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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember — never pay retail!