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O.C. Bargainista: Get in shape freely

Freebie of the Week: In need of some fitness on the cheap? Check out Nordstrom’s complimentary fitness classes at its Fashion Island store, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Classes include yoga on Tuesdays and Pilates Zumba Fusion on Saturdays. Call (949) 621-1160.

Thrifting for Only the Best


The American Cancer Society Discovery Shops at 2600 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar and 27281 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel open their Only the Best fundraiser Friday, with huge discounts on their best donations, including labels like St. John and Coach. For more information, call (949) 640-4777 or visit or

C’mon get Happy Hour


Get ready for Happy Hour Week! From Oct. 24 to 30, restaurants and drinking establishments throughout Orange County will offer special deals on all types of drinks and appetizers. Visit for a list of participants and their bar menus, as well as details on how to reserve a spot for the kickoff party from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sol Cocina, 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach.

Start Christmas shopping

For holiday gifts for the teens and college students in your life, stop by the La Jolla Group’s huge Lost, O’Neill, and Rusty sample and warehouse sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 17 Pasteur, Irvine, for savings of up to 70% on clothing, swimsuits, surfboards, bags and more. Visit

A little late school shopping never hurt


Got kids? Two of the year’s best opportunities to score clothing and sundries for them happen this month. The Urban Kids Consignment Sale is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 5300 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos. Next weekend, check out the Fall OC Kids Consignment Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 22 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at 1544 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana. Visit or

Let there be light for dirt cheap

Got lights? A 15,000-square-foot lighting store is liquidating its stock, with most items below wholesale and no light costing more than $60; brands include Hudson Valley and Lite Source, and styles includes chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, spot lights and can lighting. Modern Lighting is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at 25332 Jeronimo Road, Lake Forest. Call (949) 830-8251.

Boutiquing still on


Don’t forget: The first-ever Sale Stalker Warehouse Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at their warehouse, 6 McLaren, Suite E, Irvine. Save up to 80% on thousands of designer items; prices range from $15 to $100, including tax. Visit

Have a hot sale tip, or know about a great local business that you think deserves a little attention? Contact the O.C. Bargainista at And remember — never pay retail!