Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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July 26, 2016

Where Does It All Go?

There is always a vast amount of overproduction in the rag trade. Manufacturers make more than they can sell for a variety of practical, economic and marketing reasons.  Why does this happen and where does it all go?

July 20, 2016

Being Retail Savvy

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

It has always been “Buyer Beware”. As consumers, we have to be on guard all the time.  Business is in business to make money. Not be your best pal. Capitalism is both a blessing and a curse. You, as a shopper have to help keep them in line. In business, your vote is your dollar

July 14, 2016

No Score Shopping

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It’s time to spruce up the bedroom.  My favorite quilt and shams are starting to show some age. So I have been on the hunt for a new Duvet set.

I thought I found one that would work on Rue La La.  But then it arrived and I was totally dumbstruck when it clashed with other colors in the room. Hubby hated it and my daughter exclaimed, “What were you thinking mom!?”

June 29, 2016

Department Stores Vs Independent Boutiques

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Inside Scoop

A lot of us shop big stores instead of smaller, independent stores just for convenience. But if you want to keep your money in the local economy or get better service, smaller boutiques are usually better.
Here’s why.

June 21, 2016

The Sanctuary Warehouse Sale

Lately I have been dragging hubby with me to check out new outlets and sales. Not just because I enjoy his company, but because he often has insight into businesses and pricing that I don’t.
His coming along with me also helps stop me from buying.

But this sale I had to shop!

June 16, 2016

Surprising Deals

Yee Gads!  Our 8-year-old counter top microwave bit the dust. So spoiled is my family, that we had to immediately go find another one.  We really only use it for reheating. But that convenience is too important.

I was not going to be rushed into this purchase. I had to find one at a good price.

June 08, 2016

Getting the Pricing Wrong

As avid Thrift store and Estate Sale junkies we’ve seen everything from high-end home furnishings to serious junk heaps.

Before we headed out to a couple of Estate Sales on Saturday, we decided to stop into Habitat for Humanity Restore in Atwater/ Glendale area. We are on the look out for a faucet for our utility sink in our garage.

This trip proved that even a great philanthropic charity like Habitat Restores can get it wrong.

June 01, 2016

Costco Fun

We shop Costco like we’d shop Ralphs or Vons. Stopping in every week or so to pick up specific items. We take a list and usually get in and out as quick as possible.

One of the more fun aspects of shopping at Costco is tasting all the samples being given out. We don’t normally taste ALL of them, just a few.  But last week we made the mistake of shopping in the late afternoon while we were both hungry.

May 24, 2016

Sometimes Service is Everything

We’re closing our Home Depot Account today.

First the interest rate is ridiculous. Second, unless you know what you’re doing or exactly what you need, it’s exhausting and maddening to shop there. It’s not that they don’t try, but it’s too big and you have to chase down help that often knows less than you do.

May 16, 2016

BargainsLA Peeps are the BEST

Filed Under: Inside Scoop, OM Gosh!

Sometimes doing this “BargainsLA” thing is stressful for me. I tend to worry…. Not only do I want all of you guys to find great deals and be happy with the product, I also want the sales and discounters I write about to be happy with you guys as shoppers.

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