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O.C. Bargainista: Update that wardrobe for the new year

Save up to 80% off women’s designer apparel at Michael Nusskern’s annual Tent Sale, open through Monday at 1630 San Miguel Drive, No. B, Newport Beach. Labels include Geren Ford, Transit and Cop-Copine, among many others. Call (949) 759-5500.

While on the hunt, head over to Paula Hanson’s popup store at 1703 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, through the end of January and save 50% on fall fashions, shoes and accessories from brands like Skif, Trippen and aimee g. Call (949) 515-3811.

For something a little more cheap and cheerful, stop by Fluxus Boutique’s after-Christmas sale at Fashion Island for up to a cool 70% on their signature stretchy/chic knits, designed by “Project Runway” Season 3 winner Jeffrey Sebelia.

Now is the time to stock up on Swedish furniture…


The IKEA sale runs through Sunday at the 1475 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa store; stop by to save up to 60% on a huge range of products, and remember that kids younger than 12 get a free combo meal in the store’s restaurant while the sale is on. No purchase is necessary! Call (714) 444-4532 or visit

Or try Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

If you’re seeking high-end furnishings, try the Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams floor sample sale at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, where you’ll save up to 60% on floor samples and 20% on custom upholstery. Visit

Find the appliances missing in your kitchen


In need of small kitchen or home electronics? The $ave U Lot$ liquidator at 1629 S. Standard Ave., Suite B, Santa Ana, which handles overstock and closeout items from stores like Wal-Mart and Target, has a new shipment of items including juice extractors, toaster ovens, coffee makers, skillets, slow cookers and much more. Call (949) 637-5945.

Can’t beat Costco’s surfboard guarantee

Didn’t get the board you wanted last month? Stop by Costco, where their popular $99 foam surfboards — perfect for beginners — are restocked in stores. And don’t forget Costco’s legendary reward policy; even if the board snaps in half, they’ll issue a refund. The closest stores are at 17900 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, or 2700 Park Ave., Tustin (in the District shopping center). Visit

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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!