O.C. Bargainista: Shopping can be good for the environment

April 20, 2011|By Candice Baker

Freebie of the Week: To commemorate Earth Day, bring in a travel cup and receive a free coffee or tea Friday at participating Starbucks stores. Visit

Celebrate Earth Day at Anthropologie with a free workshop on crafting with cork from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the retailer's Fashion Island store, 823 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Irvine Spectrum store, 99 Fortune Drive. Visit

Easter bunny brings discounts

Grownups like Easter egg hunts, too, as evidenced by clothing reseller Buffalo Exchange's popular hunts; this year's is scheduled for Saturday in their store at 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, in the LAB anti-mall in Costa Mesa. Some eggs contain candy; others have $5-off coupons; and one has a $25 gift card to Buffalo Exchange. Visit


Similarly, stop by Original Penguin's Fashion Island store at 231 Newport Center Drive Friday and Saturday to visit with Pete the Penguin, hunt for eggs and enjoy refreshments. Call (949) 720-1560.

For all the lucky ones out there who aren't lactose intolerant, Baskin Robbins' annual 31 Cent Scoop Night is slated for 5 to 10 p.m. April 27. There also will be an opportunity to donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Local stores include 1927 Harbor Blvd. and 1460 Baker St. in Costa Mesa. Visit Enjoy that scoop for me; I'll indulge in some almond milk ice cream and think of you.

Don't go for broke

For extremely trendy tops, scarves and more, stop by the Brokedown Clothing sample and warehouse sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 519 Superior Ave., Newport Beach, where the goods will be up to 80% off retail. Visit

Beat the winter blues with new clothes

Stock up on Wesc and Generic Surplus casual clothes, shoes and accessories from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at a warehouse sale at 14801 Able Lane, Huntington Beach. Savings are up to 65% off products for men and women. Visit

One more time

They're at it again; Point Conception will hold its next swimwear sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 23121 Arroya Vista, Rancho Santa Margarita. Visit

Give those veggies a kick

Got compost? If thoughts of gardening are on your mind, stop by Soka University's free compost giveaway from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. Visit and look under "Events" to print a coupon, which you must bring with you to receive the two 30-lb. bags of compost.

An American Sings Yanke Doodle at the Spectrum

For a free glance at classic Hollywood, stop by the Turner Classic Movies "Music and the Movies" exhibit at the Irvine Spectrum, in front of the Edwards Cinemas. The exhibit features photography, video and rare memorabilia from the golden age of cinema, including mementos from films like "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Visit

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 And remember — never pay retail!

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