O.C. Bargainista: 'Rock' on with free lunchtime concert

Freebie of the Week: Are you ready to rock? The touring cast of the "Rock of Ages" musical, onstage from March 1 to 6 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will give a free lunchtime concert at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 on the ground floor of South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court — followed by ticket giveaways, a meet-and-greet and autograph signing. The show features arena-rock favorites from bands like Journey, Poison and Bon Jovi. Visit scfta.org.


Score items for $1

Costa Mesa nonprofit, high-end resale apparel shop Repeat Boutique, 370 E. 17th St., is gearing up for its legendary monthly sale, in which hundreds of pieces are sold for $1 starting the last Thursday of every month. Stop by starting Feb. 24 to score gorgeous pieces for a pittance, while supporting New Directions for Women. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. It's closed Mondays. Call (949) 548-9927 or visit repeatboutique.org.


Bask in basket sale

Love Longaberger baskets? An indoor liquidation sale of a private collection of the company's baskets, basket sets, liners, protectors, pottery, garters, tie-ons, books and more will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 13782 Andele Way, Irvine. Other sale items include jewelry and collectible dolls. Call (949) 559-1167.


Hot duds from Hurley

Hurley's back with its latest warehouse sale, open through Sunday at 2323 Main St., Irvine. Save up to 75% on denim, tops, board shorts, jackets and much more for all ages. The pop-up sale is open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit hurley.com.


Dreaming of your perfect wedding gown?

Brides-to-be are planning to line up for the annual Day of Dreams gown sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dresser, 112 W. Commonwealth Ave, Suite A, Fullerton, where sample gowns will be available for up to 85% off; all will be sold for $100 to $500. Labels include Maggie Sottero, Winnie Couture, Mon Cheri, Casablanca, 2 Be, san Patrick and more. No appointments taken. Be warned; the store describes the event as an "adventure," so don't expect the usual bridal salon service. Put your game face on, wear comfortable shoes, and consider camping out overnight for the best selection. Cash will be the only accepted currency, so plan ahead. Call (714) 870-7101 or visit thedresseronline.com.


Big deals on books

Boohoo — Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, and plans to liquidate four of its lowest performing Orange County stores, including those at the District at Tustin Legacy, the Block at Orange, La Habra and Yorba Linda, court documents indicated. The stores are expected to close in the coming weeks. The Borders on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa closed last year. Visit borders.com.


Hotel furniture for sale

If you're in the market for new furniture, stop by hotel furnishings liquidator West Coast Liquidation, 126 E. Grove, Orange, for a large selection of pieces from Marriott's Newport Coast Villas, including sofas, chairs, armoires and headboards — among deals from other area hotels and resorts. Deals include contemporary striped chair and ottoman sets for $80 and riveted creamy yellow full/queen headboards for $30. A shabby chic or French country-style desk with turned legs comes with matching chair and mirror for $85. Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; cash only. Call (714) 637-8400 or visit wcliquidation.net.


Grand opening deals

Whenever 99¢ Only Stores opens a new location, hordes of bargain shoppers camp out to score some of the store's much-feted grand opening deals. The company's new Foothill Ranch store opening Thursday at 26542 Towne Centre Drive was no exception; the first nine customers were able to buy 22-inch flatscreen LCD televisions for 99.99 cents each. Other Thursday promotions included iPod Nanos, scooters and wireless headphones. Other deals are planned for the first 99 customers each day through Tuesday. Friday's specials include an iPod Shuffle tripod for 99.99 cents; Saturday's special will be Wii maraca accessories; and Sunday's will be a 16-LED lantern. Monday's deal will be a Helen of Troy sunless tanning airbrush system, and Tuesday's will be a "Pirates of the Caribbean" coffee table book valued at $50. Visit 99only.com.


Shop vintage at Rewear

For vintage apparel at thrift store prices, stop by the giant, for-profit Rewear Warehouse, 845 N. Euclid St., Anaheim, for its Presidents Day Sale on Monday, where everything storewide except furniture and new merchandise will be an additional 50% off. The ground floor offers traditional thrift store merchandise; go upstairs for the huge vintage selection. Save 50% storewide except on furniture and new merchandise. Visit rewearwarehouse.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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