Gina Miller for CBSDFW.COM

Shopping is, without question, a sport.  At least that’s what I told Tracy Kornet for the story she did Thursday night on CBS11.

There is nothing, NOTHING that gets my heart racing like a great bargain on a designer piece.  Really.  It’s easy to walk into a store and pay the full retail price. Why not make the purchase more fun? I enjoy the satisfaction that comes from hunting down a good deal.

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Thursday’s New York Times has a fabulous feature that I feel catered solely to me in the article “Follow the Bargain Hounds.” It features women who love the hunt of finding couture and designer fashion for less. It’s a gamble, it’s a hunt and a game all rolled into one.

New York style exec Tanmy Eckenswiller follows the exact same principle I do when scouring local stores.

“There was the mink-trimmed jacket from The Row, spotted at Zoë in Brooklyn last week, or the Tiffany blue cocoonlike Céline coat, marked at $2,730, a 40 percent discount. “This piece is a little beyond me,” Ms. Eckenswiller had to concede. Hardly fazed, she darted toward another corner of the store and discovered a candy pink Alexander McQueen cocktail frock tagged at $1,197. “I’ll follow this one,” she said, holding out for the next round of price drops — an additional discount of 20 percent.”

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I like to do the same thing. I visit my favorite spots frequently and watch the prices drop.  That being the case, I also enjoy scoring bargains at certain spots across Texas that offer great deals.

Some of my favorite places for luxe deals include all the Neiman Marcus Last Call locations, particularly the Grapevine Mills and San Marcos outlets, which is really the best one I’ve ever visited.  I also like the Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue stores but only for shoes. Their clothing and handbags just don’t appeal to me that much.

The Neiman Marcus Bargain Boxx in Longview is outstanding.  It’s a haul from DFW but it offers merchandise from Neiman Marcus at “drastically reduced prices with all proceeds going to Junior League of Longview Community Service Projects.”  I love their home décor merchandise, as well as their fashion items. Miu Miu boots

I purchased my FAVORITE pair of Miu Miu boots for $100 at the Bargain Box. I should have bought the second pair of size 11’s they had.  They are that fabulous.

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There are also some great online consignment resellers that guaranty the authenticity of their products.  Fashionphile, Ann’s Fabulous Finds, Shop Bella Bag, the Real Real and Portero all feature fun items that are gently used.  I just enjoy browsing their new inventory. It’s a nice diversion to spend some time window shopping on the internet.