Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

The Premiere Bargain Hunting, Bargain Shopping & Sample Sales Guide for the Los Angeles Area.

Bargain Finds

Glendale Area

America’s Tire Company

Discount Tires and Wheels
Glendale

I’ve gotta say that with the economic downturn, it seems that customer service has gone down the tubes. This surprises me, since stores need to do whatever they can to pull in customers and bad service results in lost customers/sales. Good service has always been part of our mantra and when I get truly great service I need to let you know. Which brings up my encounter today with America’s Tire Company (a nationwide chain) in Glendale.

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American Lock & Key

Locksmith
Los Angeles

Moving into a new home has it’s share of unforeseen expenses. One that we didn’t think we needed initially was a locksmith. But after the dust settled and we found that some keys didn’t match all the doors, couldn’t get a safety bolt to work on one door and we wanted a couple of new keys, we had to contact a locksmith.

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Encore Nouveau Boutique

Women's Designer Resale
Burbank

Valley bargainistas have a “new on the scene” women’s resale boutique, Encore Nouveau. Not quite your typical resale boutique, this cute, cutting edge, fun boutique is filled with a well edited of women’s designer resale, vintage and new designer samples at 40%-80% off the original retail.

Across the street from It’s a Wrap, you won’t find the upper crust of designers. Just stylin quality fashion designer duds at super affordable pricing.

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Estate Sale Companies

Estate Sale Companies

Some outstanding bargains can be found at Estate Sales. We’ve bagged, bargain basement steals on glassware, artworks, tools, plants, furniture, patio, vintage apparel and much more at 20%-75% below market value

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Glendale Youth Alliance

Landscaping/Yard Maintenance
Glendale

Started in 1994, the Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA) provides job seeking skills and employment preparedness training for Glendale’s youth ages 14-24. They have several programs that provide mentored employment to youth and they’ll quote prices before starting work. Brush clearance, light office duties, hauling, landscaping, and more at pricing that is 25%-50% below.

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Habitat For Humanity Restore

We are serious “Do it Yourself” peeps. If you own a home, you know there is always something to repair or improve. So for most small projects, we try to do it ourselves.

One of our regular haunts are the Habitat for Humanity Restores. With over 10 Southern California locations, this reseller of new and used home improvement items is a treasure trove. Whether you’re restoring an old Craftsman or just need to fix a leaky faucet, this is a source you’ll want to visit again and again.

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Home Improvement

Spring and Summer are the time most of us think of doing some home improvement projects. If you’re tight on time and a budget too, don’t settle for Home Depot or Lowes just because it’s easy without checking out these great discount sources for Home Improvement projects:

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Hughes Estate Sales

Estate Sales
Altadena

If you like to treasure hunt for furniture, great buys on upscale stylish home furnishings will surprise you at the Hughes Estate Sale in Altadena. Savings here are 50% -75% off market or retail prices. If you get on their mailing list they’ll notify of estates sales they do from San Diego to Ventura. But, it’s at their monthly warehouse sales that they sell furniture that’s been pulled from storage units or estates that didn’t have time to arrange a formal sale. And the prices are so low ….their stupid!

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Jack Winter Auto Inspection

Auto Inspection
Los Angeles

Shopping for a good used car takes some research and a good mechanic. After doing the initial homework on the car ourselves, including web search, consumer reports buying guide and a test drive, we call in our favorite roving mechanic, Jack Winters, to inspect the car.

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Low Cost Pet Vaccines and Services

Pet Services

The cost of owning a pet, be it a dog, cat or other animal can be a sizable expense, especially if you are a responsible pet owner. Quality food, grooming, regular shots, de-worming, health exams and health care can really add up. Finding ways to save money on these things is vital to maintaining a balanced budget, as well as a healthy, happy pet.
Here are a few good choices!

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Owl Talk

Eagle Rock

Of late I have been bemoaning how un-inspiring some of todays fashions are. I just haven’t been inspired. So my daughter decided I need to go with her to an old favorite vintage shop in Eagle Rock, Owl Talk. I hadn’t been in, in years. I had forgotten how much I loved it.

Since 1994, this quaint, unpretentious family run shop has continued to out do itself with solid buys on women’s vintage apparel.

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Re Use People of America

Los Angeles

With the summer months usually comes home fix it, re-decorating or home improvement projects. Do it yourselfers, handy men and the frugal minded home owners are always looking for ways to save.

One of those ways is with the ReUse People of America. This demolition company de-constructs upscale homes and resells the usable parts back to the public at much more lower pricing. Think of it as a resale Home Improvement

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Researching Around Town

I visit a lot of stores that are great bargain stores. But some don’t always fit the mission of BargainsLA.  Just Friday, I had to pick up my kid in Santa Monica, so I left 4 hours early and stopped at a multitude of stores on route. Only one out of four fit the criteria. Here’s how it went down.

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Semi Bath Redo

After our heavy January rains, we were forced to re-roof the flat part of our 1927 Spanish home. OY!

We also had to fix the badly damaged ceiling in the bathroom and wanted to replace our bathroom countertop.≈

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Silky Skin

Skin care/ Facials
Montrose

My hubby got me some facials at Silky Skin Salon in Montrose last May.
He bought 3 of the Dermafile Treatments with Fruit Enzyme Facials through Groupon as a Mothers Day gift.

You never know how these discounted Groupons Facials are going to go. But I was in luck. After one treatment from owner and licensed Esthetician, Elsa McCarthy, I was hooked

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The Dish Depot

Restaurant Supply Warehouse
Glendale

The Dish Depot in Glendale is a hidden gem. This rough around the edges restaurant supply warehouse is open to the public with savings of up to 70% on dishware, cooking tools, pans, flatware and more

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The Gap Factory Outlet

Burbank

Having been in several Gap Factory Outlets before, I know they sell a lot of “Made just for the Outlet” clothing. But at their Burbank Outlet location, I was surprised to see more higher quality product and a good selection discounted 20%-70%.

Located right in the heart of downtown Burbank, near the Media Center mall and local restaurants and theaters, it’s a good location to pop into for some well-priced basic dressing for the whole family.

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The Joint

Affordable Chiropractic Care

For about a year I have been getting nearly regular chiropractic adjustments at a place called the Joint in Glendale.

Each one of these Franchised Chiropractic Clinics is individually owned with licensed chiropractors. The original idea was to offer routine chiropractic care by making it more convenient, friendly and affordable.

They’ve done just that!

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The Plus Bus

Los Angeles

So what do you do when you can’t find a Plus Size selection of clothing at resale stores like Crossroads? You open your own resale boutique.

That’s exactly what two savvy professional plus size women did. Marcy and Jen opened up the Plus Bus in Glassell Park to serve fashionable plus size women who love a great deal.

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Wine Tasting & Mexican Food

Burbank

An evening out doesn’t have to be expensive. So when some friends wanted to get together, eat and do some wine tasting, I knew exactly where to go.

First stop, Guisados in Burbank.

Located in Downtown Burbank, this Authentic Mexican joint serves up the best Homemade Style Mexican food, I have ever eaten anywhere

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