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Clearly Necessary

The stuff you need to buy and hate to spend on: high-end bedding, solid-pine furniture, and haute Japanese eyewear.

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We've always liked kitchens where everyone gathers around a farm table; the right one makes the kitchen the most popular room in the house. At Pinetree Lodge's showroom, all of the furniture has that same country feel, and even one piece can make an apartment seem cozy. On-sale items include: five-foot farm tables, were $995, now $395; armoires, were $1,950, now $795; Shaker-style bookcases, were $695, now $395 (or two for $695); coffee tables, were $595, now $395; fireside chairs (with assorted fabrics), were $695 and up, now $295. Pinetree Lodge, 326 E. 35th St. (481-5490); A.E., M.C., V.; daily 1-9; 10/7-10/21.

Price Cuts

People's approach to their hair tends to veer in one of two directions: those who have had the same haircut since their yearbook picture and those who think a new haircut marks a new phase in their lives. For the latter group, the Red Salon is offering a special "fall makeover" on hair; its individualized "design" and haircut (in addition to a hair-and-scalp conditioning), usually $125, is now $78. Red Salon, 203 W. 20th St. (645-1114) and 323 W. 11th St. (924-1444); call for appointment; A.E., M.C., V.; 10/5-10/31.

Terme of Renewal

At Terme di Saturnia, trainer and aesthetician Marianne Ionescu recognizes that treatments alone won't relax you; the staff needs to be calm and soothing, too. Ionescu is both. The spa's fall package includes an hour-and-a-half milk-and-honey-aroma wrap with massage, and an hour-and-a-half revitalizing facial with vitamin-C serum; the two treatments together usually cost $275, but now the three hours are $140. Terme di Saturnia at Studio 57 Skin & Body Care Spa, 57 W. 57th St., Suite 710 (758-6383); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sat. 10-7; 10/1-10/31.

Eyes Buy

Chelsee Eyes has all of the top frame designs at much lower prices than its storefront equivalents -- such good prices, in fact, that we can't name the designers. At its sale: lightweight metal frames (some with spring hinges), retail $175-$400, here $95-$250; two-tone plastic frames, retail $125-$300, here $65-$150; prescription no-line bifocal lenses, retail $170-$500, here $120-$270; Japanese metal frames with magnetic sun clips, retail $300-$500, here $200-$350. Deep discounts on designer sunglasses too. Chelsee Eyes, 20 W. 20th St., Suite 804 (242-4823); checks accepted; Mon.-Fri. 10-5, evenings and Saturdays by appointment; 10/1-11/1.

Bed Start

L'Excellence -- a showroom representing four Italian companies, despite its French name -- sells upscale bed and table linens, towels, cashmere throws, and the like, usually to the trade. Most orders take six to eight weeks. "Maria Cristina" king sheet set, retail $1,058, here $529; Serra tablecloth (72 by 107 inches), retail $221, here $110.50; "Giardino" king set, retail $991, here $495.50. L'Excellence, 200 Lexington Ave., at 32nd St., Suite 515 (684-8035); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Saturdays by appointment; 10/5-10/17.

Budget Stretchers

Marika Activewear may be designed for dancers and athletes, but it's perfect for warding off cold weather under clothes. So Orva's bringing in the fall by knocking 40 percent off all Marika items: ankle-length footless leggings, were $22, now $13.20; boat-neck leotards, were $20, now $12; cotton-blend unitards, were $35, now $21. Orva, 155 E. 86th St. (369-3448); A.E., M.C., V., checks accepted; Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. till 8; 10/5-10/11.

Chance Moves

A Second Chance -- the resale store that carries clothes by designers like Chanel, Armani, YSL, and Donna Karan -- is moving, so it's time for a big sale. For example, Chanel suit, retail $3,000, usually $900 here, now $720; Alaïa dress, retail $1,200, usually $299 here, now $239.20; Richard Tyler pantsuit, retail $2,500, usually $450 here, now $360. A Second Chance, 1109 Lexington Ave., near 77th St. (744-6041); M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 11-7, Sat. till 6, Sun. noon-5; 10/5-10/31.


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