Put back-to-school shopping on your agenda Aug. 14-20, and take advantage of Maryland’s tax holiday . Shoes and clothing costing $100 or less will be exempt from the usual 6 percent sales tax. The exemption will be applied to each eligible item, regardless of how many things you buy at the same time. For more information, go to marylandtaxes.com/ShopMD_2011/default.asp .

BeautyFull Boutique, a plus-size consignment store in Old Town Alexandria, caters to women sizes 14 to 28. The year-old shop features new and gently used designer clothing, shoes and accessories from the likes of Coach, Dana Buchman, Eileen Fisher, Carmen Marc Valvo and Dress Barn. During the summer tag sale, take 40 to 60 percent off seasonal blouses, skirts, pants and dresses. Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 118 N. Fayette St., Alexandria, 703-535-6748. beautyfullboutique.com.


Gilt City DC , the latest entrant in the online deal scene, offers discounts at high-end restaurants and spas. The site, which began Aug. 1, is affiliated with the Gilt Groupe, a designer clothing and home furnishings e-tailer. At Hela Spa in Georgetown, the featured spa for Aug. 8, a 50-minute deep-cleansing facial will be $70, originally $120. Other offers include a discount on botox and a laser treatment. giltcity.com/dc.