Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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

Bargain Finds

Appliance Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Appliances

The 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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APT2B.com

Featured Bargain Find
Modern Home Furnishings

Love modern home furnishings and décor? Then you’re gonna love Apt2B.com.

This recently launched, locally based website has savings of 10%-40% on modern home furnishings and décor pieces similar to pieces that you’d see at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel and other chic home furnishings store.

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Arcadia Discount Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Discount Outlet

YAY! There’s a new gem of an outlet warehouse in the San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia Discount Outlet. Here you’ll find department Store & Big Box Store overstock, shelf pulls, end of season, scratch & dent, floor models, open box and freight damaged product from Costco, HSN, Macy’s, Target, Home Depot & others at pricing that is 40-80% off original retail.

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Arizona Leather Furniture Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Leather Furniture

If you love quality leather furniture, look no further than Arizona Leather Company Outlet. Famous for their high quality, American made, leather furniture, the distribution outlet in Chino, has savings 30%-60% on floor models, customer returns, discontinued samples and overstock.

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Armani Wells

Featured Bargain Find
Men's Resale Boutique

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

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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California Closeouts and Liquidations

Featured Bargain Find
Wholesale Liquidators

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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Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories

Featured Bargain Find
Bridal Veils & Jewelry

Erica Koesler is a famous designer of bridal veils and bridal jewelry that sells last seasons samples directly to the public at 50% off retail to 75% off retail. That’s right… at wholesale and below. and this line 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

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

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

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

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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La Dolce Vitae

Featured Bargain Find
Luxury Designer Apparel

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

You can have the best for less, at the new Dolce Vitae Warehouse Outlet!

 Now open every Friday just for BargainsLA peeps, you will save 30-85% on authentic luxury handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories by Versace, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Gucci, Armani, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Loubotin, Montcler, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney and more!

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Off Price DLM

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel

YAY!! DLM Off Price has been resurrected as Off Price DLM at Designers Fabrics Warehouse. 

Off Price DLM has the same concept and same steep savings as the original wholesale outlet, but is a brand new company.

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Roger Stuart Clothes

Featured Bargain Find
Men's Suits

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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Shopaholic Sample Sales

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel

Yippee! The Shopaholic Sample Sale is one amazing designer fashion outlet!
You won’t feel like you’re shopping an outlet, it’s only the discounted pricing that gives that away. Here you’re shopping a beautifully edited fashion boutique, complete with personal service.

The carefully selected women’s designer inventory and pricing here speaks for itself. A good 40%-70% off !

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Ski and Snowboard Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Ski and Snowboards

Ski and Snowboard Outlet is a one-stop bargain bonanza for your ski or snowboarding or outdoor adventure. You’ll find a tremendous selection of upscale snow apparel for men, women and children along with great buys on new and used ski’s, snowboards, bindings and accessories at discounts of 30%-80%.

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Sofas, Tables & More

Featured Bargain Find
Discount Custom Furniture

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 Outlet By ELS

Featured Bargain Find
Liquidator/ General Merchandise

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%-60% below retail!

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TR Trading Company

Featured Bargain Find
Office Furniture

Setting up a new business or office? Need chairs, desks, tables task stations, cubicles for your office. Then look no further than TR Trading Company.

Their huge, 85,000 sq. ft. group of warehouses has a massive selection of used and new desks, chairs, file cabinets, work stations, cubbies, specialized tables, utility carts, cabinets, bookcases, lobby furniture, equipment, supplies and more at 35%-70% less than retail.

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Trove

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Apparel Resale

Westside resale boutique Trove is a gem!  Packed with women’s designers fashions, shoes, handbags, home décor and gift items all at pricing that will keep you smiling at 60%-90% 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

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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2nd Street

Resale Boutique

Loving fashion can come at a high price tag. But not if you shop at the newly opened 2nd Street resale boutique.

2nd Street is Japans leading resale fashion boutique with over 500 stores. Happily, now L.A, has it’s very own branch on Melrose. Clean, bright, well organized, this delightful shop is packed with a brilliant selection of choice pieces from high end, luxury designer lines and sought after Japanese labels to known name brands for guys and gals at 40-85% savings!

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7 For All Mankind Outlet

Designer Jeans Outlet

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

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

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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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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AMC Stubs A-List Program

We’re movie lovers. But going to the movies has become costly with most films now running $13-$16 per show.  Of course add in parking, popcorn, drinks or a meal and that cost skyrockets.

But then we heard about the new AMC Stubs A-List program. In a word…. WOW!

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America’s Tire Company

Discount Tires and Wheels

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

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

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

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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Baba Perfumes Inc.

Just across the street from great resale outlet, Made by DWC and next door to The Dish Factory is Baba Perfumes.

Since 1991, this popular perfume outlet has been wholesaling and selling direct to the public at 20-70% off original retail on hundreds of designer and brand name fragrance lines.

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Bargain Molding

Home Renovation and Repair

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

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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BCBG MaxAzria Warehouse Outlet

Savvy fashionistas will be thrilled with the newly opened, BCBGMaxAzria Factory Warehouse Outlet in Vernon. You’ll jump for joy at the great deals on past seasons samples and 1st quality production overstock at pricing that is 75-90% below original retail

Opened only a week, they are still tweeking everything.

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Ben Jarvis Computer and Network Repair

Computer Repair

When we started having difficulties with slow computers, browsers and computers freezing up and intermittent Internet problems, hubby did the trouble shooting. But the problem lingered, disappearing and then returning again and again causing an amazing amount of lost work hours and incredible frustration. We thought it was a Google Chrome freeze. After exhausting every avenue to fix it, we needed help.

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Brilliant Bridal

Brilliant Bridal is a new off price retailer of designer Bridal Gowns specializing in selling designer overstock and closeout wedding gowns “off-the-rack” direct to the public at 25%-70% below original retail.

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Bulldog Liquidators

Back in 2007 I wrote this about Bulldog Liquidations….”Liquidations companies come & go. Some last a short time and some go the distance. Bull Dog Liquidators should be one of those that go the distance”.

Revisiting this liquidation outlet this week revealed why this company is going the distance. Real discounts of 40-80% off original retail on product from Costco, Wayfair, Amazon, Dicks Sporting Goods and Lowes.

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Bullseye Liquidators

This funky outlet liquidates for Walmart, Home Depot and other liquidators. As I was checking it out, I almost didn’t want to review it cause it was a bit spotty &  cluttered.

I changed my tune after I spotted a few pristine buys. This liquidator is worth knowing about with discounts of 35-70%.

Most items here are overstock, closeouts, out of box or customer returns.

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Burke’s Outlet

Brand Name Clothing and Accessories

Save 20%-70% on brand name men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories along with deals on housewares, home decor, linens and more.

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Buy Goods For Less

The Inland Empire is quickly growing as a hot bed of discount bargain outlets. Buy Goods for Less is one to visit.

Nestled in a non-descript industrial mall, this outlet is a bit different from most.

Yes, the discounts are steep at 35-90% off original retail.

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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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Cal Climate

This time of year I get those Central Air System servicing calls from companies I’ve never heard of. One year I made the mistake of saying “yes” for their $69 special. They came out and did literally 10-minute inspection. Afterward they gave a 20-minute upsell pitch on parts & ducting I needed replacing. When I told them the system was only 2 years old, they handed me a cheap $5 air filter and left.

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Carpet Manufacturer’s Warehouse

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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Carpet Remnant and Rug Warehouse

Some stores just get it right the first time and keep getting it right. Carpet Remnant and Rugs Warehouse is that business.

Family run for generations, they have a terrific selection of carpet remnants at 40%-60% below retail. They can do anything from an entire house or large offices to single rooms. They also can custom make area rugs out of any carpet they have in stock or we even create a custom rug out of your own carpet.

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Centanni Trattoria

Italian Restaurant

I don’t normally cover restaurants. I’m not a “foodie” or an expert on dining.  But, I do know when I like a meal someplace and the pricing is reasonable. So I just HAD to share our new Italian discovery…. Centanni Trattoria.

In a word ....YUM!

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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

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

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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Clothes Heaven

Women's Resale Boutique

There are resale shops … and then there are resale boutiques.

A standout amongst the very best is Clothes Heaven. This long time resale boutique is a gem for savvy fashionistas! 

Owner, Larayne offers top designers, curated in both current and vintage as well as a personalized experience like no other… at steep discounts.

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Costless Wholesale

Let’s face it, life can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be as expensive if you know about Costless Wholesale in La Habra.

This reasonably well-organized outlet store sells household items, electronics, housewares, clothing, furniture, accessories, garden and more at 15%-60% below original retail.

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Dahdoul Textiles

General Merchandise/ Textiles

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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Dale Tiffany Outlet Store

If you love beautiful lighting, you’ll love the Dale Tiffany Outlet Store. This leading designer & manufacturer of fine art glass lighting & home decor items are sold at major department stores & specialty retailers world wide.

But their outlet store is here in La Mirada.  It’s easy to get to with a huge selection of samples, prototypes, and overproduction at 30-80% off original retail.

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Deals in the Downtown Textile District

Home Decor Fabrics

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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Decker’s Factory Outlet

Shoe Factory Outlet

I hadn’t been into the Decker’s Shoe outlet in quite a few years and really wanted to pop in and see what was up.

This Distribution Factory Outlet mostly carries shoes by UGG, Simple, Teva, Tsubo and Mozo at 50%-75% off.

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Deja Vu Fashions

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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Design Within Reach Outlet

If you love authentic Mid Century iconic design and quality, then you obviously love Design Within Reach. But this kind of authentic design and quality often comes with a higher price tag. But you don’t have to pay full retail if you take a drive up to Oxnard where the only West Coast outlet for Design Within Reach is.

Here you’ll save 25%-70% on showroom floor models, overstock, customer returns and scratch and dent pieces.

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Divine’s Furniture

Vintage Furniture

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

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 Decor Consignment & Design

Off the beaten path furniture consignment stores often have the best furniture pieces at the lowest pricing. These innovative, indie stores tend to be run by smart inventive people who know their product and clients.

Encore Decor is one of those!

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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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Fabric Merchants Retail Outlet

Buying direct from the wholesale manufacturer is still the best way to get the best price on anything…. Including fabric. Fabric Merchants Retail Outlet is that store.

With over 1 million rolls of fabric, their public warehouse retail outlet has savings of 50%-85% on apparel and home décor fabrics.

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Fantastik Fakes

Love fun, fine, and statement making fashion jewelry? Have I got a resource for you!

At Fantastik Fakes, you don’t have to spend much on a great fashion jewelry pieces. Here you’ll save 40-75% on fine, statement making fashion & costume jewelry.

You’ll be awed by the incredible selection of gorgeous necklaces, rings, bracelets, hair clips, and more as you walk around this store.

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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

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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Furniture Masters

After Macy’s closed both it’s furniture outlets a few years back, I wondered where their floor models, discontinued, overstock and samples would end up. Well I found one liquidator who not only carries Macys furniture overstock, but also sells overstock, discontinued, and showroom samples by Legacy, Jonathan Louis, Magnussen, Hammary, Lane and
more at 40%-85% off original retail.

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General Wax and Candle

Candle Factory Outlet

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

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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GR-Outlet

Family run business are always fun for me to recommend. They generally tend to have better deals!

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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

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

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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HDTV Outlet

Want a New HDTV? Have I got a place for you!

The HDTV Outlet sells, scratch & dent, display, Out of Box, customer returns, past seasons, discontinued models and overstock TV’s from Costco & Sam’s Club. Yes, the prices here are a great deal lower than Costco, Sam’s Club and Amazon.

Completely gone over and refurbished if needed, you can save 30%-70% !

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Henry’s Shoe Experience

Discount Designer Shoes

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

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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Howard’s Appliance Outlet

Need a new large appliance? Have I got an outlet for you!

Howards Appliance has finally opened an outlet store.

Open just a few weeks,  it’s filled with Open Box, Floor Samples, Scratch & Dent, Cancelled Orders and discontinued product, priced at 25-75% off original retail. You’ll find Washers, Dryers, Ranges, Stovetops, Fridges, Microwaves and more in freestanding, counter depth and built in appliances.

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Hughes Estate Sales

Estate Sales

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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Imoshion Handbag Outlet

When companies import and manufacturer in large quantities, it is often easier to liquidate remaining product, customer returns, damaged and discontinued styles and samples in an ongoing Warehouse Sample Sale.

Such is the case with Imoshion, a manufacturer of quality, vegan, Fashion Handbags. Handbags, totes, clutches, makeup bags, shoulder and satchels are priced at $5 -$15 instead of $12-$59.

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It’s Back to School Again!

Good Lord… It’s back!  The dreaded Back to School spending spree. So let’s start with the best discount sources for the basics.

Supplies, Shoes, Computers and Clothes!

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Jack Winter Auto Inspection

Auto Inspection

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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Joie Factory Store

When you can’t rush to another sample sale, you can enjoy easy, relaxed discount factory outlet shopping at the Joie/ Current Elliott/ Equipment Factory store in Vernon.

Located at the corporate headquarters, you’ll save 60-85% on all three labels at this genuine Factory Outlet.

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Jorge Garcia Furniture Restoration

Furniture Restoration

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

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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Just Like The Model

The deals shine at Just Like The Model. This warehouse outlet is packed with steals on quality designer home furnishing at 40% -90% below retail.

How you may ask?  Just Like The Model sells new and used furniture from the model homes directly to the public. The new owners, Paul and Veronica have taken the helm and lowered the prices here to rock bottom. YAY!

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King Richards Antique Mall

Antique Home Furnishings

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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La Belle Armoire

Womens Designer Resale Apparel

Mom taught me to buy the best quality I could afford… the problem was I rarely could afford the best quality in anything. So I started haunted resale clothing, furniture and appliances stores, occasionally buying the best quality and style for far less.

So when I walked into La Belle Armoire in Costa Mesa, I knew immediately I had fallen into a gem.

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Laura Burke Photography

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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Legacy Center Furniture

I love discovering a great new resale furniture store. The excitement usually stems from seeing a great level of quality, a great sense of design, a great selection and outstanding prices!

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LFT by No Rest for Bridget

Cute, trending women’s fast fashion has it’s place in our closets. It adds fun and festiveness to our wardrobe. But finding it for less… well that’s even more fun!

The LFT by No Rest for Bridget Outlet does just that. Here you’ll find past seasons overstock plus some pieces from the current selection at the regular stores at 30-85% off!

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Liquidation Gallery

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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Lorna Jane Outlet Store

There has been a slew of women’s yoga wear/ workout wear sample sales this last month in Los Angeles. But where do you go when those Sample Sales are not happening…. The Lorna Jane Outlet in Santa Monica.

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Los Angeles Wine Company

Discount Wine

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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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

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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M & L Fabrics

If you like to sew, upholstery, quilt or simply make things, you should know about M & L Fabrics in Anaheim. Here you’ll find a great selection of home crafting, upholstery and apparel fabrics at 25%-80% less than Joanne’s.

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Macy’s Backstage

Off Price Fashion & Home Outlet

This off price outlet resembles a mix of Ross Dress for Less with TJ Maxx and a bit of Nordtrom’s Rack influence thrown in. You’ll find brand name and designer clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, home goods & décor at 25-65% below original retail.

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Macy’s Furniture Clearance Center

The Macy’s Furniture Clearance Center is one heck of a great outlet! You’ll find huge savings of 40-85% on home furnishings, rugs and mattresses. There are only 2 Macys Furniture Clearance Centers. One is here in Brea.

These are customer returns for the most part with a few showroom samples and discontinued thrown in.

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Made by DWC

Women's Resale Boutique

There are many ways to help people who are homeless. One simple way is to shop at the Made By DWC Resale Shop in Downtown.

At this bright, welcoming and well-organized boutique, you’ll save 30-90% here on new and resale brand and designer apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories with 100% of the profits going to the Downtown Women’s Center.

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Mattel’s Toy Outlet

Toys

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

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

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

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

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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Mother’s Secret

When my daughter was little, one of my favorite haunts was a kids resale boutique in Orange called Mothers Secret. I would regularly stop after work and pick up a few items and chat with other Moms. It was a great resource for my fast growing kid.

Since my last visit, the store has moved down the street from the old location.

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Nine West Outlets

Women's Shoes & Handbags

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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Noteworthy Moving Systems

We sold our house, donated or sold of a ton of stuff and still had move 1500 sq feet of stuff. We had to hire a moving company.

Most companies gave quotes over the phone based on how many rooms and square footage. How could these companies accurately quote without seeing how much stuff or what kind of stuff you actually had to move or where you were moving to?

Then we contacted Noteworthy Moving Systems.

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Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse

Shoes and Accessories

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

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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Open Box Stores

With online shopping becoming the norm, internet stores are now taking even more customer returns. These open box items are then sold to liquidators like Open Box Stores that sell them to the public at 25%-65% below retail everyday.

Tucked into a corner of a mini mall, this good sized outlet is packed with just about everything. You’ll find toys, tools, sporting goods, furniture, small appliances, linens, apparel, office, kitchenware, gift, beauty and jewelry items that were returns, shelf pulls or new overstock items.

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Owl Talk

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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P.E. Deans Consignments

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

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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Pier 1 Imports Clearance Store

Home Furnishings & decor Outlet

If you’re a fan of Pier 1 Imports, you’ll love their Clearance store. Just two of these Clearance outlets exist nationwide. Luckily for us, one is right here in Montclair.

Opened earlier this year, this beautifully organized, clean and bright store has everything from napkins, linens and pillows to furniture, tableware, glassware and rugs at 25-70% off original retail.

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