If you've hung around the Mercury long enough, you are probably aware of MercPerks, where you can score gift certificates from local businesses worth twice what you actually pay for them. It's a great deal—basically free money. Since I know you have better things to do than sit in front of the computer pressing "refresh," I'll be keeping you up on the inside track by posting notices when a deal comes up that I think is of particular interest to MOD readers—the day it becomes available, and well before it gets advertised in the print edition. To start off with a bang, today's new offer comes from none other than Sword + Fern, home of proprietress Emily Baker's line of jewelry, apothecary, ceramics, and sundry magical items that cross her path. Click here to lay down $25 for a GC good for $50. Here are a couple of my personal favorites from the shop:

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Other not-as-new but MOD-ish deals are also up for Bishops, Brooklyn Community Acupuncture, Ecdysiast pole dancing studio, Embody Freedom Rolfing, re:surface skin, Skin Zen Acupuncture & Esthetics, Terracina, Y Chrome, Beads Forever, BillyGoat Vintage, Knack, Milagros, Pigeon Toe, and more.