Recognizing that new mothers enter a whole new territory of life (and sleep patterns) when their newborns arrive, Munch is a lecture series that addresses the issues they face in their uncharted world. Over lunch at the Sutton Place Bar & Restaurant, hear about topics ranging from "Postpartum Exercises for You and Your Baby" to "Settling With Baby: Moving Up or Out?" Each lecture is normally $25 (including lunch), but now the series of four is $60. (Mention New York Magazine for the special pricing.) Call 717-9922 to register; 10/12-10/19.
On the Road Again
If you need a suitcaseor bag, Greene Luggage is a great resource for both its stock and its helpful, friendly staff. At its annual sale: Lucas garment bag, was $235, now $100; five-piece Skyflite set (including 30-inch and 26-inch vertical bags, a garment bag, and 22-inch and 18-inch carry-ons, all on wheels), was $450, now $295; Bill Blass attaché case, was $150, now $55. (Mention New York Magazine for the special pricing.) Greene Luggage, 6 E. 46th St. (682-7978); Mon.-Fri. 8:30-6:30, Sat. 9-5; A.E., M.C., V., checks accepted; 10/15-11/30.
The catalogue from Luceplan, the italian lighting company, lists not only the attributes of each lamp but also the names of its designers -- conveying both haute-design stature and a personal touch. At the showroom's annual warehouse sale, overstocked goods and items with slight flaws will be 30 to 70 percent off regular retail prices. Luceplan USA, 315 Hudson St. (989-6265); A.E., M.C., V.; Sat. 9-6; 10/17.
Ay, There's the Rug
When owner Ismail Basbagi takes visitors around his small SoHo shop, Beyond the Bosphorus, it's immediately obvious that he knows just about everything that anyone can on the subject of kilims -- regions, variations, and all of their essential characteristics. At his storewide sale: kilims from Denizli, were $165, now $99; kilims from Adana, were $385, now $231; kilim pillows, were $50-$350; now $25-$175; runners in a variety of colors and designs, were $400-$1,600, now $240-$960. Beyond the Bosphorus, 79 Sullivan St. (219-8257); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sun. noon-6; 10/14-11/14.
Is there anything more comfortable than spending a weekend morning hanging out in your favorite comfy p.j.'s? Especially when you're a kid, and can spend it watching cartoons? Kidding Around, the children's toy-and-clothing store, will be having a sale on cold-weather bedwear in sizes 2T to 16. They were $20-$36; now they're $18. Kidding Around, 60 W. 15th St. (645-6337); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-7, Sat. 11-7, Sun. 11-6; 10/12-10/18.
C Here Now
For higher-end and well-designed bridal gowns at discount prices, check out Cynthia C.'s sample sale, where gowns that retail for $1,800 to $4,200 will now go for $300 to $2,000. Alterations will be available. Another plus: The sale will be done by appointment, so no one will be stepping on your heels as you choose your dress for the big day. Cynthia C. & Co., 414 West Broadway (966-2200); checks accepted; Tues.-Fri. noon-7, by appointment; 10/13-10/30.
A Spence Report
One of the stalwarts of the Upper East Side thrift-shop world, Spence-Chapin, is holding its last anniversary sale before moving (to a new location two blocks north of its present home). Prices are about 30 percent off the usual thrift-shop bargains: A Prada black wool knit dress (small) is now $150; a Missoni two-piece sweater-skirt set (medium) is $110; a Fendi winter raincoat trimmed with faux fur (medium-large) is $390; Chanel black patent-leather ballet flats (size 6) are $95; a round Chanel patent-leather black handbag is $275. Spence-Chapin Thrift Shop, 1430 Third Ave., at 81st St. (737-8448); A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5; 10/15-10/18.