Retail Therapy: Think big on Labor Day

Big buys: Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to shop for major purchases like home and patio furniture, appliances and new cars. For appliances, consider the Sears Outlet at 500 W. Warner Ave., Santa Ana, which features deep discounts on scratch-and-dent floor models. Evaluate options carefully before purchasing. For furniture, consider the sale starting this weekend at Urbanism, 660 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa, which includes discounts of 50% or more on brands like Stanley and Universal. Information: (949) 645-4459.

Products with a purpose: SEED People's Market, in The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, will host a Labor Day patio sale Friday through Monday with savings of up to 75% on end-of-season handmade, recycled and "green" merchandise from brands like Patagonia, Arcteryx and Levis. Information: (714) 708-2277.

"Four" family fun: Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, celebrates its fourth birthday Friday by offering free admission to all 4-year-olds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 12:30 p.m., 500 children and families will enjoy a giant birthday cake. Other crafts and events are scheduled as well. Information:

Upscale resale: National clothing and accessory chain Uptown Cheapskate has opened a location at 24366 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest. Like competitors Crossroads Trading Co. and Plato's Closet, Uptown Cheapskate buys and sells previously worn designer or trendy apparel. Think of it as a well-edited thrift store. Information: (949) 441-1479.

Thrift fun: The Charity Shop, 12946 Main St., Garden Grove, is hosting a "grander opening" party from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday to celebrate its reopening. The celebration will include live bands, a contemporary art auction, piñata, photo booth, games, raffles, magic show and more. Vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles and other items will be for sale. Information: (714) 492-9697.

Outlet opportunity: The Outlets at Orange (formerly the Block at Orange), 20 City Blvd. W., are offering a Text to Win game for Labor Day weekend. Instant winners each day will receive a $10 gift card. Visit the outlets to learn how to participate. People are limited to one entry per day. Information: (714) 769-4001.

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