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Filene's itself might not be doing so well, but hip and/or high-end takes on the Filene's Basement model are suddenly all the rage. The newest entrant to the world of fashionable discounting is Change of Season, which opens this September at 341 East 9th Street. The shop offers past-season pieces from designers like Balenciaga, Maison Martin Margiela, and Dries Van Noten at 50% to 70% off store prices. "Change of Season is no bargain bin picking ground," the owners assure us via email, "but rather set in a comfortable boutique atmosphere modeled after an old-school hotel lobby." This should be quite a change for the location, between First and Second Avenues: From 1982 to 2008, it was the home of witchcraft shop Enchantments, Inc, which you might remember from a Critical Shopper (or from the last time you went looking for a love hex.)
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