Suzanne's Blog

May 20, 2013

Second Looks

Many times I walk into an outlet or discounter and really don’t like what I find. I leave without letting them know I was even there. I may tell my husband about the place and why I didn’t like it. But you guys won’t read about it cause every business deserves a second look… or in my case, a second or even a third look.

March 26, 2013

Sample Sale or Trunk Show

If you’re a fashionista, chances are you’ve heard of or attended a trunk show. If you’re a Bargainista you’ve probably attended a sample sale. The two are not the same and there are specific distinctions

September 18, 2012

The Joys and Frustrations of Craig’s List

If you’re a down and dirty bargain hunter, there’s a good chance you already know and use Craig’s List.

I regularly scan Craig’s List (Los Angeles area postings) categories: Free stuff, Farm and Garden, (rocks and plants for my garden), Antiques, Household, General, Clothing /Accessories and Furniture for leads on local wholesalers, liquidators, jobbers and discounters.

September 4, 2012

Weekend Fix It

I have a confession to make…. We live in a 1926 house that we did a bunch of expensive upgrades on when we first bought it. But for the last 2 ½ years we’ve been living with an old, peeling, chipped, stained bath tub. Yee gads… the horror! We originally repainted it, per someone’s suggestion…. What an epic fail!

May 30, 2012

The Problem with Sample Sales

I adore sample sales. You really can save serious money on cutting edge quality designs. The problem is that you will be so excited about the savings, that you forget to use caution. All Samples Sales should be approached with a bit of caution and a keen eye for garment cut and quality.

May 14, 2012

Huntington Library and Gardens

This last weekend for Mothers Day we decided to rein in our expenses and not do the standard brunch out. We decided to do it all ourselves and use the resources we had to keep the budget in check!

November 8, 2011

A Bargain Shopping Truth

Not to put a damper on your Holiday bargain shopping….. But sometimes you’re not going to save 50% or even 30%! What? Yeah it’s true… but the small discount you get may be the deepest discount possible. Welcome to unilateral pricing policies and retail market manipulations.

July 4, 2011

Brand Name Labeling Scoop

If you’ve ever walked into an outlet and seen a bunch of labels you’ve never heard of before along with top designers labels… you’re not alone. Yes, it could be you just haven’t shopped the stores that carry these labels, but it could be something else....

January 18, 2011

Inside Scoop on Fragrance

Knowledge is power and a time saver. Understanding the basics of fragrance lingo will help you make the best value choice. Since some of us may be buying fragrance or perfume for Valentines Day, here's a breakdown of some of the terminology you'll run in to and some information to help you make the best choice.

April 14, 2009

Why I Hunt for Deals on Ebay

I bargain hunt because I enjoy the chase. I enjoy finding a quality item at a superb price and then pouncing on it. It’s not always about the deal but about the accomplishment. This is especially true if I had been hunting for a particular item for a while. When I transported my moms 1870 Victorian bedroom set from her place to ours, I somehow lost one of the drawer pulls. Knowing we had places like Liz’s Antique Hardware in L.A. and Crown Hardware in Pasadena, I wasn’t worried about replacing it

August 27, 2008

Bargain Basics

Bargain Hunting Basics is here to equip you, the intrepid bargain shopper, with the best possible information on the basics of bargain hunting. We believe not only on sharing with you where to bag a bargain but also how to discern when you are really getting a bargain or getting scammed. The more you know (knowledge is power), the more you can save.

September 15, 2020

The Best Way to Buy Used Furniture

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February 1, 2017

Valentines Day is Coming!

The word here is thoughtful. Retailers want you to buy that piece of fine jewelry, those long stem Red Roses in a box, that delectable meal at an expensive restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, those are all good things to do and you should do, if you have the financial ability. However, some of us don’t.

April 16, 2011

Gas Saving Tips

Drat, drat and double drat….gas prices are up again! Looks like they’ll stay up for awhile too. Outside of not driving, carpooling, being more efficient in where & why you drive or taking public transport, here are some good tips to help you get the best mileage.

June 22, 2010

Adopt a Pet

Thinking of adopting a kitten? Now is the time. There are kittens everywhere. Our new kitten, Oliver has added a lot of fun in our household and been an exceptional addition to our family, giving us lots of entertainment fun, cuddles and laughs.

May 21, 2010

Top Ten “No No’s” for Discount Retailers

Discount retailers buy differently and sell differently than regular retailers, sometimes reverting to tacky ploy’s to draw in more shoppers. What discount retailers should know is bargain shoppers are also a different breed of shopper, often put off by certain marketing ploys….

March 10, 2010

Upholstery Savings

Since our current sofa and chairs really didn’t work in our new living room, I pulled out these saved pieces and took them in to Valley Upholstering. I wouldn’t trust these much beloved pieces of furniture to just anyone. Around for decades, Valley Upholstering is where the top interior designer take their clients pieces and where upscale department stores subcontract their upholstery work.

January 26, 2010

To Drive… or Not to Drive

Driving in Southern California is nothing less than a hassle. Some areas of town suffer more than others with consistently heavier traffic making heading out to an off the beaten track bargain spot difficult. I get it. But if you want to save money… real money, ya gotta drive.

August 7, 2009

Piano Rental Instead of Purchase?

As the recession continues, one of the hardest thing for a parent to do is deny their children a musical education because of limited funds. Renting a piano is a more affordable way to bring music into your home.

December 14, 2008

The Mattress Industry Problem

The mattress industry has changed dramatically within the last twenty years. The big companies control the industry and their reputations were built up ions ago. They have through marketing ploys, deceptions and advertising gimmicks convinced us that something that is cheaper has value. When did the public become so stupid?

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