5 Tips For Weston Wear Sample Sale

 sample sale tagWeston Wear Sample Sale. May 22-25, 2015.

Looking to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe for next to nothing? You are in luck. Weston Wear, the fab San Francisco designed & manufactured women’s clothing brand, is having a four-day sample sale.

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Carnaval San Francisco 2015 Festival | Parade

 Carnaval San Francisco 2015Carnaval San Francisco Festival | Parade. May 23 and 24th, 2015

The Mission comes alive this weekend (okay, more alive) with the Brazil-inspired Carnaval San Francisco Festival and Parade. Enjoy global music, ethnic foods, artisans, and colorfully clad dancers.

Now in its 37th year, nothing says “Memorial Day Weekend” in San Francisco like this multicultural street festival. Seriously.

Free admission.

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6 Tips For Lotus Bleu Closing Sale

Lotus Bleu Home Design6 Tips For Lotus Bleu Closing Sale. Now through June 30, 2015.

Squeezed out by a huge rent increase (grrr), Lotus Bleu Home Decor & Interior Design is closing its Hayes Valley retail shop.

This is your chance to get deals on Lotus Bleu’s brightly colored rugs, tablecloths, pillows, curtains, lamp shades, refurbished/reupholstered furniture, and more. Prices are slashed at least 30% off everything in stock with some items marked down as much as 50%.

Even for this self-proclaimed opportunivore, great deals at the expense of a fab store closing are bittersweet. But in this case all is not lost – the retail shop is closing but the interior design and online sales will continue.

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San Francisco Sidewalk Sale

2015 San Francisco Sidewalk SaleSan Francisco Sidewalk Sale. May 16 and 23, 2015.

Two weekends. 15+ neighborhoods. Pop-ups. Contests. Tastings. Sippings. Great deals.

Find your must-haves and your didn’t-know-you-must-haves at the San Francisco Sidewalk Sale,  a city-wide celebration of San Francisco’s small businesses.


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2015 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Asian-Heritage-Stree-Celebration-300x1522015 Asian Heritage Street Celebration. Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the 2015 Asian Heritage Street Celebration is the nation’s largest Pan-Asian street fair.

Enjoy live cultural performances on two stages, children’s area, fab vendors, arts & crafts, free film screenings, natural medicine booths, awesome eats, and free admission to the Asian Art Museum.

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SDH Fine European Linens Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale

SDH Warehouse SaleSDH Fine European Linens Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale. May 15 – 16, 2015.

SDH Fine European Linens Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale is your chance to get up to 80% off sumptuous Italian linens–from bedding to bath to baby.

Mark your calendar, this is a sale you won’t want to miss.

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BCBG Sample Sale|Cut Loose 2nds Sale|SF Kidswear Sample Sale.

great-dealsBCBG Sample Sale|Cut Loose 2nds Sale|SF Kidswear Sample Sale. . May 8-10, 2015.

If you are looking for great deals on trendy and sophisticated clothing for children, teens, and women put this trio of sales on your must-do list. Skip the department stores and score big at the BCBG Sample Sale|Cut Loose 2nds Sale|SF Kidswear Sample Sale.

Helpful hints: check the websites before going; wear a tank top for trying on clothes in case there is no suitable dressing room; bring a bag; bring cash in case credit cards are not accepted or the merchant offers a cash discount; and bring a friend!

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11 Free Mother’s Day Activities

 Funny-Mothers-day-Quotes-from-kids-811 Free Mother’s Day Activities. May 10, 2015.


Not to alarm you but Sunday is Mother’s Day. Consider skipping the all-you-can-eat brunch and taking Mom to one of these 11 Free Mother’s Day activities. BTW  – most of the activities on this list don’t require a Mom and all are fun.

Just for the record, I admit to having mixed feelings about this artificial holiday. Mother’s Day is cleverly designed to pull coins of the realm out of your pocket. And, like most holidays, Mother’s Day has the potential of creating guilt, isolation, and disappointment. I know, what’s a holiday without that trio?

So whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day, or are just looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out this curated list of free (or close to free) events. Have some fun. Your mother would approve. I swear.

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8 Great Tips For Oakland Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival

Patchwork Show Oakland Oakland Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival. May 10, 2015.

 Head over to Oakland’s Jack London Square for Oakland Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival. This bi-annual makers festival showcases 130 art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music.

Free admission! Family friendly!

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Tips for SFMade Week 2015

SFMade Week 2015Tips for SFMade Week 2015. May 4-10, 2015.

SFMade Week 2015 celebrates San Francisco’s vibrant local maker scene with over 60 events at local factories and retailers.

This is your chance to tour local factories, participate in demos, attend shopping events, and enjoy tastings from San Francisco’s independent wineries, breweries, and artisan food purveyors.

Many events are FREE. Factory tours are $5. Plus get special SFMade Week discounts and deals on high quality SFMade merch.

Consider this the perfect opportunity to discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them.

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