VALLEY WEEKEND : Preparing for the Holiday Shopping Blitz : Some businesses described in previous columns have expanded, moved or changed their hours.


The rustling in the marketplace is loud these days as retailers gear up for what they hope is a hot season and serious shoppers prepare for action.

To help consumers prepare for the upcoming heavy-duty shopping season, here is an update on information from previous columns.

When we wrote about Best Slipcovers Co. (June 2, 1995), it was strictly a factory; the staff came to you, measured, made up the slipcovers and delivered them. They still do that, eliminating the cost of the middleman. But now the company has a large new showroom for visitors, offering many more fabrics from which to choose. 14627 Bessemer St., Van Nuys. (818) 780-4569.

In May I told you about a new source for women's designer shoes at deep discounts. The outlet was aptly called Designer Discount Shoes. It was located in Northridge on Business Center Drive, but has moved to 16545 Ventura Blvd. in Encino. (818) 990-9950. Expect good pickin's.

The St. Patrick's Day column had info on the Irish Crystal Co. in Thousand Oaks, which is temporarily closed while setting up new headquarters for the holiday season. For information, here's the phone: (805) 496-8363.

With good lamp and chandelier sources at a premium, I was quick to inform you about Lighting Liquidators and their incredible prices back in February. The business was a limited operation then, but due in part to your response, it has expanded its hours from strictly weekends to Wednesdays through Sundays. 561 W. Colorado St., Glendale. (818) 545-0470.

When we first wrote about Al's Discount Furniture, there was only the one store at 4900 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. (818) 766-4289. Now there's a new location at 2234 Sepulveda Blvd. in West Los Angeles, specializing in mattresses and sofas at better than average discount prices.

Up the street from Al's at 5144 Lankershim Blvd. is Luggage For Less (818) 760-1360, which may be the best spot in town to find quality luggage at reasonable prices. Now there's a Westside location at 11667 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood. (310) 268-6698.


Weekend Super Sale: For better girls' and women's apparel, there will be a warehouse liquidation sale Saturday. Prices will be wholesale and below: For instance, a dress that retails for $160 will be slashed to $40. Women's sizes run 4-12, girls' 2-16. This is not current merchandise but it's all high quality and fashion-forward. Caron Joy, 3361 La Cienega Place, Los Angeles. (310) 204-2654. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., cash only.

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