O.C. Bargainista: Moms can get freebie from Roy's

Freebie of the Week: Still no plans for Mother's Day? Roy's, 453 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, will give every mom who dines there Friday through Sunday a $20 dining card to use on a future visit through June 15. If you're going out Monday instead, partake in the final installment of Roy's My Prix Fixe Mondays special, where $35.95 gets you any appetizer or salad, any entrée and any dessert. Visit roysrestaurant.com.


Block Party

Does your kid love Rick Riordan's books? Stop by to pick up his latest at a "Throne of Fire" release party at 2 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books and receive a free LEGO Pharaoh's Quest building set. Remember: If your child is younger than 14, they must be accompanied by a legal guardian. A limited edition commemorative T-shirt will be available for $5.99 as well, with purchase of the book. The closest Borders is at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. Visit borders.com.


Mixing It Up

Seems like the whole world is talking about the return of Starbucks' Happy Hour, which runs through May 15. Stop by between 3 and 5 p.m. daily to get a half-price Frappuccino blended beverage of your choice. Visit starbucks.com.


Shorts Stop

Active lifestyle brand Hurley, which just acquired Hobie, is holding the next of its warehouse sales through Saturday at 1880 E. St. Andrew Place, Santa Ana. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Everything will be from 50% to 75% off, including shorts, T-shirts, fleece and more. Visit hurley.com.


Fancy Pants

For more formal menswear, try the Men's Wearhouse buy one, get one free sale. But be warned — the sale isn't mix-and-match; for example, you'll get a free pair of jeans when you buy a pair of jeans, or a tie with purchase of a tie. Local stores include 3930 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, and 3730 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine. Visit menswearhouse.com.


Made to Measure

Need some plaid, toile or reindeer-patterned home dec fabric for an upcoming sewing or crafting project? There are two excellent resources in the area.

The Home Fabrics (a.k.a. the $2 Fabric Outlet) at 2320 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, at Warner Avenue, is your best bet for a huge range of basic home dec-weight fabric; be warned, hardly anything is really $2 a yard, but the deals still can't be beat. If you really want the cheap stuff, check out the $1.99 section in a back room, which offers random patterns. The outlet is the larger counterpart to a pricier store in Lake Forest. Call (714) 979-3545.

For extremely high-quality bolts, visit the Dorell Fabric Outlet at 10870 Spencer Ave., Fountain Valley, where fabric that retails for up to $80 a yard can be found for up to 70% off — yes, including Dorell's excellent micro suede offerings. Just need a remnant, or the end of a bolt? The savings are even steeper. Call (714) 378-3116.

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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