to the veterinarian because of the expense, consider a discount vaccination clinic. DiscountPetShots.com offers a free exam of eyes, ears, teeth, skin, lungs and heart with a vaccination purchase. Shots and services at these Petco clinics cost 30 to 40 percent less than the Twin Cities average, said Dr. Joel Locketz, a vet at the Animal Medical Clinic in Minneapolis, which runs the clinics. Prices are $22 for rabies, $34 for dog or cat distemper combo, $30 for Lyme disease, $31 for heartworm testing and $41 for a feline leukemia/FIV test. Call 612-374-4414 for times and locations at area Petco stores or go to www.discountpetshots.com. Sick animals should be taken to a regular veterinarian for a full exam, Locketz said.

Score restaurant deals
Be at your computer ready to buy Tuesday at 10 a.m., when Twin Cities Originals (www.tcoriginals.com) releases its latest batch of discounted gift cards. Save 30 percent at restaurants such as Afton House Inn in Afton, Biella's in Excelsior, Murray's in Minneapolis, Luci Ancora and St. Clair Broiler in St. Paul, and San Pedro Cafe in Hudson, Wis. Each restaurant offers about 10 $50 certificates and 10 $25 certificates at the discounted price.

John Ewoldt 612-673-7633 or jewoldt@startribune.com. If you spot a deal, share it at www.startribune.com/dealspotter.

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"No fitting rooms or changing rooms. Please dress appropriately."

This means what exactly? Show up in a leotard or swimsuit so you can try on clothing without need for a changing room?

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