O.C. Bargainista: Give me a free preview of 'Hair'

Freebie of the Week: To celebrate the dawning of the Age of Aquarius at the newly named Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly the Orange County Performing Arts Center), the cast of the musical "Hair" will give a free performance at 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in South Coast Plaza's Carousel Court, along with an autograph signing and meet-and-greet. Tickets for the musical are $20 and up! Visit scfta.org.

Give skin products a try before buying

Did you know that cosmetics retailer Sephora offers much more than the chance to try on makeup before you buy it? The store also has announced it's offering free personalized skin care consultations (which include customized free samples), geared at helping those with any skin concern, from acne to wrinkles. Don't want to stop by the South Coast Plaza store? Make any order online with promotion code SPLURGE, and they'll send you 10 free premium skincare samples, including brands like Dior, Philosophy and Murad. Visit sephora.com.

Accessorize to your heart's content

Jewelry lovers are planning to stop by a private party's jewelry liquidation of more than 130 pieces, including Anne Klein, Pulsar and Seiko watches; bracelets; necklaces; earrings; toe rings; and more. Also on sale: genuine Coach purses and wallets, collectible dolls and Longaberger baskets and accessories. Stop by from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 13782 Andele Way, Irvine. Call (949) 559-1167.

Clothing store says, 'Anchors away!'

This time it's for real. Decades-old teen, casual wear and denim retailer Anchor Blue — originally known as Miller's Outpost — has spent years in and out of bankruptcy courts but is now calling it quits. The apparel fixture for California youth is shutting down all of its stores in coming weeks. Deals are at 40% to 60% off; local locations include stores in shopping centers like Laguna Hills Mall, Santa Ana's MainPlace, The Block @ Orange and Anaheim Plaza (where its outlet store is). Be warned — if you have an Anchor Blue gift card gathering dust in your wallet, it expires Friday, as does the store's return policy. Merchandise is now in the hands of a professional liquidator. Visit anchorblue.com.

Words are worth this deal

On a big book budget? The Orange Public Library & History Center, 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, is coming to your rescue. Their onsite used bookstore always has 10-cent titles on offer. Call before visiting, due to potential furlough days. Call (714) 288-2400.

Go cottage chic for next to nothing

Cottage Charm, an antique and home decor shop at 9922 Walker St. Suite J, Cypress, is closing Saturday; nearly the entire store is marked down 50% to 80%. Merchandise includes cabinets, old trunks, metal arches, iron frame beds, a fountain, a gazebo, crafts, stamps, candles, gift bags and more. Call (714) 826-1690 or visit cottagecharmcypress.blogspot.com.

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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