6 Tips For Amour Vert Spring Warehouse Sample Sale

Amourt Vert Spring Sample Warehouse Sale Amour Vert Spring Warehouse Sample Sale. March 26-28, 2015

Mark your calendar – the Amour Vert Spring Warehouse Sample Sale starts this Thursday!

This is your chance to snap up some great deals on locally made, high quality fashion. Think Barneys New York quality at H&M prices.

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Free Plant Exchange or How To Replace Your Lawn Without Spending A Dime

Lakeshore-plant-exchangeFREE Plant Exchange. March 28, 2015.

Now in our third year of a persistent drought it is no surprise that people are replacing their water sucking lawns with drought tolerant plants. But the initial cost of this transformation is daunting. Plants are expensive. Which is why I am particularly excited about the Free Plant Exchange. The plants are not dirt cheap – they are free. No strings attached – just roots.

All you need to get in on the exchange is something to swap. Bring plants, seeds, bulbs, herbs, vegetables, trees, garden tools, yard art, landscape accents, stepping-stones, pots, etc. You get the idea. If it is garden related and you bring it you can enter.

This is not a 1-for-1 trade – bring any amount, take what you will use.

Whether you are replacing your whole lawn or just want a few new plants for your window box mark your calendar for the free plant exchange. No green thumb required. Swear.

Unexpected “Environmental” Bonus:  Not to generalize but gardeners tend to be a gentle lot so unlike many sales we deal track, the free plant exchange is very civilized. Expect a sense of community and sharing instead of guerrilla-style acquisition tactics.

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Tsu.ya Sample Sale

Tsu.ya SaleTsu.ya Sample Sale. March 22, 2015.

The Tsu.ya Sample Sale comes only a few times a year, lasts four brief hours, and will wow you with high-quality-must-have active/lifestyle wear including tops, bottoms, capris, leggings, skirts, tanks, tees, dresses, and jackets.

Find rock bottom prices on clothing samples from their current line, past season, and discontinued merchandise.

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Flip Your Lid @ Goorin Brothers Sample Sale

Goorin Bros Hat SaleGoorin Brothers Sample Sale. March 26-28, 2015.

Time to switch out that tattered baseball hat? Ready for a hip fedora, cadet, flatcap, iIvy, floppy, or cloche?  Yes, yes and yes! Then do not miss the Goorin Brothers Sample Sale.

Enjoy the look and feel of a high-end, beautifully constructed hat for less than the mass-produced-meh-quality hats sold at the local big box.   #MyKindOfDeal.

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Get Incredible Deals At The Freda Salvador Sample Sale

FredaSalvadorSampleSaleFreda Salvador Sample Sale . March 28, 2015.

The Freda Salvador Sample Sale is the perfect opportunity to treat your feet to high-end European shoes at reduced prices.

This artisan line of contemporary,walkable footwear uses luxurious leathers (like buttah) and high quality components. This one-day sample sale will let your feet (and your wallet) do a happy dance.

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Pi Day – Free Day @ Exploratorium

Pi Day At the ExploratoriumPi Day – Free Day @ Exploratorium. March 14, 2015

You are invited to celebrate Pi Day at the Exploratorium. This high holiday of math honors the never-ending number 3.14159.

Enjoy pi-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. Find out what’s so special about this famous mathematical constant, and take your (decimal) place in the Exploratorium’s annual march to the Pi Shrine.

The pie-sibilities are endless. Count on a good time for all.

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Arkitektura Floor Sample Sale On Now

Arkitektura Floor Sample Sale On NowArkitektura Floor Sample Sale On Now through March 14, 2015.

If you are in the market for high-end designer furnishings put Arkitektura Floor Sample Sale on your must do list.

Arkitektura is the go-to spot for contemporary European design.  All four of Arkitektura’s showrooms are blowing out their floor samples. Find pieces from iconic brands like B&B Italia, Cassina, Cappellini, Knoll, and more selling for as much as 75 percent off. And that’s not all. During the sale you can get (unspecified) savings on all new orders.

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7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day San Francisco Style

 7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day San Francisco Style7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day San Francisco Style. March 14, 15, and 17, 2015.

San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are so plentiful that “day” has stretched into “days” with celebrations all weekend and on St. Patrick’s Day.


  • THE biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the West,
  • street parties overflowing with revelers (and green beer),
  • live music,
  • Irish dancing,
  • DJs,
  • pub crawls,
  • fun (and sober) family friendly festivities, and
  • more.

Most of the events have free admission.

Good to Know Bonus: if you over indulge on Guinness, scroll down for info on freebie rides home. We are talking luck of the Irish.

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Brides of March – 50 Shades of White

Brides of MarchBrides of March. March 15, 2015.

My inbox has been overtaken by announcements for bridal fairs, tying the knot expos, and luxury wedding shows. This is why I know the marketing mavens have anointed Spring 2015 “the season of the groom.”  Ha, nice try wedding industry. We all know weddings are all about the bride (though generally the groom is a necessary accessory.)

For many San Franciscans there is no better kick-off to the wedding season than the annual “Brides of March.”  Think wedding photo bomb, not picture perfect – as in Santacon meets Bridezilla on the set of Transparent.

This parody of weddings is part pub crawl, part street theater and all fun. Expect traditional white gowns together with goth brides, alien brides, ghost brides, skeleton brides, Victorian brides, and the ubiquitous zombie bride. We are talking 50 shades of white.

BTW, no groom needed, just a bridal gown. The tackier the better. Mustaches and hairy arms welcome.

Take that season of the groom.

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Bay Lights Goodbye Parties

The Bay LightsBay Lights Goodbye Parties. March 5 and 6, 2015.

The 25,000 LED white lights lining the Bay Bridge (the beloved Bay Lights) are quintessential San Francisco. Like our fair City, the Bay Lights are high-tech, abstract, constantly changing, ethereal, and magical. Art mirrors reality.

Sadly, on March 6, 2015 the Bay Lights are coming down. The Bay Bridge is going dark. Thankfully this is only a hiatus – the world’s largest LED sculpture will be back.

Before the Bay Lights disappear San Francisco is throwing two (of course) not-to-miss (and FREE) Bay Lights Goodbye Parties.

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