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    Burbank Town Center: Shop Till You Drop in Burbank

    by Basaic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Burbank Center is three floors of shopping. It has some of the normal shops you find in other shopping malls and a number of more unique, trendy shops. The decor is worth seeing on its own. Of course the mall is also full of Southern Californians so it is great for people watching. Extensive selection of food too. Mall Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 AM to 9 PM; Saturday: 10AM to 8n PM; and Sunday: 11 AM to 7 PM.

    What to buy: Whatever you want. Stores include: Macy’s, Mervyn’s, Sears, Sport Chalet, Bed Bath & Beyond, AMC Theater (14 screens), Old Navy, New York & Company, American Eagle, Zales, Aldo Shoes, and Charlotte Russe.

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    Palm Desert ~: Rodeo Drive of the Desert

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 7, 2011

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    Like her sister cities that surround her, it was the early setters of the Cahuilla Indians the “Agua Caliente” (Spanish for Hot Waters) who have lived here for the past 500 years. The first white settlers where the residents of the Old MacDonald Ranch, then around the 1920’s were renamed Palm Village. In 1943, an Army maintenance camp spurred residence to move in and make this their home. In 1951, the name was change to Palm Desert and now is the home of many snowbirds and regular residence that make this their home year around. This community was incorporated in Nov of 1973.

    Rodeo Drive Lives Here too!
    Palm Desert offers a vast array of shopping experiences: from the high-end styling’s of El Paseo and the indoor Westfield Palm Desert to numerous strip malls and outdoor vendor markets. College of the Desert hosts the largest outdoor market in the Coachella Valley, with 340 vendors. You can find everything from art, clothing, and accessories to house wares and food.

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    Outlet Malls: STOP at all the outlets (So Cal)

    by marinarena Written Aug 28, 2009

    For those tired of traditional in town malls, outlets are a great option- for your wallet especially! Here are some in Southern Cal I recommend: Outlet Shopping in California (Southern)

    Barstow Outlets
    Barstow, CA
    Phone: 760-253-7342

    This Center has 21 TRUE Factory Outlet Stores.

    Tanger Outlet Center
    Barstow, CA
    Phone: 760-253-4813

    This Center has 21 TRUE Factory Outlet Stores.

    Desert Hills Premium Outlets- the most expanisve one with over a 100 true outlet shops.
    Cabazon, CA
    Phone: 951-849-6641

    Cabazon Outlets
    Cabazon, CA
    Phone: 951-922-3000

    Camarillo Premium Outlets- about as good and big as Desert Hills
    Camarillo, CA
    Phone: 805-445-8520

    Carlsbad Premium Outlets
    Carlsbad, CA
    Phone: 760-804-9000
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    Citadel Outlets- closest to Los Angeles, very convenient
    City of Commerce, CA
    Phone: 323-888-1724

    Lake Arrowhead Village
    Lake Arrowhead, CA
    Phone: 909-337-2533

    Lake Elsinore Outlets- close to east Orange county!
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Phone: 951-245-0087

    Lancaster Marketplace
    Lancaster, CA
    Phone: 661-942-7897

    Ontario Mills- one I visit the most! It is the best area with almost 100 outlet shops as well as outside entertainment and dining options
    Ontario , CA

    Las Americas Premium Outlets
    San Diego, CA
    Phone: 619-934-8400

    San Diego Factory Outlet Center
    San Ysidro, CA
    Phone: n/a

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    by AusPinay Updated Aug 14, 2009

    Lots of amazing bargains can be had at Venice Beach especially American iconic goods like sports shoes- the NIKE ones my son loves so much at the time was a bargain at $35 when they are more than double here in Sydney. We made sure they are the authentic ones of course!

    We also got some lovely beach sandals for me as I was really steaming hot wearing my boots in the heat of LA! I was so happy I found a pair with my fave soles, not so high and not so flat, plus they were very comfy- at about $20, it was a steal as they were made in USA, man! I readily wore them and had my boots wrapped instead!

    What to buy: shoes, clothes, souvenirs too

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    Outlet Malls: Vacaville Premium Outlets

    by SteveOSF Written Nov 24, 2008

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    California has several outlet centers that offer some deep discounts for savvy shoppers. One such outlet center is the Vacaville Premium Outlets. The Vacaville Premium Outlets are located along Interstate Highway 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento in the city of Vacaville. A multitude of outlet stores are available and sell a variety of items including clothing, shoes, household goods, and other items. The Vacaville Premium Outlets contain about 120 stores. Many name brands are represented. Check out their web site for a full listing. Good bargains are available as is common with outlets, especially when combined with sales.

    The outlets are about a one hour drive east from San Francisco or about a half hour drive west from Sacramento. If you plan to depart from San Francisco towards the outlets, avoid leaving the City in the evening rush hour or your driving time will be significantly longer. The outlets are adjacent to Highway 80. The entrance is at the intersection of Nut Tree Parkway and Nut Tree Road.

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    Montrose Shopping Park: Shopping Street in Montrose

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2007

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    There is a neat shopping street in Montrose. It is full of trendy places to eat and drink coffee, and a multitude of interesting shops. You can enjoy walking off your food shopping or watching the people.

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    The Bone Room: Unique Shop in Berkeley

    by Basaic Written Jul 31, 2007

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    The Bone Room is a truly unique store. It is one of the leading Natural History Stores in the country. They sell: Animal skulls and skeletons, a complete selection of genuine human bones; framed insects from around the world, and supplies for building your own collection; fossil specimens of all types, from dinosaurs to mammoths; eggs, claws, horns; jewelry; and more. If you have watched the TV Show Bones; this is where they get their bones for the show. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM. The people working there are friendly and the owner Ron Cauble is an expert in the field (and my cousin).

    What to buy: There are a number of things for sale at The Bone Room that would be difficult to find elsewhere.

    The Bone Room Erin Ron (owner) and Lori
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  • Livid Leather: Leather Fashions in LA

    by lividleather Written Jun 14, 2007

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    Hot Leather Fashions by Livid, featuring stylish leather jackets, blazers and coats together with leather skirts and pants. Really nice styles which are unavailable at other places, a very unique selection. Free Delivery anywhere.

    What to buy: Leather Blazers, leather jackets, fashion leather garments.

    What to pay: Save upto 40%

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    The Yarn Place: The Yarn Place

    by Agraichen Written Jul 12, 2005

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    The Yarn Place is located close to the intersection of Bay and Capitola. It has a wonderful collection of yarn and what ever you might need in support for for knitting.

    This place rivals the store in Seatle that my wife found (hint, hint...SF...). And I...have never actually seen before a "ball" of yarn that cost $50.00 (US,...yes.....)

    Anyway the people are great and very helpful.

    What to buy: Whatever color, style, or fabric of yarn you might wish to acquire.

    What to pay: $5-50 is about right.....some might be less and some more.

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    Dana Point Harbor Shops: For a Lovely Afternoon, Shop at...

    by deecat Updated May 18, 2005

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    While in Southern California, we stayed in Capistrano Beach, California, only two miles from Dana Point Harbor.

    A teacher whom Allan used to teach with lives in the area, and we met him there.

    It's a beautiful area with unique shops and wonderful places to eat and drink. In addition, it's a marina and harbor. We ate in a restaurant there, and later, on another day, Allan and I went shopping there.

    The shops are delightful. We purchased candy in one shop, wine in another shop, a gift for a neighbor back home in another. Then, we had ice cream at a lovely little cafe.

    What to buy: There are clothing stores, gift shops, wine shops, cheese shops, candy shops, and souvenir shops.

    Since the weather is usually perfect there, going in and out of the individual stores is a delight (the kind of shopping I love as opposed to big malls.)

    What to pay: Prices were just a little above what is usually paid for items.

    Allan and Dee at Dana Point Harbor
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    All the Shops on Paseo Drive: The Ultimate Shopping Area: El Paseo

    by deecat Updated May 18, 2005

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    While staying in Palm Springs for three months, many of the people we met would ask us if we had yet shopped at El Paseo.

    So, we decided to take the trip to Palm Desert to experience the ultimate in shopping trips.

    Fortunately, we both enjoyed the experience. El Paseo is not always a place where we would actually purchase much because the cost is prohibitive; however, we did enjoy "window shopping" in this elegant area.

    We, of course, purchased ice cream cones; we ate lunch and dinner there; I purchased several post cards; most of all, we simply enjoyed mingling with the "upper crust" of the Desert Society.

    El Paseo Drive features over 150 stores and restaurants; there is free curbside parking as well as free parking behind the stores.

    Between San Pablo Avenue and Larkspur is a lovely garden called "The Gardens of El Paseo". Additionally, we truly enjoyed the beautiful outdoor sculptures which were scattered along the avenue.

    While we were there, they were completing a new shopping area called Shoppingtown (between Highway 111 and Fred Waring Drive. It is completed now and just adds more options to this lovely community.

    What to buy: One of my favorite stores was called The Feathered Nest. It features Home Decor, a Gift Gallery, and Signature Clothing.

    Everything in this store is remarkably beautiful and unique. Of course, there is a price to pay for such unique beauty.

    73-425 El Paseo, Suite 21A
    Palm Desert

    What to pay: Everything on El Paseo is expensive

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    Shopping paradise: Gilroy

    by IceBear7 Written Dec 22, 2004

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    This was my favorite shopping center, great shops and great shopping! They have all kinds of shops like adidas, big dog sportswear, gap, puma, hilfiger, book stores, furniture, shoes etc etc. Great place!

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    Tracy: Outlet center

    by IceBear7 Written Dec 22, 2004

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    One of my favorite shopping malls during my trip. Maybe because of the big contrast of getting back to civilisation after my visit to Yosemite ;-)

    There were shops of GAP, Reebok, Levi's, and many other smaller ones - I could have spend a fortune and was close to buying a new suitcase...

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    It's cheaper

    by Mandy23 Updated Jul 8, 2004

    What to pay: Germany has a sales tax of 16%, whereas the area that I visited (mainly San Bernardino county) has only 7,75%!
    For Europeans, certain things might be really cheaper to buy in the U.S. I noticed that when buying t-shirts and stuff, but also non-clothing items.
    Wearing contact lenses, the price of cleaning solution caught my attention one day, because it was only half of what I pay in Germany.

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    Ralph's Super Market: Ralph's Super Market

    by b1bob Updated May 15, 2004

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    Ralph's is a regional chain of supermarkets. It has a complete meat room, deli, and bakery.

    What to buy: You can buy about anything that won't eat you first. I bought the fixins for Puerto Rican chicken and rice, and chili cheese sauce to go over chicken that Sean grilled.

    Ralph's: Chula Vista, CA

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