Suzanne's Blog

May 19, 2020

Feeling Opimistic

I’m sure many of you have been struggling with not knowing what happens next.

Besides much of the obvious concerns, I myself have been pondering if things will ever be normal again? Of course they will.
This last week I got some positive sniffs of normalcy with a few stores and businesses reopening, adapting and thriving.

May 6, 2020

Creating an Outdoor Living Space

After the sale of our home last Summer, we unloaded most of our outdoor patio furniture and décor along with our BBQ. Since we were downsizing, we only kept 2 small wicker chairs out of the dozens of outdoor pieces we had.

We didn’t think we needed an outdoor living space. But all that changed with “Safer at Home” Covid guidelines and mandates.

March 4, 2020

The Hunt for the Perfect Spring Dress

My wardrobe is sorely lacking in Spring dresses. I have a total of Zero… None… Nada. Pathetic!

How did that happen?

I don’t wear dresses all that often and hadn’t noticed how sad my selection had become. With Easter, Summer Weddings and other events looming it was time to get busy shopping for a couple.

February 26, 2020

The Truth About Big Off Price Stores

I regularly ask companies who contact me about Sample and Warehouse Sales, where their product normally sells and what the retail price range is.

More often than you’d think, I find out they sell at Nordstrom’s Rack, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. That’s their retail comparison.

February 17, 2020

The Hunt for the Perfect Rug

In a recent blog, I mentioned I’ve been trying desperately to buy a new rug to lighten up my new pad. Unlike my previous home, our new place has dark living room.

The best pricing for all rugs seems to be online. This makes me think that the advertised retail price is a bunch of phewy. A marketing ploy to help me “feel” like I am getting value.

January 23, 2020

Rug Hunting

Alas, our traditional wool rug worked in our bright 1927 home, but it doesn’t work in our new 1960’s pad. The newer wood floors are darker here and there’s less light in our new place. A brighter, lighter rug would help lift the darkness from our living room.

December 9, 2019 BS

We wanted a new living room rug for our new abode. Our old one was too dark in the new living room.

I surfed the web and haunted local warehouse sales looking for the perfect rug. I found 3 I liked on Then I waited for Black Friday when I knew the discounts should go up to 25% off their already discounted price.

November 26, 2019

Black Friday Shopping

I’m not really a Black Friday kinda gal. Too many people shopping, with too few really good deals. Plus I’m usually recovering from Turkey overload to rush out and shop.

And really, it’s Always Black Friday at BargainsLA!

That said, these deals and discounts caught my eye.

November 7, 2019

Caring for a Favorite Leather Jacket

Back in the late 2000’s, I found a gorgeous, deliciously soft, black lambskin leather jacket by For Joseph at Shopaholic Sample Sales boutique for a ridiculous $89. Original retail, as I recall was around $389. Shopaholic Sample Sales are famous for their amazing fashion deals. Though it was an unplanned purchase, I was thrilled with my prize.

I wore the jacket everywhere.

October 30, 2019

Shoes for Hubby … and Me.

Outlet Malls, as a whole, are not really discount outlets any more. So much Special Purchase product or just a small corner with a “Sale” sign. But if you love a specific line and want a good selection, it’s sometimes worth going out of the way to shop.

Such was our case.

October 7, 2019

Sample Sale Tips

Attn Sample Sales Enthusiast, the biggest Sample Sale Season of the year is revving up.
From Late October to mid-December more Sample and Warehouse Sales happen that at any other time of year. This is where you find discounts of 50%-95% off on higher quality goods. Most sales happen later in the week, Thursday -Fridays and on weekends.

These are no frills shopping experiences and are for the serious bargain shopper.

October 3, 2019

Dumb Shopping Mistakes

Our recent move went super smoothly. We only realized after we moved into a cute new abode, how much stuff we needed.

One absent irritation I tried to fix was getting new daily placemats. I had thrown out our old cork backs, hard placemats due to their age and signs of wear.

Seems simple right?

September 26, 2019

Fry’s Mystifies

For years, Fry’s was the “Go To” for all things electronic. From Home Theater to appliances and all sorts of gadgets, this was the place. The staff was smart, helpful, the selection was massive and prices … low!

I was stunned how small the crowds were and how nearly empty the shelves were. WT Heck happened?

September 19, 2019

Organizing a New Space

So we sold our home and moved into, what we hope will be a just a year or two rental in a cool little Bungalow House.

But we’ve been spoiled. Most rentals don’t have great closet space or upgrades many homes have. Our new places closet space is, in a word….awkward. The blinds are from Home Depot, the electrical is older and the tile counters are original.

So we’re making adjustments and fixing a few areas we can fix.

September 9, 2019

Home Sale Adventure

With our daughter moved out, we’d been pondering the sale of our home this Summer but knew we had to make the house sparkle to get the price we wanted. Getting it back in shape mattered to our bottom line.

We decided to get busy fixing the house back up to where it should be. The needed vacation would have to wait.

July 11, 2019

The Costs of Retail

While I was visiting a Warehouse Distribution Outlet it dawned on me that the discounts were based on removing the large section of distribution and marketing.

This warehouse outlet was selling product at below or at the cost to manufacture.

So then why is everything so expensive at the retail level? The quick answer is COST.

June 13, 2019

A Bad First Impression

So much of the communication I do now is thru text, emails, Facebook messaging etc. It’s very uncommon to actually talk to anyone anymore. Words can be and often are misconstrued if you can’t hear the inflection behind them.

So, last year, I had several, what I read as very “mean” emails cross my desk from a representative of an off price retailer. Offended, I just stopped talking about them.

May 16, 2019

The Joy of Bargain Shopping

It isn’t just about saving money. For avid bargain hunters it’s also about beating the system and knowing you can ALWAYS find what you need for less without giving up on quality.

There’s a lot of comfort and power in that simple idea.

April 30, 2019

Open Open Open that BargainsLA Notice

I get a heck of a lot of email. I spend at a least an hour and sometimes 2 hours, on email every day. I use several different email addresses. A few addresses for consumer / BargainsLA information, one for general shopping and one vague address so I can research incognito. So I already have a good idea ...

April 23, 2019

Slipping and a Sliding

We are so lucky to have original hardwood floors in our 1927 home. In excellent condition, I’ve ended up in charge of their care.

As a pet owner, I Swiffer as well as sweep and steam my floors pretty regularly. I like a nice shine and walk around my home barefoot a lot, so debris free floors matter to me

April 10, 2019

Automation Irritation

I avoid self check out.

Though I have given in on occasion, I find that the checkouts don’t work all that well, making it take longer than it should. It also irritates me that I am paying retail and getting no service. Plus though low paying, those are jobs lost while the corporation makes more money for less service.

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