Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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

Bargain Finds

San Fernando Valley

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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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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 Outlet is a one stop shop for savvy furniture buyers. Offering brand new, home decor and furnishings as well as furnishings, decor, art and fixtures from top ranked, 4 star hotels undergoing renovation or redecoration at 35-70% original retail.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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American Vintage Revisited

Vintage Thrift Store
Los Angeles

Better than a thrift store, but notch below resale, American Vintage is a gem of a retro thrift store for those of us on a beer budget. No attitude or pretense here. Just lots of clean fun creative pieces for the bohemian artist in you that’s waiting to get out.

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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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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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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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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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Enterprise Car Sales

When we had our car totaled 2 weeks ago, our Credit Union rep recommended starting our used car search at Enterprise Car Sales. A Division of Enterprise Rent a Car, here they sell their used vehicles at below market prices.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kimo’s Appliances

Van Nuys

Need a large appliance? Have I got a place for you! Kimo’s Appliance in Van Nuys.

Here you’ll find new, but mostly reconditioned brand name used appliances at 30%-70% below retail. The savings are astonishing on Maytag, Kenmore, Samsung, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Jenn Air, Amana, Bosch, Electrolux and more.

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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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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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Modern Selections Outlet

North Hollywood

Now you can get great quality Mid Century furniture designs at real serious savings!

At the Modern Selections outlet, you can save 30-80% on brand name and imported (non branded) furniture reproductions of classic Mid Century and modern home furnishings by such notables as Calligaris, Alphaville Design, Zuo Modern, Nuevo Living, Modloft, Innovation, Euro Concept, Euro Style and Adesso.

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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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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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Start Rescue Resale Store

Sherman Oaks

If you love cats or dogs, but cannot adopt, foster or rescue yourself, you can still support organizations that help animals get adopted. Just by shopping at or donated items at the Start Rescue Resale Store.

This little boutique like store is a mash-up of a high-end resale and thrift store goods at savings of 40%-70% off original retail.

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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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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 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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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 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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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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Wear It Once, Wear It Twice

Burbank

I started shopping children’s resale stores when our daughter was born.  I saved thousands of dollars on her wardrobe, toys, books, furniture etc. Considering it costs over 200,000 to raise one kid to age 18, saving money is important, no matter what income bracket you’re in.

For parents in the San Fernando Valley, a good resource is Wear it Once Wear it Twice children’s resale in Burbank

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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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Worldwide Exotics

Lake View Terrace

As we design our drought tolerant, California friendly yards, we’ve run into some issues at local nurseries. The biggest issue was the staff at standard nurseries, though reasonably helpful, didn’t know enough about cactus, succulents, grasses, natives and other drought tolerant shrubs to help us design a garden that would really work for the long term. Then we found Worldwide Exotics!

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