Stylebook: Spring events just right for fashion fans and tight budgets

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Fans of the annual November Designer Days, coordinated by the National Council of Jewish Women's Pittsburgh section, are in luck: The group is about to debut a Spring Designer Days event at the NCJW Home Consignment store, 1913 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale.

Like in the fall, the spring event will give people the chance to pick up high-end fashions at fractions of their retail prices. Selections from Armani, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Escada are among the designer brands NCJW collects throughout the year.

It begins Thursday with a preview party ($20 admission at the door) from 6-9 p.m. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday the early bird sale ($10 admission) will take place, with free shopping from 1-6 p.m. The public sale (free admission) continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

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