O.C. Bargainista: Hit a reusable Target

Editor's note: This adds in the date for Kristen Fusano's presentation.

Freebie of the Week: This Sunday, celebrate Earth Day early with Target's annual promo. With any purchase, they'll give away an eye-catching reusable bag to their first 1 million guests. For every 10 times you use the bag, you'll keep 25 single-use plastic bags out of landfills. Stop by soon after the store opens, as they tend to run out of bags quickly. Local locations include 3030 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, and 3300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana.

Recycled clothes are good for the Earth

Earth Day-friendly retailer Buffalo Exchange is celebrating Saturday with a Dollar Day sale at all locations; score selected pre-worn items for $1, and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society. Bring your own bag anytime to have an extra 5 cents donated to the charity of your choice. The local store is in the Lab anti-mall at 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Visit buffaloexchange.com.

Unwind with comfy knits

Allen Allen, purveyor of comfortable knits for stylish ladies that are sold at stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, will hold its warehouse sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 2323 Main St., Irvine. Save up to 75% on a huge variety of dresses, tops, wraps and more. Call (310) 263-2444.

What's better than snipping your own basil?

For a free opportunity to learn about planting and cooking with herbs grown for your own garden, stop by a presentation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Farm & Food Lab at the Great Park in Irvine by Kristen Fusano. Enter the park just north of the 5 Freeway at Sand Canyon Avenue. Visit ocgp.org.

Get gussied up

Stop by 2nd Street Beauty's annual Beauty Day in the Woodbury Town Center at 6286 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, to sign up for complimentary mini-facials, hair demos or makeup applications as available, and enjoy a variety of special deals on top brands. The first 50 customers to spend $40 get a deluxe beauty bag with deluxe samples, valued at more than $150. Call (949) 653-0220 or visit 2ndstbeauty.com.

Point Conception keeps going

Point Conception has opted to hold another Factory Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to fulfill last-minute requests from Coachella-goers. Women's and kids' swimwear, cover-ups, board shorts and more will be $1 to $25 at 23121 Arroyo Vista, Rancho Santa Margarita. Call (949) 589-6890 or visit pointconception.com.

Hit the BMX warehouse sale

For deals on BMX goods, stop by the GSport Warehouse Sale and Jam from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 16325 Arthur St., Cerritos. Brands like Odysseys, GSport, Flatware, Proper and Sunday will be available; the sale is cash only. Visit gsportbmx.com.

Trick out your kitchen

Industrial-grade kitchen and restaurant equipment will be featured at a parking lot sale Saturday at Concord Equipment, 1125 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. The company is moving to a new location, so new and used equipment, smallwares and fixtures will be available at huge discounts. Brands include Vitamix, Hamilton Beach, Waring, Norpro, Victorinox and many more. Call (714) 520-7999.

Tax deals abound

Don't forget to check out your favorite local restaurants' tax day deals this weekend. For example, Arby's is offering a free order of curly fries via a Facebook coupon; McCormick & Schmick's will give happy hour diners a voucher for $10.40 Friday, which can be used on special $10.40 entrees Monday. Check e-mail newsletters or restaurants' websites and Facebook pages for more deals.

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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