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O.C. Bargainista: Tickle the ivories courtesy Pacific Symphony

Freebie of the Week: Would-be pianists around the county are gearing up for the Pacific Symphony’s OC Can You Play? event, which launches at 3 p.m. Sunday in South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court. The symphony is setting up 20 free-to-play pianos throughout the county through Feb. 7, including three at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Stop by the kick-off event for live performances. Visit

Feel sexy for next to nothing

This is a big weekend for season clearance sales. Also at South Coast Plaza (or Fashion Island), hit the last few days of the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale. They’ve just made their second — and final — round of price cuts, so expect to pay $15.99 and up for bras or $2.99 and up for panties. Take an additional 50% off sale sleepwear. Visit

Jump on the Express sale


Victoria’s Secret sister companies like the Limited, Express and Bath & Body Works also are bringing their big sales to an end in the coming days. For example, take an additional 30% off clearance items from Express’s end-of-season sale, with prices starting at $9.99. Visit

Don’t skimp in the jewelry department

While in the area, stop by Cost Plus World Market for their BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) sale on jewelry through Monday, both online and in their stores. The closest location is at 1313 W Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, across the street from South Coast Plaza. Visit

Calling all brides


Brides on a budget always crowd the David’s Bridal $99 wedding gown sale, so hurry if you want to find the perfect dress at the perfect price; the sale runs through Monday. In addition, select bridesmaid’s dresses are $29.99 and other wedding gowns are $50 off $300. The closest store is in Metro Pointe at South Coast, 901 S. Coast Drive, Costa Mesa. Call (714) 445-0091 or visit

Subtract dinner at IKEA

Planning to make a big IKEA purchase this weekend? If plan to you spend more than $100 on home furnishings, dine in their restaurant and they will deduct the total restaurant bill from your same-day purchase. Offer good Saturday through Monday. Visit

Deck out the kids’ room with new furniture

For great deals on bean bags chairs, futons and the like, hit the store closing sale at Bean Bag and Futon Factory, 615 W. Katella Ave., Orange. This longtime favorite for kids’ furnishings is now offering the entire store for up to 80% off. Call (714) 289-8722.

Snatch up your favorite movies

The Blockbuster store liquidation sales continue; the most recent report we’ve heard of is the location at 2230 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, near the Claim Jumper at Tustin Avenue. Stock up on favorites now; the discounts start Friday, and continue until all remaining inventory is sold.

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!