Freebie of the Week: Cross a task off your to-do list and support the community, too. Stop by Carsmetics Expert Accident Repair's grand opening at 2861 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and get a free car wash courtesy of Estancia High School football players and cheerleaders. Carsmetics will donate $5 for every car washed to the school's football program; matching donations are encouraged. Free donuts and coffee will be available in the morning, with hot dogs, chips and drinks served at lunchtime. The grand opening ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m. Call (714) 429-1600.
Don't block yourself from boutique favorites
The always-fabulous Boutiquing.com is having a blowout sale and block party at 1500 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday featuring 40 of the best local boutiques and designers at up to 75% off. Admission is $10 cash at the door, and includes swag bags for the first 50 guests, a meet-and-greet with "Project Runway" designer Michael Costello from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hourly giveaways, fitting rooms and a deejay. A grand prize giveaway boasts one $50 gift certificate from every participating boutique. Credit cards accepted; cash encouraged. Visit boutiquing.com.
A little something for her
Choose from loads of great gifts like candles, lotions and women's knits at the 88 Orange Holiday Warehouse Sale, 1647 Monrovia Ave., Costa Mesa, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (949) 646-6930 or visit 88orange.com.
Don't break the bank for Brokedown
Brokedown Clothing's holiday warehouse sale on their comfy yet stylish knits will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 519 Superior Ave., Newport Beach. Get clothing for up to 90% off retail, and enjoy champagne and appetizers. If you can't go to the sale, visit brokedownclothing.com for the same prices on remaining product Dec. 9 and 10.
Invest in Vestal
Dig Vestal watches, clothes and accessories? Stop by its sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 730 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa. Visit vestalwatch.com.
Get more than floor samples
The Urbanism furniture warehouse, 660 W. 17th St. No. 39B, Costa Mesa, is holding its annual Floor Sample Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy steep savings on a huge range of furniture and accessories — and the deals are not just on floor samples anymore. Call (949) 645-4459.
Enjoy a day of promenade shopping
Stop by the Crystal Cove Promenade, East Coast Highway at Crystal Heights Drive in Newport Coast, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday for special sales, giveaways, complimentary mini massages from the Resort at Pelican Hill, trunk shows, free classes, live entertainment and more during its holiday shopping event. Those who spend at least $200 at the center's stores or restaurants that day will receive a $20 Trader Joe's gift card and reusable grocery bag; limit two per customer. Visit shoptheirvinecompany.com.
Eat, drink and build furniture
Have a sudden and irrepressible urge for Scandinavian fare? IKEA, 1475 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, has scheduled its annual (and ridiculously awesome) Swedish Christmas Julbord buffet on Dec. 10. Enjoy delicacies like herring, gravad lax, smoked or poached salmon, ham, hard boiled eggs with shrimp, breads, cheeses, cured meats, salads, meatballs and lingonberries, desserts, beverages and more. The price for adults is $9.99 a person; children 12 and younger eat for $2.49. The catch? You have to buy a ticket at the store in advance. Call (714) 444-4532 or visit ikea-usa.com.
Spend holidays in new bedding
In need of luxurious home accessories, furnishings and bedding, stat? Stop by the ACG Green Group, 7 Autry, Irvine, for a massive warehouse sale this holiday season featuring up to 95% off top-tier bedding, furniture and décor from brands like Jennifer Taylor and Sandy Wilson. Deals include comforter sets that retail for almost $1,000, starting at $99; pillows for $10; ottomans and storage cubes for $30; Parsons chairs for $50; and $1 candles. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Dec. 16. Call (949) 829-0025 or visit acggreen.com.
O'Neill, Rusty, Lost, Metal Mulisha at it again
The 40,000-square-foot O'Neill, Rusty, Lost and Metal Mulisha Warehouse Sale for men, women, boys and girls is going on again from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 17 Pasteur, Irvine, with more product added. Visit oneill.com.
Perfect for the little princess in your life
Pick up adorable girl's and baby clothing at the Neige Holiday Sample Sale at the Doubletree Club Hotel, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Bring cash; credit cards won't be accepted. Visit neigeclothing.com.
Hurl yourself to Hurley's sale
The Hurley Warehouse Sale at 1880 E. St. Andrew Place, Santa Ana, continues from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with up to 70% off everything. Visit hurley.com.
Pick up a new deck
For great deals on Blitz Distribution's stable of skate brands, check out its warehouse sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 15272 Jason Circle, Huntington Beach. Visit blitzdistribution.com.
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