Shopaholic-ing wisely in Socal

Three stores to shop from that offer great deals

Lt. Patrick Higa addresses Saddleback College Campus students during 9/11 event Allie Pruitt, key holder at the Holly Sharp boutique, dresses a mannequin by the window. She's reminded that homecoming is around the corner. (Photography / Elizabeth Ortiz) Saddleback College Police Chief Christopher Wilkinson hands out roses to Saddleback College students. Before the start of the 9/11 ceremony. Students later placed the roses at the foot of the memorial wreath. (Zachary Epstein/Lariat) Saddleback College Police Chief Christopher Wilkinson hands out roses to Saddleback College students. Before the start of the 9/11 ceremony. Students later placed the roses at the foot of the memorial wreath. (Zachary Epstein/Lariat) American Apparel's Saddie Popard explains why its a good idea to shop here. (Photography / Elizabeth Ortiz) Student Development Senior Administrative Assistant Erin Long sings the national anthem during 9/11 commemorative ceremony. Purses hang in Plato's Closet located in Santa Ana. (Photography / Elizabeth Ortiz) Saddleback College President Tod Burnett and Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Pokey Sanchez present wreath at foot of Veterans Memorial, as Lt. Higa closes ceremony. Saddleback College students present roses at foot of the 9/11 memorial wreath placed at Veterans Memorial.

If you like shopping and want to save money around Orange County, here are three stores worth checking out that can provide the needs of budget conscious fashionistas. The first is Plato’s Closet,  3814 S. Bristol St,  Santa Ana, California.  What’s your price range? This is a trendy turn-around store meaning that when bringing in gently used items, the items can be bought or traded for something considered fashionable.

Usually, items are in good condition and have been in the store no more than a year and half. Make money, save money and trade for something relatively trendy. ” The environment is really cool and you always find deals on a bunch of great clothes,” Jose Santos,18, Human Services said.

The second find is American Apparel Warehouse LA, 747 Warehouse St, (2nd Floor), Los Angeles, California.   Why shop here? Clothing is American- made and there is a 40% savings on average by shopping this warehouse. It is an entire floor of clothing, and one of the biggest stores available offered at discount prices. Some items have defects but most clothes come from an  overstocked inventory.  It is worth visiting. ” The flea market is something they have only in LA and NYC, and attracts those that would find clothing normally out of their price range so they come here and get what they want,” Sadie Popard, 21, Visual Communications, FIDM said.

The third site is Holly Sharp located at 3636 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, California.  Why wait for a good find? Amazing sales happen three or four times each year and the next big sale is just before the holidays. Lucy Love (a line that is Holly’s personal brand) usually retails from $75 – $150 and during sale time, prices run from $15-$30 on many select items. “It’s a great quality at a more decent price and sun dresses are the big seller,” Allie Pruitt, key holder said.

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