Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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

Bargain Finds

Los Angeles

Armani Wells

Featured Bargain Find
Men's Resale Boutique
Studio City

This Valley staple has been selling higher end men’s designer apparel for 60%-85% below retail for over 15 years. Catering to entertainment industry insiders, owner Claudia Wells selects only the best in higher end apparel. Using her discriminating taste and cutting edge fashion sense, she quickly pulls unique items for her clients and helps them develop their perfect look

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Asian Ceramics

Featured Bargain Find
Discount Ceramic Planters and Pots
Duarte

Want to spruce up your patio or yard with unique and colorful pots and planters? Look no further than Asian Ceramics in Duarte.
Usually selling only wholesale to landscapers, developers and designers, Asian Ceramics can save you 25%-80% on ceramic planters, pots and more in overstock, seconds and damaged product

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CA Liquidators

Featured Bargain Find
Warehouse Sales
Commerce

Love Bargain Basement pricing? Then you’re gonna totally flip at the CA Liquidators monthly warehouse sales. You’ll find savings of 40%-90% on men’s, women’s and childrens clothing, house wares, home décor, home furnishings, toys, linens, electronics, and more for the entire family.

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California Closeouts and Liquidations

Featured Bargain Find
Wholesale Liquidators
Commerce

California Closeouts and Liquidations is one of those great places that true bargain hunters flock to with closeouts and liquidated merchandise from manufacturers, distributors, stores closings and freight lines. California Closeouts sells to the public at 40%-80% below original retail on housewares, apparel, office and school supplies, toys, home décor, hardware, pet supplies, grocery, sundries, auto and electronics can be found here.

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Custom Comfort Mattress

Featured Bargain Find
Mattresses
Multiple Locations

The deal here is value. Instead of paying for over-hyped marketing, advertising and the huge markup the big commercial mattress companies charge, at Custom Comfort you’ll get your mattress manufacturer direct. All the mattresses here are made by them at their factory in Orange. No middleman, no excessive markup, no hyped “Sale” and no bull. You’ll save 20%-40% below the biggies on better quality mattresses.

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Direct Furniture Warehouse

Featured Bargain Find
Manufacturer Furniture Warehouse
Vernon

Find outstanding savings of 35%-65% on upholstered home furnishings at Direct Furniture Warehouse.



This local manufacturer outlet has contemporary upholstered furniture that is normally found at boutique retail furniture stores nation wide.  But here, instead of retail, you’ll find wholesale and below pricing on new discontinued styles, one of a kind samples and factory overstock.

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Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories

Featured Bargain Find
Bridal Veils & Jewelry
North Hollywood

Erica Koesler is a manufacturer of bridal veils and head jewelry that sells last seasons samples directly to the public at 30% off retail to 50% off of wholesale. That’s right… at below wholesale and this stuff is high quality, no bargain basement cheapies here. We’re talking fresh water pearls, Swarovski Crystal, mother of pearl, imported silk laces and more.

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Frame Club

Featured Bargain Find
Framing
North Hollywood

In business since 1982, Frame Clubs’ owner Alona Crawford has employed three basic principles to keep prices at 30%-60% lower than other framing sources. Do all the work in-house, deal with local suppliers and services to hold down costs and locate in a low rent district.

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Happy Eyes

Featured Bargain Find
Designer Eyeware/Prescription Glasses
Glendale

Happy Eyes is a real gem of a store that has had held prices down since they opened in 1992.  Frames start at $25 for non designer.  Single vision lens start at $35. Bifocals start at $65 and at Happy Eyes you can get transitions lens starting at $98. He even has Blu Tech blocking coating at $135 instead of $250 elsewhere and Progressive lens start at $125.

Plus they have a great selection of designer frames at 30%-40% below market retail.

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Hollywood Piano Company

Featured Bargain Find
Pianos & Keyboards
Multiple Locations

The Hollywood Piano Company will help you to find that special piano for the best price in Southern California. From uprights to concert grands, player pianos to digital, they have them all… at 20%-60% below retail everyday, all the time.

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Hotel Surplus Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Home Furnishings
Van Nuys

Hotel Surplus offers fine furnishings and fixtures from top ranked, 4 star hotels undergoing renovation or redecoration. These home furnishings run from mint to needs some attention and are offered at a fraction of the original price with savings at 35%-80% off of original retail.

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Joie / Current Elliott / Equipment Factory Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Designer Factory Outlet
Vernon

OMG! It’s 3 outlets in one! 

The Joie /Current Elliott /Equipment Factory Outlet has steep discounts of 60%-85% of original retail on both in season samples and past seasons over production.

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Red Barn Feed and Pet

Featured Bargain Find
Pet Supplies
Multiple Locations

This Valley landmark has been selling feed and pet supplies for over 55 years. First time shoppers are often overwhelmed at the huge selection at Red Barn. Everything from tack to shavings, exotic pet foods to doghouses and known pet food brands can be found here at savings of 20%-60% below retail.

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Roger Stuart Clothes

Featured Bargain Find
Men's Suits
Los Angeles

This long time downtown bargain source serves up elegant, top quality Italian suits at 40%-75% off retail. Here you buy direct from the manufacturer and pay wholesale or below on top quality men’s suits.

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Savon Appliance

Featured Bargain Find
Discount Appliances
Burbank

If you love quality, great prices and honest service, you’ll fall in love with Savon Appliance. For over 35 years they’ve been selling used and restore antique appliances at savings of 25%-60% off the original price. You’ll find Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore, GE, O’Keefe and Merritt Wedgewood, Amana, Frigidaire, and more. Everything here is completely reconditioned and running like new

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Shopaholic Sample Sales

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel
Los Angeles

Yippee! The Shopaholic Sample Sale has terrific boutique outlets !
The carefully selected women’s designer inventory and pricing here speaks for itself. A good 50%-90% off cutting designer wares by Isabel Lu, Lucca Couture,  Eva Franco, Cameo, Finders Keepers, Bobi, Heather, Bordeaux, Aryn K, T Los Angeles and more

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Ski and Snowboard Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Ski and Snowboards
San Gabriel

Just in time for Winter…Ski and Snowboard Outlet is back… a one-stop bargain bonanza for your ski or snowboarding needs. In their large showroom you’ll find a tremendous selection of outdoor snow apparel for men, women and children along with great buys on new and used ski’s, snowboards and accessories. Savings range from 30%-80% on new apparel and gear.

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Sofas, Tables & More

Featured Bargain Find
Discount Custom Furniture
Torrance

Love the hip, contemporary furniture designs from Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn?
Well you’ll jump for joy when you save of 30%-65% on similar designs on even higher quality home furnishings at Sofas, Tables and More in Torrance.

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The Cover Story

Featured Bargain Find
Custom Slipcovers
Van Nuys

The Cover Story is the secret wholesale slipcover source that interior designers use for high quality custom slipcovers at the best possible price.

But, you can go there too and save 30%-50% on custom slipcovers.

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The Outlet By ELS

Featured Bargain Find
Liquidator/ General Merchandise
Azusa

This fun place is a great source for incredible savings on almost anything imaginable. You’ll find apparel, home furnishings, electronics, small and large appliances, home and garden, hardware, home theater, bedding and linens, housewares, sporting, toys and more! All at savings of 20%-70% below retail!

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The Saturday Sale

Featured Bargain Find
Designer Sample / Overstock Sale
Los Angeles

The Saturday Sale at the California Market Center is the way many savvy shoppers buy designer apparel, sportswear and accessories at wholesale and below prices. Women, men and children’s apparel and gifts by known labels are here at 50%-90% off original retail.

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The Weiler Groups’ Appliance Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Appliances
Chatsworth

The Weiler Group Appliance Outlet carries high-end, large appliances at 20% -40% off the retail price. These new appliances are customer returns, discontinued, last seasons model, showroom floor samples or a cosmetic scratch and dent by Viking, Thermadore, Miele, Fisher & Paykel, KitchenAid, Dynasty, Bosch, Whirlpool, Delonghi, Leibhern, and Gaggenau.

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Trove

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Apparel Resale
Los Angeles

New, hipster, Westside resale boutique Trove is a gem!  Packed with women’s designers fashions, home décor and gift items all at pricing that will keep you coming at 60%-85% off original retail!

I spotted women’s fashions by Gucci, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Theory, Nine West, Stuart Weitzmann, Steve Madden, Mossimo, Emilio Pucci, My Tribe, Diane von Furstenberg, Top Shop, Ann Taylor, Halogen, Free People, Madewell, Roxy, Banana Republic, Nanette Lepore….

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Zodax Factory Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Home Decor Factory Outlet
Panorama City

Love entertaining and home decorating? Have champagne taste, but a beer budget?
Wow….Have I got a place for you!

Hidden in an industrial area in the San Fernando Valley is one of the most famous manufacturers of Home Décor, Textiles, Home Fragrance, and candles…. Zodax.

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7 For All Mankind Outlet

Designer Jeans Outlet
Los Angeles

Talk about a great pairing of Outlets!

Located in the new, not yet finished Alameda Square, the 7 For All Mankind Outlet is right next door to the Splendid / Ella Moss Outlet.

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A New Downtown Flea Market

Los Angeles

Vintage enthusiasts? Then catch a new Flea this weekend!

This next Sunday 7/28 (10am-4pm), the new DTLA Flea Market will be take over four parking lots in Downtown’s Historic Core (3rd & Spring) and feature up to 400 vendors selling new and vintage goods

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A-Z Mart

Whittier

As you may have noticed from Zannees Blog, we love older home furnishings. Before bargain hunting became an obsession, antique and vintage home furnishing hunting was a passion.

So I was surprised when I found A-Z Mart in Whittier

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Adelco Outlet

Out in Chino, just a few blocks from the Arizona Leather Clearance Outlet is a little outlet worthy of a pop-in if you’re in the area.

The Adelco Outlet liquidates customer returns and overstock from Costco and Sams Club. Meaning they have a varied inventory from beauty to furniture and clothing to small appliances all at 20%-50% below Costco, Macy’s or Sams Club.

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Affordable Summer Camps

If you’re like me, come April/ May I used to freak out about what my kid was gonna do over the Summer.

Summer camps tend to be expensive. There is always the local YMCA, which was a good fall back. But here are some other good affordable camps that have come across my radar with interesting adventures, sports, classes, science and art.

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Alfi Trade

Faucets, Toilets and Sinks
Los Angeles

When we suddenly had to upgraded our kitchen last year, I had to rush out a buy a sink and faucet fast. That last minute decision meant I couldn’t look around for a bargain spot to hunt for a great sink and faucet. You guys will be luckier since I found Alfi Trade.

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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 Apparel Community Store

Apparel
Los Angeles

The king of casual California apparel is American Apparel. Perhaps it’s because we live more casual lifestyles here in California. Or perhaps we’re beach or fitness focused. Or maybe we are just lazy in our dressing style… But cotton tees, tops and pants are still king here and probably always will be.

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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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Bargain Molding

Home Renovation and Repair
South El Monte

On any renovation or home upgrade sometimes it’s the little extras that really make a difference both in the look of your home and the balance in your checkbook. But because of price, it’s often these little details that we do without.

Unless you know where to shop….

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Barini Leather

Leather Handbags
Studio City

I’m always looking for new places… bargain hot spots that offer high quality at a substantial discount.  When I find one, I get extremely excited!

Such is the case with Barini Leather in Studio City. If you love high end, quality crafted handbags…. but not the over the top prices, you’ll go nuts here! Amazingly beautiful, meticulously crafted Italian leather handbags, wallets, briefcases are made here at prices that are 50%-90% below what you’d expect to pay

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Bring Down the House

Consignment Home Furnishings
Simi Valley

Trying to put together new furnishings for your home? Even with all the liquidation sales happening these days, decorating your home is a big expense.

Time to look again at a tried and true bargain shoppers friend….  consignment home furnishings where you can save 40%-80% everyday.

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Buy Rite Termite and Pest Control

Termite and Pest Control

When we purchased our home 5 years ago, the house had been tented for termites. So we postponed signing up for regular pest and termite maintenance plans. But when we noticed termite dropping on our office door jam, we knew it was time to get an inspection and servicing.

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Carpet Manufacturer’s Warehouse

Commerce

Hidden from view, down an alleyway in Commerce is one of the best deals in town for discounted quality carpeting, Carpet Manufacturer’s Warehouse.

This 98-year-old family run business (really!) is a one of kind gem. You’ll find savings of 30%-60% off market retail on end of roll, discontinued and closeout carpeting by Shaw and Mohawk in over 4200 roles of carpet.

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Childrens Resale Stores

Shopping at kids resale stores when my daughter was little was a real budget saver. She had a great wardrobe and we didn’t have to spend much. Even now at 13, we go in to our local store and I let her pick a couple of items. I used these stores to pick up books, videos/DVDs, shoes, furniture… anything I may have needed at real budget prices.

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Chip Drop

If, like us, you are working on new drought resistant landscaping and are looking to add wood chips or mulch to your garden, you should check out Chip Drop.

Chip Drop is a service that helps connect arborists with homeowners and gardeners in their area who would like to receive wood chips.

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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care
La Canada

This last winter, I needed some chiropractic adjustments. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on it and needed regular visits.

Considering our difficult move in February, the stressful renovations and a long history of old dance related back injuries, I needed to get back in alignment. I also was hoping to start a more serious work out regime this Spring and knew I wouldn’t be able to handle the exercise if I was out of alignment.

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Citadel Outlets

Los Angeles

I do like the Citadel Outlet Mall. I like the layout, food court and concierge.

But like every other outlet mall, the Citadel Outlets are now a mix of real genuine outlets mixed with “faux” factory outlets and retail stores with a sale section.

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Consignment Sports

Thousand Oaks

Spring’s here and with that comes outdoor sports, games and family fun. Sporting goods and equipment can be incredibly expensive.

One of the best ways to save on sporting goods is to buy pre-owned equipment. That’s exactly what Consignment Sports in Thousand Oaks does. They thoroughly inspect and then resell sporting goods and gear at 50%-80% off the original cost.  YAY!

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Dahdoul Textiles

General Merchandise/ Textiles
commerce

I headed over to the Dahdoul Textiles outlet in Commerce this week. I had visited Dahdoul Textiles about 6 years ago and though everything was well below retail, I wasn’t impressed enough with the quality to write about it.  But I thought I should take another look.
Well, I wasn’t really wow’d this time either,  but I did find a few good buys.  Dahdoul sells lower end merchandise priced really cheap… about 10%-30% below what it should go for with a few items priced at a solid 50%-60% savings

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Deals in the Downtown Textile District

Home Decor Fabrics
Los Angeles

With our new home comes new décor, new window treatments and new upholstery.

After getting most my curtains through Villa Firenze Warehouse, I went to the wholesale textile district in downtown Los Angeles to search for more fabric for other drapery, pillows and some furniture I was having reupholstered. The deals were plentiful….

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Deja Vu Fashions

Claremont

Back when I was teaching at Scripps College in Claremont, I used to stop into Déjà Vu Resale. I hadn’t been in a long time, so it was time to go back.

Wow… this women’s resale shop has gotten even better. They are bigger, have a better selection of designer goods for women as well as vintage clothing for gals and guys….and they even have a small room with vintage home décor finds…. All at 30%-90% below retail everyday!

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Divine’s Furniture

Vintage Furniture
Monterey Park

I originally visited Divines Furniture way back in 2003. As an avid antique hound, I immediately fell in love with the place. Rows and rows of Vintage, Antique and Mid- Century Home Furnishings and tons Tiffany styled lighting at way below market pricing.

Now, 13 years later I ventured back. I brought Hubby in tow to make sure I didn’t buy anything. That’s how good this place is.

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Duty Free

Discount Fragrance
Sherman Oaks

Just when we start receiving our bills for the extra Holiday spending we did, it’s time to start thinking about Valentines Day. So I dug through some really old files and came across my moms old favorite for deals on perfume… Duty Free in Sherman Oaks.

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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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Free Job Training

Work Training

The recession is tough on teen and young adults. College tuition has sky rocketed and many kids are unable to afford to go to college or just going part time. Many of them are starting to look for work without any preparation or training.

Enter the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network Youth Opportunity Center.

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Free L.A.

The holidays are always a great time to spend time with family and friends. But finding fun Holiday stuff or any fun things in LA that are cheap or free is even harder.

Well, only if you don’t have the new version of FREE LA by Troy Corley. This hip pocket travel guide highlights over 400 family friendly free fun things to do in the L.A. Metro area.

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Furniture Consignment and More

Long Beach

I love furniture consignment stores. As a creative DIY-er and an antique hound, consignment stores are one of the best places to haunt for stellar deals in home furnishings and décor. So when I spotted a sign that actually said furniture consignment while driving around Long Beach, I executed a fast U turn.

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General Wax and Candle

Candle Factory Outlet
North Hollywood

If you’re looking for candles for your holiday table or general decorating, General Wax and candle should be your first stop for bargain buys on a candles, accessories and candle making supplies.

A genuine factory outlet, General Wax and Candle has a huge selection of tapers, formals, novelty, column, decorator, votives, floaters in all shapes, colors and sizes at substantial savings of 20%-50% below retail everyday.

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Gibson Factory Outlet

Commerce

Need some dishes or kitchen ware? Then head out to the Gibson Factory Outlet in Commerce for manufacturer direct savings.

The outlet is at the corporate and distribution headquarters.  Housed in a large modern building, the outlet is large and well-organized racks packed with ceramic ware, kitchen ware, dishes, flatware, glassware, cookware and objects d’art at 10%-70% off original retail.

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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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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market

New on the local grocery scene is the Grocery Outlet.  Unlike other, so called “ Grocery Outlets”, this chain is one to take notice of. You will save up to 50% on everything.

These well-organized, clean stores have a selection that can compete with regular markets. You’ll find almost everything on your Grocery list. Well, maybe not every single brand name, but enough to make shopping here worthwhile. Which is something few grocery outlets can claim.

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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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Habitat Restores

Surplus Building Materials
Pasadena / Multiple Locations

Habitat ReStores have both new and used surplus building materials donated by building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews and individuals. The products here range from door knobs to doors, sinks to lighting, windows to hardware, flooring and almost anything in between, all at prices that are 40%-70% below what you would expect to pay.

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Handy Market

Grocery / Specialty
Burbank

So I’m having dinner at a friend’s house in the heart of Hollywood and he drops some steaks on the grill. Not just any steak but two inch beauties that must weigh over a pound each. I bite into it and frankly it is one of the best steaks I have ever had. “Where did you get this meat?” I ask. “Handy Market in Burbank” is the reply. When I ask about the seasoning he says “just ask the butchers to season it for you… house specialty”. 

Really.

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HD Supply, Repair & Remodel

10-50% off building supplies

Spring and Summer usually bring with it home repair and remodeling jobs. Some of these big repairs can be costly, even if you do the work yourself. With every penny counting to stay on budget, you’ll be happy to shop at HD Supply Repair & Remodel.

HD Supply does a high volume, low markup business in huge warehouses, saving you 10%-50% on doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, lumber, moulding, tools, electrical, masonry, plumbing, heating & cooling and more.

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HD Warehouse Direct

HD TV wholesale outlet
La Puente

Out in the San Gabriel Valley is a small warehouse that holds incredible bargains in HD TV’s. Here you‘ll find brand new HD TV’s from both last seasons and current models at real savings of 25%-40% off market prices that beat Amazon and Best Buy every time!

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Henry’s Shoe Experience

Discount Designer Shoes
Hawaiian Gardens, CA

Attention Shoe Divas! Have I’ve got a place for you!
If you love better designer shoes at bargain basement prices, you’ll go absolutely berserk at Henry’s Shoe Experience.

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Home Fabrics Inc

Home Decor Fabrics
Los Angeles

After our big move, we discovered we needed different furniture for our living room.

With budgets getting seriously tight, I dug up an old saved love seat and old chair that had originally belonged to my mom and sent them in for re-upholstery at Valley Upholstering. Not having fabric yet, I headed one more time to downtown LA textile district.

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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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Jackie Winters Auto Inspection

Since our daughters ride and our “hauling stuff “ car got totaled last month, it was time to go used car hunting. For 2 weeks, we search private party cars, independent car lots and big dealerships, websites, recycler classified etc. Car shopping on any level, whether new or used is a buyer beware situation. This is how we didn’t get taken.

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Jorge Garcia Furniture Restoration

Furniture Restoration
Pasadena

When we wanted to restore our antique furniture, only one re finisher totally understood our concept of restoration. Jorge Garcia works out of a small warehouse in Pasadena and specializes in antique polishing, restoration, refinishing as well as caning, rushing and carving. Jorge Garcia is especially good at matching wood tones and repairs. He does terrific work, gives accurate and fair estimates and is easy to deal with.

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Just Like Home Affordable Furniture

Home Furnishings
Tarzana

I’m always looking for ways to save on home furnishings. A happy surprise came when I ventured into Just Like Home Affordable Furniture in Tarzana. Set back in an industrial office complex, this tiny showroom specializes in custom order, catalog, factory direct furniture from over a dozen different manufactures at 30%-80% off retail. They can charge less because they have a low overhead and a low mark up.

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King Richards Antique Mall

Antique Home Furnishings
Whittier

One of our favorite Holiday traditional pastimes is visiting local antique stores & malls. Most antique malls, stores and dealers have been hard hit by the recession and have lowered prices or a more willing to bargain.

The market has dropped and if you love antiques and can afford to buy, this is a good time.

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Laura Burke Photography

West Hollywood

I’m always struggling to get extra cash. The biggest culprit of this struggle is my daughter. Kids are expensive… and the older they get the more expensive they get.  I’m doubly burdened and blessed as I am a parent of an actress. Her path to success is rather expensive with ongoing acting classes, reels, websites and head shots.

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Liquidation Gallery

San Dimas

Tucked away in the back of an industrial complex is a warehouse outlet that hardy, intrepid, treasure seeking bargain shoppers will love, The Liquidation Gallery.

These guys are jobbers, buying inventories, odd lots and one-of-a-kind items from auctions, businesses, estate sales, factories, manufacturers, stores, distributors etc. Everything else is fair game and they go for rock bottom prices so they can resell these items, both new and used, at 25%-80% below market retail everyday

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Los Angeles Wine Company

Discount Wine
Los Angeles

Whenever I am in the area I pop into The Los Angeles Wine Company. Around since the early 1980’s The Los Angeles Wine Company has a vast selection of wines. Over 300 from all parts of the world including Israel, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, California, Australia and more. Savings here average 10%-60%.

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Love at Second Sight

Westlake Village

Any chic female shopper who is attune to value understands the joys of resale shopping. Buying resale designer clothing is one of the best ways to build a stylish wardrobe with upscale apparel at a fraction of the price.

In the know shoppers should put upscale resale boutique, Love at Second Sight on their “must visit” list. 

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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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Luxury Fabrics

Los Angeles

If you want to spruce up your home with new curtains, pillows, upholstery or accent pieces, the problem is finding the perfect fabric at the perfect price.  That problem doesn’t exist when you know about places like Luxury Fabrics in downtown Los Angeles.

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Magic Kids Outlet

Canoga Park

Having kids is expensive. The USDA estimates the cost of raising a child through age 18 averages around $300,000. So parents have to be inventive and resourceful to keep cost down.

A new outlet that will help keep the clothing costs way down is the Magic Kids Outlet in Canoga Park

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Maria’s Fashion

One of the problems I have with designer jean Warehouse Sales as well as Online Shopping, is generally you can not try on the jeans.

You can get away with not trying on a shirt, a skirt and sometimes jackets. But you have to try on jeans. Happily there is Maria’s Fashion in Alhambra.

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Mattel’s Toy Outlet

Toys
El Segundo

Don’t know where to buy safe, good toys for the kids? Hold on to your seats cause getting kids toys and gifts just got a whole lot cheaper. The Mattel Toy Store, the official outlet for Mattel and Fisher-Price has direct to the public outlets with savings of 35%-80%!

Being a good Santa just became affordable!

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Matteo Factory Store

Los Angeles

If you adore fine bed linens, you probably already know about Matteo Los Angeles.

Famous for their vintage inspired, quality linens, they have developed a loyal following. But you may not know that they have a factory store in DTLA. Regularly found at Restoration Hardware, Layla Grace, Gilt, and One Kings Lane, here you’ll find all their current line at retail pricing as well as select savings of 30%-90%.

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Mattress Sale Liquidators

Norwalk

If you’re looking for a new brand name mattress instead of getting one custom built, then you want to head out to Mattress Sale Liquidators.

The savings here are a real 40%-75%  below market retail everyday on brand name mattresses by Sealy, Stearns and Foster, Serta and Kirkland here. This tight, bare bones operation had a good selection of pillow tops, euro-top, posterpedics, premium mattresses as well as a few memory foam and latex mattresses too.

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Modern Bathroom

North Hollywood

If you want to redo your bathroom, you know how expensive it can be. Savvy renovators should take a look at Modern Bathroom in North Hollywood. This modern showroom carries product by Kohler, Toto, Americh, Altmans, Wyndham Collection, Fairmont, Grohe, Hansa, California Faucet and more.

Average savings in the front showrooms are 10%-40% below manufacturer list. But that’s not where the steepest savings are….they’re in the huge back area w/ savings of 40%-80%!

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Nine West Outlets

Women's Shoes & Handbags
Multiple locations

Nine West, like most manufactures, has factory overruns, samples, and back stock that didn’t sell out. These end of season and past seasons products end up at their several Southern California outlets at savings of 25%-75% off.

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Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse

Shoes and Accessories
Irvine

Men’s and women’s current designer shoes at 20%-70% below retail. Big designer names, huge selection, no kids.
Accessories too.

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Off Fifth

Hi-End Designer Items
Ontario

The Saks Fifth Ave outlet has discounts on high-end, designer items 25%-70% off original retail. Designer clothing for men and women, accessories in designer handbags, shoes, scarves, jewelry and leather goods. Cosmetics by Estee Lauder, Clinque and Bobbie Brown.

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One Stop Bargain Shopping

One stop outlets and sales

If you could get a large chunk of your shopping at one place, at much lower prices, wouldn’t you go? Ya, me too!

Here are several one-stop bargain shopping places to bag bargains on everything from electronics to lingerie for a lot less!

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P.E. Deans Consignments

Pasadena

If you want quality in home furnishings, but don’t have a big enough budget, one of the best solutions is shopping at Consignment Stores.

Furniture consignment stores generally offer quality, used, higher end designer pieces as well as vintage and antique pieces at well below originally retail.

P.E. Deans Consignments in Pasadena does just that in it’s easy to shop store.

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Perfumes West

Perfume/ Body Care
Los Angeles

Perfume West has 1000’s of perfumes and fragrances by Cartier, Boucheron, Salvatore Feraagamo, Arpege, Bal a Versaille, Chanel, Escada, Narciso Rodriguez, Michael Jordan, Acqui Di Gio By Georgio Armani, Polo, Burberry, Jean Paul Gautier and more at 10%-40% off.

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Pink Plum

Pasadena

If like me, you love to hunt for deals at Flea Markets, Thrifts and Vintage stores, you’ll love Pink Plum in Pasadena. This classic vintage, retro store has a wide array of items ranging from knick knacs and jewelry to furniture, home deco, shoes, clothing and accessories all under one roof at prices that are much less than what you’d expect.

Here they keep it real with vintage, used and antiques items generally running 20%-70% less than antique malls.

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Previously On

Burbank

YES!! New on the home furnishings resale scene is film and prop reseller Previously On in Burbank. Owner Nick, buys up previously rented, used home furnishings and home décor from local film and television studios from TV shows and pilots that are either canceled or not picked up. The furniture has been used on set, but never used in a living situation.

This store front has savings of 20%-70% on both modern new and classic furniture….

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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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Restoration Hardware Outlet

Long Beach

OMG! The Restoration Hardware has real savings of 20%-80% on their past seasons remaining product, floor models, customer returns, scratch & dent, overstock and discontinued product. You’ll find chairs, dining, sofas, chests, bookcases, beds, patio, cabinets, bedding, rugs, gift items and more here. So if you’re a fan of their designs, you may go a little bonkers.

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Return Engagement Resale Boutique

Redondo Beach

It’s always refreshing when a long established business keeps getting it right.

Return Engagement Resale Boutique in Redondo Beach has been a gem of a women’s resale boutique for nearly 20 years. During a recent visit they proved to continually be on the edge of the designer fashion trends as well as keeping it real…. And deliciously well priced.

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Revival Furniture

Los angeles

If you love Mid Century Furniture and eclectic home furnishings, you need to put Revival Furniture on your list of haunts.

This off the beaten path, funky little warehouse is were many dealers haunt to get the best pricing on one of a kind finds that they mark up and sell for 2-3 times the price to Westside and Hollywood hipsters.

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SAS Fabrics

Fabric
Hawthorne

In this recession, many of us are looking to save on everything…. Looking for rock bottom deals, choosing to become crafters by “doing it ourselves”. Instead of buying pre-made, we’re now sewing curtains, garments and home décor items. If you’re anywhere near the South Bay area, SAS Fabrics is just about the cheapest place on the planet to buy fabric and notions. Savings here are 60%-95% off original retail.

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Shareen Vintage

Women's Vintage Apparel
Los Angeles

Shareen Vintage in downtown Los Angeles is where you can find cool vintage apparel for less. Their funky warehouse packed with racks and racks of vintage women’s clothing from as early as the 1920’s to as late as the 1990’s was all super affordable. I had a hard time finding anything priced here higher than $100.

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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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Smart Buy Outlet

Some outlet stores are so big they are exhausting to shop. That’s not the case at Smart Buy Outlet. These well organized, well lit stores have a good selection without being overwhelming…. all at 30%-70% below original retail.

Buying liquidated merchandise from manufacturers as well as Costco, Sam’s Club, Macy’s, Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond, you’ll find some great buys in housewares, bedding, linens, furniture, small appliances, clothing and more.

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Splendid / Ella Moss Factory Outlet Store

Los Angeles

Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! This is exciting…. Splendid / Ella Moss has a real Factory Outlet store at their corporate headquarters with savings of 30%-70% off retail on both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.

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Sterns Fabric & Drapery

sherman oaks

After cruising the fabric district on Saturday and coming home empty handed, I decided to try long time, tried and true fabric outlet, Sterns Drapery and Fabric in Sherman Oaks.

This home decor fabric outlet has savings of 25%-70% off of retail on high quality fabrics with names like Waverly, F. Shumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen, Riverdale, Cranston Home and more.

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Sunland Produce

Grocery
Sun Valley

I am a big fresh fruits and vegetables eater and have always wanted to stop into the Sunland Produce Company in Sun Valley. So taking hubby along we went out to Sun Valley to shop this independent market.

We were not disappointed. In fact, it was a delightful surprise!

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Superior Nut Company

Grocery: Nuts, Candies, Dried Fruit
Los Angeles

The Fall is the season for entertaining, baking and gift giving. If like me, you like to entertain, bake and give gift baskets, you need to know about Superior Nut Company.

This wholesaler of nuts, dried fruit and candy, operates a retail store out of their wholesale offices selling at 35%-65%  below average retail.

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Survival Kits Online

Earthquake Preparedness Supplies
West Hills

At Survival Kits Online located in a small warehouse/ store off the beaten path in West Hills, you can get emergency preparedness kits for less. On average 20%-50% less. You can buy piece by piece or buy a pre-made kits for less.

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Thanksgiving & Holiday Entertaining

Thanksgiving and the Holidays are literally around the corner and if you’re entertaining guests, having a party or going to any parties, it’s time to get prepped!

Though we can’t give you any real cooking tips, we can help you get extra plates and place settings, linens as well as hostess gifts and gourmet foods for less. Here are some great bargain sources to help make your Holiday celebration shine.

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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 Guess Factory Outlet

Los Angeles

Like bargain basement prices? Then you’ll totally dig the Guess Factory outlet.
A quick visit at this downtown Factory Outlet for Guess had me oohing and aahing at the prices. $5, $10, $15 on almost everything in store in men’s and women’s shoes, jeans, shirts, dresses, tees and more… all at 50%-95% off.

But it’s a bit deceiving here…. In an odd way.

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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 Long Beach Antique Market

On the Third Sunday of every month, The Long Beach Antique Market happens at Veterans Stadium on the Long Beach Community College Campus.

Packed with hundreds of vendors, (over 600 on this last visit) you’ll find everything from Victorian treasures to Mid Century furniture and jewelry to re-purposed/ distressed items at prices that average 30%-60% below market retail.

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The Marika Factory Outlet

Women's activewear outlet
Bell

Hey ladies!

If you work out at all… that means, yoga, dance, cross fit, boxing, Zumba, weight training, running or anything else, you’re gonna want to know about the newly opened Marika Outlet with savings of 60%-80% on activewear for women.

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The Pottery Barn Warehouse Outlet

West Covina

So ya want Pottery Barn furniture, but can’t afford the retail price. No worries…. You have the Pottery Barn Warehouse Outlet right here in West Covina. find overstock, discontinued and customer returns in both perfect condition, stained and scratch & dent from Pottery Barn, PB Teen, West Elm and William Sonoma Home. Savings run 20%-60%  off original retail at the Warehouse Outlet with most savings in the 30%-40% off range. But right now everything is an additional 40% off!

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Throw Back Junction

San Fernando

If you love cool recycled resale apparel, you’ll love Throw Back Junction! This new indie used clothing store has a well-curated selection of used, vintage, name brand and designer apparel at 50%-85% off original retail.

You’ll find clothes for just about every member of your family, from teens to grandpa here in over 4000 sq feet of trending, edgy, and fashion staples!

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2014

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2014!

Another year gone and well over 65 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best.

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2015

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2015!

Another year gone and well over 65 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best.

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2016

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2016!

Another year gone and well over 70 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best.

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Trina Turk Outlet

South Pasadena

Way back in the day, Trina Turk clothing was not as well known as her line is today and she had a little outlet at her Alhambra headquarters. But times change, her brand grew globally and the outlet disappeared. Even though you could still shop her incredible Sample Sales, I for one, missed the outlet.

So I was thrilled to find they had opened a small new outlet in South Pasadena.

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Tutoring Deal

Our kid is in her last year of public high school. In all the years she’s been in school from pre-school to private school and then to public, the only thing I know for sure is that no one else is responsible for her education, but us. Not the government, not the city…. Just us.

Tutoring our kid in several different subjects was the best investment in our daughter’s education we ever made.

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Twinkle Twice

5 locations
Whittier

One of the best ways for moms to save money on children’s clothing is to shop resale / consignment shops where you can find some serious bargains on gently used kids stuff.  Now moms can add a few more places to their list with Twinkle Twice Children’s Resale Boutiques.

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Urban Outfitters Surplus Store

Urban Outfitters Outlet
Sherman Oaks

A quick trip to Sherman Oaks proved to be a fruitful stop. Here is where Urban Outfitters has opened up a Surplus Outlet store.

At over 10,000 square feet you have plenty of room to shop for bargains on men’s women’s clothing and accessories at 30%-90% off.

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US Appliance Outlet

Commerce

Near the Citadel Outlets is a neat little outlet with sizable savings on large appliances. US Appliance Outlet buys up manufacturer floor models, scratch and dent, discontinued and costumer returns and then after inspection, sells them at 20%-50% less than the big retailers.

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Vertigo Outlet

Los Angeles

Researching downtown can be a drag, but it has it’s benefits. When one hopeful bargain source is impossible to get in to, you can find another pretty fast, often by just walking a block or so. That’s how I happily stumbled into the Vertigo Outlet.

This outlet looks like a boutique. But it’s is an official Vertigo Paris outlet … and the prices are 50%-90% below original retail

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Walker Viden Luxury Consignment

Though I live a more casual lifestyle, I still want the best, for less. I am not motivated as much by brand or designer as I am by quality and design. Thankfully, I have found Walker Viden in Pasadena.

Just open 8 months, this small, charmingly sophisticated shop carries the very best women’s designer brands at 50%-75% off original retail.

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We Love Spotify

In case you haven’t heard, Spotify is the latest online music streaming software to go against Apple and iTunes. It has been offered in Europe for a few years, where it competed with iTunes and created quite a buzz. It just recently crossed the pond.

What is causing the buzz? Spotify is offering access to 15 million songs for free and is legal (this is not a music pirate gateway).

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