Blanquel Popular Art: Shop Mexican Ceramic & Other Artwork
Since about the turn of the millenium, Blanquel Popular Art has been a part of the artistic Fullerton experience. The family-owned furniture and art store, originally started in the Mexican state of Jalisco, proudly shows off its regional Mexican art, custom rustic furniture and crafted items which largely is inspired by the colonial times.
Frida Khalo and skullhead/ skeleton fans are in luck. The famous artist image's likeness and the common Mexican theme motif likeness are prominently represented on a good number of merchandise. Also one can choose from various ornate crosses, ceramic tiles, pottery, iron work and much more.
Come and visit Blaquel anytime. It is especially a great time to come through the shop entrance "puerta" during Fullerton Art Walk, which occurs on the first Friday of the month.
What to buy: Furniture, iron work pieces, tiles and various accesories
What to pay: small figurines from about $10, plenty of affordable art pieces from $50 to $500, more or less,
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The British Grocer: Buy British!
Are you a Brit visiting Orange county? Missing food comforts from home? Come to British Grocer, Get your fix of biscuits, frozen meat pies, Cadbury products, Twinings teas and much more. Nestled in the Villa del Sol plaza, the quaint grocery store is a great alternative for local Brits and anglophiles in the area. Besides food and beverages, there are toiletries like Bulldog face and body products, British flags, teaware, seek it out!
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Capri Shoes: Do you need clown shoes?
I discovered this place while roaming around. The HUGE clown shoes in the window caught my eye and I wandered in. They actually make these shoes and supply Disney with virtually all their clown and clown-like shoes. They also make and sell many other hand made shoes - some for street wear and others for theatre use - though none as interesting as the clown shoes I say.
Check their website and gallery of pics out. There are a lot of funny shoes to see.
What to buy: Clown shoes...red noses sold separately.
What to pay: several hundred for clown shoes
Ross: You must "get it" and this Ross!
Wow, I don't like to promote a big chain store usually because the giants don't really need it BUT...the Ross store in Fullerton, in the Amerige Heights area, is one worth mentioning as a tip.
For those who are not "in-the-know", Ross is a discount store that features mostly clothing and clothing accesories for women, men and kids and general home decor- all of designer and well-known makers. Generally, the sale prices are considerably good as items are marked signifcantly off of original retail prices. However, the quality of the store itself is a bit, well, mediocre as many items are out of place, half broken, damaged, defective or have a kind of safety issue. Also, i find the many Ross stores are so congested with product that a shopper becomes overwhelm by the store.
Howevre, this Ross located on Malvern Ave is like a shopper's paradise. Cheap prices are in abundance throughout the store. Quality items are elegantly displaced on shelves and on racks for shoppers to see and go through.
The only problem here is finding a cart big enough to hold everything inside!!
What to buy: Jeans are an especially good buy here. The styles are new and varied, and out terribly out of season. Well, jeans never really go out of season anyway, that is, unless we're mentioning bell bottoms! Misses/junior girl jeans are constantly $12-$20 instead of $40+!
What to pay: prices varies of course depending on the item but I'll do an example here of a purchase that I have done:
2 photo albums, $4.99 and $6.99 (instead of $8 and $10)
miniature chair (like for a doll) $4.99 (instead of $20!)
little "shabby chic" frame w/shelf attached $6.99 (instead of $20!) ...
now, here's the best deal of all :
a pair of pink/floral pump shoes $10. 99(instead of $45.00)
OK, now figure in Orange county tax of 7.75 percent and you do the math on my total and savings of this particular shopping outing!
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