It's not quite holiday crunch time, but those stockings aren't magically going to stuff themselves! If your gift wrap is still lying under dust, this weekend's quartet of sales will get even the most lethargic shopper out the door. From a vintage showcase that doubles as a holiday charity to a sample sale with free food and booze, there's no shortage of reasons to start whittling down your holiday gift list. It doesn't matter who you're shopping for — these sales have all your buying bases covered.
Whip Out Your Festive Best For A Chance At Some Super Savings
Remember when holiday sweaters were the pain of the season? Well, this weekend, your sparkle-infused, reindeer-adorned knit could help you cash in some serious bank. Online styling boutique Rad and Refined is getting its giving spirit on at its latest pop up: Show up in your favorite holiday sweater and you'll have the chance to win a $500 gift card. Besides that potential seasonal shopping boost, you can browse the brand's carefully curated collection, hang out at its 21+ hot chocolate bar, and snag a complimentary nail design from celebrity nail artist Stephanie Stone of Nailing Hollywood. Oh, and there's more: RSVP here and receive an extra 15% off.
When: Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Ashton Westwood, 10700 Wilshire Boulevard (at Manning Avenue); no phone.
This Sample Sale Will Feed Your Fashion (And Actual) Appetite
Amidst the chaos that is holiday shopping, it can be easy to put off meals and keep trekking, from store to store, through the hunger. Luckily, the folks at Blood Is The New Black have found a way to keep both your blood sugar and savings high. The store's Black Christmas sample sale has super saving steals that start at $5, and also free food and beer for all you shopping superstars. Come Saturday, grab a snack and sate your fashion craving — this sample sale's got everything your marathon shopping sesh needs.
When: Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 1286 West Sunset Boulevard (at Elysian Park Avenue); 213-291-0695.
Gift Giving Is In Style At This Culver City Vintage Emporium
It's no secret that vintage shopping is a great way to score unique goodies year round, but in keeping with the season, one local vintage showcase is adding a charitable twist to its holiday shopping event. The Helms Design District Vintage Boutique is bringing together some of the best vintage dealers around L.A. for a throwback fashion celebration, but that's not all that's in store. Tickets for the event can be found here, but if you bring an unwrapped toy or a bag of food pantry items, your donation will be your entree in. With catering by none other than the Girl Scouts and free luxurious hand massages, this vintage-shopping stop will have you feeling good, both inside and out.
When: Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: LightSpace Studio, 8755 Washington Boulevard (at National Boulevard); no phone.
Score Huge Savings At This Cali-Cool Sample Sale
L.A. native James Perse got into fashion through sports — an obsession with the perfect baseball cap led to the creation of a multi-faceted clothing and lifestyle line. Items like his just-slouchy-enough T-shirts and adventure-ready jackets are rugged enough to appeal to the modern urban adventurer, while still being cool enough to catch the focus of any street style lens. In the spirit of the season, the brand's Highland store is hosting a huge sample sale, with deals up to 80% off. So, if you've got any friends or family members with minimalist tastes, here's your chance to swoop up some edgy but sleek treats on the cheap.
When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 1128 North Highland Avenue (between Lexington Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard); 323-466-1808.
Photos: Via James Perse; Courtesy of Helms Design District Vintage Boutique; Courtesy of Rad and Refined; Via Blood Is The New Black