O.C. Bargainista: Take a kayak for a spin

The next Southwind kayak demo morning will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 at the company's rental base under the East Coast Highway bridge off Bayside Drive, just northeast of East Coast Highway in Newport Beach. The popular "try-before-you-buy" events pair families with lots of boats and paddles on the Back Bay, for a free chance to learn more about the sport and available equipment. No reservations or prior experience are necessary; for more information, call (949) 261-0200 or visit southwindkayaks.com.

Find the land of milk and honey for kids clothing

If you're seeking stylish baby and toddler clothing, furniture and accessories, check out the Milk and Honey warehouse sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 5488 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach. Save up to 75% on summer and fall baby and toddler clothes, diaper bags, chairs and more. Sample prices include $5 clothing and $40 diaper bags. Call (714) 892-5900 or visit milkandhoneybaby.com.

Stuff yourself with Italian

Monday is World Pasta Day, and Buca di Beppo is celebrating with its annual free spaghetti promotion. Dine-in customers who buy a small or large pasta or entrée will receive a free order of spaghetti with choice of marinara or meat sauce, as well as a 1-pound take-home package of Rummo pasta. Area stores include Anaheim, Irvine and Huntington Beach. Visit bucadibeppo.com.

Stock up for winter

As a reminder, the Fall OC Kids Consignment Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1544 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana. Save up to 70% on both new and gently worn clothing, toys, accessories, furniture and more. Visit ockidsconsignment.com.

Get Inked — clothing

For those who love the urban lifestyle and skateboarding looks, the Index Ink Warehouse Sale will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 23151 Alcalde Drive, Laguna Hills; savings will be up to 60% on apparel like shirts, denim and accessories. Visit inktheworld.com.

Bring high-end hotels to you

National Hotel Liquidators, 1947 S. Main St., Santa Ana, has received a new supply of former luxury hotel furnishings, including TV armoires, sofas and dining sets. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call (714) 635-5339.

Get started on those New Year's resolutions

Crunch, an innovative "No Judgments" gym concept that's been popular in the Bay Area for years, is celebrating the grand opening of its 23,000-square-foot Lake Forest location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 23633 El Toro Road, where the Bally's gym used to be. The day includes a special membership offer of $14.95 per month, a live deejay, prices, gift bags for the first 250 people and refreshments. Call (949) 460-7700.

Art for nothing

Freebie of the Week: This one's totally one-of-a-kind. New York artist Franck de Las Mercedes will send an abstractly painted box to anyone in the world — for free. His peace initiative has been going on since 2006; box requesters will join a waiting list, but everyone who signs up is sent an empty painted box to add to their art collection. The "Priority Boxes" project started as an experiment; the artist has sent more than 8,500 boxes to countries around the globe. For information or to request one, visit fdlmstudio.com/PriorityBoxes.html.

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 candicebaker@gmail.com. And remember — never pay retail!

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